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Hi friends! I am beyond excited to officially announce that I am going on a gap year with World Race come September 2020. I will be doing missions while living out of a backpack for 9 months, as I travel to Ethiopia, Eswatini, and Cambodia. 

So how’d I get to this point? 

That’s a good question, friend. Let me tell you all about it.

I originally thought that college right after high school was the plan for me. I really did. I applied to Hillsong College in hopes of attending and participating in their worship program. I was sure I’d get accepted, sure that this was what God wanted for me right after high school. 

Well, God has a way of changing up our plans, doesn’t he? 

I did get accepted to Hillsong, but soon I found out that I wasn’t going to be able to attend as early as I’d planned due to my age. I was given the option of deferring my application for either 6 months or a whole year. As you can imagine, I was pretty disappointed. I remember talking to my parents after I found out the news. I was distraught because I really thought I was doing what was right and it wasn’t working out. My plan, my amazing plan for my future was falling to pieces. 

But here’s the problem: it was my plan. 

I’d banked so hard on the whole Hillsong deal, that I didn’t really take the time to ask God what He wanted for me in this next season. At this point, I had to do some serious re-evaluation. I had to ask myself if I was willing to surrender my plans for His plans and trust that He had something better in mind. The truth is that I wasn’t ready to go straight to college. And God knew that. He knew that I needed an in-between time. And through this whole crazy process, I came to realize that too.

Now I had to face the question of what I would do in either 6 months or a year. I looked at tons of options, and eventually World Race was brought up to me by a friend. I looked into it, prayed about it, and talked to my parents about it. They were incredibly supportive. Everything seemed to line up and point to WR. But most importantly, I knew this time that it was the Lord’s plan for me. As I prayed about it, I felt complete peace. I felt him saying that He wanted me to give him this year. He said that this would be a year of total transformation, that there were things he wanted to purge out of me, and things he wanted to bring out in me as I served Him and others. That night that I heard him speaking to me was such a clear confirmation. I was overcome by His goodness and faithfulness in my life. 

I had a plan. God had a plan. They didn’t align, so God took over my plans and revealed His own. And I am so glad He did. 

I think we often find ourselves wanting something so strongly that we think it must be the Lord. Maybe it is the Lord at times, but maybe it’s the wrong season. I still see Hillsong as an option for the future, Lord willing. But right now what He has for me is World Race Gap Year. And I am so incredibly thankful for that.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a minute to read about my journey so far. If you want to continue to be a part of this, I would absolutely love your support, whether it be financially or through prayer. 

God bless!


3 responses to “Aligning With His Plan”

  1. Emma, this is so exciting. I know that God will use this time with World Race gap year to encrease your vision of what He has for your life. You will never be the same. Love you and praying for you too!
    Jenny Monteiro

  2. I am so excited for you Emma….what a blessing to “get it” at your age and realize that God always has a plan for our life, but sometimes we just get in the way. 🙂 I can’t wait to see and hear about your life journey. Love you……