The opportunity to go to Zambia with MOAM was one of the best opportunities I have ever had. This is my first time out of the United States and it is an amazing experience. I have 2 cousins adopted from Ethiopia; and ever since we adopted them, it has been a dream of mine to serve on a mission trip somewhere in Africa. I was very happy when God called me here to Zambia. At first, I was unsure of why God called me on this mission trip, but as the trip comes to an end I can see why He did.
God called me here for Him to work not only through me, but in me. God has taught me a lot throughout this trip. First being, how dependent we really need to be on Him. I was praying every day for His help and guidance and He would always deliver. Throughout this trip I have learned how to rely on God in the hard times and praise Him in the good times. God has also opened my eyes to Him through scripture in the nightly devotions that we have with the kids, then as a MOAM group. I think that one of the most important things that I learned on this trip is to be happy with what I have. In the states everyone is always wanting bigger, better, cooler... but that is not what it is about. God wants us to appreciate what we have and what He has given to us.
Another reason this trip has been so great is I met my brother from another mother. His name is Richard. He truly is like a brother to me. I'm still unsure of why but I know that God called me on this trip to Zambia to meet Richard. We formed an instant connection and have been brothers since. As I prepare to leave, it is going to be difficult...but I know that I will see Richard again. And he will always be a part of my life, whether I am writing him letters or I'm keeping him in my prayers. Richard and I have a special connection that I know no one can ever take away from me, and I thank God every night for Richard in my prayers.
Lastly it has been great to see how God has worked in our last week here. I thought that it was going to be hard as we were leaving soon, but it has been the opposite. Each day this week has been better and more fun than the day before. Also, just talking to the kids and finally getting to know them on a deeper level than surface level. This last week the kids have really opened up to us and it has been awesome.
- Maxx Kidd, James Madison University Baseball Manager
To God be the Glory!
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