On my worksite, I have the opportunity to help build two houses for two sisters named Jennifer and Audrey. On the site we have several masons helping us who are local Jamaican workers hired by Son Servants. I mainly have worked with and really gotten to know a mason named Richard. I later found out that Richard is the son of Tessa and Cliff, a family near and dear to Son Servants. They are actually preparing a meal for the whole camp next Tuesday. Anyways, on the worksite, our team got to walk down to Tessa and Cliff's house for lunch. Tessa always tells us that we can come to her house for food, bathroom breaks, or just to sit and chat (she loves to tell stories!). Once we had eaten we all gathered around Tessa to hear how she found Christ. Tessa spoke very wisely and I could tell that she has incredible faith. Before Tessa found Christ she was often picked on by older boys, which made her believe she would never marry (that is, until she met Cliff!). Tessa truly found Christ when she was thirteen years old sitting in church. She seemed to have a major "aha!" moment. She burst into tears and even thought she wanted to be tough she could not hold back the overwhelming emotion that she had been saved. She had been saved from the boys that were bothering her. In fact, the following day, Tessa knocked on their doors and forgave them. About ten years passed until she met Cliff, and she, after denying proposals because she couldn't stand the thought of marriage, knew that he would be her husband.
Throughout this week I have heard many stories, including Tessa's, that show how things typically don't go the way we plan them to. Almost every staff member here has said that they had a plan for their lives but God called them in a different direction. Although it is a little scary to think I have no idea what lies ahead of me, I can't wait to see how God works through me and what he calls me to do with my life.
Published on Monday, June 27, 2016 @ 9:33 AM CDT