God Sightings by Kylie Lund

Posted on: 11-8-2016 Posted in: Blog

In July, Remix took a mission trip to Georgetown, Guyana. It was a bit of a culture shock despite the fact that English is the official language. While we were there, we hosted a youth ministry conference, organized two Vacation Bible Schools, and shared the Gospel at five orphanages. It was incredible to see the joy on those kids faces despite their immense poverty. The culture places a high value on family, operates on island time, and lives quite simply. Each day at the end of VBS, we would sit the kids down to talk about “God sightings,” instances where we can see God working. The kids would give examples of friends sharing food, mom taking care of a sick brother, or God keeping their family safe. I found my own God Sightings while reflecting through prayer and in my journal throughout each day. I found God’s fingerprints all over the path to Guyana alone. He continued to provide us with the fruits of the Spirit amidst adversity. I found a theme of God’s faithfulness sprinkled throughout the trip.

You may be asking, “Why Guyana, of all places?”. Remix went to a youth ministry conference in Louisville, KY where we met a woman named Melanie from New Jersey. Melanie loved the idea of Remix and wanted to take us with her on her next trip to Guyana. Thus, the planning began. Meanwhile, I had met Remix when they led the YMCA Summer Camp Counselor Training in June 2015 that I was being trained at. I talked to Matt after the show, thinking they would be a fun company to work for someday down the road.

Fast forward to May 2016, Remix popped into my mind as I looked for an internship. I called Matt and secured my internship location for the fall. A few weeks later Matt called me, we talked about when I was going to start with Remix. I was working with a camp until early July and looking for mission trips in late July. He mentioned Guyana and I was blown away by the Lord’s impeccable timing. It was the exact dates I was looking for and for a price in my budget. Even more, we were taking a short mission trip to New Jersey to meet the team beforehand. The dates for the NJ trip aligned with my trip to Massachusetts to see family. I could just take a train into NJ for the weekend! With prayer and attention to the divine timing, I decided to go to New Jersey and Guyana. God’s faithfulness was so evident in planning my summer.

God Sighting: The Lord is sovereign over everything. He flawlessly orchestrates events and experiences. There is no better way than to simply trust the Lord.

There were many logistical problems throughout the trip. Bed bugs, Brown running water, and canceled flights to name a few. With problems piling up, it became more and more clear that our team was operating on joy and patience that the Lord faithfully provided. We were in a new culture and had to adjust to cultural barriers and the normalcy of Guyanese life. Clean running water, healthy/safe living conditions, and access to money are privileges not rights. I learned to never “lose my cool”. I am a missionary everywhere I go; every person I encounter is a child of God. I don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to share the joy of the Lord just because I am frustrated at a logistical error.

God Sighting: Through our endurance in hardship, we were able to minister to our driver, other teammates, and airport workers who saw first-hand how we responded to adversity.

On the first 2 days of the trip, we hosted a youth ministry conference. We were in a local church with 75 people involved in youth ministry from around the area. On the morning of the second day, I was given a microphone and a topic to talk about. I stood at the front of the room looking out at the dreary crowd. At the time, I didn’t have much experience public speaking or working for Remix. But instead of nervousness, energy and joy flowed out of me as the Holy Spirit supplied me with words. About an hour later, I was handed the microphone again to give an object lesson. The Lord brought a video about time management to mind and helped me adapt it to ministry and Guyanese resources.

God Sighting: He is faithful to recycle seemingly useless past experiences for Kingdom work.

The average income in Guyana is less than $4,000 USD. Though there is a money deficit in the country, joy abounds. One day, I stared out the window at a shack drenched in poverty. It was two stories, the first floor walls were made of concrete blocks. The second-floor exterior was made of old wood boards covered with a tin roof. The tin was completely rusted, a reddish brown color with black plastic bags covering the big holes to keep out the rain. There were six windows on the back of the house, each with a swinging wood covering, no safety precautions to keep someone from falling out of the windows.

I watched as a young mother of 3 walked through the backyard on a path of tires laid on the ground from the house to use the outhouse. Meanwhile, her son, wearing a white tank top and underwear, was splashing in a barrel of water outside their home. After watching the family for 20 minutes, I left my spot at the window and strolled up to their front porch. The mom insisted on having me inside their home. She showed me the cramped space where they lived, the two beds that the family of five shared, and the new mosquito nets she bought as gifts for the kids. She explained the process of putting the furniture on wood blocks when it would rain, to save the furniture from the water that flooded the floor. She eagerly showed me pictures of her family and explained that they were borrowing the house until they saved enough money from selling birds at the market. Their situation was contrary to anything I had every witnessed, yet this was one of the most content, caring, and personable families I have ever met.

God Sighting: He is ultimate provider of joy, peace, and hope to this impoverished family.

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” –Lamentations 3:21-22

Whether logistical errors, feeling unequipped, or having immense joy despite financial poverty, it was easy to see God Sightings throughout our days in Guyana. It’s not always easy, but God uses us. He uses our willing hearts. The clear theme at the end of the week was God’s overwhelming faithfulness in every circumstance.

 

 

kylieheadshotKylie Lund

Remix Intern

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Executive Director of Remix Education. Dedicated husband and father to three beautiful children.