Spreading God's Kingdom on Earth: Hayley Mohr

The Zambia trip challenged me to think in completely new ways toward poverty and social justice. It taught me that I cannot single-handedly "fix" all of the problems in the world; only Christ has complete redeeming power. The Bible states over and over that my role is to spread God's kingdom on earth by helping to meet as many needs as I can.

"[Jesus] sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal." - Luke 9:2

This idea was made abundantly clear in one of my favorite conversations I had with some Zambian women. During our time together they shared that they already have a Savior who provides for all of their needs, but they are overjoyed to also live in partnership with us -- the tools that God uses to give those provisions. 

Blessed to Be the Blessing: Nick Hopkins

This Zambia Trip has immensely impacted my faith as well as my life. The biggest thing that I have learned is that we are blessed to be the blessing. When I fought, and continue to fight, the struggle of wondering why God placed me where I am today, with so much that I take for granted, I am taken aback, but 2 Corinthians 5:18 gives great words of encouragement that help me daily.

"All of this is from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation."

I will push myself to be uncomfortable because it is in those moments of discomfort that we see the true grace and love of God along with the sacrifice He made for all of us; He repairs the broken hearts. The most amazing thing that I saw on this trip was no matter the difference in color, language, dance skills, vocal skills, or soccer skills, we all serve the same amazing God.