Saying yes to God when he called me to be a part of Liv4Change was not the easiest decision but the most amazing thing I’ve agreed to! Not easy because we find ourselves thinking “is this really God I’m hearing, telling me to fly thousands of miles away from home and not just my adventurous self wanting to travel around the globe?” But when you trust what you believe you are hearing from God and go with it, God is always faithful and the right doors will be opened. We don’t always understand why he is calling us to certain places but trust with everything and he will show you. (Proverbs 3:5)
LIV4Change is one big family, we are reminded throughout the time that ‘strangers became friends and friends became family’ and that’s exactly what we felt we became. The thought of living with a house full of strangers and a village full of people you don’t know far away from home can be daunting but it’s an exciting step of faith. You do make life long friends and you find that they all become constant encouragements because you experience things with each other that nobody else will understand the way these people have, and it brings you close together.
Teaching was always something I looked forward to on a weekly basis. We had teaching on identity, hearing the voice of God as well as having guest speakers throughout our 6 months and we were also given the opportunity to suggest topics we’d like to hear about. Identity teachings were especially significant to me as some identity issues I was dealing with God kept bringing up and I knew he wanted to take them from me whilst I was at LIV – We as a human race (being Christian or not) get so caught up in what the world tells us we should or should not be like. Jesus tells us to be in the world not of the world (John 17:16), this is important when living in the ways of what God is calling you to.
You cannot forget the joy the children and mothers are. They really teach you that holding onto the things of the past and longing for things you don’t have stops you from fulfilling Gods destiny for you – God is our ultimate healer and restorer and we must hold onto that. God is creating miracles on the village, it is in this space that the children experience talents and skills they never knew that had because they didn’t have the opportunity but now they have the access to flourish in so many ways. Every foster mother on the village is a blessing, they love the children so dearly and even treated me as if I was one of theirs too. They often fill the village with the sounds of praise and worship and it’s so beautiful.
By Bethany Kelly