A plan carved by God
Acting in obedience to God has led Kamila Burgess down some unexpected roads in the last year.
Since graduating from college, the 27-year-old has spent time volunteering and travelling around the United Kingdom and recording a mini Christian album in Dallas, Texas.
Her next adventure is expected to start on October 8, with Christian group Youth With A Mission in Australia.
She is currently looking for work in Bermuda and fundraising so she can raise enough cash to spend six months in the “Land Down Under” sharing her passion for Christ with young people and carrying out various service projects in the region.
“The group’s purpose is to feed the hungry and take care of the sick,” she explained.
“They also have a cruise ship that goes out to Papua New Guinea and takes nurses and doctors and those with a heart for missions and they provide free medical services.
“The organisation targets young people with the goal of raising them up to get to know Christ and have a missionary heart if that’s what they want to do.”
Miss Burgess graduated from Christ for the Nations Institute in May 2016. Like many others, she wasn’t sure exactly what her next step should be after college, but God made it clear He had a unique plan carved out for her.
“With my trip to the UK, the Lord just told me to go to a place and He would show me what I was to do next,” she said.
“It was scary in a sense, but because I’m very adventurous it appealed to me. The hardest part was trying to convince everyone else I was hearing from God. I had people in my life who had been walking with Christ longer than me and they had a lot of questions ‘Where are you going, how long, where are you going to work?’ They were worried about all the logistics of life and living overseas, but for me the experience was life-changing.
“It proved to me it just takes that first step to really get to know who God is. He is a God that is living and alive in the Bible.
“Going out and not knowing everything is pretty much the basis of what this Christian religion is about — faith. If you don’t have that you aren’t really growing and believing.”
Miss Burgess found herself led to an English town called Warrington, located between Liverpool and Manchester.
She spent her time volunteering and sharing the gospel; when money got short, God opened up a door for her to work as a fibre-optic cable engineer, an area she had no previous experience in.
She “had a basic plan” for her time out there, but God placed new people in her life and introduced her to new churches and ministries that she could be of service in.
“As I began to walk by faith then doors began to open up,” she said. “God taught me the difference between moving and walking in faith rather than always striving and pushing. Tomorrow isn’t promised so if we always try to live in the future we miss a lot of things in the present, like being able to bless those in front of us in small ways.”
Her ultimate goal is to be able to reach young people through her music, showing them how to live for Christ in real and tangible ways. She’s found that while many youth go to church because their parents tell them to, there’s no drive or real passion on their part.
By telling of what God has done for her, she’s hoping it will encourage others to be courageous with their faith.
“I’ve learnt to depend on God for myself,” she said. “This past year has been about coming into that relationship and hearing His voice on my own. It’s definitely been one of those jumping off the cliff sorts of things and not seeing what’s at the bottom, a real trust exercise. It’s also been really fun and exciting.”
For more information on her upcoming missions trip or to support her $10,000 fundraising effort, visit: www.gofundme.com/44jvwnk</i>
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