MEET KATIE: her desire led to obedience, and her obedience led to Uganda.
What made you want to go to Uganda?
In a conversation with my disciple group leader, I told her that I felt called to short-term missions, but I wasn’t sure what that looked like or how I could make it work because I have never gone on a trip before. That night she encouraged me to look at the ones my church was offering, and as soon as I saw the trip to Uganda, I just knew that’s where I was supposed to go. I have always had a heart for children, and I am interested in the medical field. In Uganda, we will be working in the medical clinic in an orphanage.
What do you hope to learn through serving internationally?
I hope to learn not only more about other cultures but how that translates to their faith. The people in Uganda have suffered a lot of hardships and pain, and I hope to see how that has impacted their faith.
How have you already seen the Lord at work while preparing for your trip?
My main concern about going to Uganda was the fundraising. Uganda is the most expensive trip to go on, andI have never been on a mission trip before. However, every part of my fundraising has fallen into place and has happened better than I could ever imagine.
How do you hope your service will inspire others?
I hope my service will inspire others to follow the calling that God places on our lives to serve. I believe that there are two ways to serve, either to go or to send. I hope by me being obedient, I inspire others to answer God’s calling and shut down their fears.
What’s one thing you wish everyone knew about serving others?
I wish everyone knew that by serving others, you also get the possibility to open your heart more than you could ever imagine. My faith has grown so much through this entire process, and I haven’t even gone to Uganda yet! I am so excited to see how much my life is impacted just by me answering the nudge that I felt on my heart.