Cecilia’s Testimony – 11 Years old
I just want to make it clear that God is good. He needs to be in your life in order for you to see the true meaning if it. God wants you to do something meaningful to the world, something that you can do with who you are, with your strengths, and most importantly God’s will.
When I was five years old, I started to go to the kid’s church, Kids Blast, at Timberline Church. It was so exciting. I wanted to go to church with big-kids and learn big-kids stuff. Of course, like every church, the first thing they teach is how and why it is important to ask the Holy Spirit into your heart. They talk about how great heaven is, and that the only way to get there was through Jesus Christ. I remember thinking, “I know I’ve already done this, but I want to make sure I get to go to heaven.”
As I got older, Kids Blast got boring. Some of my dearest mentors, even my pastor had become full-time missionaries and had left to serve God. How weird I thought that was. Why not experience all of the things God has given you here? I thought of all the stuff I was thankful for- my pink room, my great house, my clothes, my food, my… my… my… I did not know that years later, all of my things would become a burden and that even more than the thankfulness of all my stuff I wanted others with nothing to have as much food, water, shelter and love that I had more than THINGS that I wanted. I should have been thankful for the roof over my head, the love God has given me, the family I have, the writing ability God has blessed me with.
I just didn’t get it as a kid; I didn’t really know who God was. I didn’t know that I could do anything at all with God’s will. Honestly, I didn’t trust Him. God gave me a great talent. I love to write and feel that the Lord has given me this strength to do something great. And until my dad went on a mission’s trip, I never understood how or why I need to trust God with all my heart.
My dad came home from his trip and showed my family and me pictures of Guatemala and his amazing adventure. Suddenly he put his phone down and said “I’d like to spend a couple of years there, God has really put this on my heart.” I started choking up as my brother Gabe began to cry. From the pictures my Dad showed us, I thought we were going to live in a tin shack. (Which we won’t) And the silly part was, I wasn’t even thinking about trusting God. The man who had parted the sea, healed people just by words, and the man who was brave enough to bear being punished for me – a girl who took him nearly for granted, was being ignored.
I realize now that I am moving half way across the world because of God’s will. He showed me that he put every single person on this earth to love Him and serve Him. He gave me the talent of writing to tell people like you why He is so worth it to have in life. He is truly the one thing that is worth moving half way across the world for. But even I cannot put His glory, His comfort, His love, or His plans into words; for He is so indescribably full of wonder. These my words cannot touch.
Post Script from Dad:
We are now 3 months away from boarding a plane with 10 suitcases and 5 one way tickets. It’s surreal.
Will you pray about walking beside us on our journey? We are looking for others who believe in what we are doing to partner with us both financially and in prayer. The thought of asking friends and family for “assistance” is uncomfortable for us but raising support is a necessary part of this process and God is teaching us a new perspective. He has reminded us that this is His movement that we are asking you to support, not our own.
We are looking for others who believe in our vision and want to partner with us to make a difference for God. How many times have you wanted to be a part of a something that you can trust? A cause that you can believe in and feel closely connected to? We pray that our calling to serve the poor in Guatemala can be that trusted cause. Thank you for being a part of this with us.
If you would like to be a part of our team, visit www.GodCalledUs.com
We would love to meet with you to share our short and long term vision. Call us at 970-388-3618 so we can get together for a cup of coffee.
George and Vonda