Here’s the Thing About Tahoe

It’s much more than a summer vacation

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My excitement to live in South Lake Tahoe is seriously indescribable. I’ve been counting down the days since I got accepted in early February.

Yes, it is one of the most beautiful places in the US (definitely my opinion), and yes, it is going to be so much fun. But the thing no one understands is that no, its not a vacation.

This summer is going to be one of the most trying but growth-filled summers I’ve ever had. Going to Tahoe is a leap of faith for me, especially because support raising hasn’t gone very well. Being asked to take risks is counter-cultural and sometimes, against all odds, against all logic, we still hope. I am going to have to trust the Lord to provide the large amount of money I need to be there this summer. I will also be pushed out of my very comfortable bubble to pursue others with hopes of sharing salvation with them. That’s scary to me.

But one big thing I know about faith is that the Holy Spirit doesn’t do comfort zones. Jesus doesn’t want me to just be a believer, He wants me to be a participant. He wants and has called me to do Kingdom work.

Tahoe is a vacation destination that  attracts so many different people and cultures from all over the world. These are people who can hear the Gospel from students at our project, and we get to learn to talk about Jesus to complete strangers. I get to spend the summer having spiritual conversations, and this is something I will be able to carry with me for the rest of my life.

Tahoe Summer Project isn’t designed to reach the people in that city. This summer is about building my walk with the Lord and my ministry skills to be a Kingdom worker and fighter back on my campus or place of work so I can make a difference for Jesus. By spending a summer developing my faith, I can reach college aged people globally and that’s the biggest mission of them all.

I want to spend my life living missionally, but I know I have a lot of work and growing to do before I am well equipped to tackle language and cultural barriers to share the love of Jesus Christ within the unreached communities in the 1040 window. Joining Lake Tahoe Summer Mission is my first step to gaining the knowledge and skills to effectively meet people where they are at so I can share the life changing story of Jesus with any person I meet.

College students currently make up about 1% of the population, but we are the future leaders of the world. This is a time in our lives as young adults where we decide what our values are and where we stand spiritually and I want to be equipped to bring others closer to Jesus. I want to go to Tahoe to do all of these things (sorry Mr. Archer) and more that I haven’t even realized yet.

God often calls us to things and places that seem impossible to show us that they are indeed possible, we just need to trust Him in order to fulfill them. So, that’s where I am. I am trusting the Lord will provide through hearts willing to radically, sacrificially, and faithfully give towards my step into my calling as a missionary.  But also for people to be faithfully praying for my heart and willingness to serve the Lord by following His calling on my life.

I am going to Tahoe to to be changed and ultimately to change the world. And I really hope you’ll join me on this new adventure.

“As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21)
Here’s the link if you’d faithfully like to join my team in this new adventure! 

https://give.cru.org/0917967

Seattle, I am really going to miss you.

Yeah, I know. I’m surprised too.

[Bear with me, this is kind of long. But this has been my reality for the last two months]

Anyone who has known me for any period of time understands that I look upon my life as an adventure in every way possible. My “innocent” prayer on the last day of 2016 has now brought about my newest adventure.

I thought when I asked God to reveal what He had planned for me, that I would just have a clear sense of direction on where to go and what to study after graduating from UW. I had no idea that He was going to take my hand and teach me how to walk on water.

I always joke about how Jesus must hate me because He loves to test my faith. This time wasn’t so funny. It was actually really, really messy. It involved ugly crying for days while I so desperately clung to my dream school in Seattle and this perfect little life I was building. But that’s the thing- I was building it. Sure Jesus was there with me, but my focus was on success and a future career. I didn’t ever check in to see if this was where He wanted me to be, and it turns out I’ve been doing this whole life thing all wrong.

My devotional has been diving into the concept of free will, and how He will be there regardless of our decisions. However, when we aren’t focused on Him, He just sits back and waits for us to relinquish control so He can take us into so, so much better.

My New Year’s Resolution was to stop being so scared of life, to start saying yes, and just pursuing the Lord with all I am. This lead to leap after leap of faith, knowing and trusting that I had the safety of His arms waiting to catch me.

I am starting to love the sound of my feet walking away from the things not meant for me. It’s still a daily struggle, but I am getting there. I have been called for more and I am going wherever He leads.

Which brings me here:

On January 5th, 2017 I submitted my application to transfer to Corban University in Salem, Oregon.

February 2nd, 2017 I got accepted into both this amazing university and my 9-week summer missions trip (within two hours!!).

Between applying and getting accepted were so many sleepless nights and tear filled days as I realized this reality of my life was shifting and I didn’t know what was happening. As a person who has every day of her week planned before Monday even begins, this was (and still is) a hard concept for me to grasp. But this life isn’t my own, and I know He is leading me into so much better!

