Since I was young, I have always dreamed of getting the opportunity to study abroad. I didn't know where or how God would make a way for this to happen, but I knew that He had a great plan.
Last March, I got the opportunity to visit a church in Florida to learn more about ministry and fell in love with the place, weather but above all else, the people. While I was there, I heard about Southeastern University and as I learned more about it, I was amazed that I could study at a Christian University while pursuing a degree programme that would give me the opportunity to study a liberal arts degree. From the facilities, opportunities, degree programmes, people and area, it far exceed all my expectations of what a university experience could be. God always has more for us than we can imagine.
As I flew away from America that March, I prayed a quiet prayer in my heart and asked for God's will to be done in the situation. I shared all of this with my parents when I came home and the three of us prayed for a few weeks before we all felt that this was something God had put on our paths. So I began the long process of applying and getting all my papers together. I sat my SATs, gathered a transcript, got references, filled out paperwork and learned everything I could about this university that sounded too good to be true.
On the 17th of January, I received an email...I had been accepted! I jumped around my room frantically and rushed down the stairs to tell my parents who celebrated with me. I was overwhelmed and felt the peace of God so strongly. Not only had I been accepted, but I had also been awarded a scholarship that would cover much of the tuition due to my academic achievements. I accepted the place and all my documentation is now completed. My final step is attending my US embassy interview which will take place very soon for my 4 year visa.
I am simply setting up this gofundme because although the money for my tuition, dorm and food is financed through my wonderful parents and scholarship; other fees such as insurance and flights are some extra costs that come with this move. God has already supplied finances in amazing ways already through job opportunities I have had and also generous friends, however, every little helps in making the adventure the best it can be.
I will be moving in at the end of August. It is bittersweet, but I truly believe this is my next step and I am incredibly grateful for all of the support. I will be home next Summer and I am already looking forward to seeing everyone after my first college year. Stepping into the unknown can seem a little daunting, but with supportive friends and a loving God, I feel so ready and excited for all to come.
Thank you for your friendship and support!
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6
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