I stood there in the church parking lot, prepared for a journey. All was ready. The hour of departure had arrived. Crammed into the church van, we traveled mile after mile. Each moment took me farther and farther from home, catapulting me forth into the great unknown. In the midst of it all, I was brimming with excitement. How could I not be, after I’d just seen God work in such a marvelous way
He’d spoken. I’d believed. It had happened!
What wonder had I just encountered? It had all started the fall before, when the youth group announced that they would be going on a summer missions trip to Los Angeles, California. In spite of expressing some interest at the time, I hadn’t signed up right off the bat. For one thing, I had other plans that took place during the same time as the trip. Later on, however, those plans fell through. I began to consider going after all, if there was any way to do so. I prayed about it, and realized that God did indeed want me to join the L.A. bound group.
The problem? By this time it was only about a month before the trip was to take place! The van we were going in was already filled up. There was no spot left for me. Additionally, I’d need a good-sized amount of money to cover the various costs involved. In spite of all of this, I knew that God wanted me to go. What was I to do?
My name is Emily Hockenhull. I started Called and Created as a way to share the good news of the gospel of God's grace with others. Come join me on the journey!