Your Journey {Nicole}

A while back I asked some fellow bloggers to write about their journey with God for a series I was planning to host.

Well things didn't turn into a serious, but I still received a few amazing posts.

You all know that my journey with God has been a long awaited and sometimes difficult one. I wanted to know what others experiences were, how they found the Lord in the everyday, and how this might help me. Really it started as a selfish project, I needed the help, I needed guidance. 
I'm sure there is someone out their who is in the same situation as me though, and I hope these posts help you.

First up its Nicole from Three 31.

Experiencing God in Unlikely Places

If you are looking for a story of miraculous healing or amazing transformation, this is going to be a disappointment.

My faith is constantly developing and my relationship with God is continuously progressing. I grew up in The United Methodist Church and I’m currently an active member of First United Methodist Church in Joshua, Texas. Unfortunately, for many years, I went through the motions of what I thought a Christian should do: attend worship service, go to Sunday school, and put money in an envelope. I assumed these gestures were prerequisites on an imaginary checklist. It was not until 2010 that I realized what it meant to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ and put my faith into action. After a single mission trip, my perspective on Christian discipleship changed drastically. 

To date, I’ve participated on five mission teams travelling to multiple domestic and international locations and currently serve as a laity volunteer for mission outreach and church development. I also assist in coordinating local mission efforts including the church’s food pantry and Great Day of Service projects in Fort Worth, Texas.

For a brief time, I served as youth director at FUMC Joshua and led a group of adults and high school students to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in June 2010. It was my first mission trip experience and it planted the seed that continues to produce faith-filled fruits today.

In August 2011, 20 months after the devastating earthquake, I participated on my first international mission team and traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The team, comprised of 10 adults from FUMC Joshua, helped reconstruct a Methodist School, led Bible school activities with Haitian youth, and delivered medical supplies to a children’s hospital. It was, without a doubt, the most demanding (physically, emotionally and spiritually) and life-changing experience I’ve had in 28 years.

2012 was a monumental year for my faith development through mission outreach. In March, I went to my home state and served at Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky. Not only was it a blessing to work and worship in Appalachia, my mom was also on the team. It was her first mission trip experience.

In October, I returned to Haiti as co-leader of an adult mission team to the coastal community of Leveque, Haiti. Due to our remote location, the team and I lived, worked, and worshipped alongside Haitians and quickly became a family unit. In fact, the site foreman and his family lived in a cinder-block structure next to the school and church’s pastor lived across the street. Every morning, while the team ate breakfast, 100 Haitian children lined up in the school’s courtyard to sing Haiti’s national anthem, recite the pledge, and pray.

My life is not perfect or without challenges, but I am intentional about mission outreach because putting my faith into action is important to me. As a member of The United Methodist Church, I promised to support my local congregation with my prayers, presence, gifts, witness and service. One of the ways I uphold this commitment is through mission outreach. 

Mum and I

I acknowledge it is not a spiritual gift everyone possesses, but it is something I can do with a willing spirit and contrite heart. Find your place to be a blessing, you might be surprised how blessed you are in return.

Nicole Hutchison
Three 31

If you want to contribute to this mini 'series' I'd love to have you, contact me.


Nicole M. Hutchison said...

Thank you for this opportunity and allowing me to share my story and mission trip experiences. I really appreciate it. Blessings to you, Friend. =)

Nicole M. Hutchison said...

Thank you so much for this opportunity to share my story and mission trip experiences. It's been an honor and a privilege, and wholly for the glory of God! Blessings to you, friend. =)

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