Noel and Rosalie's Grandson, Joshua Schulz, is about to embark on an 11 country, 11 month mission trip called The World Race which will take him across Europe, Asia, and South America. Since August is Global Missions Month at Heritage, I thought it would be a great opportunity to share his story. And I can share it in his own words!
"As I entered my senior year of college, I contemplated what I wanted to do post graduation. During spring breaks in high school, I went on four one-week mission trips with my church. These trips were life-changing, and I loved them. I knew I wanted to go on another mission trip at some point, and now that I am graduating, I have felt God telling me that it's time. My hope for this mission is simple, to love and serve the people of the world just as God through Christ loved and served me. By doing this, I hope to see disciples made, just as God asked us to do in what many know as the Great Commission:
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV, Matthew 28:1820)
I know that this is what I have seen God's constant faithfulness throughout college in a multitude of ways. We all hear stories about how so many people lose their faith when they get to college. So one thing I prayed for was a godly community that would encourage me in my relationship with Jesus and keep me true to who I am and whom I belong to.
Looking back I can see God has been by my side the entire time and is still there to this day. God has taught me to put my trust in Him time and time again as He has proven Himself faithful and worthy of being trusted.
In high school I had been on four mission trips through my church, Johnson Ferry Baptist, where I grew up going. Each were one week long, spanning the course of spring break. I had the privilege of going to the Dominican Republic three times and once to Peru.
These trips were life changing and I absolutely loved them. I knew I wanted to go on another trip similar once I graduated college. However, when God started putting a yearlong mission trip on my heart I was hesitant at first. Then, remembering how faithful He is I knew this is what I had to do.
I remembered my friend briefly mentioning the World Race, so I began doing some research. It did not take long for me to decide that this is what I was going to do.
I leave in August and could not be more excited. I know as a result of this trip God is going to change lives, mine included.
My name, Joshua, in Hebrew actually means 'Jehovah saves.' I hope this message will be spread to the ends of the Earth. Please pray for me and my team as we prepare for this journey."