Summer Update: What God Has Taught Since Graduating


 It’s been a while since I have written for my blog. . . 364 days to be exact. If you have read my previous posts, you know that  I created this blog primarily to share what God has been teaching me through missions, but I have also used it to share what God has been teaching me in general. Last summer I served by sharing the gospel in South Asia for two months, and the summer before I was part of discipleship training program where I learned to serve locally (Durham), nationally (NYC), and internationally (Kenya). During the school year, I often had excuses for why I didn’t write: I was busy with class, I was busy with performances, I was busy with practicing, I was busy with student teaching, etc. . . I could make excuses all day. Well, my days of college are officially behind me since I graduated in May (Woohoo!), and the excuses need to end.

Graduating from college has brought about a lot of changes in my life from where I am living, to my daily routine, to how I spent my summer. Without further ado here is an update on how God has been working in my life this summer. 

Finding Rest 


I graduated from college on Saturday, May 12, and the following Monday was my first day of work as a music teacher. The whole weekend was a blur of ceremonies, packing, saying goodbyes, moving across the state, and finalizing lesson plans for my first day. The next three weeks were packed full teaching, meetings, catching up with family, and I felt exhausted. Busyness has been a theme throughout my whole life. I was the student who kept a color-coded calendar and volunteered for anything and everything. When I began attending the Summit Church, I learned the importance of resting in God, but I still struggled to truly rest in Him. I was always busy with classes, rehearsals, practice, homework, and even college ministry events and meetings. I was afraid letting go or leaving time to to rest was a sign of weakness, and “weak” was not how I wanted to label myself.

In Genesis 2 God rested after creating the world. If God, who breathed stars (Psalm 33:6) and spoke the universe into existence (Genesis 1), rested, then why would I not also need to rest? We are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27), so we are also designed to rest. I was believing a lie that I didn’t need rest, and I could keep pushing forward. The truth is, we all are weak. Our weakness is sin, and we all are sinners (Romans 3:23). The good news is even though we are weak, God is strong, and it is God who gives us strength.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

This summer, rest has replaced the theme of busyness. God has been showing me the joy, peace, and strength I can find in resting in Him. I have had ample time in my days to delve into scripture, reflect on the gospel, praise Him through music, and spend time with Him in prayer. In the past, these actions felt more like something I needed to check off my to-do list (especially reading the Bible and spending time in prayer). I have been praying for God to give me a worshipful heart and a joy for His Word, and He has been faithful to answer those prayers!

Seasons Change, but God is Constant

I started my summer feeling disconnected. exhausted. drained. lonely. I had just moved 356 miles from where I lived for four years, and while I moved back to my hometown, many of my friends had married and moved away. My friends, my discipleship group, and where I attended church were all changing. I was overwhelmed and did not give much effort to seeking community or spending time with Jesus. My lack of community and my lack of time spent with God left huge, gaping openings in my armor for the enemies to pelt me with flaming arrows (a.k.a “lies”; Ephesians 6:10-20). I was believing the lies my enemies were firing at me, and I wasn’t fighting back with scripture (my sword) or holding up my shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16-17).

When the time came for me to work at camp, I was feeling anxious and overwhelmed. My first Christian camp of the summer was the  2nd week of Truett Camp Girls Weeks. This overnight camp is for girls ages 6-18 to learn more about God. The theme of this year’s camp was Seasons Change with our theme verse being Ecclesiastes 3:1, ” For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Our main point was while our circumstances change, God is constant. We talked about how to point our lives to God in good seasons and difficult seasons, and how no matter where we are in life God is constant (Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17, Isaiah 40:8). His love for us does not change!

While I may be in a season of waiting and transitioning, God will always be constant. When I came to camp I was anxious about the changes happening in my life, but I left camp reconnected to Christian community, ready to worship God in any season, and eager to share God with others. Sharing Jesus at camp was a reminder that living a missional-lifestyle is something we are all called to as believers (Matthew 28:19-20). (I also taught a missions class at camp, and it was awesome to teach the next generation practical ways to share their testimony and the gospel, and how to support missionaries around the world). 37025604_2015032585173787_7485332182437724160_n.jpg

Don’t Forget Your Identity

The last camp I worked at was Truett Camp’s Youth Music Week. This overnight camp is for middle and high school students to know God through discipleship from counselors in various classes, bible studies, and worship. The theme of this year’s camp was Identity Crisis and the main verse was Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” We talked about how we define ourselves, how the world defines us, and how God defines us. While the world (or ourselves) may define us as unwanted, unloved, unattractive, annoying, broken, a loser, etc, God defines us as holy, blameless, faithful, chosen, adopted, loved, His workmanship, free, a child of God, a new creation, etc (Ephesians 1:4-14, Ephesians 2:10, John 8:32, Romans 8:14-17, 2 Corinthians 5:17). God reminded me that my identity is not in what I say I am or what the world says I am, but my identity is who He says I am. These are truths we can use to battle the lies that the enemy throws our way.

