My daughter Nala had a uniquely designed mission project this summer. She teamed up with 11 other missionary kids (MKs) from around the world to serve in Orlando, Florida. This project was led by former MKs. Below is her newsletter about her experience.
From 24 June – 25 July, I got to serve on the MK2MK 2022 Orlando Summer Mission. Over four weeks we did lots of ministry. We did evangelism at the University of Central Florida (UCF). We participated in holistic ministry with The Sharing Center and UNTO, Cru’s humanitarian ministry. We worked with the kids of Celebration Community Athletics (CCA) playing games: ninja, kickball, and Kids from Mars. We also shared the gospel with the CCA kids. Along with all the ministry, we had sessions led by our leaders on various topics including building home, doubt, grief that we may have experienced as a missionary kid and storytelling.
Storytelling was a highlight for me because I came to mission with the prayer of being able to share my story not just any story but my testimony. I wanted to be able to testify about the overwhelming love and goodness of God in my life. During one session when we prepared to speak to college students at UCF, we learned how to write a 3 – 5 min testimony and how to engage in spiritual conversations. Being able to articulate what God has done in my life to college students in one minute was encouraging but there was still a yearning in my heart to share longer. During my quiet times I wrestled around on what to do knowing God wanted me to write my longer testimony. I finally told myself that I was going to write it, and God’s hand was at work.
Debrief was upon us and I had an individual appointment with my group leader, and she gave me the opportunity to share my full testimony to my fellow MKs, people who have had similar life experiences as me. In the moment my eyes wide, heart thumping, body scrunched up in a ball said, ‘Yes!’ Because at that moment I was in awe, perplexed at how God was working in the midst. On 24 July I got to share a testimony of God’s faithfulness in my life through His perfect timing.
Now that I am back in Texas, I look forward to doing a service project that will include crocheting, leading at my school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and lastly doing a six-week fast which I will complete before Christmas. Thank you again for everyone who supported me on my MK2MK Orlando summer mission.
The summer was full and filled with memories. See some of the highlights below: