Since the eighth grade when I went on my first mission trip, I have known that missions is one of my biggest passions. I have also known from a very young age that traveling to England was something I have always wanted to do. It was on the very top of my bucket list! When I heard of the opportunity to go on a mission trip to visit the cities of Leicester and London in England, I was immediately enthralled! Missions and England combined sounded like the best of both worlds but I knew if God didn’t work in a supernatural way I would not be able to go. I was a college girl without a job and little money to spend on a trip like this. I prayed a lot, asking God to show Himself to me and that if I was really supposed to go, that He would provide a way because I knew He was the only One who could make it happen. After a lot of prayer and prodding from First Jackson’s college pastor, Steve, I decided to sign up and continue in expectation that God was going to move. Over the next several months, God revealed His faithfulness to me in a way that I have never experienced before. In every detail, His presence remained close. Like Paul explains in Ephesians 3:20, God went above and beyond, providing financially for me more than I could ask or imagine. Within a few short weeks, I was offered two part-time jobs! I was in awe of this gift I was given, the gift that allowed me to work and pay my way for this trip. Also, through the selfless giving of First Jackson and the GoFund, God made it financially evident that I was supposed to go on the trip to England. Without this church and the financial sacrifice of its people for the furthering of the Kingdom of God, I would never have experienced the faithfulness of our Creator in a fresh way. England for me was a dream come true and I’m forever thankful.

Kendall Gregory, Worship Leader on the 2017 England Mission Trip