Surprise Detour.

Let the adventure begin...

         My plan for quite sometime now was to move to Uganda to do mission work. I had a plan to go with an organization but God had different plans, He took me on a surprise detour if you will of getting me to Uganda. I don't know why my path changed but I don't care because Jesus is in control and he is guiding my path ten fold. On March 29th I sent in my application for the Peace Corps. On April 14th they told me I was being considered for the Peace Corps and that they would let me know in a few days if I have received an interview. A few hours later I received that interview which I had on April 19th. On May 5th while waking up from a nap I checked my email. I was still waking up and was very much so still half asleep, in my inbox was an email from the Peace Corps. I had received an invitation to the Peace Corps. I had never woken up so quickly. I shot out of bed and began shouting loudly with complete excitement. I went on to share the news with my bonus mom and the rest of my family. I was so excited that I had accidentally moved the email out of my inbox. I spent five minutes panicked trying to find the email having thought it was all just a dream. Allas I found the email again and I continued to celebrate. Three days after the initial invite I accepted the invitation and now I am on my way to Uganda for 27 months with the Peace Corps to teach English. I am beyond excited about this new journey Jesus has me on. 
"I had a plan to go with an organization but God had different plans, He took me on a surprise detour if you will of getting me to Uganda."
         This brings me to where I am in the process now. I have to get medical clearance, a background check, and get a no fee passport. I spent all week trying to get these things done. And as of today I have completed most of my medical clearance I just have to get some labs done, and wait for results from the appointments I have had this week, and get my dental work up. I have to do all of that before July 7th which should be easily completed. I also sent in my background check and application for my no fee passport. To say that this journey is well underway is an understatement. I wasn't even supposed to hear back about being accepted or not until June 1st and it's only May 27th and I have received my invite and began the process of getting to Uganda. I just made it sound like this week went amazingly well. However I had several melt downs and freak outs about all that I had to do. I began to doubt whether the Peace Corps was where I was supposed to go. I felt like I was being spiritually attacked. Satan was filling my head with lies that lead to my doubt and fear in the plan that God has for me. However through this experience of my doubt I realized even more that this is where God wants me. Why you may ask? Because Satan wouldn't try to stop something that God didn't want in my life. Satan doesn't want what God wants to happen to happen. He sees the good and the Glory this is going to bring to the Kingdom of the Lord and that makes him afraid. God has continued to show me that this is what He wants for my life. Even with the lies that filled my head I still heard whispers from the Lord that said listen to me this is my plan for you keep pursuing this desire. I know I am going to still have doubt and fear, which I believe to be valid because stepping out moving to Uganda for 27 months is no easy feat, but I know that this is the plan God has for me right now and I am so extremely blessed to be on this journey and I cannot wait to see what God is going to teach me and how He is going to use me on this next adventure for my life. 
"God has continued to show me that this is what He wants for my life. Even with the lies that filled my head I still heard whispers from the Lord that said listen to me this is my plan for you keep pursuing this desire."
         Since graduating from Jessup my biggest desire has been to be a missionary, which I thought was going to be through a Christian organization who's goal was to share the Gospel. But instead Jesus has me being a missionary in the Peace Corps. I get to be a light to people who may not believe in anything, who might believe in other Gods, or who have been burned by religion. The goal of the Peace Corps lines up so beautifully with what I want to do in Uganda. On the Peace Corps website it says: "As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. When they return home, Volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences—and a global outlook—that enriches the lives of those around them. The Peace Corps' Mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals: to help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, to help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served, to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans." I love the idea of serving the Lord as a missionary in a non-Christian environment. Being able to love others and share Jesus with people through my actions and not just my words. It's a challenge for me because I will not be able to be up front about my faith and I will have to daily choose love in order to share Jesus with people. I want people to see me and wonder where all my love, joy, and grace comes from, so when they ask me I can tell them about Jesus. I can share with them my God. This is why I believe the Peace Corps is my path. If you wanna know more about the Peace Corps, or my decision on why I chose the Peace Corps please don't hesitate to ask me. I would be happy to answer. 
"I get to be a light to people who may not believe in anything, who might believe in other Gods, or who have been burned by religion. The goal of the Peace Corps lines up so beautifully with what I want to do in Uganda."
         I want to challenge each of you reading this to live out a life of a missionary. No matter your job, or where God has you, you are called to share the Good News, and sometimes the best way to share the Good News is through our actions of love and not our words. So go out and love on people who need some love, and be Jesus to those around you. And when Satan tries to tell you that you aren't a missionary remember that Jesus sent you His Holy Spirit and told you to make disciples. He has called us all to this life so tell Satan to leave because Jesus is going to be glorified, lifted high, and shared with the nations by each of you!
"No matter your job, or where God has you, you are called to share the Good News, and sometimes the best way to share the Good News is through our actions of love and not our words. So go out and love on people who need some love, and be Jesus to those around you."
Goodbye for now 
XOXO Chantelle  


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