One of my favorite songs during worship at camp was Who You Say I Am. The lyrics point us back to what Jesus says our identity is! We are “chosen not forsaken,” “free,” “children of God.” Check it out below. 

Community is Key

Outside of camp life, God gave me three wonderful women to help point me back to Jesus. These women remind me of the gospel and it’s truth. They encourage me to grow in my faith and use my gifts to serve. God designed us to be in community to grow, worship, confess sin, pray, fellowship, and encourage each other.

  • James 5:16 says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
  • Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
  • Romans 1:11-12 says, “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”
  • Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

How Everything Connects

God has taught me a lot this summer:

  • Resting is not weakness. God uses rest to fill us with His strength.
  • There is so much joy in reading scripture and spending time in prayer.
  • Community nurtures your spiritual growth.
  • Even though season change, God is constant.
  • My identity is in Jesus Christ.
  • I need to suit up with the armor of God every day and be active in prayer.

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The connecting line that runs through all of these things is the gospel. The gospel is simply the good news God has given us. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” While our punishment for sin (anything disobeying God) is death, God has given us a free gift, a gift we didn’t have to do anything for. God gave us eternal life with Him through Jesus. He did this by sending Jesus, His son, to earth, where he lived a perfect and sinless life. He lived the life that we could not live because of our sin. Then he died in our place. Romans 6:23 says that we deserved death, but instead, Jesus took our punishment for us, so that we could have eternal life with God. Three days later, Jesus rose from the grave, defeating death! He did all of this because of the GREAT LOVE with which he loves us (Ephesians 2:1-10). Doing good things isn’t enough to get us to God; only Jesus can save us. When we believe this is true, and we repent (turn away) from our sins, we can have salvation in Jesus (Romans 10:9-10). This is something God has offered to everyone!

It is because of the gospel that I know my identity is in Jesus, and that God’s love for me is constant. It is because of the gospel that I know I can rest in who God is. It is because of the gospel that I know I need community. It is because of the gospel I enjoy spending time in God’s Word and praying. It is because of the gospel that I need to suit of for spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6) because the enemy will do anything and tell me any lies to distract me from my purpose, worshipping God and sharing the gospel with others.

I want to close with a prayer I read in 1 Timothy this morning. It is a beautiful reminder of the gospel and how it changes us. This letter was written by Paul to his friend Timothy who doing ministry in Ephesus. The passage below was a prayer Paul inserted in the letter to praise God for the gospel. In all of Paul’s letters He reminds himself and others of the gospel. As believers, it is so important to not let the gospel become dull or mundane. We should remind each other and ourselves of the great beauty, hope, and love that God has given us through Jesus!

1 Timothy 1:12-17

I thank Him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as a foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

This is my story! I was an enemy of God, a sinner, but through Jesus I am a new creation! While we were sinners, enemies of God, He loved so much that He came to earth, lived the life we could not live, died the death that we deserved, and rose again from the grave, so that we could have a relationship with Him! God’s love is truly overwhelming, radical, and scandalous! It reminds me of the song, Reckless Love. It’s difficult to describe God’s love for us in words. Sometimes all we can say is he is “so so good,” and “so so kind.”


In Christ,

Alexis Chastain




South Asia Week 7 & Resend Week


I have been dreading making this last post. I’ve procrastinated as long as I can, and here I sit in my living room, reflecting on my final days in South Asia. It is still so unreal that I am sitting at home on the sofa with my dog when a little over a week ago I was in Asia with my amazing team sharing the gospel.

Our last week in South Asia was wild. Sunday night we went to a training for national believers. This was a level one training where people came to learn the why and how of sharing the gospel in their city. People learned that we share the gospel because we are called to do this in Matthew 28:19-20. Then they learned ways they can share the gospel. After they learned how, they were each paired with an American believer to go out and share the gospel for an hour in the area near where we met. During this time about 65 people heard the gospel, and one came to accept salvation through Jesus Christ! This was amazing!

Matthew 28:19-20

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.


On Monday we met with some of our field partners. While we originally planned on having brunch and prayer, it turned into a time discussing the importance of missions in South Asia. The country we were in has the largest concentration of unreached people groups in the world, and we learned that the fewest number of missionaries go to this area. The conversation we had about missions and how to go overseas opened doors. We learned about opportunities through the IMB (International Mission Board) and through seminary graduate programs. Please be praying that God gives me more clarity about what I should do post-graduation.

