to the ends of the earth

i’m currently sitting on the floor of my room, surrounded by half-packed suitcases and backpacks. because tomorrow, i fly to orlando, and friday, i fly to indonesia.

yes, you read it right! indonesiai’ll be amongst the islands on the southeastern peninsula – i’d love to be more specific, but for safety purposes i have/need to keep it to that general area. i’d also appreciate if you read this post but didn’t share it unless you’re immediate family. we are trying to be as safe as possible!

in december, one of my dearest friends and joyful sound team leader passed me in the student center. she said, “by the way, i’m taking a trip to southeast asia this summer. you need to come. i’ll text you the info!” i didn’t think anything of it. i never even dreamed that it would become a reality. i was knee-deep in planning a trip to africa, a country that i really thought God wanted me to go to.

however, the africa trip slowly started falling apart. i didn’t know the organization that the trip was being organized by and i couldn’t get all of the details in the time i needed them. i was getting very discouraged because, oh my word, i’ve been dreaming of this trip for years. then i remembered bethany telling me about the trip to southeast asia. i texted her and ended up e-mailing the leader of the trip. long story short…here i am! less than 2 days away from the trip of a lifetime. i feel like i still have so much to get done! a lot of people have asked what they can pray for, so here are some quick prayer requests that i can think of off the top of my head:

  1. safety! we are traveling a long, long way to a people that aren’t generally open to the gospel.
  2. health! we will mostly be eating the food from the villages. also, traveling for that long and being in a climate we’re not accustomed to has the possibility of being hard on our stomachs.
  3. our hearts! we need to be ready to show our utmost love and compassion to these people. we also need to be able to find people of peace whose hearts are ready to hear the gospel.

i’m sure there are plenty more requests, but those are the big ones that i can think of right now. i am extremely nervous but also extremely excited to be going on this amazing trip. i know it’s surely of God that this opportunity became available to me! i want to thank all of you that have helped me get here. i could not have done it without your emotional, financial, and spiritual support. it has been incredible for me to see so  many different people come together to help make this trip possible. you are all so special to me, and i love and thank you more than my words can express.

this will be my last blog post until i come back. i will be back in country on august 1st, and return home to ohio on august 3rd. i can’t wait to see the GREAT things that our GREAT God is going to do through this trip. over and out!

-alli tay

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bethany and i!

Abba, Father – i belong to You

hi guys! this is alli tay here, writing my very first blog post. what? weird, for sure.

i have many thoughts about many things – life, Jesus, love, theatre, friendships – that i figured are way too long to do through facebook posts. so i decided to start a blog (yay!) and put all of my thoughts here. even if nobody reads this, it’ll be great for me to have a little space to express myself and pour out whatever’s going on in my head and heart. so, here it goes!

i’ve been doing this pray, read, memorize method for my daily devotions – by the way, if you don’t have a devotional plan, FIND ONE! it’s so important to stay in the Word every day. i promise that it has so much good news for you! if you need any suggestions of how to go about reading your Bible, please let me know and i’d be happy to help.

anyway, my passage to memorize for the week is romans 8:15-17. it says this: for you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out “Abba, Father!”. the Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children. and if children, also heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ – seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

for me, it’s so easy to fall back into a spirit of slavery and fear. it’s so easy for me to let satan whisper little lies in my ear, and let myself believe them. the lies that i’m not good enough, or pretty enough. that following Jesus isn’t worth it. that it’s just. too. hard. and that i have everything to be scared of.

but that wasn’t the spirit i received. the Bible tells me that i didn’t just receive a spirit, i received the Spirit. i received the spirit of adoption. so what does that mean?! that means i received a forever Father and a holy family. so i can get on my knees and joyfully cry out “Abba Father, i belong to You!” and embrace my identity as His daughter. because only i, a child of the King, an heir of God and co-heir with Christ, have the ability to call Him dad. i can call the One who holds the heavens up my Abba Father. my dad. forever.

so i don’t have to buy into the lies of the world that i have to fit a certain mold or standard or anything else, because that is NOT who i am. no – i am a co-heir with Christ. i am eternally adopted into His family and an infinite citizen of His kingdom. i can have peace knowing that there is an incomparable weight of glory waiting for me at the end of this road. i can have peace knowing that the only real truth is the Truth found in His Word: and the things in His Word are so good! it’s rich with promises of faithful love and grace that multiplies even more than my sin. it’s full of joy and peace and compassion.

and that, guys? that’s good news. don’t forget who you are today – and most importantly, don’t forget who you belong to.

-alli tay