Empty Spaces

My life is so drastically different from what it was two years ago. Thank you, God, for that! But some days, my heart just hurts a little, knowhatimsayin? Sort of like a broken bone that heals but still aches every time it rains.

I dunno why people seem to come and go and I dunno why God calls people home when it seems like they still had years of life left to live. But I do know that God is faithful and He will never leave us empty and broken.

Today and every day, I’m grateful for the people who’ve been filling my empty spaces.

Moldova 2014

moldova

Guess what! I’m leaving the country – forever.

Just kidding.

But I am leaving the country. I’m actually going on a mission trip to the country of Moldova from May 30 – June 12. Exciting right?!

I’m going with a group from the Baptist Student Union on campus. We’re going to be hosting a sort of Vacation Bible School – like camp for children who live in Moldova’s orphanages. Needless to say, I’m super stoked!

And guess what else! I turn 21 on May 31st, the day after we leave for our trip. I honestly cannot think of a better way to spend my 21st than by feeding scripture into the lives of children who are rarely, if ever, exposed to the gospel.

Side note: in Moldova, orphans are kicked out of the orphanages at the age of 14. Unfortunately, these children are entirely unprepared for what awaits them in the outside world. No family, no money, no means of providing for themselves. While in the orphanages, girls are encouraged to dress provocatively, look pretty, etc., in order for them to attract a man’s attention. Basically, they are told that the only way they will manage in the outside world is by selling their bodies to men. They are absolutely being prepped for a life of prostitution. So it’s no surprise that when they are ejected from the orphanage, they run straight into the waiting arms of pimps who wish only to use these girls for monetary gain. Human trafficking at its finest.

Our mission team will be staying in a transitional living home that exists to provide shelter for the girls who have been ejected from the orphanages. The primary mission of these transition homes is to share Jesus and provide an alternative to the life of prostitution that awaits them upon turning 14. In these homes, they are taught trades, such as sewing and cooking, so that when the time comes for them to begin their independent lives, they have a means of providing for themselves.

Not only will we have the opportunity to minister to those currently living in the orphanages, but we will also be granted the wonderful privilege to share Christ with the residents of the transition homes.

Sounds awesome, right? WELL I need help. The trip is going to cost me around $2,500. And since I am an utterly broke college student, I am currently accepting donations. (:

I mean, you could even call it an early birthday present if you’d like…

In all seriousness, every bit helps.

Also, prayer is most definitely something that I’d be grateful for. Pray for me, pray for the team I’ll be traveling with and pray for the children we’ll be serving while we’re there.

If you’re interested in donating, holla at me. If by some miracle, I manage to raise more than the $2,500 I need for the trip, the additional money will be used to purchase sewing machines for the girls living in the transitional homes. Basically, you can rest assured that your money will absolutely be put to good use.

I hoping to be able to post updates on here while I’m away, but I’ll have to wait and see if that’s going to be a possibility. So stay tuned!

Love you all!

“How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!””         

Romans 10:14-15