On Tuesday I went to the City Project apartments to do laundry since they had a washing machine. While we were all hanging out, one the of the CP girls was messaging a national she had been meeting with. During this conversation the national accept Jesus as her savior! This was amazing! Shortly after this we discovered that five of us had been separately praying for God to save one person that day. We all stopped everything to pray to God, thanking Him for what He was doing in this girl’s life, and for answering our prayers! We also took time to sing praises to God about how good He is. Within the span of a few days, we gained a brother and a sister in Christ! God was so sovereign in all of this!

On Thursday night all the teams gathered to worship. There were so many different teams in the city working in different ways to reach South Asians with the gospel. We learned that the millennial team (which our team was working with) had shared the gospel with 1300+ people over the last two months. That is crazy! Our team of seven shared with 676 people in two months! We spent time that night celebrating what God had been doing over the summer and praising Him for being a loving and amazing God.

On Friday we debriefed with our field partners. It was so awesome getting to know them and building friendships with them throughout the summer. We took some time to process our time in South Asia together. While I was excited I would be going home soon, I wished I could have stayed longer. God gave me a love for the people in South Asia, and I am praying God gives them a hunger to know who He is.


On Saturday we made the 15 hour flight back to America. During the next week we debriefed with our teams and talked about the next steps. We had sessions on discipleship and on processing the things we experienced overseas. We also took time to pray for our campuses, and the ministry we would return to in August. At the end of the week we had a banquet to celebrate our summer with friends and family. Then we were sent out into the world. No matter where you are, you are in the mission field, and I plan to live my life this way.


God has taught me so many awesome things this summer. I learned to depend on Him in everything because He is my strength, my joy, and my satisfaction. I learned I have to fight everyday to know God more, and through Him I can rejoice in my salvation. Jesus left the perfection of heaven to live the life of a servant and die the death I deserved. When He died on the cross for my disobedience and rose again three days later, I was given the opportunity to have a relationship with God and eternal life with Him in heaven. I am weak and sinful, but through the death of Jesus, God gives me His strength and His will to be righteous.

I really do miss being in South Asia, and I hope to return one day. Here is a video of my teammates and me that gives short summary of our time in South Asia. Check it out below!

South Asia- Week 5 & 6

Due to the sporadic nature of our wifi, this blog post will cover week 5 & 6 of my time in South Asia.

While there is no set schedule for while we are in South Asia, by week 5 we had a daily rhythm in place. Since people don’t typically go anywhere until later in the day, we spend our mornings at home reading the Bible, praying, and journaling. After lunch, we go out sharing in different places around the city. We pray for people and find openings in conversation to share the gospel. By dinner time we either meet as a team or head out to follow up with nationals.

In this culture it is common for meetings to be changed last minute or canceled. This has made it difficult to follow up with some of the people who have shown interested in knowing more. Durning my time here I have only had one person follow up with me. 

We met her a couple weeks back at one of the local hangouts. She had a lot of questions about what we believe, and didn’t seem to be firmly rooted in any faith of her own. We exchanged numbers and planned to meet up. On the day we finally planned to meet, there was a protest going on near the coffee shop we had originally planned on going to. The traffic was also really bad due to the rain. Austin and I were prepared for her to cancel the meeting, but she messaged us that she was excited to join us for our Bible study. We made our way to the coffee shop to meet her, but there were no tables available. Long story short, after half an hour of trying to catch a rickshaw, we finally got to a Starbucks that was about a mile away.

The three of us read Ephesians 2 and discussed it as a group. We then walked through the gospel with her again. By the end of our meeting she was still interested in hearing more! 

We had another meeting with her this week, and she brought a friend with her. We all read about the trial, crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. After reading we discusssed what this meant. While her is not ready to accept this as truth yet, please be praying for her to accept the free gift of salvation! Pray that this is the beginning of her path to become a Believer. 

Last Sunday night we picked up the City Project team from the airport.  With a mixture of excitement and exhaustion, they followed us to meet the Ubers we ordered. We helped them get settled in their hotel before leaving.

Monday morning we went to City Project’s orientation. After lunch we took them to different places around the city to practice what they learned. It was really awesome seeing how eager they were to learn! They were a little timid at first, but once we modeled how to share, they were ready to jump in! After taking the City Project team home, we met our field partners at another team’s orientation. This team was based out of Crosspoint Church in South Carolina. We took them out to share, and then we took them to dinner.  While we are not focused on the number of people we share with, we still keep track for paperwork purposes. On Monday we shared with 89 people total! This is amazing!!

