Stepping outside the box is a very scary concept for me. As with so many people staying in a zone of comfort and familiarity becomes commonplace. Stepping out of the comfort zone takes faith and trust and a bit of courage. I've gone to South Africa a couple times (2013, 2016) on missions trips and stayed at a place that had most of the comforts of home. I am now going to step out of my comfort zone in Mozambique at the Harvest School of Missions.
Both times in Africa I heard a lot about this missionary school that a lot of the people I know have gone through. It is through Iris Global (https://www.irisglobal.org/home/), and the testimonies were all amazing adding to my curiosity. After my second visit, I came home with a desire to attend Harvest School and began researching. I wasn't sure when or how I would get to the school but I wanted to know everything about it. I prayed and asked God to work it out if it was in His plan for me to go.
God began to work it out about mid-year of 2017. Feeling a strong desire I looked up the requirements for reading and supplies as well as any costs for this school. Again, I'm not sure how this is going to happen but I have a strong belief that I am to attend the summer session of 2018. I wrote out the reading list and begin reading the books in faith that I would attend the next summer session. As soon as the winter 2017 session ended I was able to apply for the 2018 session God told me I would be going to.
Applied, accepted, and now the fear and doubt sets in. What did I get myself into? Harvest School isn't like attending Harvard or even a community college. From what I'm learning it's about humility and going deep with God. It's about getting out of my own way and living within the culture and environment of where I am. Washing my clothes by hand like the folks that live in the community do. Eating the cuisine that is customary on their menu. Stepping out of my comfort zone and humbling myself before God and becoming love.
The fear has been replaced by excitement and I am looking forward to my out of box experience. I'm trusting God for the finances to attend. I actually set up a go fund me and deleted it because I felt funny doing it. Then I tried to set it up again twice and both times it deleted all the information as I was hitting publish. At that point, I heard God say "why aren't you trusting me?". Now I am just going to sit back and give God the glory in providing what is needed to attend Harvest School.
God has provided the airfare thus far and we are working on tuition and supplies. I'm always amazed by His faithfulness and I shouldn't be because He has always been faithful. Whenever I let go of control the miraculous happens. My trip is from May 28th - August 3rd and I am hoping to be able to an update blog once a week while I am there. I wanted to share this with my readers and hope you all come along on my journey.
Please pray for me on this trip and thank you for stopping by I'm LIving Free Being Me.