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January 3rd 2019
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January 3-4, 2019

I am currently sitting at a bench across from "Korean Air" at Washington Dulles International Airport. The trip my team and I have been prepping for for months is finally here! The excitement is starting to set in, although the nerves and anxiety associated with the long day of travel are ever-so-present as well. Fun fact: I am scared of flying. Now... one may ask why I thought it was a good idea to spend 20+ hours in a plane and fly halfway across the world-- well I'll tell you.

Escaping Your Comfort Zone

As much as I fear being suspended thousands of feet above the ground in an airplane traveling over 500 mph, I've realized that the most growth in my life has taken place outside of my comfort zone. It is so easy to get caught up in the comfort of familiarity, but trying new things and learning to press into the Lord in times of discomfort has produced some of the sweetest fruit in my life. I think one of the greatest enemies of faith is not fear, but familiarity. As Steven Furtick said, "Jesus stepped out of the glory of heaven to come down and save us... yet we don't want to get off our heated seats." Don't let the fear of discomfort keep you from living and experiencing all that The Lord has for you!

There is More Out There

As easy as it is to get caught up in the little bubble we live in, there is more out there than what Central PA has to offer. I'm excited to learn and communicate with those who speak a different language, have different traditions, and do things differently than what I am used to. Religion is another aspect of this trip that is going to look very different than it does in the states, seeing as about 95%!o(MISSING)f the Thai community is Buddhist. Doing cross-cultural trips can help rid us of the egocentric attitude that is easy to take on when you have never traveled anywhere before. One of the aspects of this trip I am most excited for is to see how healthcare is done outside of the United States. I am not sure what to expect, but I'll be sure to keep you updated in future blog posts!

Following His Calling

Scripture commands us to "go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19). He tells us deny ourselves, and take up our cross daily (Luke 9:23). Scripture does not call Christians to a life of complacency, comfort and safety. We are commanded to deny our flesh, and follow God wherever He calls us. Even though this trip is more medical than missions-based, I think it is important to take advantages of any opportunity that can yield personal/spiritual growth. Additionally, we should never put limits on God's power and where He chooses to use us as instruments for His kingdom.

I took this trip because I trust that the God who works all things together for good is watching over me and the rest of my group. I took it because there are things to be seen, people to hear, and culture to engage in that cannot be done in the comfort of my own home. I look forward to learn and gain knowledge about things I have never seen before and places I have never been before. Through it all, I hope to press into the Lord and grow my trust in Him through this experience in an unfamiliar place.


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