As I sit here on the Corban campus, I am so in love with it. The people are so kind and welcoming, the campus is incredibly beautiful, and the one class I attended was actually super fun. This campus is the embodiment of Jesus’s love and support for His creation and it’s astonishing.

I am really going to miss Seattle and my amazing community- like I almost started crying as I wrote this. But I am even more excited to get to Corban and begin this new chapter. This next adventure is His, and I’m pumped (and somewhat impatient) to be spending the next couple of years here!

 

11 Common Thoughts While Living On Campus

I think I am losing my mind.


1. Do quiet hours really exist?

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The RA’s don’t always monitor for quiet hours… like once, there were 3 freshman riding up and down my hall yelling “would you like to buy from the trolley” in a shopping cart at 1 am.

2. I think I’m getting sick again….

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When you live in such close quarters for 9 months of the year, you begin to accept the inevitable doom of catching whatever bug is going around.

3. Why are we willingly living in a room the size of a walk in closet?

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When inviting friends over, it’s like playing human tetris with the space not already occupied by furniture.

4. Cleaning your room is nearly impossible.

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I’m generally a clean person and not being able to tidy up (because only half the room is acceptable to touch) drives me up the wall.

5. What’s sleep????

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I didn’t believe I could sleep less in college than I did in high school, but oh boy have I proven myself wrong. BUT HEY! My grades are pretty spiffy and I adore my friends so it’s worth it.

6. I didn’t realize how badly I wanted to take a bath until I couldn’t anymore.

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Bath tubs don’t exist in college. If you want a bathtub, your only option is to just set up an inflatable pool in your room and hope for the best.

7. The dining hall is just a hot mess.

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It’s too far away (seriously, who wants to walk across the street for food?), serves food I’ve never even heard of, and it’s honestly questionable to eat sometimes.

8. Inspections are coming- better clean the easy half of the bathroom. 

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If you’re like me and have roommates, you make sure to check when inspections are and race to see who gets to the mirror and sink first- no one likes cleaning the shower or toilet.

9. Aren’t the lounges supposed to be shared?? 

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There’s always this guy. Or people who spend 12 hours in the same lounge, staring at their phones until you want to use the TV so they’re all of a sudden “watching a movie”.

10. I’ll just do my laundry next week. 

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I honestly believe that laundry is the worst part of the week. Not to mention, there’s always those people who take 50 washers so no one else can do laundry.

11. If I stay here much longer, I’m going to lose it

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College has been… interesting.

How Do You Balance College and Faith?

College is hard.

The problem with going to a secular school is that it’s not only easy to walk away from your faith, but the academics and community push you in that direction. For me, this is exactly what happened. I still claimed to be walking with Jesus, but my actions spoke otherwise. I was more focused on all of the things of this world- money, success, popularity, power, a career, and so on.

It’s funny because in manipulative ways, my classes started to make me question my faith. There’s all these facts about how “humans evolved from monkeys” and other such claims. Subconsciously I began to wonder how these human proven “facts” can exist and the bible still be the truth. The enemy has a greater chance of removing all the seeds sewn in you when you’re submerged by people who don’t have the same morals and values as you. Which is the boat I was in.

I decided I wanted this year to be different.

This last quarter I spent every single day intentionally choosing God. Any Christian, boy or girl, knows how difficult that can be. Especially when attending a secular school.

Finding Cru my first week of classes fall quarter was a gift from God. I had prayed to find a Christ-fearing community for a long time, and when it came time to encounter this blessing I was ready to jump in with both feet. I went to football viewing parties, small group Wednesdays, outings on the weekends, and their signature event, Cru Monthly.

However, through these people and the Lord I came to realize a number of things. I wasn’t happy, I didn’t find joy in my day-to-day and I couldn’t connect with God. I started to realize that I had all these unreal expectations I brought to the table when it came to how a relationship with Our Creator should work.

During a retreat, I hiked to the top of a mountain and had a conversation with the Lord, and I started to understand that there is nothing more important than this relationship with Him. Allowing my faith to sink because of this laundry list of expectations and worldly garbage was unacceptable.

So I decided to focus on the quote:

 “Nothing in my hand I bring, to the cross I cling.”

I heard it somewhere in my early walk with Jesus, and it has sat in the back of my mind ever since. I am nothing but a soul created by Him residing in an earth suit. Coming to God with nothing but the desire to spend time with Him is all He wants for our life. Relying on the gospel as the absolute truth is where our hope should reside. He wants a front-seat ride to your life, and as long as you’re letting the troubles of this world interfere you take that from Him.