Testimony: How God Provided for My Mission Trips and Believing He Will Do It Again
By: Valerie Garza
I have been a Christian for only three years. However, since committing my life to Christ I have had the privilege of going on seven mission trips! Most of these trips have been domestic, including Dallas, The Oklahoma Dream Center twice, The Los Angeles Dream Center, and The New York Dream Center.
I have also had the opportunity to go to Scotland on a mission trip, and help lead a trip to Panama City, Panama.
Leading up to my trip to Scotland, I did not have a ton of support from my family, because they did not fully understand why I wanted to go on a mission trip. The trip was nearly $3000, so I took extra shifts at work, but was still coming up short on my payments. So I used a with only two weeks before the trip I still needed over $1800 in funds! I thought that I had misheard God, and that I was not actually supposed to go on the trip. As a last minute urge of hope, I opened a gofundme account and pleaded with Facebook friends and family to consider investing in me and in what I knew God had called me to do. Within EIGHT days- barely over a week- $1900 dollars was given to my trip. Not only was I able to go on the trip, but I had some spending money as well! God is so good!
Just when I was beginning to doubt whether He would provide, He exceeded my expectations. I continue to think about this blessing, and thank God for not only leading me to one of the most life-changing trips, but providing a way for me to go.
When I was asked to staff a team of college students to Panama, I was hesitant at first because, once again, money was tight. I prayed and trusted God and agreed to staff the trip. Not even two whole days later, I received a refund from my university that covered the ENTIRE trip! Once again, God blew my expectations out of the water!
I have the AMAZING honor of leading a team on my EIGHTH mission trip in June of 2016 to Battambang, Cambodia. This is my first time in a third world country and will be my first time to officially lead a team of youth and young adults! I am SO excited!
After, God provided for my previous trips, I told myself I would never doubt God’s ability to provide. That being said, the trip to Cambodia is over $2000. I am believing that God will put it on people’s hearts to join me in prayer and in finances so that I am able to lead and love and do all that God has asked me to do in Cambodia.
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