Nicaragua 2015

Whew, can this trip really have ended so long ago?  I feel like I have just returned!  

Nicaragua 2015 was epic.  Amazing.  Incredible.  Unbelievable.  Life shattering... and so much more.  God used this trip in such a huge way that even now I stand amazed at it.  
In the Fall of 2014, I stood in Youth Group and specifically heard the Lord whisper to my heart, "Go to Nicaragua."  There is not much you can do with a charge such as that one but obediently wait for the opportunity and take the next step.  
And, in a miraculous series of God-movements, it came.  On July 21st, 2015, I stepped into an experience I never could have imagined.  What God would do in those 16 days and every day after would change the course of my life forever.  Literally.  
The Lord took me on a journey that cut deeply into my heart, and left me helplessly begging for His strength to go on.  He "took me through the refining fire", and proved to me just how helpless I truly am, yet how magnificent and wonderfully powerful He is.
He shattered my life and began piecing it back together, little by little, and in His timing.

After returning home, I struggled and fought with the realization that I was indeed, home.  Everything in me revolted at the thought that I might become self-sufficient again, and turn from my desperate need for God that I had found during the trip.  And so God took me on another adventure, and got me into Trinity Christian School in Greenville, NC.  I had one plan, God had another.  His plan prevailed, and I am so inexpressibly grateful that it did.  

My junior year at Trinity was the best year of my life yet.  I immediately adored the school and found myself at home there almost instantly.  Teacher were soon commenting how odd it was that I hadn't been at the school my whole life.  We all felt like I had.  
The year was long and hard.  I often found myself almost unbearably stressed by the many tests and pressure I put on myself to do well.  But just when I had worked myself up to a frenzy, the Lord whispered sweetly to my heart, "Come to me, you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and learn from me, for I am gently and humble in heart, and you will find rest for you souls. My yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30).  And I would realize just how much strain and stress I was causing unnecessarily, and how only what the Lord wants me to do really and truly matters.  The year was truly amazing, and I know that God used Nicaragua in a mighty way to get me to listen and go to Trinity.  

This video was made by the team leader and gives a fun idea of what we did... though we didn't this wild... all the time, that is.  

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