As followers of Jesus, we are all headed in the same direction, toward face-to-face life with King Jesus. It makes sense that as we travel together as pilgrims…
God always has a plan. Often His plan is confusing, exhausting, and overwhelming. Looking back at the year in the Fellows program, I see how evident His hand was in each confusing, exhausting, and overwhelming moment. I worked as Program Assistant at Boosterthon Fun Run. Boosterthon proved to be the biggest blessing, while also being the greatest challenge. The role brought me so far outside of my comfort zone. I couldn’t begin to know how to crawl back into it.
The family of Boosterthon was one of genuine love, compassion, and encouragement. While I felt that I wasn’t in my strengths during my internship, that did not stop the Boosterthon team from validating me as the person God made me to be. It is because of Boosterthon that I found my passion for people, and specifically students. I found a desire to use the school campus and community as my mission field.
Boosterthon showed me what it means to be selfless and love others while showering them with God's love. It is because of my time there that I am now a school counselor, teaching character education every day. I will forever be thankful for the Booster family. So lean on the promise that God has designed every second for your best interest even when it is confusing, exhausting, and overwhelming. We need confusing, exhausting, and overwhelming to bring us back to surrender.
“What? We are going on a mission trip to where?!”
I remember those exact thoughts when I learned that our Fellows class was headed to my home state for a week-long mission trip. In fact, I probably laughed out loud. However, when our feet hit the ground in Chattanooga and I saw where we would spend the next several days, my opinion changed.
I knew that we didn’t have to go a third-world country across the globe to do a “missions trip”, but Chattanooga made it tangible. I never knew that I could be so oblivious to circumstances so close to home. This trip opened my eyes and filled with memories that I will never forget. We helped fix a house and move one of the ministry’s neighbors. We volunteered at a local afterschool program, put on a skit, and played a lot of basketball. And we worshipped with community members and heard their testimonies.
I lived overseas for over a year after college, and I am passionate about missions abroad. However, I believe now that we must be focused locally to impact our own communities. We do not have to look outside our own home, neighborhood, workplace, church, or schools to see the desperate need for Christ. My time in Chattanooga as a Fellow will always impact how I see my faith integrating with my daily life.
With more hope comes more intimacy with our Father. He is a giver, and as you press in and stop striving – the more you encounter His actual, tangible love.
Of all the words I could use to describe the Fellows Program, “easy” is not one of them. Some of us ran across the finish line, while the rest of us army crawled our way to the end. Nevertheless, the 2017-2018 Charlotte Fellows graduated.