Kelsey Neeley, MC
May 26, 2017
As I spend my last few days enjoying time with friends and family, I have begun to think about all the things the Lord has done to get me to this point and I am overwhelmed by His goodness. For Christmas the Lord gave me the opportunity to spend three weeks in Southeast Asia and He completely changed my view of missions. Upon returning, the Lord provided so many people and opportunities to push me and prepare me to service this summer in Oklahoma. The Lord called us all to be obedient and that looks different in every person’s life. For me, obedience was signing up for summer missions with no ideas about where I wanted to go, but resting in the knowledge that He was calling me to serve.
Dayspring Villa in Oklahoma is a very specific type of ministry. This summer I will be a "guest advocate,” living and working alongside women and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual trafficking. Much like many of the thoughts you might be having right now, I was very unsure when I first heard about this ministry. I have never done anything like this before in my life. Spending 52 days in a city that I do not know, surrounded by people I do not know and working with people who have experienced a lot of trauma is something I never thought I would ever do, but sometimes being obedient isn't easy. The majority of the time the Lord is calling us to step out of our comfort zones into a place that requires full reliance on Him, and that is where I am at this point. During this summer I will experience a lot of firsts. I've never flown alone. I've never lived so far away from home for so long. I have never worked with, or alongside, anyone who has experienced domestic violence. I am very scared, unsure, and nervous, but I am thankful that we do not have to rely on ourselves. We have a God who is constant (Hebrews 13:8, Isaiah 40:28). He constantly provides (2 Peter 1:3, Matt 6:26, 1 Samuel 2:8). He constantly loves (1 John 4:8, John 3:16-17). He is constantly in control of all (Isaiah 41:10, 1 Peter 5:6-7, Luke 12:22-26). What a beautiful place to be!