In the Spring of 2016, Argyle UMC sponsored Ty Crawford, a former youth student who grew up in our church, to go on a mission trip to Kenya. We received a letter from Ty this week and wanted to share his story with all of you who made his mission possible by donating to Argyle UMC Missions.
First of all, I'd like to say thank you. Thank you for giving me the means and the prayers to travel to Kenya, Africa these past two weeks. Without your support, there is no way I could have traveled across the world to spread the love of Jesus Christ to a group of people who have never heard of his name. From May 18th through May 28th, I experienced a country that is extremey different than the one we live in. The people there live a life dependent on their goats not being eaten by a lion or malaria not wiping out their family of 8. Interacting with those natie Africans taught me what it meant to not take the short life we live for granted.
On the 4th afternoon of the trip, I found myself at Endana Primary School talking to one of the teachers. His name was Joseph and he was 20 years old. He attended the same school that we were at as a young child. He told me how he felt like it was his duty to give back to a school that gave so much to him. He then went on to tell me how in Kenya they live a life of little material possesion. They have to rely on their faith because it's difficult for them to control their surroundings. The concept of placing all their faith in Jesus Christ is something I think Africans do than we do in America.
If mission work is something that you believe God has placed upon your heart, I'd encourage you to go. I'm 20 years old and I've been able to do the Lord's work in two different third world countries. I'm convinced that my outlook on life is now different because I've seen first-hand what it's like to have virtually nothing. And yet I've seen what it's like to live life eternally joyful in these same countries. If not, I'd encourage you to continue giving to those asking for the means. When I first decided to tackle the $3700 paycheck for the trip, I was extremely fearful. I was even $1000 short going into the last week. If it hadn't have been for my incredible home church in Argyle and the giving people I work with at A&M, I would not have hit my mark.
After this trip, I can easily see myself pursuing missionary work again in the future. So I ask you to continue praying for me as I try to figure out what in the world the Lord has in store for me. Like I started this letter with; thank you. Thank you for helping me in my pursuit to walk in the footsteps that Jesus took many years ago. Y'all rock.
Argyle High School '14
Texas A&M University '18