While a junior at Mount Pisgah Academy, Abby Andrews signed up for a ShareHim trip.
“I was kind of struggling with my spiritual relationship with God,” says Andrews, now a nursing student at Southern Adventist University. “I wanted to test God a little bit and see could if He would use me in that sort of way.”
He certainly did.
Andrews preached a series of sermons as part of the school’s ShareHim trip to Nicarauga. She spoke to a crowd that grew each night—starting out in the open air and ending with standing room only in a church building constructed by another group of students from the school. She felt the power of the Holy Spirit take control as she and her translator conducted the meetings. She experienced the warmth of the people. With speakers cranked top volume, she herself preaching to an entire neighborhood, not just the group gathered around her. She discovered, with her audience, the power of Christ as they watched video scenes from the life of Christ.
“By the end of it, when Jesus was crucified, everyone was crying … I was crying,” she says. “By the end of the series I was really convinced of what I preaching to them.”
She traveled to Honduras on a ShareHim trip the next year, an experience altogether different but just as spiritually affirming. Andrews says the trips have transformed her perspective as she prepares for a career—and future life as a follower of Christ. She has led small group Bible studies in her dorm. She finds herself praying for her patients, confident in her faith and the power of God.
“God is definitely more real to me now,” Andrews says. “I just want people to know how real He is.”