My Trip to Zambia

August 17, 2018

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     Hello, my name is Megan Hensley and I am twenty-one years old. I have attended House of Prayer church since I was a baby. I recently returned from a mission trip in Zambia, South Africa with a group called Overland Missions. It was a two week adventure that has forever changed my life…to say it was “amazing” is an understatement. After participating in a mission trip to Peru at sixteen, I wanted to take a more in depth journey to share the gospel with the lost, so I prayed until God opened the doors to for me to travel to Africa.

 

     The first few days were spent traveling to get to the destination, orientation to the organization as well as the culture that we were entering into, and praise and worship. From the main base, we traveled twelve hours on a bumpy, sandy road to a place called Mutumena. We spent the next five days traveling miles on foot to multiple huts and villages to minister to the people of Mutumena. Each day held another lesson and more opportunity for dramatic growth in my spiritual walk. I learned so many things as well as grew in multiple areas but I wanted to share just a few with you. The first thing is I learned how much I was “trusting” God, until he showed me I was not giving him 100%. For a large portion of my Christian walk I felt as though God never listened to me and left me alone. I felt like I was the only one who never actually heard Him speak to me, when in reality; it was me not being attentive to what he was telling me. I learned to truly give Him ALL of me compared to ALMOST all of me. It was then my eyes were opened to a whole new relationship and intimacy with my Savior. I also learned to crucify my flesh and understanding that it didn’t matter if I was nervous or embarrassed about witnessing and sharing the gospel or if I didn’t memorize enough Scripture…because guess what? IT IS NOT ABOUT ME. It is about Him being glorified THROUGH me. Lastly, most importantly, what I want to share that I learned is I learned about the beauty in the simplicity of the gospel. I was so nervous about what to say, how to say it, and what Bible passages to use, that I lost track of what the main goal was. It is all about confessing your sins, believing that He is your Savior, and renewing that relationship that was broken by sin. He created us for the purpose of relationship and bringing more of His children into the kingdom. He sent Christ to reconcile us so that we can make the choice to fix what was broken by sin and darkness.

 

      I am so grateful for this opportunity God has provided for me. I cannot describe how much He changed my heart and mindset over the past few weeks and I am anxious to see the work He completes through me. I am ready to trust him 100%, be bold in the title he has given me as His child, and push forward to what He has for me in His plan. Whoever may be reading this right now, I just want you to know that I promise He has a plan for you too. The God I am describing to you is the same God yesterday, today, and forever. If he opened my eyes, he can open yours too, despite where you are or what you have done. He is just waiting for you to take a step of faith so He can create the path. 

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