Time has been flying! I now have only 30 days left until I embark on the biggest adventure of my life so far! On July 29, 2016 I will fly for the first time across the world to Munich Germany to help spread the love of Jesus. I plan to work alongside Pastor Mike Torres from Visalia, California doing whatever I can do to serve and further the kingdom of God. We will be working with two growing churches, one in Aindling, and the other in Augsburg, Germany. I am so excited to be a part of the work God is doing in these churches!
When the opportunity of traveling to Germany presented itself I was filled with both excitement and fear. I had always hoped to go on a missions trip and see the world but I hadn’t made any plans to do so in the near future. It didn’t take much thought for me to decide that this was a Journey that I wanted to take, but that didn’t eliminate the fear. I couldn’t see how I would possibly be able to afford a trip like this on such short notice. After punching numbers and shedding a whole lot of tears I told my dad “there is no way we can do this! I won’t spend more than $2,000 on this trip.” At that moment I felt so defeated. I had truly felt that I was supposed to be on this journey, the thought that it may not be a possibility for me, hurt so much. My Dad’s response to my outburst was calm and collective as usual. He simply responded “okay then, we will put God to test.” After that I decided to trust God and believe that somehow someway God would open the doors and make this trip a possibility. A few days later while on my way to apply for my passport I decided to check flights like I had been everyday, all day long for the past week but this time everything was different. The available flights were a lot cheaper and had a lot better layovers. The difference in cost put our budget at $2,000! I took this as a conformation from God that this is Journey we were meant to be taking. That day we bought our tickets and began preparing for our biggest adventure yet.
Now with only 30 days left I am filled with anticipation and fear, but mostly faith. God has opened so many doors to make this happen I know without a doubt that this is where I am supposed to be. Knowing thar washes away the fear when I tries to convince me that this will not work out. I know that through this journey I will grow and help others grow. It has been so beautiful to experience the support people have given us through their prayers and financial giftsm After seeing how people quickly jumped on board wanting to see this adventure become a possibility for us, I decided that I wanted to take you all along with me on this adventure through my blog. I will do my best to y’all updated in the coming weeks leading up to my adventure, as well as while we are there. To access these post click the #MISSIONGERMANY2016 link in the main menu. Also if you would like to receive notifications about my posts please click the subscribe button at the bottom of the page 🙂
Thank you all so much for your prayers and support!
Rachel Antonia Canales
p.s. Here is a chart showing where I am so you can follow our finical progress over the next 30 days. #MISSIONGERMANY2016