2 Years Later…

My first experience of We Will Go was on June 4, 2015. I had come as a visitor and was immediately directed to Peace House for ‘Hands & Feet’ clothing ministry. Little did I know, the people I met that night, I would soon call family.

I didn’t know that praying for God to ‘direct my life in a manner that would give Him glory and honor, above anything else,’ meant that He would be rearranging life as I knew it. As He writes the story of my life, He puts purpose in every person, in every word, even when I can’t see it!

On December 4, 2015, I officially moved into Faith House, one of We Will Go’s missionary houses. I moved in with clear direction from Jesus and a heart of desperation for more of Him. Time and time again, I felt unworthy of the privilege to serve Him as a ‘missionary.’ In His kindness, Jesus continued to speak such valuable truth to me. He spoke that I was embarking on a year of ‘growth, endurance, and newfound purpose in Him.’ I never could have imagined what those words would mean.

Today marks 2 years since I’ve lived in Jackson, Mississippi at We Will Go Ministries! I celebrate because I’m grateful for Jesus and all that He’s done! I’m amazed that He would place me here, and create such a beautiful family for me here. There are so many people who have contributed to who I am today…I couldn’t thank yall enough. All the people who’ve prayed with me, listened to me and spoke truth to me, sent me letters at just the right time, cried with me, and the people who stood by my side to share the love of Jesus…THANK YOU! I know that my life is deeply blessed because of the people that Jesus allows me to meet.

Jesus is teaching me how to live the life I know He’s created me to live! The mission of ‘We Will Go Ministries’ is to take 1000’s of people to the mission fieldBecause of that vision and obedience, I am learning what it means to be a missionary and a pastor…following the voice of the Lord with every given day. I am one of those people! It’s a JOY to serve Him!

So once again, I want to say THANK YOU for all that you’ve done and for being willing to partner with what He’s doing in my city of Jackson and all around the globe!

“Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Luke 14:23

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Jesus or jet lag…not really sure?

First thing’s first, I want to say THANK YOU! If you’re taking time to read this, that most likely means that you’ve prayed for me or supported me along the way. One of the biggest praises from this mission trip was to see how many people contributed to sending me, especially financially! Every mission trip takes a BIG step of faith for me because of the cost attached! I’ve never had so many different people contribute to one specific mission trip as I had for this one, so once again, thank you all!!!! I’m praying that Jesus blesses each and every one of you more than you can imagine. Thank you for your faith and obedience!

I don’t take for granted that God allows me to be a missionary. I love that His desire for me is that I serve Him fully as a missionary and pastor in Jackson, Mississippi and that He still allows me to travel abroad to share His great name!

“And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” Mark 16:15

Over the past few years, I’ve traveled to Mozambique, Madagascar, Mexico, and different parts of India for ‘short-term’ mission trips. Jesus did so much during those times! Adding onto the list, I’ve just returned from another missions trip to Africa!

Since being back, I’ve been spending lots of time praying about all that Jesus did during my trip…I’ve frequently woken up around 3AM, and I’m not too sure if it’s Jesus or jet lag?? It’s always a pleasure and a challenge to share my mission trip experiences with you guys! I pray that some of what I’ve experienced will inspire and encourage you to take a step of faith in your own lives.


The day after we landed in Pemba, Mozambique, we were sent into the ‘bush bush’ to share the Gospel. This means that we travel to far off villages, most of which have not heard the Gospel, we visit various homes/huts to pray for people, and we invite them to join us in watching what we call the ‘Jesus Film’ in their own language. It seems like every time the film is played that 100’s of people show up to watch! At first glance this outreach time seemed a little chaotic…I couldn’t understand the language, I couldn’t find the people that I came with, and so many children were asking me questions that I couldn’t understand, but so desperately wanted to answer. But through all of that, I knew that something beautiful was in the works.

As I was sitting in the dirt, Jesus spoke to me, ‘Mariah, I need you to release understanding to me…’

I quickly responded with how much I thought I trusted Him, and what answers/understanding I felt entitled to. He then repeated to me, to release understanding to HIM…and I accepted His command, knowing, once again, that there was something beautiful in the works. He began speaking more and more to my spirit…encouraging me, telling me how to pray, and showing love to me! As I looked at the stars, He told me to pray for truth and endurance to reign in the village. He told me how important it was for me to pray what was on His heart. He told me how much He loved me, just as a little girl decided to tuck my hair behind me ears with a gentle smile.

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“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

How many of you know that God knows our hearts better than we do? He knew that in order for me to experience the fullness of what He had for this missions trip, I had to surrender my own ‘understanding’ and trust Him deeply, and that’s what I chose to do! Jesus then reminded me of His great love, His love for others, and His love for me! During my time in the bush, and for the rest of my time in Africa, I was able to watch the love of Jesus minister to so many people, including myself. He freely gives His love to us!! My prayer and my encouragement to you is that you take time to ask God if there is anything standing in the way of you receiving ALL that He has for you in this season? I know that I could have EASILY been distracted by my long list of questions for God… I could have missed the beautiful treasures that God wanted to pour out over me. In His mercy, He showed me the way! My prayer for you is that you would listen to His voice, and allow the love of Jesus to minister to YOU as well!

“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him…not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:9-11

“But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15


On my 22nd birthday, this little man was brought to the baby house with little hope. His mother died during child birth. Jesus allowed me the opportunity to meet and pray over him in 2014!


Now in 2017, this same little boy is now growing to be healthy and strong, knowing the love of Jesus. I loved getting to see him again! He’s so full of life!


A few years back, my friend began sharing Jesus with a group of ladies who were working as prostitutes. Today those ladies are walking with Jesus and running an amazing business together! One of my highlights from returning to Mozambique was getting the honor to meet them and wear this skirt they made for me!


Beautiful people in Swaziland, making a living by sewing beautiful bags and toys. All for the glory of God! Please continue to pray for these sweet ladies.