On Saturday we had a camp reunion. We got together with the campers and staff from our first week in South Asia. We took this time to sing songs of worship, and listen to two speakers. One of the speakers was our leader, Conor. He explained what it means to be a disciple of Christ, and then taught how to share the gospel with others. We want nationals to to share their faith because God can use them to reach their city! 

There are 22 million people in this city, and approximately 110,000 (0.5%) are Believers. If all the believers in this city were to share with five people everyday, 550,000 people would hear the gospel everyday. Which means in 40 days 22 million people would hear the gospel. The harvest is plentiful in this city! People are searching for peace and searching for answers, but we need faithful laborers who are willing to do what it takes for this city to come to know the love of Christ!

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for Believers in this city to boldly share the gospel. 
  • Pray for the people we meet to come to know Jesus and accept Salvation through Him. 
  • Pray for our team to joyfully spend time reading the Bible and in prayer everyday. 
  • Pray for our field partners to find new ways to reach the city with the gospel. 
  • Pray to God praising Him for the work He is doing in South Asia. 

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South Asia- Week 4


Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” this week I have had to fight through the exhaustion and rain to rejoice in the Lord. Looking back on the last week I can see how sweet God has been to me and my teammates. He has answered so many prayers, and He has loved me in my weakness.

At the beginning of this week Kaycee and I went to the mall to get lunch and run some errands. Once we finished we realized we had half an hour before we had to leave for a meeting. We prayed that God would let us share with some girls during this time. Before Kaycee finished her prayer, I saw two girls sitting in the food court. We went to see if we could sit with them and talk. During this time we got to share the gospel with these girls, and it was amazing how the Holy Spirit gave us the right words at the right time. We also got to pray over the girls before they left. When we finished the conversation we checked the time, and we saw that it had taken exactly half an hour. God answered our prayer down to the minute.


When we left the mall we took a rickshaw to meet with some of our friends for a Bible study at a coffee shop. Three of our non-Christian friends met us at the coffee shop to read the Bible and talk about it. Since the tables were so small, Austin and I sat in the back to pray while Kelsey and Kaycee led them in reading the Bible. Towards the end of the meeting, Kelsey had to leave because she wasn’t feeling well. I stayed with Kaycee to finish the discussion. It was awesome to see how God was giving them understanding about the scripture, and how they were able to repeat the gospel back to us. Two of the three girls want to meet again to read the Bible and talk more about Jesus.

On Wednesday we had our team D-Group meetings. During this time the girls were studying Philippians 2:12-18.

Philippians 2:12-18

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,  for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.


In this passage Paul reminded the Philippians that their salvation is through God, and God alone gives them the will to do His works. He also tells them that we should look different because of our salvation; we should stand our from the darkness and “shine as lights in the world.” This is not done through us but through the power of Jesus Christ. At the end of the passage Paul tells the Philippians to hold fast to God’s Word. He also tells them that even if he has to pour himself out as an offering to God, he will rejoice, and the Philippians should rejoice, too. This is reminder that I need to be willing to give up everything for God; I need to be willing to pour out my life as an offering to Him. I can praise God and rejoice in Him for these truths!


Thursdays are our sabbath. During sabbath’s we try to do things that are fun and where we get to spend time bonding as a team. This week we took the train to the southern part of the city. From there, we boarded a ferry to visit and island off the coast where we could explore ancient caves. The ferry ride was a little over an hour and was absolutely terrifying. There were moments when I thought the boat was going to tip over because it was rocking so much. It probably wasn’t the best idea to take a small ferry during monsoon season.


When we got to the island the entire walk up to the caves was a market. There were so many people trying to sell us things as we made our way up to the caves. When we finally reached the top of the hill we saw tons of baby monkeys! They were so cute, but the larger monkeys were somewhat intimidating. When one of my teammates had a sprite, the monkey growled at him, baring his teeth, and chased him until he eventually threw the Sprite. A different monkey stole another one of my teammate’s water bottle. On the ferry ride back it started to rain, so we were soaking wet by the time we got home that evening. All in all it was a good day, and it was fun getting to spend time with my team.


On Friday morning I led devotion. God led me to read some scripture about worship.

Colossians 3:16-17

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Hebrews 12:28-29

 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.

Isaiah 12

You will say in that day:
“I will give thanks to you, O Lord,
    for though you were angry with me,
your anger turned away,
    that you might comfort me.

“Behold, God is my salvation;
    I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
    and he has become my salvation.”

