Wanderlust: strong longing for or impulse toward wandering. A strong desire to travel.
This is not me. I just want to clear this up. I’m not just another 20-something with a desire to travel the world and experience new things.
Follower: an adherent or devotee of a particular person, cause, or activity.
Chosen: appointed: decided on beforehand; designated. Favored. Elected.
Called: To summon loudly
This is who I am. This is who I want to become. A follower of Christ, going where He has called me, proclaiming His name boldly, and giving Him the glory.
I just spent the past year working with Young Life International, building relationships and sharing the gospel with my middle school friends in San Jose. It was such an epic year! God reveals so much when you step outside of your comfort zone. To hear more about my year, check out my previous blog post.
I’ve had a wonderful time back home.
And very shortly I will be heading back to Costa Rica! I will be living with the Latimers (Check out their blog here!), near Tamarindo, Costa Rica, which is about 5 hours from San Jose where I was previously living. This is the same country, but a new culture and new community for me. Together as a family we’ll be figuring out what life looks like as a North American family living outside of the American Dream in a foreign land. As with any place Jesus went, I want to take the first year entering into a new community, getting to know people, building relationships, and learning the culture. I’ll be serving alongside Young Life and the local church in any way I can. I’m entering this place with open hands, ears to hear God, and eyes to see the Kingdom. God is already moving there, I’m going to see what role he has for me.
I don’t know much except that this is the beginning of something new, something epic; not because I’m any good, but because the God that lives inside me brings salt and light to this earth, and changes lives for eternity.
When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Sometimes when I tell people what I’m doing, a common response (besides the typical “You’re all crazy” response) is: “Oh what a great time in your life to do this. You’re young and free, go on and have this adventure!”
But this is so much more than just another adventure. This is living in the will of God. This is listening to the calling God has placed on my heart, and moving forward in obedience.
Since the beginning, lies have tried bombarding my mind. Just as when God called Moses to free His people, Moses responded with, “I’m not the guy for this job. I’m not good enough. That’s crazy. I’m not qualified to do this. Please send someone else.”
“But what if people aren’t on board with me? What if they don’t see the vision God has given me? What if I can’t raise enough money to live? What if people criticize me? This is irresponsible. This isn’t wise. What if they think this is some wanderlust adventure I want to go on? What if they don’t see the vision God has given me? I’m not qualified for this. I’m not living in reality.”
But then the words of God come back, louder and clearer:
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught us by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understsand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:13-14)
So do not throw away your confidence: it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For “in just a little while he who is coming will come and will not delay.” And, “But my righteous one will live by faith, and I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back. (Hebrews 10:35-38)
I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, “You are my servant”; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of age. (Matthew 28:18-20)
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Sprit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Romans 8:14-17)
I’m not on some journey seeking to find myself or my identity. My identity is in Christ. I’m living in my chosenness. I am a child of the King pursuing my calling to share the gospel with all the nations. My God goes before me and with me.
And I want to invite you into this with me. I wish God had revealed more of the plan to me. But He usually tells us to take step one in faith before he can give us step two. And so that’s where I’m at. Step one.
First and most importantly, I need your prayers. If you’d like to be on my prayer team, send me your email address or subscribe to my blog! I will be giving video updates and blog updates at least once a month.
Secondly, and still very important, I need your support financially. I put together a couple different budgets. To survive one year and establish a presence in Costa Rica, I will need $4,000. This will cover basic living expenses.
$4,000. That is only 25 people donating $13 a month!
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Thank you for being in this with me! So much love. For real.