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A Story

As of today I have $2917! I’m liking the way my graph is looking. :)

I wanted to write out how this all started. How I found out about TWR, that kind of thing. Perhaps articulating it all at once will reveal God’s hand in it for me more.
I hope it’s not a boring story, though.

So. Last semester I was chatting with my friend, Matt, in the student center at school and one of his friends, Susanna, came to talk with him, too. There was a brochurey thing on the table about the missions fair that would happen the next day, and Su said something about how she got an internship with one of the groups. Maybe I talked about broadcasting before that and that’s how it came up? I can’t quite remember, but it came up somehow. She talked about her internship experience with engineering work at the radio station and encouraged me to look into it as she had an awesome experience there. I didn’t have post-graduation plans so I was pretty cool with checking out anything.
The next day I signed up for a time to meet with Anne and Heather, the recruiters who came to JBU. We met. They bought me coffee-the way to my heart! We talked about my career goals, if I had traveled internationally before, what my family would think. Lots of important related things like that. I was encouraged to apply online if I still thought it was something the Lord might want me to get involved in. I felt like it was the right thing to do and if I didn’t get chose then it wasn’t meant to be. I didn’t have my heart set on it and honestly I didn’t think I’d get chosen anyway. It seemed like an opportunity that was just way too awesome for me. Also, I’m not the most knowledgeable radio person I know by any means. In fact, my only radio knowledge from school came from a programming class where a friend and I came up with our own radio station, promos, programming, call letters, logo ideas, target demographic, you name it. [Favorite class ever!] That’s one way I know it’s the Lord-I’m not the most qualified person, but I was asked to come serve the Lord in this way. So cool!

I’m in a radio class now so I’m learning more now. Promise.

So that’s how it all happened. I like the story. But maybe I’m biased.

In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:6

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March 6

Over the last few days, I have been pondering the purpose of the trip–my purpose for going on the trip… For the broadcast experience? To prolong the insanely scary task of getting a job? To help people? To go somewhere new? To do something “cool?”

WHY am I going to South Africa for this broadcasting internship?

The Lord has impressed upon me the importance of making this trip be HIS trip and not my own. It can’t be for something selfish — basically all of my reasons for going are selfish somehow. I must earnestly commit this to Him. This goes beyond praying about it every day, reading my Bible while I’m there, and talking about Jesus occasionally. Actually, I’m not totally sure what committing the trip to Him means, but I know I must do it. In all ways the trip must be about the Glory of God being revealed. In my relationships, in the work that I do, and in my thoughts I must commit myself to Christ.

I must recognize the power of God, His ordering of the trip in the first place, how He holds it all in His hands. How can I do anything good apart from Him?

I recently got to sing these words and they come back to me now:
I exalt thee, I exalt thee, I exalt thee.