“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump.
Well Forrest, if life is like a box of chocolates, then I got the best piece: dark chocolate and filled with a chocolaty, ooey-gooey, creamy center. My life, and especially my twenties, can only be described as EPIC.
I have “nerd” tendencies. One of these is the fact that I keep a running list of every flight I’ve taken, every country I’ve visited, and every language I’ve heard spoken.
Here are 10 nerdy facts about the time I’ve spent with Adventures in Missions:
- I’ve taken 129 separate flights.
- I have traveled a total of 381,105 miles… enough to circle the globe 15.3 times.
- That’s the same distance as traveling to the moon 1.7 times.
- I’ve tried to communicate with people across at least 28 different language barriers.
- I’ve seen over 1,600 World Racers launched into the field.
- I’ve been a part of 39 WR Squads’ journey to circle the globe.
- I got to attend 3 launches on the field.
- I’ve been to 15 different 8-month re-entry debriefs on the field.
- We can’t forget about the 17 WR training camps.
- Along the way I stopped at 24 UNSECO World Heritage Sites.
I say all of this because it’s time to celebrate. Tomorrow is my last day in the office at Adventures in Missions.
For the past 5 years I’ve worked to help build a program that has transformed lives and shared hope, grace, and love to nations around the world. I remember the days when there were only a few of us… Laura, Casey, Jimmy… pounding away on the keyboards, making Skype calls to countries far away, and generally trying to figure out how this thing worked.
I’ve made the best of friends along the way and have been blessed to live and work alongside people with great character and commitment. Over these past 5 years I’ve transformed from a fearful, rejected, people-pleasing, performance-based, religious recognition junkie. I can actually mark the moments of transformation…
…Being freed from performance and people pleasing at G-Squads training camp around a big campfire.
…Stepping into confidence and dependence while squad leading H Squad and especially after debrief in the Dominican Republic.
…Trading right and wrong for life and death at the Awakening in Ireland and realizing God’s love in a way I never imagined was possible.
…Literally bursting at the seams to release fear and rejection in the most guttural of sounds during a session with Jonathan and Melissa Helser at the Stirred Conference.
…Diving into the prophetic with L Squad at their 8-month debrief.
…Watching a girl get healed as I laid hands on her and prayed for her at training camp just last week.
I have a good memory, but these moments stand out.
So while I celebrate everything that has been… the good, the bad, the ugly, the dirty, the difficult, the miraculous, the mysterious… I look to what will be.
Life has gotten a little too comfortable here. The Lord has been clear that the next season is about stepping into even more confidence as a daughter, walking out these transformations, and finding a unique contribution to the Kingdom. As I look for a new job and begin dreaming about life ahead I release even more fears and dare to believe even more of myself. I’ll have to depend and trust in who He is even if I’m not sure what He’s doing.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the promises are still true, He is still good, and surely the best is yet to come. I refuse to believe that the best days are behind me and I look forward to all that’s ahead. I can only imagine the depths the Lord has yet to take me to in his love and his power.
After 8 years at AIM… a Real Life trip, leading an Ambassador trip, the first World Race, and 5 years on staff…. I’ve finally finished my race.
So here’s to the best 20’s a girl could ever ask for… clink… and to all the promises yet to be fulfilled.
(also… feel free to send me emails regarding job openings at really awesome places… especially in ATL.)