May 12th, 2016, 9:34 PM, somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean. 🙂
Well, I have left Haviland Kansas in route to Athens Greece! It truly is amazing to think that a little over four years ago my life was in absolute shambles and I was in the darkest most oppressed place I have ever been in my life. I had no idea who God was. I had warrants out for my arrest. I was strung out on drugs. I had completely wrecked all my relationships with the most important people in my life. I was on a downward spiral toward death and destruction that seemed impossible to come out of. Then, I had an encounter with Jesus that has completely changed the trajectory of my life. Jesus saved me. He restored me. He called me. Only by His grace was I able to respond. He loved me. He began to speak into my life and speak to that void in my life that I had been trying to fill with substances at the age of twelve. He knew that He alone was the only one capable of filling that void I had within. Oh, Lord, how blessed am I to be called your son, and that is what I am.
Jesus set me on a new path. A path of righteousness. A path of selflessness. A path of service. A path of growth and progression. A path of obedience. A path of humility. A path that leads to Himself. A path of the unknown. A path that can’t be explained by anyone but Him. A path of pain and suffering. A path of unspeakable joy. A path of love and compassion. A path of the most incredible adventure and journey one could ever embark on. Which leads me to where I am at now. I cannot believe that I am on my way to Greece to serve Muslim refugees and extend this love that has been first extended to me. These last two years at Barclay College have been one heck of a ride that I would not change for the world. I am now traveling across the world to serve those who need serving. To be present as the Lord works out his supernatural will among His people in Athens, Greece. I am so fortunate to be able to participate in what God is doing on a global scale. Wow! Is there anything better in the whole world? I do not think so. I have no idea what the Lord is going to do over the next 26 days, but I know it will be life changing. I know it will be full of Him who has called me across the world to witness just how big and powerful He really is. If it is full of Him, the Creator of all things, King of kings, Lord of lords, then I will need to buckle up because my God never disappoints.
I want to say thank you for all my prayer and financial supporters. Without you, I would not be here. I had no idea how generous, loving, and gracious individuals could be when it comes to giving of their hard earned money, and their precious time to pray for me and this trip. The Lord sees you, hears you, and so do I. Thank you.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. Until next time.
Nicholas E. LeMonds