This week the New Year begins, and on my mind is what is coming up for me in this new year. This week I am leaving to go on an 11 month mission trip and traveling to 11 different countries. God called me to go back in April of 2013 and I can’t believe the time has come for me to leave! This is unlike anything I have ever done before. Be away from home for almost a year! Live in different cultures for almost a year! And better yet I have to carry everything I own on my back for almost a year and sleep in a tent! What did I sign up for?
I had to take a leap of faith. I have had no doubt in my mind that this is what God wants me to do in 2014. I have certainly tried to talk myself out of it a few times, but time and time again God reveals himself to me and confirms this trip, this leap of faith is exactly what I am supposed to do at this point in my life.
As I prepare to leave by packing all my belongings for the next year in a backpack, and saying “good-bye” or “see you later” to my friends and family, and can’t help but think of all the events and birthdays and trips I am going to miss and reflect on the events of this past year. I am sacrificing all that I have in order to follow Jesus, but he made the ultimate sacrifice. He sacrificed his life in order for us to be free! Free to follow him. Free to live a life for him. Free to travel the world for him!
Nevertheless, I am also looking towards the future and have excitement for all that God has planned for me. I don’t know what it is, but I know it’s not going to be boring in the slightest.
This next year is going to be a year of complete faith. I am jumping out of my comfort zone and into something only God knows. It’s scary and exciting at the same time.
For those of you who don’t know, I am going on a trip called the World Race. It is through a Christian organization called Adventures in Missions. I am on a squad of 47 people all between the ages of 21-35. We are going to 11 countries in 11 months to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We will be traveling to Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Thailand, Malaysia, Burma, Cambodia, Philippines, South Africa, and Swaziland.
Please keep me and the rest of my squad in your prayers and follow my adventure on my World Race blog- nikkiromani.theworldrace.org.
In 2014, are you going to live by FAITH? Would you take a leap of faith for Jesus and do WHATEVER he calls you to do?
Listen to his call on your life. You will not regret it.
“Live by FAITH, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7