What We Left Behind

Long before I was born, humanity decided to abandon Earth. Apparently the planet was running out of resources and to stay any longer would have been suicide. Apparently the situation had been so dire that leaders worldwide did not even think about the possibility of working together, but cobbled together whatever and whoever they could and left. Apparently whoever was left behind was supposed to die within a few months.

Apparently they were wrong.
The evacuation of Earth, which we now call “The Migration,” happened almost three-hundred years ago. My great-great grandparents were in their forties at the time—some of the oldest civilians that were qualified for space-flight. Everybody was scrambling to buy whatever seats were left over after the political and military leaders had gotten theirs. Space was limited, so only those who could provide services necessary for the future of humanity were even considered for approval. Luckily, my ancestor was a doctor, and they let him bring his wife and kids along. Each country able to afford a colonizer launched their ships within a few weeks of each other and laid claim to whatever territory they could as soon as they landed on the one habitable planet that scientists had found. It was hard for everybody to become accustomed to life on a different planet at first, but eventually people settled in and made it their home. Now, though, we’ve been receiving transmissions from Earth, and the government doesn’t know what to do.

How Much Did Jesus Pay?

We’ve heard it plenty of times, whether it’s in a sermon or a song or some random person on the street: Jesus paid it all. In most cases, people use this concept to express that they no longer have any debts to God and that their past doesn’t need to determine their future. However, I want to take a moment and look at this from another angle. 

You see, when you say that Jesus paid all of your debts, you’re missing out on a really big part of it. Jesus didn’t die for your sins, He died for everyone’s. Not just your family’s, not just your friends’, or your youth group’s, or your church’s. He died for the stranger who cut you off in traffic, for the classmate who can’t seem to say a single nice – or even neutral – thing about you, and even for the hostile atheist who does anything he can to disprove every word that comes out of your mouth. When people do those kinds of things to you, it’s easy to get frustrated, indignant, even outright angry. But it’s at times like these that we need that 1 Corinthians 13 love the most – a love that is patient and kind, a love that doesn’t dishonor or hurt others, a love that keeps absolutely no record of wrongs. Trust me, I know that loving your enemies is much easier said than done, but there is one simple truth that makes it so much easier:

Jesus died for whatever wrongs you’ve committed, but He also died for every wrong anyone else has ever committed against you. 

Take a second and think about that. You believe that Jesus has died for your sins. Why would that be any different for the person who has wronged you? And if Jesus has already died for that sin and bought freedom and grace for that person, who are you to refuse that to them? Be the light in the darkness you have been called to become. Show those around you the love that they need – especially those who show you no love at all. Like I said, it is definitely much easier said than done, but it’s also definitely still possible. 

I Need Your Help!

As you probably know, I’m part of a school of missions and evangelism called Missio Dei. It isn’t an accredited college, but we take classes that are part of the certification process of becoming a minister in the Assemblies of God. What this means is that, as a school, I need to pay a tuition, but since it isn’t accredited, I can’t apply for student loans. So instead, I fundraise. Thankfully, we have some work days that help keep costs down, but we still need to come up with $6900 to cover our tuition. Even with a full time job, that’s a lot of money to come up with over the summer on your own. So, once again, I fundraise. I ask people to donate money towards my tuition so that I can make my monthly payments as well as pay for miscellaneous expenses that come up throughout the year. So far I’ve paid $3500 out of the $6900, almost all of it out of my own pocket. Now I have almost no money left and $400 payments due every month on the 7th, the first of which less than a week away. As much as I need money this week, what I really need is people who will give every month to help me stay ahead of these payments. As of the time I’m writing this, I only have $50 coming in monthly, so I still have quite a ways to go. 

If you’re interested in sowing into my time here at Missio Dei, there’s a few ways you can do that. First, you can send a check directly to me at my apartment (Kyle Hicks, 624 Forest Hill Road, Apt. Y1, Macon, GA 31210). But if you’re going to do that, get in contact with me first to make sure I’ll be in town when the check comes in so that we’re not just leaving money sitting in our mailbox. 

Another option is to send it to Missio Dei’s PO Box (Mission of God Ministries, PO Box 7934, Macon, GA 31209). If you do this, please make sure that you put Mission of God Ministries as the first line in the address or it won’t be put into the box. If you want the check to go directly to me so that I can use it for buying supplies or whatever else, make the check out to me, put my name in the second line, followed by the rest of the address. If you want it to go directly towards my tuition, don’t put my name on the address at all, make the check out to Mission of God Ministries, and put my name on the memo line. 

The final option for helping me financially is online. If you go to Missio Dei’s website – www.mymissionsjourney.com – and go to the Give tab, you can fill out the form to either give a one-time gift or set up an automatic monthly, quarterly, or yearly gift with your credit/debit card. Please make sure to choose my name from the drop-down list on the form, otherwise I won’t get any of your donation. 

I know this has been a lot of details, but I hope I’ve made everything clear to you both about my situation and how you can help. If you have any questions about this or anything related to my time at Missio Dei, please don’t hesitate to ask, I am more than willing to provide you with any information I have. I simply want the opportunity to grow in my capacity to fulfill the plans that God has for my life, and I can’t do that without your support, so anything you can give will be deeply appreciated! Continue to pray for me as I go on this journey, I need it every day. 

New Segment: Fiction Fridays

As I’ve stated earlier, I’ll be using this blog for a variety of things. Whereas updates on Missio Dei will come as they happen, I want to create something a little more consistent and I also want to start doing more creative writing, so this seems like a pretty good way to kill two birds with one stone. 

So how is this going to work? Basically, every Friday from here on out I’ll be posting some fiction that I’m working on. Although most of the stories I’ll be working on will (some day) be novel length, I doubt that I’ll have more than a couple pages’ worth by the end of any given week. No matter how much or how little progress I’ve made though, I’ll be sure to post something every Friday. Also, at this point I’m just following where inspiration leads me, so I might switch stories before one gets finished. But if I suddenly stop writing a story you enjoy, don’t worry, it isn’t gone for good, I’m just giving it a break so that I can tackle it from a new angle later. 

Now then, about criticisms: yes, I want your feedback! I mean, don’t be a jerk about it, but if something seems off like a character acting differently than (s)he should or somebody shows up that’s supposed to be busy elsewhere or if a piece of dialogue comes off weird or if I’m using a word too much or if something happens that just seems a tad too farfetched or ifmy sentences start getting too long, let me know so I can either explain it or fix it. I’m doing this specifically so that I can grow as a writer, and that’s only going to happen if you tell me what I’m doing wrong.

With all of that being said, I’m really looking forward to sharing my stories with you, and I hope you’ll enjoy them too!