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day:

“Give thanks to the Lord,
    call upon his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples,
    proclaim that his name is exalted.

“Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
    let this be made known in all the earth.
Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
    for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”

Our life should be a song of worship to God. Whatever we do should be for His glory and in praise for who He is. After talking about these verses we sang songs of praise to God. God created music so we could praise His name with beautiful melodies. After worship, we spent time in prayer as a team.

Friday afternoon, Austin, Kaycee, and I went to the mall to share since it was rainy. On the way there our Uber driver spoke good English (which rarely happens). Our ride to the mall was pretty long since traffic was bad, so we had time to talk to Him about Jesus. It was awesome sharing the gospel with Him, and he even said he would read the book of John in the Bible. When we got the mall all of us were pretty tired, and we didn’t really want to talk to anyone. We took some time to pray, and we asked God what we needed to do while we were there. We also asked God to give us people to talk to while were there. Kaycee reminded us that our purpose is to be with Jesus, so she suggested we go to a coffee shop in the mall to read the Bible and spend time in prayer.


After we had been there for half and hour, Austin started a conversation with a woman sitting near us. Austin is truly gifted in making friends and starting conversations. Her friendly personality and loving nature makes it easy for people to open up to her. After they talked for a few minutes I jumped in the conversation, too. We both got to share the gospel with her and talk to her about Jesus loves her.

After that woman left, two more women sat down and we got to talk to them. God was literally putting people right next to us that spoke English and were willing to hear the gospel. It was amazing how He was able to provide in our weakness. Even though we were tired and did not feel like talking to people, God provided the people and the words to say. When we were leaving the mall, Kaycee told us she was praying while Austin and I were talking. She said she would pray specific prayers about the conversation and God would answer them almost immediately. We were working together as the body of Christ to share with these women, and it was all possible through our mighty God.


On Sunday we went to a new church. During the sermon, the pastor talked about not only sharing the gospel, but training people to be disciples of Christ. It was really awesome! We then went and met our team for lunch and rested during the afternoon. That night we went to share near where we live. Austin, Kaycee, and I got to share with two girls and three of their guy friends. It was really awesome getting to tell them all about how God loved them enough to take the punishment they deserved and die on a cross for them.

While I have been tired this week, it has been awesome trusting that God with give the strength and energy I need. We saw God move as He answered prayers and guided us in conversations as we shared throughout the week. Even in my exhaustion I have been able to rejoice in the Lord!

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for the people we shared with this week to come to know Jesus.
  • Pray for the believers in South Asia to share their faith boldly.
  • Pray for my team to glorify God in everything we do, and that we share the gospel boldly.
  • Pray for me to fight to know Jesus more everyday, and for me to be joyful when I spend time with Jesus.

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South Asia- Week 3


It’s been another crazy week out here in South Asia! Thank you so much for your prayers for my health! God answered them, and I have been much better this week! We have spent a lot of time meeting people and sharing the gospel with them. We also got to work at another VBS. I have really loved growing in community with my team and learning more about Jesus.

This week we had a lot of time to pray for people and share about Jesus in the areas near where we live. Some days it was very hard to find women who speak English to talk to. We did get to make new friends this week, and some of them were Believers!

Last Monday night we got caught in our first monsoon rain. We were meeting with a friend who is a Believer, and near the end of our visit it started pouring. We found cover at a nearby coffee shop, but eventually we had to brave the storm to get home. We managed to flag down a rickshaw, and we were soaked to the bone by the time we got home.


On Tuesday we had breakfast with some of our field partners. We had a great time fellowshipping while enjoying pancakes, eggs, and bacon. After breakfast the girls got pedicures. That night we went sharing near our home. We got to pray for a few young women in the area.

On Wednesday we had D-Group in the morning. This is a time for our team to break into small groups (guys in one group, girls in the other) to confess sin, read scripture, and encourage one another. After a lunch at our favorite salad place, we went out to share. Austin and I went to check out a local college, but they wouldn’t let us go inside the gate. We tried talking to some people outside the school, and we got to pray with a few people. We also got to share the gospel with at some hangouts down the road from the college.


On Thursday we had our Sabbath. I finally got a day to sleep in, and then we went to the mall to see a movie. It was nice to have a day to rest and spend time with my teammates. On Friday afternoon and evening we went to share the gospel near where we live.

