(Guest Post by Kathryn Zarzycki)
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4
My hope and prayer is that as you read this, you don’t see an extraordinary woman or even extraordinary actions. I hope you see an Extraordinary God who can do all things through those who trust Him! (See Philippians 4:13)
About five years ago I started reading Katie Davis’ blog. Her story was amazing to me. God used an ordinary girl to do that?! I wanted God to use me in THOSE ways. I was just an ordinary 14 year old living life in a very uncommon family. So I was going to raise money for Katie Davis with a book sale, and very uncomfortably step out of my comfort zone and share her story with everyone and anyone that would listen. Unfortunately God shut that door. The next year I decided I was going to make pillowcase dresses and send them to Katie. That too was a closed door. I tried and tried to help in anyway I could think of. I then started obsessing about Africa. I dreamt of Africa. All my thoughts were about the people of Africa and I was sure that as soon as I turned 18 I was going to be living in yes, Africa. Then I realized that although all of these things were considered good they were all about me and what I wanted. I was not asking God what His plans were. I was so frustrated and full of questions. How could I help? And why was God closing all the doors on me? I was doing everything “right”.
Then one day I read a blog post that I am sure God wrote for me! The title of the article was Serving the Least of These. Yes! Finally God sees my heart. But as I continued to read, the least of these the article was talking about was your younger siblings! Okay God maybe you don’t see my heart…. One quote in the article was, “We need to see our younger siblings as we would orphans in Africa.” Ouch! How convicting! Here I was trying to help the people living in Africa but my relationship with my siblings was broken. I took some uncomfortable steps and as my relationship with my siblings has changed, God has been opening doors in ways I could never imagine!
Last year God started urging me to do what I had been trying to do for the last four years. But that’s the thing, I was trying to serve the people of Africa. It was completely about what I could do. All in vain. So this time I decided to pray, and let Him lead me in His ways, instead of my own. As I was doing dishes one day, God spoke to my heart. Why not sell Amazima’s necklaces? It was a grand idea! Now the hard part was beginning. For those that don’t know me jumping in and talking to the Amazima team was…not me but all God! He has been so faithful to me in that way. He showed Himself in every instance!
Fast forward one year and I am now a part of the Amazima’s Ambassador Program. I am selling necklaces and sharing the stories of what God has done to the lives of these precious women and children! Although I am now 19 and am not living in Africa, I am learning to serve God in the little ways. It may be “little” in my eyes but in His eyes it is not. Just imagine if all the Christ followers in the world just followed God in the simplest ways? Just loving the people God places in front of them. Serving everyone as if they were Jesus! God is preparing me for GREAT things and my job is to be ready for it when He calls me! Will you join me on this great God-given adventure? – Kathryn Zarzycki
“We aren’t really called to save the world not even one person, Jesus does that. We are called to love with abandon. To enter into there lives of our neighbor’s sufferings and love them right there.” – Katie Davis Majors
(All pictures from this post are taken from amazima.org)