Hello!
My name is Bethany, and if you’re reading this then you’re most likely one of my friends or family that know about my trip to London (I’ve been quite excited and have been telling lots of people…). I started this blog so that I could provide a way of keeping in touch with my friends back in the States and abroad while in overseas and share in my experiences preparing for the trip.

Earlier this school year (December, to be exact) I was challenged to go on a Cross Cultural Project (CCP) with Campus Outreach, the campus ministry I am involved with at UNC-Chapel Hill. At the time I had been considering other mission opportunities for the summer, but after praying, studying God’s Word, and looking at the things I desired out of my summer it came to be that London was the perfect place for me. I am part of a team of eleven (4 men and 7 women). Nine of us are students, all the girls coming from UNC and the guys coming from NCSU. Our team leaders are on staff with Campus Outreach. I’m really excited about spending more time with the wonderful people on our team as well as everyone we will meet in London!

While in London we will be concentrating mainly on the students and people around West London University. We are seeking to build relationships with these students in hopes of being able to share our faith with them and help guide them to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We will do this by hanging out with students around campus, meeting for lunch/dinner, and going out with students throughout the day. When not with students we will receive evangelism and perspective training, study the Bible together, and grow in our relationships with each other and with Christ. The skills we learn while on this trip will be valuable for our entire lives, but more importantly there are people in London whose eternities could be changed by our interactions. Romans 10:14 says “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” This is my motivation in going to London. Without people willing to go and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Kingdom of God will not be advanced. I’m excited to be a part of God’s master plan for the World. Our team has responded to Jesus’s command to take the Gospel to the nations (Matthew 28:19-20)

Understandably, this trip isn’t free. In total the 6-ish weeks will cost $5,500. We are asked to raise financial support from our friends, family, and, in some cases, even people we don’t know. While at first I felt at odds with this practice (it wasn’t something that anyone I knew usually did growing up), after looking into what the Bible says I feel that shouldn’t cause one to be afraid or feel uneasy about. Acts 2:44-45 says, “And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.” The people in the early church were incredibly generous; they shared everything that they had and didn’t hold anything back. God calls us to live a generous lifestyle; in doing so we can practice putting our faith in God that He will provide for us so that we can give generously. We put our hope not in our financial resources, but in God’s ability to provide. If all things are of Him and belong to Him then our money is His, and there’s no better way to glorify the Lord than investing what He has already graciously given us in the advancement of His kingdom. Many of you reading this will receive or have received letters from me regarding my trip, asking you to become a part of my team in taking the Gospel to London. I request that you prayerfully consider this decision and challenge you to step out in faith that God will provide. All contributions towards the trip are tax deductible and checks can be made out to Campus Outreach. If you feel led to give, please let me know by email at bawilkes@live.unc.edu .

“As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” -1 Timothy 6:17-19

I hope everyone is doing well and staying inside on this cold, rainy day (possibly a preview of London weather???), and I look forward to hopefully chatting with many of you soon. 🙂

Bethany

 

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