Macie's Mission Trip to Nicaragua
Organized by: Macie Weaver
Hello friends and family! My name is Macie Weaver and I am a sophomore at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. I am studying psychology and communications in hopes that it will help me in ministering to young people all over the world. By the grace of God I met a FOCUS missionary in my first Semester at UL. She immediately became an older sister and mentor to me, challenging me to grow in faith and to be courageous. She invested in me so that I could invest in other people. That same semester, I became one of her disciples— a relationship that inspired me to look beyond myself and towards others. After a lot of prayer, I decided to disciple three girls myself. Leading and learning along with these girls nurtured and strengthened our friendships, sparked our prayer lives, and awakened in us an unquenchable thirst for God. I had often thought of being a missionary, and began seriously looking into it, moved by the desire to help others know God in the way I had come to know him. This past summer, I was blessed to receive the opportunity to go on a two-week mission trip to Cambodia with FOCUS. No words can properly convey how amazing that trip of service was. My life was changed forever. We were working at a home for physically and mentally disabled boys and boys suffering from HIV— caring for them and playing with them and loving them. I never wanted to leave; I wanted to stay with the little Cambodian children and share in their suffering and help them to carry their burdens. I wanted show them the light of Christ, the light of hope and peace. I found in the people of Cambodia a profound joy, and their joy became mine as I lived with and served them. Throughout my years, I have tried to live by Jeremiah 29:11 (my favorite Bible verse): "’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’" The Lord has taught me time and time again that not having all the answers is part of trusting in Him. During my time in Nicaragua with my Salesian family, we will be serving the people and living alongside them, sharing in their troubles while also ministering to their needs. We will be visiting numerous villages to build various structures for the communities as well as operating a place where children can come for food, attend Mass, and play in safety from the violence that is a part of their everyday life— fulfilling what I know in my heart to be God’s plan for me. Some are called to give by going, others are called to go by giving. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your the support. I will keep you in my prayers, as I hope you keep me in yours. God bless!