Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Next Year

Well, it's official. I'm going to China next year. So excited :)

After talking to my mom I was explaining the feeling of not being able to not go back. The thought of not seeing their faces and playing with those kids next year makes me very sad.

I feel the calling to go back.

But there are so many reasons of why I can't go back.
1. Graduating
2. Spending the summer to focus on college in the fall
3. Senior trip
4. Spending money on college instead of China
5. Spending money on a new computer that is desperately needed instead of China.

The list goes on and on. But as I think of all the reasons why I should NOT go back, I can't help but think of all the reasons I SHOULD go back.

I SHOULD go back to share the love I have received with kids who have not received it.

I SHOULD go back to share Christ with children and nannies who do not know Him.

I SHOULD go back to play with, sing with, and pray over precious kids and babies.

One of the amazing team members from this year wrote a beautiful blog post about our China experience. You can read about that here.

One thing she said that I really loved is this: God wants our trust and faith in HIM - not circumstances. 

So instead of worrying about the things that are to come in the next year, I am going to trust in God and put my faith in Him and not the circumstances that are to come. 

Proverbs 3:5 says, "Trust the Lord with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding."

So instead of worrying about where the $4000 is going to come from, I am going to trust in the Lord. 

Instead of worrying about annoying people yet again about fundraising and supporting me, I am going to trust in the Lord. 

And instead of worrying about how all of this is going to come together, I am going to trust in the Lord and give it all to Him.


  1. Hey Charlie! My name is Bethany and I actually just found your blog. I think it's really, really neat that you are serving the Lord like you are. What kind of missions do you do?
    I actually just had the amazing chance to go to Africa this year! I wrote a little about it on my blog:
    I look forward to reading more about what God is doing in your life. :)

  2. Hi Bethany! For some reason I just saw this comment--I'm so sorry! This past year I went to China for the second time to love on orphans in a city called Chenzhou. I fell in love with them in 2010 and got to go back last year, and God's calling me back again this year. What did you do in Africa?

  3. Good for you. It's always best to follow the Lord's leading. He'll work everything else out!