I’ve had a lot of WOW moments. Beginning on August 17, 1987 when our firstborn entered the world. She, along with her younger brother and sister, have been wowing us ever since.
I’d like to share the latest WOW.
Cristi, my 22-year-old went on a missions trip with her college softball team to the Dominican Republic in January. It was an amazing trip for her. She writes:
It was an experience in my life that I will never forget, and so many things have stayed with me since that time. I was in a city called Jarabacoa, at the missionary base with a group called Students International. This organization does so much for this small community, and is working on the communities around it as well.
While I was there, I fell in love with the culture and the people. Every person that I ran into was so thankful that we were there, and couldn’t thank us enough. That made me appreciate so many things that I took for granted back home. I worked at the boy’s sports site, and played baseball with them ALL DAY LONG. I was in heaven:). All that to say it was an amazing experience that I will never forget, and when we were leaving, I knew that I would return someday.
One of the first things she said to me when she got back in the States and could call me was, “Mom, please don’t be mad. I want to go back for a summer internship.”
Mad? How could I be mad that my daughter was listening to God tug at her heart?
I listened to her story:
The last day I was there, my sports site leader, Jess Gates, and I were talking. She asked me to be her intern for the summer. I remember looking at her and thinking is she crazy? But the more and more I thought about it the more and more comfortable I got with the idea. So much so, that that’s all I thought about on the plane ride back to the States.
She called me in tears after the Thursday night worship service at her college.
“I’ve never felt like this, Mom. I’ve never felt God working in me like this! I don’t know how to explain it.”
Sometimes you can’t, my dear. Sometimes you gotta just let God do His thing. And so she is:
I have been given an amazing opportunity to return to the Dominican for the entire summer, 10 weeks. I will be working at the girls sports site this time, with Jess. I know that this is something that God is calling me to, and through many signs I have seen his hand in this for me. My only struggle is financial issues. But I know that God is stronger than any amount laid before me!
I am asking you to support me, whether that be financially, or through prayer, or both! Prayer is more important than anything to me right now; this is a HUGE step in my life that I know needs to be made. This is requiring me to be away from my family for a long period of time, and also going right back to school after being in a different country for 10 weeks.
I am planning on keeping a blog while I am there, so send me your email if you want me to keep you updated! Thank you so much again, and I really appreciate you all in this important time in my life!
Ted and I are praying God will blow Cristi away in supplying her needs. She is a little bit nervous about trusting God to supply the $1,600 she needs to do the internship. That is a lot of money and this is a huge step of faith for her.
If you feel that you’d like to be financially involved in Cristi’s incredible journey once again to the D.R., you can contact me by posting a comment, or sending a check to me made out to “Students International” and I will see that she gets it.
I am so thankful that we have a WOW God! And now Cristi is experiencing His WOW-ness for herself.