Lessons learned

Sometimes, I didn’t know what God was trying to teach us, and I couldn’t remember why I even had come to Philadelphia. But as he usually does, God revealed to me through his word and his children the reason I was needed in Philly. 

So, there I was, in the last week, thanking God for filling my life and spirit with a new hope. Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.” I love that last part, because I have my hope in a King and a Lord who is always faithful to his promise. 

This summer in Philly has been incredible. I confronted new difficulties, and God pulled me through with a new tool in my belt for encouraging others for Christ. Philly seems like a dark place—the murders, pollution, lack of respect—all things that turn people away. But as believers, we are called to go out and spread the word, and that doesn’t exclude the “dark” places. The truth is, any place that doesn’t know Jesus, poor or rich, is dark. 

So, I will be back in Philly. I don’t know how or when, but this summer God has shown me a love for the city like I never expected. I fully intend to bring back laborers to serve the Holy One in Philadelphia.

Angela Westmoreland, a student at Texas State University, served in Philadelphia with Go Now  Missions.

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