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Olivia's Summer Mission Story

“If it’s meant to happen, it will. That doesn’t mean you sit back and wait for God to do everything, you have to be proactive. Faith is an action word.”

As a double major in vocal performance and theatre, I thought it would be fun and wise to get some mission experience in preparation for my career in the arts. I know for a fact I am called to be a missionary to the arts and entertainment industry.

I applied for Transform NYC, which is a one-week summer mission focused on connecting the arts to faith and being a light to those in the industry.

Once I was accepted, I was super excited, but challenges presented themselves through the support-raising process. I planned on performing a solo concert in my small, middle-class town to raise the funds I needed for the mission.

Over time, I realized I am the type of person who is always super busy and prone to procrastination. So scheduling, getting the music together and trusting that people in my town would show up and give to my support was challenging.  

I began to feel unequipped for the concert and to raise support. This reminded me of something my mom tells me every time I audition for a new role: ‘If it’s meant to happen, it will.’ That doesn't mean you sit back and wait for God to do everything, you have to be proactive.

Faith is an action word.

I heard a story once about two farmers who desperately needed rain. They both prayed for rain, but only one went and prepared his fields to receive it. Which one do you think trusted God to send the rain? The one who prepared the fields or the one who didn’t?

I wanted to be ready. So I went out and prepared my “fields” for rain.

The concert was held at my church and centered around the theme “How Great Thou Art.” My mom and I put ads in the paper and around town, I made a Facebook page and continuously prayed and trusted that God would make it rain.

And He did.

God provided in incredible ways leading up to my mission, yet NYC brought on a new difficult, challenging, spiritual battle for me. Doubts emerged about my importance in Christ and my ability to impact others, not to mention catching a virus which impaired my trip.

But God was able to help me see myself and others differently. Being around the people on this summer mission helped me better prepare my fields for God to build strength in the spiritual battle present in the arts industry.

Through this one-week mission, I learned a lot about the technicalities of being a Christian in the art world–theologically and practically, which has allowed me to connect my creativity to my faith.

 

Olivia went on a Summer Mission with Cru to New York City in 2015.

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