Saturday we went to a VBS for street kids. This group reaches out to street kids to help provide for their basic needs and teach them about Jesus. Many of these kids live at the train station, and they come from abusive backgrounds. This VBS meets once a month, and the volunteers have worship, lessons, crafts, and games for the kids. They also feed them lunch. We taught them some songs from Summit Kids worship, and the kids loved them. We also did lessons on the birth of Jesus, the crucifixion of Jesus, and Jesus feeding the 10,000. For crafts, we had the kids color pictures from the stories. It was awesome getting to spend the day showing love to these kids, and getting to serve them. The leaders really care for these children, and it is encouraging that they have people who are sharing Jesus with them. When the kids left, they each got a brand new raincoat. This will help shield them some from the monsoons.


On Sunday we visited a new church. This church reminded me a lot of our church back in the U.S. It was awesome getting to worship and listen to a gospel centered message. Everyone was so friendly and kind. After church the youth (remember they are really what we would consider young adult) went to the pastor’s house for lunch. The food was wonderful, and meeting new people was so much fun! Some of the youth were musicians, and they sang and played guitar, drums, and piano. It was so much fun making music and worshipping with them. Sunday evening we got together as a team, and we had dinner. I appreciate the times we can have the whole team together, especially since we split up more when we go share, meet for follow ups, and go to church.


God has been teaching me so much during my time in South Asia! Living in a place where plans are tentative and things change at the drop of a hat has really taught me to trust in God. I am learning to be flexible and trust God’s plan is better than my own. Also living in a place that has so few Christians has been eye opening. While reading through the book of Acts, I can see so many parallels to what is happening now in South Asia. It always amazes me how many people have never heard that Jesus came and died for them. Please be praying for God to move in this city, and that Believers would share their faith with their friends, families, and neighbors!

I have also been reading the book, The Insanity of God, by Nik Ripken. This book is about missions in places of great persecution. Through this book and some of my scriptural studies, I have been learning more about what it means to suffer for Christ’s sake. Philippians 1:29 says, “For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in Him but also suffer for His sake.” In Ripken’s novel I read about times of great persecution for Christians in Russian, China, and other unnamed countries. Christians in these places risked so much to say they were a follower of Jesus. Many expected to be imprisoned at some point in their lives. It makes me question how much I would be willing to suffer for the sake of the gospel. Many of these people told that their suffering brought them closer to God.

While we have four more weeks here, it feels as if time is running out. Between our time sharing and following up we are pretty busy over the next few weeks. Plus, our last two weeks here, a City Project team will be joining us. We will be helping guide them to share with people in the city.

Thank you all so much for your prayers and support! I am truly grateful to each and every one of you!

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for God to give me joy during my time with Him. Pray He teaches me things through His Word. 
  • Pray for the people we follow up with to come to have a personal relationship with Jesus. 
  • Pray for God to prepare the hearts of the non-Believers we share with this week, and for God to save the people in this city. 
  • Pray for God to prepare the City Project team for their time in South Asia. 

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South Asia- Week 2


As I reflect on the past week, it amazes me that we are finishing up week two in South Asia. On one hand these two weeks have flown by, but on the other hand it feels like we have lived here for months. In my last post I shared a little bit about what was going on this week. I told you about the VBS and visiting different religious sites, so this post will fill in the rest of what you missed on week two.

Thursday morning we made our hour rickshaw ride across the city to host our Vacation Bible School for the kids in the slums. This was my day to teach the lesson, so I taught about how Jesus fed the 5000 men and 5000 women and children with only 2 fish and 5 small loaves of bread that a chid gave the disciples. I explained that when Jesus blessed the food and broke the bread, there was enough to feed everyone until they were satisfied, and there were 12 baskets of left overs. This amazed the kids who had not heard this true story. I told then that just as how Jesus used the child’s fish and bread, that when you give your heart to Jesus, He can use you to reach thousands with the gospel. After the VBS, we stayed to eat with the adults. They fed us rice, spicy potatoes, and lentil soup.


After the meal we went to visit more religious sights. This time my group went to a Dargah (der-guh). A Dargah is a shrine built over the tomb of an Islamic religious figure. While this is supposed to be an Islamic holy place, there were also many Hindu people there. When we asked people what this place was, some said it was where Allah was buried, others said it was the tomb of a prophet, and some said it was the grave of a great teacher. When we asked people why they were there, most said they came to pray for blessings, but some did not know why they came. We had difficulty sharing the gospel in this place since many of the women did not speak English or would pretend that they did not so they could avoid speaking with us. We spent a lot of time just praying over the people there and asking God to save them.

Friday was our last day of VBS, and I had to leave a little early because I was not feeling well. I spent Friday evening and all of Saturday in our apartment sick. I am still not completely recovered, so prayers for healing would be greatly appreciated.

