I don't want to travel around the world to live in nice places or see luxorious sights. I don't want to go to Africa because I believe I can save little babies and be some kind of superhero. I don't want to be in the midst of an African War. Nor do I enjoy living in filth, having lice, and living in the midst of serious sickness and disease. But I do want to help people around the world because I know that I have more than them. I know that God blessed me with abundance so that I may give.
What is abundance you say? Abundance is more food than I can eat at one meal, more clothes than I need for one week, more shoes than three kids will have in a year. Abundance is relative and so is wealth. Many Americans feel they are lower or middle class but fail to realize they are richer than 70% of the world and that many people live on less than $1 every day.
I don't know if I want to spend my entire life living in a foreign country. I definitely want to give my children the opportunity to live in both a foreign land as well as America. I definitely don't want to live the American Dream lifestyle and live a life of comfort and economical stability in the United States. I want to travel the world, have a small family, and help less fortunate and children around the world who are not as blessed as I was.
I care a lot about the health ministry: nutrition, clean water and food, access to medical care, and treatment for preventable diseases. I love mission trips and various non profits. I would love to get an internship with World Vision and see more of how they work. I think disaster relief would be extremely cool.
I'm not exactly sure where I'm headed in life- maybe into some sort of missionary life. I know it won't be easy, and I'm not so naive that I believe traveling the world will always be fun. I know there are serious risks, health concerns, and hazards. I know that I will be living in poverty and that my family will probably not be stable at all times.
Despite the challenges, I feel addicted and called to service. I want to live a life I won't regret later. I don't know exactly what I want to do with my life but I know I want to follow God around the world.