2018... What a year.
I can’t believe it s a new year already! 2018 was by far the most epic year of my life! Just these past 6 months have been really insane, at least most people would think that, to me it kinda just seems normal now but I know that it isn’t really. I feel like I need to share about about the last 6 months of my life and express just how thankful I am. Probably a lot of you have at least heard that this summer I set out on a journey to visit every country in the world in the next 5 years for the glory of God! I started my journey just a little over 6 months ago, on June 19 and since then I have visited these 59 countries in this exact order...
Iceland 🇮🇸 Belgium 🇧🇪 Germany 🇩🇪 Austria 🇦🇹 Switzerland 🇨🇭Liechtenstein 🇱🇮 Hungary 🇭🇺 Croatia 🇭🇷 The Netherlands 🇳🇱Luxembourg 🇱🇺France 🇫🇷 Italy 🇮🇹 Monaco 🇲🇨 Vatican City🇻🇦 San Marino 🇸🇲 Andorra 🇦🇩 Spain 🇪🇸 Portugal 🇵🇹 United Kingdom 🇬🇧 Ireland 🇮🇪Czech Republic 🇨🇿Slovakia 🇸🇰 Poland 🇵🇱 Lithuania 🇱🇹 Latvia 🇱🇻 Estonia 🇪🇪 Finland 🇫🇮 Sweden 🇸🇪 Norway 🇳🇴 Denmark 🇩🇰 Slovenia 🇸🇮 Bosnia 🇧🇦Serbia 🇷🇸 Macedonia 🇲🇰 Albania 🇦🇱 Montenegro 🇲🇪 Ukraine 🇺🇦 Moldova 🇲🇩 Romania 🇷🇴 Bulgaria 🇧🇬Turkey 🇹🇷 Greece 🇬🇷 Cyprus 🇨🇾 Malta 🇲🇹China 🇨🇳 South Korea 🇰🇷 Japan 🇯🇵 USA 🇺🇸 Canada 🇨🇦Mexico 🇲🇽 Belize 🇧🇿 Guatemala 🇬🇹El Salvador 🇸🇻 Honduras 🇭🇳Nicaragua 🇳🇮 Costa Rica 🇨🇷 Panama 🇵🇦 Dominican Republic 🇩🇴 Haiti 🇭🇹
I guess it is kinda insane, isn’t it? People are always a bit shocked when I tell them how many countries I’ve been to since June and always have one answer for me and that is something like this “how do you have afford to travel to all these countries???”
And oh what an epic answer I get to respond with every singe time... God keeps on providing!
And when I say that I mean He keeps providing in sooooo many ways! This is why I want to to take a moment and publicly thank, praise, and glorify my amazing, perfect, holy, all powerful, loving, and gracious Father! He is the only reason I’ve gotten this far, in fact He is the only reason I was able to start this journey at all! Like I literally wouldn’t have even gone to one country without the Lord guiding the way. I want to testify how He is provided for me by using His sons and daughters to bless me on this journey.
Thank you, thank you, thank you JESUS for all of these ways you have provided for me through your children!!!!!
Thanks to all who have kept me in their prayers. Thanks to all of those who have given me a cup of water, soda, or juice. Thanks to all of those who have payed for a simple snack, a cup of ice cream, a thing of fries, a bag of chips, etc, etc! Thanks to all who have insisted on paying the bill for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Thanks to all who have suggested ministries and missionaries to serve with! Thanks to all who responded to my emails or messages. Thanks to all who have invited me into your homes! Thanks to all who have treated me like your own! Thanks to all who have let me take a shower. Thanks to all that were willing to meet up with me! Thanks to all who let me wash my laundry! Thanks to all that drove even a mile for me. Thanks to all who have given me a bed, couch, or anything to sleep on. Thanks to all who have cooked amazing meals for me! Thanks to all who fellowshipped and hung out with me! Thanks to all who have directed me in, around, or out of your country! Thanks to y’all who have prayed over me while I was with you! Thanks to all who have provided a fan, ac, or heat or make it comfortable. Thanks to all who have encouraged me on the hard days! Thanks to all who have followed along with my journey. Thanks to all who have given me shelter and refuge at no cost! Thanks to all who have gone out of there way for me! Thanks to all who have sent me a message asking how I’m doing. Thanks to all who have invite me to make a video for you. Thanks to all who have given a few dollars or many! Thanks to all who have supported me time and time again! Thanks to all who have sent me a one time gift! Thanks to all who are willing to put up with me. Thanks to all who are willing to hear about what breaks my heart! Thanks to all who like or comment on a post. Thanks to all who have wrote a letter for me. Thanks to all who have allowed me to be part of their lives and families. Thanks to all who have encouraged me by their testimony! Thanks to all who challenge me. I could keep on going and going but I’ll end these thanks by saying I’m incredibly and forever grateful for each any every person who has done anything to bless me on this journey wether it seemed big or small to you, everyone of these things I listed above are or haven even forgotten to list have all been MASSIVELY HUGE to me! God has surrounded me with people I can call true brothers and sisters in Christ!
What gets me every time is that my parents started me out with a bit of money but I haven’t even used any of it to travel yet, actually in the past 6 months I have been able to travel to 59 countries and still have a small buffer before having to spend my parents money. It’s really insane how God has made it so clear that this is what He wants me to do by providing for all of the finances without me having to fundraiser or ask for money yet!
Even through God provides all the time it doesn’t mean that it’s all happy go lucky easy travel. No, I keep my self on a strict daily budget and will sleep in a airport, train station, bus terminal, 24hr restaurant, or even the sidewalk if I need to balance my budget but to me that’s the fun part of traveling! Also God somehow allows me to find insanely cheap flights send has even allowed me to get a free flight voucher for a two hour delay making my flight that’s I’m writing this on to China 100% free!!! Glory glory glory to God!
Besides for providing in these ways the Lord also allows me to have amazing opportunities to serve Him around the world and meet up with world turner up side downers, like people who literally taking the Bible and applying it to their lives! It’s so so so awesome! I so wish I had the time to write out all the incredibly epic things God is doing all over the world through His family but I’ll leave you with saying a few things...
I have seen so much pain, so much hurt, so much sorrow but I have also seen some joy, rejoicing, hope. What sticks out to me time and time again is the lack of feet on the group marching towards justice, love, and proclamation of Truth. I’m really just a little kid traveling the world trying to ask God to break and rip my heart to action for the things I see. I’m nobody, I’m forgetful, I’m clumsy, I’m a terrible communicator, I’m not even a good traveller, but I’m a child of the all mighty God and so are you! In our weakness we can serve Him because he is the one who moves through us pitiful people. Oh He is so holy and worthy to be praised!!!
LIFE IS SHORT, LIVE IT WELL! We don’t have time to be throwing our lives away for the worthless cares of this world. There is a world out there that needs the GOSPEL and real Christ like love. Let’s GO!
Feel free ask me any questions I always love sharing about the different ways God is at work! Now off to Mongolia, country 60!
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