MEET KATIE HINSETH: she stepped out of her comfort zone, sought comfort in the Lord, and found her worldview changed for the better.
What did you learn through fundraising for your trip to Kenya?
God called me to go to Kenya about a month and a half before the trip. I had no idea how I was going to raise the funds but I knew God had called me to go and I was fully trusting in Him to provide what I needed to go. I was able to raise over 2,000 dollars in just 6 short weeks thanks to the t-shirts from Fund The Nations, my handmade scrunchies, and many generous donations from my friends and family. It was very clear to me that God wanted me to go to Kenya. Through the fundraising process I learned that nothing is impossible when you walk with Jesus and that He is capable of things we can only dream of! The verse on the back of my shirt, Ephesians 3:20, is the verse that inspired through the fundraising process. “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that was ask or think according to the power at work within us.”
How did you serve while you were there?
While I was there I served at a children’s home and school called the Brydges Centre. For the week I was there I helped with teaching school lessons during the school day. I taught one or two lessons in almost every class in subjects ranging from math to Bible. In the afternoons I was given the opportunity to share dance with the kids and worship with them.
How did the Lord help you overcome your fears of traveling alone?
Traveling alone didn’t really seem so daunting to me until it was actually happening. It was the first time I traveled internationally for a missions trip without a team. Being in unfamiliar airports by myself was scary at times, but God comforted me when there wasn’t a single familiar face around and thankfully my travel days went very smoothly. There is no place for fear when we are walking with the Father. He is so so faithful.
While in Kenya, you spent time teaching dance. How did you see the Lord at work through this?
Using the art form of dance to engage in worship with the children at the Bridges Centre was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever experienced. They were so excited to learn and and experience dance and movement as a means of worship. There was this one little girl that has disabilities, but she didn’t let that stop her from trying to learn how to dance. She would loose her balance and fall down a lot, but she would just keep getting back up and trying again– it was incredible to see. The people who run the center believe that the dancing actually improved her coordination. Praise God! It was not though the work of my hand but through His! I am looking forward to pursuing dance in ministry and missions in the future.
What’s one thing you wish everyone knew about serving others internationally?
One thing I wish everyone knew about serving others internationally is that yes it is hard work to raise the money and often the work is tiring, but it is always worth it because serving internationally is a fun and exciting experience. I believe that everyone benefits from serving internationally. It completely changes your life and your worldview for the better.