Hey, friends! I am Alexis Chastain. I am 21 years old, and I am in my junior year at Meredith College. Currently, I am studying music education, and my primary instrument is the Tenor Sax, and my secondary is voice. I have always loved working with kids, especially middle schoolers! Yeah, I know, it’s not the age group most people want to teach, but I want to be a good musical influence and role model for students during the crucial years of adolescence. I want to be the encouraging voice my students need to hear during the sometimes gloomy days of middle school. So what do I like to do with my free time? Well, when I’m not slaving away in the practice room or studying for my classes, like most college students I enjoy the occasional Netflix binge, listening to music, and hanging out with my friends.
I’ve always enjoyed writing. In fact, I used to write all the time: short stories, poems, and sometimes I would attempt journaling. Unfortunately when I started college, the only writing I was doing was for my classes. It wasn’t until recently that I realized I missed expressing myself through pen and page. I did not really have much to write about when I started school. I had lost my muse, but recently I have found something worth writing about. My experiences with Christ.
Jesus saved me when I was eight years old, and I have been involved in church since I was in my mother’s womb. I would go to Sunday School, Children’s Church, Music Camps, Children’s Choir, VBS, and more. Then around sixth grade, I started volunteering at VBS, and I knew that I was supposed to work with kids. I loved teaching about Jesus, and showing others how much He loved them. Throughout the years I have worked at Vacations Bible Schools, Children’s Services, and over the summers, I work at a small Christian summer camp called Truett Camp. While I have loved working with local missions, I have known since the age of 12 that God called me to do missions abroad. This summer (2017) will be my second time traveling international for God’s mission.
My blog will be about my relationship with God and what I am learning through Him. I will also use it as a means to update supporters about missions. I will walk you through my support raising, and how I am going to God in prayer. I will share with you my adventures during summers, and tell you about what we are doing for our communities and for Jesus. Once this mission trip is over, I will continue to blog about events in my life, and how God is working within it.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Whom shall go for us?” And I replied, “I will go! Send me!”
Thank you for the prayers and financial assistance I received from my supporters! You all are amazing partners to have as I enter the mission field. God has truly blessed me with all of you!