I am so excited to begin this adventure, but I don’t think I really understood how much this affects not only my family and me, but also the community around me. On Tuesday, May 17th, 2016, the Charlotte Presbytery commissioned me to serve as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer. In front of the entire Presbytery, I committed to giving my time and energy to the work of the church and to serving God and God’s people during my time in the Philippines.
After being presented to all of the churches in the Presbytery, I realized that I’m not only representing my family and my church, Central Steele Creek Presbyterian, but I’m also representing the entire Presbytery. In addition to that, I recognized that I have a duty to the PC (USA) to take this opportunity back to my Presbytery and inspire others to pursue this program so they can bless other communities through the work they will do in the future.
It’s an honor and a privilege to represent my family, church, community, presbytery, and PC (USA) in the Philippines, but it’s an even bigger honor to serve God and have Him use me while I’m away from home and working in the Philippines. I know this next year will be a big challenge and will test my limits, but that’s exactly what I’m look forward to the most. Through those experiences, I anticipate growing in my faith and as a person, and returning home to, hopefully, inspire those around me. I want to inspire everyone to challenge themselves and open their hearts and lives to God so he can work His miracles through them.