August | Jazzy H.
August means the end of summer and the start of classes, but the business does not stop! Featured this month is the jubilant Jazzy.
Jazzy is always looking to bless someone. One time during finals, I was cozied up in my room studying when she brought me a hot chocolate to warm my spirits. She's the absolute sweetest. Jazzy is intelligent, spunky, diligent, and HILARIOUS. She has a fiery soul that's full of passion for others. Jazzy is always seeking to glorify the Lord.
Jazzy is a senior majoring in counseling psychology. At the end of this month, she and a dear friend of hers are doing a 3-month internship in Uganda with H.E.A.L. Ministries. HEAL stands for Hands Embracing All Lands. While in Uganda, she will be serving the orphans, widows, and abandoned women and children. She will be participating in programs such as Preschool, English, Business classes, Bible Study, Farming God’s Way, Sewing and Crafts, and KIDS Club. Not all of us have the strength to fight and pursue what's best for us, so Jazzy is sacrificing her time, life, and energy to these women. Jazzy is strong enough and compassion for these women. She is always someone who snatches an opportunity.
I asked her what she was going to do after graduation. No one really knows what the Lord has planned for the,. All Jazzy wants to do is change the world. She has no idea what changing the world looks like, but whatever it is it will be helping others.
What's your favorite Bible verse?
Philippians 1:6 "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
This verse reminds me of my heart and why I continue to praise God even in my doubts because I truly believe that if God wasn’t real, I would not have a heart like mine. I would not exist, at least not in this version of myself, the way I am now. I wouldn’t have a desire to help others in times of need, or to pour into people who I see hurting, or to simply talk to the person who's sitting all alone.
Mission work is not easy. It's not about you or how you feel. It's always about them.
What's the most challenging thing about mission work?
I think for me, it's being seen by others as a "savior". Like the work that I'm doing is the greatest thing in the world and it's honestly not. I just don't believe that we have to go to a different country to be considered a missionary. There's meaningful work that could be done all around us and so often we as Christians fail to acknowledge that.
Jazzy, you are one beautiful soul. Prayers that everything you do will be in love. I pray that your heart will reach these women and children and that you will be able to connect with them. You are such an inspiration and a light. It was a pleasure to photograph and learn more about your soul.
If you want to support Jazzy and the H.E.A.L. Ministries, you can donate these items to her!
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. --James 1:27