It matters to Jesus…

I’ve recently returned from a missions trip to Mexico, and I’m currently preparing for another mission trip to Africa. I see so much value in traveling the world to share the very message that saved me. I love the gospel of Jesus, and the restoration that it brings. But these past few weeks have been filled with so much gratitude for the people that Jesus sends straight to our doors. It’s amazing that we can be right where Jesus asks and He would send you people to love and share the gospel with.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16

Over the past few weeks, we’ve experienced a lot as a ministry. Two weeks ago, I took a step of faith and committed to being a Pastor here at We Will Go! That means I’m going to serve over ‘The Fountain,’ focusing on who Jesus sends to our doors…kids, families, volunteers, etc.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house…” Matthew 5:14-15

I’m so excited! I love that Jesus had called me to shine HIS light to those He brings to our house! I took time to pray and fast about what it will look like for this next season in ministry. That same week we experienced, what I would consider, some of our hardest days. Three guys that are a part of our family/ministry, were arrested on murder charges, within 2 days…for 2 separate incidents. One of those incidents occurred right down the road from where we live. There was so much heartbreak surrounding us.

I’ve had loved ones ask where I thought ‘this life’ was going to get me and beat around the bush to simply ask me if giving my life in Jackson was worth it. 

I don’t get upset when people ask me those kinds of things anymore because I’m sure now, more than ever, that I’m right where Jesus wants me to be!

After the arrests, our Fountain gym was nearly empty. I honestly didn’t know how to pray, but that God would remind our guys of the Word that they’d been taught in our gym, and that God would send them back to our home. Because the truth is, the Word was poured into these guys. Without fail, every time they came to play ball in our gym they would hear it…every time! The very next day, many of our guys returned. Including the brother of one of the guys who was arrested.

Jesus had a plan, and He still does have a plan! 

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For those young guys who returned to the gym that day, we were able to pray with them one-on-one and tell them how much God loves, to tell them how much we’ve been praying for them, and to tell them we see the pain surrounding them. It was beautiful to watch the love of Jesus being poured out that day. Even when it seems simple, your love and obedience matters so much to Jesus!!!!

Is everyday of my life like this? Of course not, but a lot of them are. I get to learn how to love like Jesus would in a place that is sometimes forgotten or deemed as ‘too far gone.’ I get to travel the world and also walk onto my front porch to share the same Good News! I know the life Jesus is asking me to live is not a life that many would choose or feel privileged to live. For me however, it’s one of the most exciting things I’ve ever given my heart to!

Here’s how you can pray with me: 

  • I’m asking people to pray about financially supporting me to serve full-time as a missionary and Pastor at We Will Go Ministries.
  • I’m also asking for people to spread the word & tell others about how they can support the upcoming missions trip to Mozambique & Swaziland. You can do so by purchasing We Will Go Arts wood products on ETSY, and by adding “Mariah/Missions” in the comment box when ordering! 
  • I’m praying that Jesus would give me vision on how to reach families better! We currently open our Fountain doors for homework help, basketball, and Bible from 3-5PM & go on ‘home visits’ to see families. I’m asking for creative ways to minister to entire families at a deeper level! 

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Summer of HOPE! #camphope

It has been a great first three weeks of Camp Hope! Jesus has made a way for us to open our doors for over 40 children every weekday from 8am-5pm. It has been a time of going deeper with the Lord, and learning about the hope we have in Jesus! We have seen into the lives of so many precious families. Children are coming into our home and learning how to be who Jesus created them to be, in an atmosphere of safety and love. We are so thankful! We are praying for souls to be saved and for the Prince of Peace to reign in every home.

One of my favorite aspects of Camp Hope is seeing the Lord love each child and volunteer in the way that they need love. During our second week of camp, two children were signed in later than usual, and immediately told me that no one would wake up to bring them to camp. You could hear the frustration in their voices. I asked them if they were hungry because we had moved on from breakfast time. They both responded with a quick ‘YES!’ I was able to give them each a granola bar and juice, to which one of the children said, “Jesus loves us!” They were so excited that we would still give them food past ‘breakfast time’, and I was thankful for a sweet time when the Lord allowed those little ones to feel special and to be cared for. We are praying for campers, missionaries, interns, and volunteers alike to experience the overwhelming love of Jesus this summer! Would you pray for us as we enter the next 5 weeks of Camp Hope?

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18 ESV

 

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“We have structure, we have rules, we have a safe place, we have love, and most importantly we have the Holy Spirit. We also have a camp full of children that have never known any of these things, some days you see them soaking the truth in like little sponges, other days you wonder if they’ve heard anything at all. Today was one of those days…during craft time they made rainbows to represent promise and then asked them what question they wanted to ask God…one child asked God why the Holy Spirit was his friend? And the Holy Spirit answered, because you’re special…He quietly wrote the answer on his paper and I looked over at just the right moment. My attention had been on a child that was not behaving well, and in that moment Jesus reminded me that He works in unseen ways, and today I had the privilege to see one way He is working in that child’s life…I can have faith that He is working despite our feelings.” –Katelyn, WWG Summer Intern

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