My Pointe of View

My thoughts on God, Life, and Dance

To Make His Name Great

Written By: jamieu - Mar• 04•12

For those of you who are my friends on Facebook (which I am assuming is all of you since…well I am not famous so who would be looking up my blog….) may have seen a note that I posted about my upcoming mission trip to London. This will be my forth trip in four years. Each or these trips have drastically changed my life in many different ways. The experiences that I have had and the things that God has revealed to my heart during these times of ministry could never fit in this little blog. Hmmm I literally just had a thought as I was typing that statement. In John 21:25 it says:

Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

I can relate to that scripture to a degree. If I feel like there is no way I could share all that I have experienced from these short term mission trips, it makes me marvel at all that happened during Jesus’ ministry that could not be recorded in the Bible! Imagine all the amazing stories of His ministry that we will never know (well, until we get to heaven I suppose) Wow – insight.

Ok – that was a slight rabbit trail. The truth is that 5 or 6 years ago I really had no desire to go on any sort of mission trip. The whole concept scared me. The thought of witnessing to people on the street made my hands get clammy. Then there was my fear of long plane rides coupled with my non adventurous taste in food and the thought of using the bathroom in the jungle – all big neon signs screaming “Stay where it is comfortable!! Let someone else go.”

I am not really certain when the change started, but the Lord began working on my heart and I started to feel like I was suppose to go on a mission trip someday. Then, through a long series of crazy events I found out about Arrows International. Arrows is a non-profit dance ministry that takes dancers from all over the world on mission trips during the summer. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God was telling me to apply to go on a trip. I was still really nervous but the thought of telling others about God through dance (the language that I feel the most comfortable speaking) did not feel quite as intimidating. So I took a step of faith and was accepted to go to Guatemala in the summer of 2009.

That trip lit a spark in me that God has continued to fan over the past few years. There are things that still scare me about the mission field but the benefits make them seem so insignificant. I know that I am called to the nations. What once was a fear is now a passion deep in my heart. I want to be able to go where ever the Lord calls. Using the gift of dance that He has given me to bring glory to His name is the most rewarding thing I could ever do with my life. It makes the hours upon hours spent at the ballet barre, all the sore muscles, broken toe nails, and loss of free time completely worth it! I know that God has big plans for me to continue to minister all over the world. I can honestly say that I have no idea what that is going to look like in the years to come. My life right now is a constant faith walk. I do not know what is around the corner or where God is taking me next. I am just doing my best to take one step of obedience at a time. I have had to make some difficult decisions over the past year but God continues to blow me away with His faithfulness.

Since this is already so long, I will leave you in suspense until next week when I will actually share some stories from each of my trips. I will leave you with this passage that I read last night in Isaiah 61. I know that it will be familiar to many of you – it is quoted a lot, but I feel like God has really etched it onto my heart. It encapsulates how I feel every time I am given the opportunity to minister and teach – not just out of the country but in my city. Really we are all on the mission field everyday no matter where you call home.

  1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,

Check out this video for a little taste of the ministry God has allowed me to be apart of over the past 4 years!

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