Coffee. This was how God spoke to me. Weird, right?
I love coffee, and in January of 2017 I learned how to love Jesus. I had never experienced God’s voice until I started consistently reading the Bible. It seems so simple, yet it took me 20 years to realize that to hear God’s voice, I had to be familiar with his word.
It was a slow Saturday morning in February when Kenya popped in my head. I had no idea why, I honestly didn’t even know where Kenya was. Why can’t I stop thinking about it? I talked to God for days about why such a random country would catch my attention for no reason at all. And I felt a little nudge from God.
A simple command, yet so vague.
Of course, I wanted some validity that this was from God and that I wasn’t just making things up in my head because at this point in my faith I doubted God’s voice a lot. I didn’t know how to determine his voice from my own.
God graciously gave me the validity that I needed to trust him. Through coffee. One of my favorite coffee shops, Higher Grounds, has a daily varietal of coffee every day. Frankly, I had never paid attention to the daily varietal because I always got the house blend.
But on this day, I looked to see what the daily varietal had to offer.
Hand written on a small chalk board in front of the self-serve coffee read “Kenya.”
I looked around with my jaw to the floor. I was the only one in the coffee shop and I wanted to badly for someone to be there with me to jump up and down at the fact that God spoke to me. And I heard Him!!
Immediately I began researching Kenya, short term trips, long term trips, the living conditions, average costs of mission trips, everything you can think of, I tried to learn about it. I began an application to a short-term trip through a mission called LOVE Africa. The very last question of this application required me to get a reference. I reached out to my old youth pastor, Cory, and informed him on everything that had been happening in my life and why I felt like God was tugging on my heart to go to Kenya.
I remember his exact words when I asked him for a reference.
“I would love to, but you know I am leading a trip to Kenya in August through the church and there is one spot left.”
I filled that one spot and God completely turned my world upside down.
Six months later, I have committed to travelling back to Kenya for the month of July through LOVE Africa. Kenya is in my soul, and I’m never looking back.