This morning I was well enough to go to church. We went to the church that is lead by the same people that invited us to their youth camp. They invited some of our team to participate in the service. My contribution was singing a song a praise. Kaycee did an amazing job sharing her testimony of how she received Salvation through Christ, and Conor shared the message from John 3. It was incredible seeing the Holy Spirit speak through him as he preached the gospel. This was an awesome reminder of the powerful gifts God has bestowed on my teammates! I am truly blessed to be a part of this team!

This afternoon we went to share at some places around where we live. We got to share the gospel a couple times, and we even got invited to visit someone’s house tomorrow. Please be praying that meeting goes well, and that their whole family gets to hear the gospel.

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray for healing since I have been sick.
  • Please pray for the people in South Asia to hear and understand the gospel.
  • Please pray for our follow up meetings this week to go well.
  • Please pray we are bold in sharing our faith.

South Asia- Week 1


After many hours of flying, we finally landed in South Asia last week! We hit the ground running with two days of orientation. During this time we learned about the people in our new community, and we practiced ways to share the gospel effectively.


After two days of training, our field partners put us on a bus to go to a youth camp. This youth camp was very different than what we think of in America. It was for students age 13-30. During our time there we had no A/C, we learned how to draw water from the well and take bucket showers, and we learned to adapt to the frequent power outages. The camp’s main purpose was to help Believers know God more, and to lead the lost campers to salvation. Our team helped lead the break out sessions. In these small groups we shared the gospel, answered questions, and prayed over the campers and other leaders. These four days at camp were difficult, but it was so sweet to see my team share about Jesus, and we also were able to build relationships within the camp.


It was refreshing to return to our air conditioned flat in the city after church on Sunday. This week, Monday-Friday, we are hosting a Vacation Bible School for kids in one of the red light districts. While these children come from difficult home situations, their joy is contagious. During our time there we sing songs of worship, color Bible story coloring sheets, learn lessons about Jesus, and play games. I have been helping lead the worship sessions, and the kids all love singing and dancing. It has been an honor teaching them about Jesus through music. On Tuesday the power went out in the upper room where we meet (we are getting used to going without power), and the heat was so intense we had to walk the children to a park. Imagine herding 30 small children through heavy traffic and busy streets for a ten minute walk to a park. When we got to the park, the kids were so excited to play! Some of the boys played cricket, and many of the kids played on the playground. The park closed in the hottest part of the day, so we once again made the trek back, while herding all of the kids through traffic. When we got back we did a lesson with the kids before we helped serve them lunch. It has been so eye opening working with these children. We get to show them love and teach them about Jesus.IMG_0218

Today we went to visit several religious sights. The first place we went was a Hindu Temple. People wove through lines to bring offerings of fruit and flowers to a giant golden statue. It was so heart breaking to see these people seeking peace, and desperately bringing prayers and offerings to this false god. I kept praying as we made our way through the line for God to save these people. God broke my heart for these people and showed me how desperately they need Jesus, and God gave me the boldness to tell others about the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. In the Hindu temple, we were able to share the gospel with several people, and we were able to pray for some who were sitting near us.

After visiting the temple, we went to a Catholic church. This particular church was very much idolizing Mary and held her in a much higher position than Jesus. We spent time praying for the people inside the church, and we had the opportunity to share the gospel outside the building. As I shared with four people, more started to gather around to hear what was being said. It was amazing to see how many were willing to hear about Jesus.

Only 2% of people in this city claim to be Christian, and only about 0.5% of them are actual Believers. There are millions of lost people in this city, and they are searching for something to satisfy their souls. Please be praying for God to move in this city, so people can hear that Jesus came to earth to die in their place for their sins, and that He rose again three days later, conquering the grave. We want them to know that Jesus is the only way to find peace and Salvation, and that He is the One, True God. Please also be praying that the Believers in this city share their faith. It’s through them that this city can be reached. We will only be here for a short time, and we cannot speak with everyone due to language barriers, but the nationals can share the gospel to people we cannot reach.

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for God to save the people in South Asia.
  • Please pray for the Believers in this city to be bold in sharing their faith with others.
  • Pray for my team to be with Jesus daily, and to look to Him for joy.

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Orientation Week


It’s hard to believe I’ve completed orientation week for Second City! With suitcase and backpack in tow, on May 23 my family made the six hour drive to Durham to drop me off for the summer. It was difficult saying goodbye, but it’s amazing how supportive they have been as I answer God’s call to go to the international mission field.

