Sunday, May 9, 2010


The longer I intern for GEMS, the more closely I connect to the purpose in their “Call to Africa”.

The more I catch the vision, come alongside the ministry, carry out the goal, and see the fruit, the more I understand the heart of God and the hearts of the women who have stayed with us for the past two weeks.

We have been working hard—training counselors, investing in CIT’s, teaching women, and reading to preschoolers. We do all of these things for one reason: to see girls around the world actively and enthusiastically expressing love for God and others—girls equipped, motivated, and passionately engaged in living out their faith. This is the vision of GEMS and the things I desire in my own life--a living, dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ.

I walked behind these seven women who turned the dream of The Esther School into a reality as they hiked through the 25 acre property that it is being constructed upon. A dream they had for the kingdom was rising up out of the dust in Chongwe village right before their very eyes.

As I heard them talk of all this school would mean for girls, for families, for leaders, for churches, for the kingdom, I realized that these were all visions of the future, the ripples yet to come from this drop in the Zambian ocean. It dawned on me that I would one day see the fruit without them walking in front of me. They carried the vision this far, and eventually it will be handed down to the generation following behind.

GEMS is becoming a cause that I can truly stand behind, walk beside, and move forward with. It is becoming an investment that I can give my life to and give up everything for because I believe in the vision so strongly:

Teaching young girls to love God, love others, and love themselves.
To act justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God.

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