Meet Rachel. Rachel has the biggest heart. She also has the warmest smile and the gentlest touch. She’s always happy and optimistic and so loving towards her friends. These are only a couple of the reasons why I say I’m so lucky to call her my (very first) best friend.
Rachel and I first met in preschool at Highland Park United Methodist Church. Her and I instantly bonded over our hatred of naps, our love of McDonald’s chicken nuggets, and over our matching PowderPuff Girls tennis shoes. We celebrated our October birthday’s together, shared our snacks with one another, and had crushes on all the same boys in our preschool class.
Growing up, even though she and I went to different schools, we’d still see each other at sunday school and when we started to drive, getting frozen yogurt at YogurtLand was always our thing. Even though we might have gone a couple months without seeing each other, we would instantly pick up where we left off as if there were no time missed in between.
And even though Rachel and I go to different colleges now (Hook ‘Em Horns, for the record), Rachel and I always make time for monthly hour long phone calls to catch one another amidst our crazy busy lives! Not to mention plenty of texting in between.
Tomorrow, Rachel is off to do some big things overseas. She is going to East Asia and Hong Kong for a month-long mission trip to teach children english using the Bible. I am so unbelievably excited to see what God has in store for her while over there. Rachel couldn’t be the more perfect person for the task at hand. Her patience, consistency, and joy are just a couple of the characteristics that God has blessed her with that make her the exact person that the children in Asia need. The Lord is going to do such great things with her, I just know it. Not only in East Asia and Hong Kong but also throughout her lifetime, as well.
Rachel, I can’t tell you how proud I am of you for undertaking this crazy adventure that you’re about to be apart of. I’m so excited for you and know that the Lord is going to shine right through you when pursuing the kids. You’re going to do amazing over in East Asia and Hong Kong and have so much fun too. I’m praying for you like crazy and can’t wait to hear all about it when you get home!!
Rachel leaves tomorrow morning and has a direct flight to Korea and then a short plane flight to her first stop in East Asia. I urge y’all to pray for he safety, her courage when talking to the kids and also her wellbeing while in the foreign country. I also want y’all to pray for the kids whom Rachel will be working with and that they’ll listen to her with open ears and take to heart what she’s teaching them.
In Philippians 4:6-7, it reads:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
To Rachel and everyone else, give your worries and fears over to God. Pray like no one’s watching and let Him be the person you go to when scared, happy, sad, or anything in between Pray to God for what you need and thank Him for what He’s done. In this, you will find peace. Pray, pray, pray.
Love ya, Rach! Can’t wait to hear about your amazing journey. Xx.