COLLEGE: Geneva College
It’s amazing how something so small, short, and what seems to be insignificant in the grand scale of things, can change your life. Yet, for many people these “small” somethings become life-changing experiences. This past summer, I witnessed a “small” something that changed my life while on a monthlong mission trip in Nepal.
I had been on mission trips in the United States, but this was my first time traveling internationally. This in itself made the trip much different than my previous experiences. The language, culture and people were all foreign from what I was accustomed to. It was not only a challenge to focus on the ministry we were prepared to do among the children’s homes, rehabilitation centers, and village communities, but also to adapt to the culture we were in and understand the best way to communicate with those we were reaching out to.
There was not a specific moment on the trip that I feel changed my life, but the trip as a whole. My team leaders continued to challenge us while we were there to stay true to our faith, lay down ourselves and seek opportunities that would make an impact not only on the here and now, but eternity as well. All of these encounters and challenges were extremely humbling. I realized how many of my life ambitions were centered around myself and not for a greater purpose. This really challenged me to begin seeing my life in a whole new light. I no longer wanted my life to be characterized by myself or what I could achieve, instead I desired to live my life in service to others in order to make an eternal impact with my ultimate focus being on my faith in the Lord, serving Him with joy for what he has done in my life.
Out of all the things I have learned in my years at Firestone High School, this summer experience has taken me to great heights in the classroom, cross country course, track, and community, giving me focus to serve the Lord and be there for others in whatever I am doing. Not only has this challenged me this past school year, but it has also set the stage for my future. I am eager to pursue a career in human services and missions either here in America or internationally.
Although I still have much to learn, I look forward to seeing where the Lord takes me and the opportunities He provides for me to live my life in service to others.