Starting on March 4th, I will be living in Nairobi, Kenya for three months to serve at Mavuno Church in children’s ministry. I will also be teaching English to kids while I am there. As excited as I am to participate in these things, I am most excited to be submerged in another culture and see what life is like for the people in Kenya.

With my adventure only weeks away, it's crazy to look back on how this whole process began back in October. I was doing online school and trying to figure out what to do for my second semester as a senior. I had the option to stay online or go back to a regular high school to graduate. None of these choices appealed to me. It was then that my mom and I discussed the possibility of me graduating a semester early. My parents and I agreed that if I graduated early, I would do something valuable with my time. This was when God placed an extended missions trip on my heart.

My mind flooded with reasons not to. “You’ll miss senior prom! What about your friends? You would miss your family too much! What about Student Leadership and your JHM life group?” Despite all these panicked thoughts, there was a louder voice saying that it would be okay. I felt an extreme sense of peace and confidence that this was what God had for me.

Both my parents are a part of the Kenya team at Mariners, so when I told them I felt called to travel, Nairobi was automatically thrown into the discussion. Through further research and conversations with pastors, God affirmed and reaffirmed that Kenya was where He was calling me.

As plans began and as they continue to take shape, it becomes more real...and scarier. But as my anxieties have grown more prominent, so does God’s voice. His voice continues to tell me that His plans are better than mine, that He already knows what lies ahead. I don’t expect my three months in Kenya to go without trouble. I know there will be hard times, but I also know God will meet me in Kenya in a way that I would have never been able to see if I didn’t step outside my comfort zone.

   “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33 (NIV)

-Katie Nicholas


Student Leader