I’m Going on a Mission Trip!

For many months now, God has been working quietly behind the scenes in my life. Lots of loving and serving and pouring out words on a page means that at some point I’ll probably need to slow down and allow some time (and room)to be filled up again.

A busy schedule, a back-to-back writing season, and leading Bible study sometimes takes a toll…not on me physically so much as emotionally and spiritually. I want to be someone who leads and loves well and in the midst of it all sometimes what truly matters gets lost in the shuffle.

For months now, girls in our youth group have asked about serving God on the mission field. I’d dismiss it as just another request to go “do” stuff. And in doing so I questioned whether or not we’d ever be able to go and serve God on the foreign mission field. There’s something about chasing God around the world that compares to nothing I’ve ever experienced. I’d ask around…hesitantly, for sure… if anyone knew about trip opportunities or ways to get there, wherever “there” may be. And for many months the doors felt closed and I became the quiet leader who wasn’t doing much leading at all. Needless to say, their requests never ceased.

About a month ago, the conversation came up again. “When can we go on a mission trip?” they’d ask. And please understand… these are highschoolers whose passion for Jesus is glowing. “We want to do something,” they’d say.

And then it hit me.

Why am I so caught up and worried about losing them after high school when I have an opportunity right now to be a part of what could be the difference maker in each of their lives?This could very well be God’s way of handing me another opportunity to witness the life change that takes place on the mission field whether it be on foreign or domestic soil. God is there. And he is with us now.

Last night, after leading Bible study, I gathered in a room with 10 other girls who are so serious and excited about serving. And my heart skipped a beat. They want to do this. And I get to be the hands and feet of Jesus right alongside them. What an honor.

fullsizerenderSo, I’m going on a mission trip. This summer, I’ll be traveling with Orphan’s Heart to Guatemala to serve in a malnutrition center. (I’ve served here before….remember this?) The cost of our trip is $2,000 and to be very honest with you, I have no idea how God is going to come through as I try to raise the money to go. I’m being faithful in answering the call, but I’m doing so very humbly this time because I don’t know how it will happen. I do know that God is faithful and he will provide.

We’ve talked about some ways to raise the funds to go and so I’ll pass these along as information in case you’d like to give to support my trip expenses. Most importantly, however, I’d ask you to pray. Most of these girls have never traveled internationally before and so their faith is carrying them through a season of much dependence on God and his good plans for their life. It inspires me and my faith grows watching theirs.

Ways to be a part of this new adventure and changing kids’ lives in Guatemala for good:

  • Donate to support my trip fund via Orphan’s Heart (This is tax deductible. Please include my name as the trip participant): Click HERE to give now.
  • Give via my PayPal Link (This goes directly to me for trip expenses) : Click HERE to give now.
  • Buy a t-shirt from me! The cost of each shirt is $20. More info and ways to order coming soon!
  • Buy a custom wood sign…handmade by yours truly! Cost per sign is $15. All proceeds go to mission trip cost. Email me for more info! (kindallcrummey@gmail.com)
  • If you are unable to give financially, please pray for us! God knows the need and I trust he will meet it.

Much love to you. Thank you for being a difference maker in my life and in the lives of children around the world. May God bless you and keep you.


God Doesn’t Forget

I’ve been thinking lately about all of the projects that I’d really like to get to…and those I need to get to. They range anywhere from getting my Easter decorations finished around the house to baking a new recipe that looks really (really) good to making time to write and plan for our upcoming girls’ Bible study nights. Oh, and I really need to clean out the fridge! (That will be a project!) Annnnnnnd pay the bills. And mop the kitchen floor. See what I mean? The list grows. My mind drifts. Nothing gets accomplished. It gets kinda crazy at about this time of the year for me. With all the school testing and spring break fever and let’s just be honest- LIFE- finding the willpower to keep up with the day’s demands gets harder and harder to do. Maybe you can relate.

