Okay, so I’m “that girl”

On July 1, 2017, I will begin a seven week internship at New Hope Community Church as counselor for Vacation Bible School.

Okay, so I’m “that girl.” I’m “that girl” who went on her first missions trip, fell in love, and never wanted to leave; who journaled about her experiences, how she witnessed the power of God, and her pleading prayers to Him; who has thought about that special place every day since with hopes to return. I am “that girl” who God has opened door after door for in order that she may continue to share Jesus with the people she fell in love with, learning from the wise men and women she cherishes, and grow exponentially in relationship with Him . . . , and then started a blog to share her heart with her friends and family back home. (Sorry if this is too cliche or typical too handle.)

In November of 2016, I went on my first missions trip to the inner city West Brighton of Staten Island, New York. Partnering with New Hope Community Church, we had the opportunity to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for some lovely people and share with them Jesus’ overwhelming love! Before embarking on this journey, I made up mind to have no expectations, no pride, and no limits on what God would accomplish. My goal was to surrender myself to Him as His vessel, and the outcome . . . . Well, let’s just say His power and love moved me to tears. I never ever thought I would have a heart for ministry. Formerly, I was content being a complacent Christian, keeping my faith to myself and shying away from opportunities to share it. God had different plans though.

An excerpt from my personal journal:

“God, You are great. You work in great and powerful ways. I lay myself down – my whole heart – at the foot of your cross. I humble myself before you, God. Let my heart be Yours, my mind – yours, my body – yours. Father, please use me. Use me as a vessel or a catalyst.

“May only You be magnified. I pray only Your name would be made great. No matter how much my flesh struggles against itself, God, I want more of You and less of me. Holy Spirit, please lead me where my trust is without borders. I surrender my whole heart to you, Jesus. Take it all. Take it all away. I know you will provide the means so only You are glorified.

“Jesus, please offer me peace for my soul. Grant comfort and love to those who are hurt, weary, and heavy burdened. Would you please give them rest? I need Your strength to embrace Your call to me.” Thursday, November 24, 2016

Now, I am confident I could write a whole book (or maybe a couple books) on the pain I’ve experienced, hardships I’ve endured, and tears I’ve cried in the past couple years. However, little did I know, each trial would play a role in preparing me for all which God had in store. So, what does He have in store?

On July 1, 2017, I will begin a seven week internship at New Hope Community Church as counselor for Vacation Bible School. This job is completely new, almost entirely foreign, slightly overwhelming, and the longest I have ever been away from home. Most importantly, I would like to request to be included in your prayers. I would like to request of you to include the ministry of New Hope in your prayers. Finally, I would like to request of you to passionately pray for the hearts of the children we seek to share Jesus with, that their hearts would be open, receptive, and fulfilled.

6 thoughts on “Okay, so I’m “that girl”

  1. I guess that makes me “that youth minister.” That youth minister who’s going to miss having you around for seven weeks but who will be excited to read about your adventures and all the amazing things you experience while you’re gone!

    But before that…Impact.

    You and blogging seems like a good fit.

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    1. I’ll make you proud!! Thank you for training me for this time. So excited for Impact and all that we’ll learn there! Love you

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  2. Even though we’ve mostly watched you grow up through pictures and reunions, we are deeply proud of you and are overjoyed that you have found what God has called you to do. May your journey be amazing and know that we will pray for you and for continued blessings in your life. Thank you for sharing your love for Jesus with the rest of the world. If you need anyone at anytime in your life for anything just know that you have an extended family you can reach out to. God bless you sweet girl and we’ll be checking up on you!!
    The Winfreys

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  3. I don’t think you will really remember me, you can ask your Mom about me.

    This melted my heart! My prayer for you is that you keep this “My goal was to surrender myself to Him as His vessel….” as a daily choice in your life.

    I am so excited for you and this journey. To be so young and be able to realize that everything that has happened in your life, the good and the bad things, He has used for His good, for your role today, that is a blessing!

    I will pray for the work you will be partnering in with New Hope Community Church, for all the hearts you will touch, and for you to feel His peace in those moments you miss home.

    I look forward to reading all about everything!!

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  4. We couldn’t be prouder of you Lauren! You are always in our thoughts and prayers. You have already accomplished so much! Love you ❤️

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