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Fairlyn Ditta, a medical lab science student, stepped out of her comfort zone this summer and became a preacher. She had always wanted to go on a mission trip, but could never quite work up the nerve. Finally, last fall, she put her name down on a list to go on an evangelistic trip with the Evangelistic Resource Center in the School of Religion.

January came, and Fairlyn had nearly forgotten all about it. Then she saw an email about going to Guatemala and the excitement returned! Though she had already made some initial plans in the fall, she had much left to do if this trip was going to happen. Everything fell into place. At 3 a.m. on May 8, she boarded a bus for the airport. For almost three weeks, she and 20 other students preached a sermon every night in and around Mazatenango, Guatemala.

“The first night of preaching, I was intimidated and did not know what to expect,” Fairlyn said. “But then I remembered that God does not give us the spirit of fear, and that kept me going.”

She had a great experience.

“The biggest lesson that I was able to put into practice was that God does not send the equipped, but he equips those whom he sends. And I learned to fall in love with God and serve Him because I love him. Not because He promises eternal life, but because I love Him.”

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