Tuesday, March 29, 2011


I'm kinda opposed to writing a blog, its kinda weird, just so you know. And if you can't already tell Evans, Katie, and Kate made me write this, but here it goes. 
This past summer I was talking to some friends telling them why I became a Christian. They told me that the fire that I felt for God would eventually burn out. The idea of the fire going out was the last thing I wanted. I made it my mission to keep my passion for God burning. So here I am, having never ridden on an airplane or been out of the country and I'm about to get on a plane and fly to a country I know little about and live there for twelve weeks! I'm excited for this adventure and opportunity to jump right in and trust god with my life.
-Michael Follis

Friday, March 25, 2011

How I Got Here...

In high school I was able to participate in a lot of short term missions' trips with my school.
My Junior year we had the opportunity to serve in the Dominican Republic and it was there that I felt God calling me into a life of ministry. Since then I have done my best to figure out what this calling means for my life. I am still learning everyday what this looks like; but, for now, I know that it means complete trust in God in every decision that I make.
After graduating high school I decided to attend Trevecca Nazarene University, eight hours away from my home in Ohio, to study Missions. I hardly knew anything about Trevecca and certainly did not know anyone that went there which made that decision terrifying! I trusted God and I feel so blessed to be here learning and living in Nashville.  I am trusting God that this summer in Romania will be a lot like my decision for college. I applied for the Immerse program at the last minute possible still very unsure of whether I should participate or not. Three months away from home in a country I have never been to that speaks a language I do not know was a little intimidating. I trusted that God would lead me where He wanted and about a week later I received news that I had been accepted into the Immerse program as a part of the Romania team. I am incredibly excited and nervous for this journey. I do not know much about Romania but I hope that this summer, through God's grace and power, I will be able to be a testament of God's amazing love to the people of Romania. I also know that it will be a great time of growth and change for me and the rest of the team!

In closing I would like to share with everyone a verse that I always turn to in times of brokenness, anxiety, grief and even joy. "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9 This summer I am sure will have its fair share of struggles but my prayer is that in times of struggle I will be able to turn to this verse and know that God's grace will be the one thing I can always lean on.