This past summer, I was was given an amazing opportunity to go on a missions trip with my cousin to a remote village in Panama. I learned a lot about myself on the trip, and who God wanted me to become. It was such a great experience and I knew as soon as I got home that I wanted to go on another one. So once the new trips came out for this summer for the organization that I had gone with, I immediately started flipping through all of them. At first I thought I wanted to just go back to Panama, but I quickly realized that that was not God's plan for me. I had told myself that I wouldn't go on any of the Africa trips that they were offering. I felt like practically every missionary went to Africa. I wanted to go some place that was unreached by the gospel. But I decided to just look through the Africa trips and see what they were like, and I was immediately drawn to the trip to Zambia. On the trip to Zambia we would be running a camp for about two weeks for kids who were orphans and had lost their parents to AIDS. I loved the idea of working with children, and being able to develop a relationship with them. And I thought this is where God was calling me to go, but then my church announced that they would be going a missions trip this summer to Brazil with missionaries that my church supports. Then I wasn't sure where I was supposed to go anymore. In Brazil the church would be running a VBS for kids of all different religions and races at an International school. My youth leader really would like me to go, because she said I would be helpful to the other people on the trip who had never been on missions trips before, because I would be able to offer more support and guidance.
I want to make the right decisions. I want to make sure that I go where I will be most effective for God. I want to make sure I go where he is calling me. The trip to Brazil will cost about $1,500 and the Zambia trip would end up costing $4,600. Big difference, but I know which ever one I end up choosing, God will provide the financial support. I also, want to make sure that I am not choosing Brazil just because all my friends would be going, or I would feel more comfortable there because I would know everyone, but I also want to make sure that I am not choosing to go to Zambia because I am more scared and afraid. I think I'm just asking that you guys would pray that God will show me the direction that I should go, and that I don't decide based on other people pressuring me to one or the other, but I decide because I truly know that that is where God is calling me to go. If you have any advice to I would also really appreciate it.