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This coming fall, myself and many other students at Southern Adventist University have the opportunity to put aside the classes, work and other busyness of everyday life to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus for 10 months in various locations. Personally, I plan to serve in Boliva, South America at Familia Feliz, an orphanage there. I will have a variety of job titles including house parent, teacher, and cook whatever they need that's what I plan to do.
Every year over 60 student missionaries are sent out from Southern. As a group, we are collectively raising the funds to cover many of our needs including airfare, visas, insurance, training, and care packages. I have personally agreed to be responsible for raising $5,100 towards those needs. I can't do it alone however, anything you are willing or able to give towards the 2018-19 missionaries is greatly appreciated by not just myself but my fellow missionaries and those we plan to serve.
Kaitlyn Savery. Lover of God and His people with a big heart for service and I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve in many capacities. These include short-term mission trips to various locations and being a camp counselor as my two favorite thus far. Just like any college student, I like to hang out with my friends, especially outdoors and seek various adventures whenever I can. But of all the adventures I have gone on, I am looking most forward to this adventure of a lifetime as a student missionary most.
Photo taken while on a mission trip is Lesotho, Africa.
One of my cabins while working at Camp.
Ever since I was in High School, I have loved mission work and took the opportunity to go on every short-term mission trip I could. Knowing I would attend an Adventist university, I was sure that being a long-term student missionary (SM) was in my future. MY plan was to finish my first three years at Southern and go out as an SM after receiving my associate's degree in nursing following that third year. I eventually realized God and I were not on the same page when it came to plans. As I went through my freshmen year, I saw just how God was trying to show me that I am not in control and that I needed to rely on Him more and more.
As second semester rolled around, I began to see just how shaky my plans were as I began questioning my major and just what I should do coming into my sophomore year. For a couple months, it was a huge weight on my shoulders and constantly in the back of my head. I dabbled in many different options on how I could spend the upcoming school year but nothing really felt right. However, one day I started thinking, "What if I just threw out the plans?" and the more I thought about the possibility of going out to serve next year, the more weight lifted off my shoulders. But I decided to leave it in God's hand because I had enough of trying to make my own plans. Since then, that is exactly what I have chosen to do. Every potential obstacle that I have worried about or been warned about, I just keep reminding myself that this is God's plan and if that's what He wants for me than that is what will be and if it is not than that door will close.
That brings us to the present, I am ready to go to a new country, culture, language, and people. Most importantly ready to go and serve as the hands and feet of Jesus and allow my actions to speak louder than my words. I am telling God "Here am I; Send me" (Isaiah 6:8) but I haven't made it this far in my life without support and this is no different. Regardless of whether it is through your thoughts and prayers or a generous monetary donation of any amount, your supports means more to me than you know.
I use a couple social media outlets and would love to hear from any of you!
I plan to start a blog or some sort of outlet to keep everyone updated while I am gone, and just when I determine what that will be I will let you know!
A final recap!
*All gifts are tax deductible and nonrefundable.
Southern Adventist University accepts contributions, whether by gift, device, or bequest, consistent with its general tax-exempt purposes. These contributions may be given directly to any official university organization or activity. However, they may not be directed for any individual employee or student use. Contributions made for an intended purpose, such as a mission or service trip, will be used as specified. However, all contributions shall become the sole property of Southern Adventist University and are non-refundable under all circumstances. As such, the university reserves the right, in the event that the intended purpose is delayed or cancelled, to use the contributions as it may deem best in its sole and complete discretion so as to ensure that the funds will be used consistent with the tax-exempt purposes of the university.
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