| 2019 |

Underestimating God

Written by: Catherine Adkins, Former Mission of Hope Intern

In the weeks leading up to my Turks and Caicos trip, I have to say I was a little bit hesitant. Like most, my group was supposed to go to Haiti. My heart is in Haiti, so to say that I was upset about not being able to go is an understatement. I had (and still have) so many questions and frustrations with God about why He would do this three weeks before we would leave. While being honest with God, I relied on the truth that His plan is better. God works everything together in the most intricate ways, and if it weren’t for His plan and the Turks and Caicos Islands, then I would not have this story to share.

It was our second to last day doing Community Ministry Time. Quite honestly, I was going into the day tired and just not super excited to go door to door. I often find that it challenges me the most. At the first house we went to, there were two middle-aged men sitting on the front porch. You could tell they were nervous, because they weren’t quite sure why we were there. However, after explaining to them that we just wanted to talk and get to know them, conversation started to flow. We all shared our hobbies, likes, dislikes, and what God has been teaching us recently.

While sitting there, I was overwhelmed by how God had so intricately drawn this moment together. There were many things tracing back to years ago that led to this specific moment. As we sat there, talking about God’s goodness and faithfulness, I truly felt like I had a little glimpse of heaven. Here we were, completely different people all brought together, serving the same God, all on a mission to bring glory to His name.

The sweetest moment was when one of the men kept repeating that he was so happy we were there and that he wouldn’t be able to sleep that night.

One moment can change someone’s life, and I believe God used this moment to restore hope in every person that was there that day—a moment we all will never forget.

So often I get wrapped up in the day to day and the busyness of this world. In the midst of this, I forget how important it is to sit and talk with those around me. You never know the road that someone is walking. You never how impactful it can be to stop and have a genuine conversation.

This was a week that I will forever hold close to my heart. God is at work in Turks and Caicos, and it is just the beginning. While this trip was a surprise to me, it was no surprise to God. I’m thankful that what was “supposed” to happen didn’t, and I’m thankful to serve a God who goes before me and has ordained every step.