Hello my name is Amanda and my journey to Thailand begins in Sept 2014. Why Thailand? Great question and simply put, the Lord said go. In September/October 2012, the Lord told me two years Thailand. To be honest, I was surprised and totally shocked because Thailand was not even on my radar or even close for that matter. Plus, I knew very little about Thailand and I had no idea if the Lord wanted me togo for two years or to leave in two years. However, I slowly started to research many different options to goThailand and allowed the Lord to lead the way. Even though I looked into many possibilities, the Lord kept bringing me back to one which I finally pursued because I knew it was the door He wanted me to go through. Oh and by the way if you have not noticed I start ISM in September and begin my internship in October 2014. This will be exactly 2 years just like the Lord said. Trust me, I did not plan it out that way it is just how it all unfolded because I was uncertain for the longest time about what He meant by 2 years Thailand. Praise Jesus for His provision, love,patience, and faithfulness.
So, here is a brief background of my life. I am from the United States and currently living in Florida. Igraduated from the University of Toledo in May 2013 with my Bachelor’s in Adolescent and Young Adult Education and my Bachelor’s in Arts with my major in History. I have a passionate for teaching but I did not start teaching right away because I felt like the Lord wanted me to pursue other options such as going to Thailand.However, the more I grown in Him I realize that my greatest passionate is seeing people encounter His love and helping them get closer to Jesus.
I grew up in a Christian home but I never realized that I could have a deep personal relationship with the Lord. I had no idea what loving God looked like or what living by faith truly meant until I went to Haiti. The pastor that we worked with completely trusted in the Lord to provide for their needs which He did daily. This pastor had so much joy and faith in the Lord and it was contagious. Also, the Lord was using this pastor in tremendous ways and I realized that I wanted to know the Father on this level. Therefore, I started to seek Him more and I realized that everything that is promised in the Bible we as believers have access to. The Lord has totally transformed the way I think and how I want to live my life because of His great love. Even though I have been to Haiti, Mexico, and Kenya, it is nothing compared to what I am about to embark upon but I am walking out in faith.
I start ISM in September and my internship with The Centre begins in October 2014 for 6 months. I know the Lord will lead the way and for that reason, because He is calling me, I am following Him to Thailand. I want to be a light wherever I am at for the Lord because I want people to encounter the love of the Lord. I desire for people to realize that they have access to Him daily and are capable of walking out in His promises and gifts that He has lavished upon us. I have a feeling that this is only the beginning of the type of life-style that He is calling me to live.
The Lord is good,