Photo by Kelly Warren Augi
I struggled for so long with what to do in regards to outreach while I was at SoM. I was so unsure from the moment that I got to school whether I should go on outreach or just stay in Canada and then go to Romania in February. When I finally made my decision on going I felt so peaceful and am incredibly grateful that I did.
Let’s just say that this trip has changed my heart — the people there were amazing, the church was wonderful, and the memories that I made with my team were irreplaceable. I loved every moment and was dreading saying goodbye in the end. It was not fun!
We were so welcomed the moment that we stepped onto Miami soil. Welcomed at the airport by the pastor, his daughter and a couple others from the church. They welcomed us with open arms, and loved on us from the beginning to the end. They spoiled us with gifts, food, and making us feel so at home.
Throughout the duration of this trip there were some very impactful moments that happened. I want to take a moment and that elaborate on a couple of them. This post is not long enough to share all of the stories, but I will share a couple things to give you a little taste of my time in Miami.Photo by Jenan Joseph
I PREACHED!! Super big deal for me. Although I am not that shy when it comes to getting up in front of people, it is still hard. I shared my story, and all that God has done in my life. It was beautiful. My biggest desire in life is to be used by God. I love to share the encounters that I have had with Him, the struggles that I have walked through in hopes that people will be encouraged, and inspired to not give up. He is so faithful, and I am so amazed at all he has done in my life. It was a priviledge to be given the opportunity to share my story with young people, and then watch God work in their life. I loved every moment of it, and will most definitely never forget it.Photo by Jenan Joseph
STREET EVANGELISM!! This is an incredible thing to do, and one activity that I love very much. When people here this word they instantly (usually) think milk crates and screaming. Well I am here to tell you that this is nothing of what we do. We literally walked the streets and prayed with people who were interested, we shared words that God gave us for individuals we met, and we also prayed for people who were in need of healing. It is so cool what he will do when you are willing to step out. Let me share with you a little story from our team when we went out one evening.
“I was walking past this girl, and suddenly God spoke to me and said that I should stop and pray with her because she is going through a really hard time in her life. When I stopped, and told her what I felt she instantly started crying. I was able to pray with her, and just express God’s love towards her and her situation. She was so touched, and left feeling at peace, and hopeful.”
It is stories like these that make me want to keep going, and reach out to people in sometimes ‘awkward’ situations. It is hard to approach people, but this girl is an example of someone who was so touched by someone willing to get awkward and step out of their comfort zone.THE BEAUTY!! I love this part especially. I am a sucker for a good sunset, a beach, the ocean, and nature. Although Miami is most definitely an insane city, and crazy busy like alllllllll the time — there was so much beauty in it. We got to see the ocean AND swim in it (and I am still alive to tell the story – a shark did not eat me). We got to see a allegator (cRazy!!), and just enjoy the warmth (welll …. most of the time), for three weeks. It was amazing! And then there was the very exciting Hispanic culture that I ADORED. The language, the food, and the atmosphere. Every where you went felt like you stepping into Cuba. It was wonderful! They don’t call it North Cuba for no reason that is for sure.Photo by Jenan Joseph
THE PEOPLE!! This is the last thing that I will talk about and the saying “save the best for last” is definitely true here. The people were SO INCREDIBLE. I literally can’t say that enough. As I said before we were welcomed the moment we stepped onto Miami soil. Everyone was so nice, kind, loving, welcoming, and friendly. They told us how much we blessed them by being here, but I felt that WE were blessed by them during our time here. We were loved on, and made to feel as part of the family every time we saw them. We had the priveledge of being a part of their family, and community for three weeks. I say priveledge because it truly was. They did not just make us feel like visitors, but made us a part of their community the entire time. I can honestly say that each of them will be forever implanted on my heart.Photo by Jenan JosephPhoto by Kelly Warren Augi
I am so thankful for all of the moments I had these past three weeks in Miami. It was such a blessing to be a part of my amazing team, and to be pushed beyond my comfort zone. I was stretched, and challenged, but only in ways that make me stronger, and more grateful to God for all that he does and all that He IS. I LOVED every moment of being there and will never forget my time in the beautiful Miami city.
So in just one very short week I will be taking off to Romania. I will definitely be posting while I am there about my experiences, and stories. Eeeek!! So EXCITED!!!