In fact, last week I drove up to the house, like I always do, mind focused on two things- lunch and um, lunch. (Well, one thing really.) When I pulled into the driveway it hit me. It was Tuesday. The garbage truck had already taken my neighbors’ trash and mine….yeah mine… was still sitting at the garage door full of garbage. How lovely. That’s just what I wanted- to spend another week with the leftovers. Geez Louise. I realized that in all that I had going on, taking out the trash completely slipped my mind. I couldn’t keep up. I DIDN’T keep up. I forgot.

When things get really busy in my life, I begin to forget. I forget the seemingly little tasks like taking the trashcan to the road because my mind is lost in getting other things done. I know where this leads. I’ve been here before. A full mind can be a forgetful mind. I know because mine is.

And then this thought came to me: Although I strive to be like Christ daily, I won’t ever really have it all together. I’ll still forget sometimes. But God, the God who made me and you, the God who created the galaxies and formed the earth, the God who has known me by name since before I was even a thought, knows everything and still, still doesn’t forget the details. Details matter to our God. He balances the weight of the world in the palm of his hand and still, he knows my thoughts, my fears, my insecurities. He knows what makes me laugh and what makes me cry. He knows that I don’t really like chocolate ice cream and that I can’t fry pork chops like my mama to save my life. He knows what I’ll become and who I’ll marry someday. God knows about all my “projects” and still he sees far beyond what my mind can fathom into my own future. He knows exactly when I’ll stand at the end of this life’s journey and yet he doesn’t forget that the journey matters. He doesn’t forget that I’m here and I’m his. And he hasn’t forgotten about you either. Let that sink in.

God Hasn't ForgottenMaybe you needed to hear this today. Be encouraged. I often write because I, too, just need to hear it sometimes. I need to be reminded that God is bigger than Monday morning. He’s bigger than my greatest fear or insecurity. God is more capable of keeping it all together than I ever will be and in that alone I find peace.

To the mama reading this today from behind the desk at the office or in the middle of laundry in the living room, God hasn’t forgotten about all the details of your life. He hasn’t forgotten about the dreams you feel were placed on hold while you raised babies. He knows all about those nights you stay up praying for your child. He hears you. God sees deep into the details of everyday life and finds purpose and value. He knows your concerns and you’re greatest joys. He didn’t forget that he made you for moments like this.

To the young woman, the 20-something like me, trying to find her place in the world, God hasn’t forgotten about that promise he made to you. He knows your ins and outs, your ups and downs. The God who created you knows exactly when the right doors will open. He knows who that man is he made for you and exactly when he’ll come knocking on the doors of your heart. He didn’t forget that deep within your heart dreams and divine purpose were born. In fact, he placed them there. He sees how hard you’re chasing after a life of meaning and purpose and value. He made you for moments like this. Keep running hard after him.

To the teenage girl who’s just trying to survive high school and hormones, God hasn’t forgotten what it feels like to walk in your shoes. The pressure. The weight of it all. Grades. Teachers. Parents. The youth group. Sports. Friends. You name it. God hasn’t forgotten that you’re here although at times it feels like you may get a little lost in it all. God created a beautiful, one-of-a-kind, masterpiece when he made you. You’re able to survive the teenage years with grace and integrity and humility and purity. You can because God is for you. You are not forgotten. And let me add this- no matter how far away he feels from you, God will not forget that you are his.

So today, I think we all can agree with the fact that sometimes we just need to be reminded that God knows us well. He loves us and he hasn’t forgotten about the details of our lives no matter how many times we mess it up. I’m so thankful that God doesn’t forget. Aren’t you?

God, I’m so thankful that you haven’t forgotten about me. I know that I can find peace and rest in the fact that because you made me, you know every detail about me. There’s not one other person that has ever been or will ever be like me, yet you know me individually like you know everything else you made. You see the big picture of my life here on earth, from beginning to end and still, the journey details matter to you. You know what moves me. You know what burdens me. You know my inner being better than I know myself. I stand in awe of you that you balance galaxies and even the grains of sand in all the earth in the palm of your hand. God, even in all of this, you haven’t forgotten about me and you won’t. My life matters. My days matter. My moments matter to you. Help me to remember this truth today. Amen.