General Cepeda Mexico!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
General Cepeda Mexico!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
I'm so excited and nervous at the same time. I can't wait to be blessed and challenged by the Lord.
Intake is basically like a three month retreat, during which I will listen to talks, learn how to give talks, and study from the Bible and Church documents. For my first year I will have a dating fast and internet (save for 2 hours on Sunday) fast. This is so I can focus my whole self on the mission God has placed in my life. To go to the whole world proclaiming the kingdom of God. One of the months, November, will be spent in Mexico, in active service and proclamation. At the end of my training, the directors, Joseph and Brooke Summers, will send me and a team of missionaries to our first mission post.
Please keep me and my fellow missionaries in prayer.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
What I need to work on now, and for the rest of my life, is to make my heart like His. People are not my favorite. They are noisy, talking all the time, they have different ideas than I do, sometimes even a small group of friends intimidate me. Me, is my space, and I don't want a ton of people tramping in it. Dwelling on this I've asked God why He's called me to be a missionary. Ezekiel
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
What I need to work on now, and for the rest of my life, is to make my heart like His. People are not my favorite. They are noisy, talking all the time, they have different ideas than I do, sometimes even a small group of friends intimidate me. Me, is my space, and I don't want a ton of people tramping in it. Dwelling on this I've asked God why He's called me to be a missionary.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
I have this fear that is completely unfounded. God has only good plans for my future. And I know this because of all He's done in the past. This summer I've been on two amazing mission trips. This fall I have my missionary training. I have a wonderful family that inspires me to grow closer to God. I am surrounded by missionaries who give of themselves to the fullest extent. I turned my back on the Divine Lover, but he never stopped wooing me. How's that for blessed? Who am I to fear?
In the book of Exodus, right after God leads his people through the Red Sea, we read that they start to grumble and complain and worry.
"Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out of into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger." (Exodus 16:3)
God has just done mighty deeds for them! He split the Red Sea and wiped out Pharaohs' army. And the Israelites are worried about something as trivial as food? The God who created the earth, who created them, who led them out of Egypt with signs and wonders is not going to forget about food.
I guess I've always kinda known this but it really hit me today. I'm just like them. I sit back after I see God do miracles and say, "Um God I don't trust you with my future." Wow. He's shown me in so many ways that He loves me. And yet I still fear. God forgive me! I'm just like them. I can make excuses:
"If I don't know what God's will is then I'm going to mess up and I'll ruin my entire life."
"God may have done miracles for others but He doesn't do them for me."
On and on. Stop. Think. Are any of those excuses true? No. Okay? Okay.
To wrap up my ramblings I have to say that I don't have a brilliant answer or solution to this problem. But I'm gonna bet He does. And I'll just go with that and pray, and ask others to pray as well, that I would learn how to completely trust God.
Monday, July 29, 2013
As I left Quito, heading to the airport, to fly back home I was telling myself the same thing.
"No, stay, don't go back. Just stay." God worked in wonderful ways on the trip and I didn't want to leave.
Leading up to the trip I prayed that those on the trip would have open hearts and minds. God answered that prayer 100%. I came into the trip only know one of the teens, but even in that one week of getting to know them, I saw so much change. I saw their hearts open to the children we played with, and the adults we talked and prayed over. I saw their minds open to the great task of missions. I was so blessed.
One of the main things I love about Ecuador is how hard we have to work to go to small communities. One day we hike hours to a community, and once we get there we usually start a game of soccer with the kids. It's exhausting but so rewarding. Your legs ache, but as you sing and hold the hand of a small child you know it's worth it.
I was also just so blessed to be back in missions. I wake up each morning and I know my goal. Sometimes, when I'm back stateside, it's easy to get sidetracked. In missions everything you do is for Him.
Another thing is being surrounded by likeminded people. Not only are you going through a life changing journey, but so are the 20 or so other people with you. And it's so amazing to see them change, to hear their testimonies of God's grace and serve along side them.
Missions is not just me going to another country and teaching people about God. It's also God teaching me through them. This reminds me of a verse from Sirach: "As you have used us to show them your holiness, so now use them to show us your glory."
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
August of this year I'm going to turn 18, and I know there are many options for me to pursue. For about 4 years now I've wanted to get my certification to be a practicing midwife, this is something still on my heart but it doesn't seem as important now.
Many of my friends are going on to college, but that too doesn't seem as important. What seems most important living a life, and preaching a gospel that will save souls, all with the help of Christ.
So a couple days ago I gave my application to be a full time missionary with FMC. (fmcmissions.com)
My missionary training, called Intake, starts in September. I ask everyone to pray for me as I prepare for training.