About a year ago, God blessed my life with an amazing group of college students, the students came from Towson and UMBC Campus Crusade for Christ programs. These kids blew me out of the water with their dedication, their love for the ministry and the people they were serving. As time went on I had the chance to get to know them, watch them grow and hear their dreams. I connected with a few of them in very different ways, but Kortni was different, I remember the day she came to me with tears and told me she was leaving MetroKidz because God had moved in her heart and she felt a calling to work with homeless people, and she wanted to be instrumental in getting a homeless ministry started, I couldn’t have been more thrilled for her. Today I am letting Kortni take over my blog, so she can tell you a little bit about what God is doing in her life…and where He’s taking her this summer.
My name is Kortni Magliaro and I am a freshman at Towson University. This year has been absolutely incredible and extremely challenging. I’ve seen God in every moment of it. I don’t see how I could be more blessed.
I got involved in Campus Crusade for Christ, and started going to MetroKidz, which is how I met Colleen. Her ministry changed my life. It gave me a heart for Baltimore, and broken cities around the world. To know that people are so afraid to venture to the city makes me want to lay my life down for the people in the city who so desperately need Jesus.
I’ve been given the opportunity to go to the city this summer. Not just any city…a few major cities located in East Asia. I get to spread the gospel in nation where the bible is illegal.
Rarely do they accept freshman on such intense oversea trips, so when God called me to apply, I was uncertain to say the least. But through serving alongside Colleen, Bryan and Melissa, as well as many of my brothers and sisters in Christ, and seeing the faces of children who come from absolute brokenness, I thought, “How could I not go?” I felt the conviction and went for it. I waited a very long 2 ½ months to hear that I was accepted!
I love the Lord. My desire is whatever He desires. It’s a very simple, maybe almost pleasant sentiment. However, it is so difficult to live this out. When God calls me to do something, I am compelled to action. I will go the extra distance. I will do whatever it takes. I will suffer, because I know I am running the race for Christ. This is why I need to go to East Asia. He calls…I respond. I don’t know how to not respond to Him.
I desperately need prayer for this trip. Not just for myself, but for my team. We are leaving May 20th. That date is approaching very soon! I’m excited and terrified at the same time…it’s a very weird place to be at. I also need to raise $5125 before I leave. So far, I have raised $3150. I know that God will provide, because He is a good God. And He’s really great at making things just appear out of nowhere.
Thank you, Colleen, for allowing me to post on your blog. And thank you to everyone who may read this!
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19
If you’re interested in praying for Kortni or hearing more about her trip, you can send her an email at [email protected] or click her name above to be directed to her facebook page.