In October this year, I will be heading with a team from our church, to India for a medical missions trip. I’ve always wanted to do missions, but always felt like I never had enough money, or enough annual leave to really go. I always thought 4 weeks of annual leave was never enough for my own Rest & Relaxation, let alone missions. Once I received my long service leave, the holy spirit prompted me with a “here you go, extra leave, what will you do with it?” kind of attitude. Then on top of that I’ve always thought if I want to go on these trips, I need to be able to support myself.

But leading up to this trip, God challenged me to do some personal fundraising. I hesitated for a few weeks. Finally, on my birthday, in May, with the lowest expectations, and probably an element of embarrassment, I put up a crowdfunding request. After a week, friends donated $800. I was shocked, amazed and humbled. The simple fact that people wanted to support me in pursing what I believe God wants me to do was not only humbling, but spoke to my pride. God started to dismantle the thought that I had to be self-sufficient, that I couldn’t or even shouldn’t look to others for help. I know. Crazy right?

I never want to underestimate what God can do, and how He can work. But I unfortunately do. So I’m so thankful that He has shown me so much grace as I walk with Him, discovering and re-discovering the God he is, kind, compassionate, generous and gracious.

Ephesians 3:20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more that we might ask or think.

Jien-Mae
Occupational Therapist
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