Throughout this week I have been attending training sessions and team meetings to prepare for the next two months. We have been given goals and vision for the purpose of this summer:

  1. Be with Jesus
  2. Love your team
  3. Serve the nations

These three goals will guide me this summer. My main goal is to be with Jesus everyday. It is important to remember my identity is in Christ, and my success comes from being with Him not how many people I share with or how many are saved. The next important thing is to love my team. God calls us to be united as the body of Christ, and Paul speaks of unity in the church and between all Christians throughout his letters. And lastly we need to serve the nations. Matthew 9:35-38 calls us to send laborers. The world is full of people who are needing Jesus, but there are not enough people who are going. All it takes is people who are willing to go, even if it is difficult. We will also serve the nations through encouraging and serving our field partners. We will be working with missionaries who have been in the field for many years now, and we want to shower them with love and encouragement while we are there. It is also important to remember the simplicity of missions: sharing the gospel with everyone.


It has been so much fun bonding with my team and spending time with the other Second City students. Many of these students participated in City Project with me last summer, so it has been awesome hanging out with them again. We have had a blast playing games, eating meals, jamming out to Wicked and Hamilton songs on the rides from Durham to Raleigh, and just getting to know each other through conversation (which has often ended up in a debate about chocolate cake and red velvet cake). I already love my team so much, and I am so blessed to spend the summer learning with them, encouraging them, and sharing the gospel with them.


Tomorrow my team of seven will be flying out to South Asia. We should have access to wifi while we are there, so  I will attempt to post once a week this summer. I will be sharing stories and photos about what we are doing and prayer requests of how you can specifically support us in prayer. Below you can see some more pictures from orientation week, and I will also list some prayer points below as well.

Prayer Requests

Please continue to pray for our team and the people in South Asia

  • Pray I am with Jesus everyday, and that I go to Him when I need comfort. 
  • Pray for safety while we travel and good health for my team. 
  • Pray my team is unified in Christ as we serve together this summer. 
  • Pray for our field partners. 
  • Pray that the people in South Asia come to Salvation through Christ Jesus who died for their sins and rose from the grave, defeating death, and paying the price for our sins.

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Let the Countdown Begin

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30 Days. . .

Only 30 days until Second City Orientation! Where did the time go? It seems like yesterday I was accepted to participate in this 8 week summer missional experience! Today we had our last Land Mark Meeting before our Orientation. In this post I will share a little about our team, what we have been doing lately, and what God has been teaching me about missions.

Meet the Team

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L to R: Kaycee, Josh, Alexis, Conor, Kelsey, Corey, Austin

Over the last few weeks, not only have I been support raising, but I have been getting to know the awesome people I will be living and working with for two months this summer. To give you a little background on my team, we are all college students or recent college graduates who go to the Summit Church in Raleigh, NC. While I am a current student at 12208503_1067044909972564_737773448545323568_n.jpgMeredith College, a women’s college in Raleigh, the rest of my team either attends or has graduated from NC State, which is conveniently located down the street from my school. While I might be the only Avenging Angel on the team, I still consider myself a part of the pack, especially since I marched with NCSU’s Power Sound of the South Marching Band in the fall of 2015! (#gopack) Continue reading

Support Raising Complete

Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!

As many of you know, today, April 9th was the support deadline for Second City. It’s hard to believe that less than two months ago, my team started the support raising process. I want to officially announce that my support raising is COMPLETE! I praise God for connecting me to an amazing support network that has been covering me with prayer and providing for my financial needs so that I can share the gospel in South Asia this summer! Thank you to all who given financial and prayer support! Your generosity is extremely appreciated!

Throughout my time support raising, God has revealed some of my sin, and has grown me to trust Him in my uncertainties. Raising $4300 in less than two months is a daunting task, and there were many times that I began to trust in my own abilities or began to doubt that God would provide. Time after time, God has proven me wrong. I may not be enough, but my God is almighty and powerful. I am learning not to limit what I believe God can do. God can do anything!

Psalm 147:5

Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.

Thank you again for all you support and prayers! And a shout out to New Martins Creek Baptist Church for supporting me again this year! Seeing so many churches from my home town support missions is encouraging!

If you would still like to support Second City, please contact me here, and I can connect you with ways to support other members of the South Asia team.

Prayer- Please be praying about these things. (1 John 5:14)

  1. Be praying that God unifies the South Asia team. (Ephesians 4:11-13; Psalm 133:1).
  2. Pray that God prepares the hearts of the people we speak to in South Asia. Pray that many will accept salvation! (Acts 26:18; Romans 10:1; Luke 19:10).
  3. Please pray that we are able to serve our international partners. (Philippians 2:1; Romans 12:1;  Mark 10:45).

Please be praying through these prayer points and scripture as we are nearing the start date for Second City!