Twenty-nine years ago this I was facing the same doubts and fear. I was a twenty-seven year old hitch-hiking to Rhode Island to start college for the first time. All I had were two duffle bags with clothes and twenty dollars in my pocket. Getting dropped off on I-95 in the Bronx the houses over the side of the highway we burned and boarded. I asked God for a ride and sat three hours on the highway breakdown lane watching the sun sink toward the western sky and the soon coming darkness.
I began to pray, “Lord, Send me a Christian! Someone who lets me know I am here because you want me here and not of my own accord.” Shortly someone pulled over and took me to Stanford, CT. I stuck out my thumb and a car pulls up–with a large Bible on the front seat and Christian material in the back–Jay Orvis, who brought foreign Christians to study in the United States. He took me home and fed me after introducing me to his family and a couple from Israel. Amazed? So was I!
Learn to be Fearless
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11