Hey friends! So, y'all have heard me talk about my sister-in-law, Kari Beth. Today, I wanted to introduce her sister, Kelsey, to all of you. Kelsey is going on a major God-adventure in about a month as a missionary in East China.
Her story reminds me of how we are all called to be disciples of Christ and we are all so proud of her for allowing herself to be completely used by God for this experience. Below, are Kelsey's words about why she chose to be a missionary and what she will be doing:
I just graduated from Auburn in public relations a few weeks ago. I became involved with Campus Crusade for Christ my sophomore year at Auburn. The summer after my freshman year I traveled to China with Church of the Highlands. My team taught English in an elementary school and God gave me a whole new vision for the world. I realized how big He is and how He is working across the world in ways I cannot even imagine. Even though this region of the world is a “closed” country that is predominately atheist, God is moving in a big way.
After my first trip to East Asia, I knew I wanted to go back. I stayed involved with Campus Crusade and learned about their partnership with East Asia. Specifically Auburn’s Crusade has sent students to intern in the same city in East Asia. I will be taking Mandarin classes at a university while also meeting students on campus. It is basically like any other college ministry where we meet students and share the gospel with them then disciple them. Once meeting students, we will continue to disciple them each week and cultivate relationships with them. We teach them how to read their Bibles or lead a small group and become Christian leaders for their peers on their own college campus.
I feel like the Lord has led me to East Asia because the students there are searching for something. Most of them find fulfillment by their success in school and hope for a profitable career. The majority of these students have heard of Santa Claus but never heard the name of Jesus. If they have heard of Jesus, they don’t know the story behind it. Unlike the American Christian culture, when these Asian students hear the gospel, they are on fire for God! They want to tell all of their friends the good news, and they don’t experience the shame of Christianity like we often do.
I made this decision knowing that I wanted to give God a year of my life. Since I have just graduated from college and have no specific career path or significant other, this is the perfect time to answer God’s calling on my life. There are definitely fears associated with going but God has given me a peace that I cannot explain. I honestly feel more comfortable go across the world next year than I would trying to search for a job in Birmingham.
We were given fundraising training for a weekend in Atlanta with all of the other interns. I also received training from Campus Crusade staff members at Auburn on different ways to share the gospel. I will be going to intern training in Chicago August 13-19, then leaving for East Asia on the 19th.
How can you help? Prayer! I need a team of people praying for me as I prepare and while I am in East Asia. Also, you can give through a one-time donation or choose to support me monthly. I am raising $33,000 in all for the whole year (rent for an apartment, classes, flight, food, etc.) Go to www.give.ccci.org and choose to give to a staff member. My account number is 645435. It’s a pretty simple process and you can choose to give through a credit card or checking account.
If anyone has any questions they can email me at email@example.com.
Below is a bible verse that sums up why I am going and what encourages me everyday!
"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 they preach unless they are sent?
As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'"
Blogger friends, if you can support Kelsey through your prayers and donations, I know she would appreciate it so much. Just think for a second what it means to be a college graduate choosing to become a missionary for God. Her options for her future were endless, but she chose to seek out the Lord and His will for her life. Kelsey's choice gives me so much courage and hope and makes me proud of the generation that is behind me. If any of you are interested in this type of ministry, contact her at the e-mail address above; I know she would be happy to talk to you about it.
Till next time, let your light shine!