Reflections from a Haiti Mission Trip
This past March I had an opportunity to leave my work and school projects to go to Haiti for a week long service trip, with a small group of people mainly from the Baltimore area. I took the opportunity, even though I knew it would be difficult managing my work before and after the trip. I gave it to God, as something told me it would be blessed and life-giving.
Unlike past Haiti service trips (I have gone twice before), this time around I felt like I was able to be truly present (not thinking of work or people back in the U.S.). I was given the grace to remain in the present, which enabled me to connect with people and pray in a much more tangible way. I walked into this experience with the prayer: “Lord, I am here, make of this what you want it to be.” What the Lord showed me blew me away.
Two weeks ago I participated in an event called “Encounter the Light.” The purpose of “Encounter the Light” was to provide the opportunity for people to have an encounter with the Lord by coming to spend time with him through quiet time, reflection, and prayer. This opportunity was made available because Holy Cross Church in Federal Hill opened their doors on a Saturday night from 9pm – midnight. I heard about this event through ChristLife, the young adult group I am a member of. The idea sounded neat to me and since I like new experiences and the faith I wanted to see what this “Encountering the Light” was all about. Continue reading
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.” (Proverbs 19:21, RSVCE)
About two years ago I was starting what I thought would be my final semester at the University of Florida, where I would then graduate and enter the professional workforce. I knew what I wanted to do and where I wanted to work. I had my future figured out and was determined to pursue it.
However, despite my plans, God had other plans. Around mid-March 2013, during spring break, I felt that something was out of the ordinary. The feeling was physical. It was on my neck. It was a slightly enlarged bump. It was a Continue reading
“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Luke 12:49)
Early in November, I attended the National Leaders’ & Ministries Conference (sponsored by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal National Service Committee) with four others from the ChristLife Young Adults. The theme of the event was “IGNITE,” and the weekend included inspiring and insightful talks from a variety of speakers with plenty of praise and worship to fill the time in between. I wish I could point to one salient speaker, topic, or nugget of wisdom that impacted me more powerfully than others to make writing a testimony easier. Instead, the overall atmosphere from the congregation of people and prayer precipitated a subtle and deep transformation within me, and I understood this spiritual fruit in the week following the conference.