Who are the Silahs and what do they do? Listen to Matt and Jon’s insights into the wonderful leaders of the San Blas Islands.
This week we were honored to have Mr. Johnie Hampton share with us about his life and his business, Hampton Creative. With many things to voice and many life lessons to portray he focused on one thing- overcoming fear. Simplistic and straight to the point, he created 6 points about conquering our fears that left the interns revitalized and encouraged.
He started with:
1. Don’t be afraid of preparation. Many people go through times of pain and trial and no one ever sees it. What they see is the “you” that has come out of that and entered into the “limelight”. Preparation produces character.
2. Don’t be afraid to show passion about what you want to do. He began to explain that we are individuals and if we are going to live out our dreams we have to do it unlike any other. Later he reinstated this point with a candid statement, “If you are passionate about it, you will make it happen.”
3. Don’t be afraid of opposition. All too often people will tell you what you can’t do instead of what you can. Opposition is an opportunity to learn.
4. Don’t be afraid if it doesn’t work out the way you planned. Just because things don’t work out the way we planned, it doesn’t mean they won’t work at all. Twists and turns are a part of life; it’s what proves who is determined and who is not.
5. Don’t allow yourself to be offended. This step, in my opinion, is vital. Offense only holds you back from learning and growing. Forgiveness is for the one who gets offended more so than the offender itself.
6. Know your season. Mr. Hampton started off this crucial point with Gal. 6:9 – “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Persistence is key for success. How bad do you desire to fulfill your dreams?
Once he was finished I was left thinking about how I had let fear creep into my own life and determine what I was capable of doing or being. A few moments passed and I realized that I had allowed fear to become an excuse, an excuse for settling for less. The truth is, we determine what we are capable of. Fear is only a circumstance and just like any other circumstance it is subject to us and how we look at it. I’ll finish with reiterating a statement made earlier by Mr. Hampton, “If you are passionate about it, you will make it happen.”
My name is Anna Brown, but for years everyone has called me Brown. This is my first year at Go International and I’m enjoying it! I’ll be making a weekly blog of things going on at Go in my department, so be sure and check back!
Here's a little of my story:
When I graduated high school I wanted to go to college, get a boyfriend, and become a successful business person; not just successful for a girl, successful period. However, God began a trend of surprising me.
In the past I had been turned off by the general idea of missions. Every year I had the opportunity to do missions, and many of my friends would go, but after ninth grade I decided it wasn’t how I wanted to spend my time. Although I believed the heart and intentions were good, I had just written missions off as "Not my thing".
So the first surprise hit when God told me Go International was where I was supposed to spend my first year out of high school. I had explained, to more than one person, that "Sure it was a missions organization, but I'll probably be placed somewhere doing something really important, like, you know... business stuff." So surprise number two definitely made me eat my words when I was placed in the missions department!
As usual, God knows better than I do, and I ended up loving my department and what I was doing. The first month we learned all about the San Blas Islands and the Kunas (the people who reside there) and I couldn’t believe I was actually excited about going on a mission trip! More than that, I began to see the importance in missions and the difference it truly makes.
In the past it’s been easy to complain about how trips aren’t what they should be because of this or that, but this year I actually have the opportunity to make a trip exactly what I think it should be. So join me as I update about our efforts here at Go to make this the best summer trip ever!
If you've ever considered joining the Go Internship or interested in finding out what we're all about, join us at our next Open House Event. During Open House you can have a look around our Offices, meet the founders, Greg and Christa Baca, the Staff, and this year's current Interns. This is the perfect time to have your questions about the program answered.
Open house begins at 4:00PM from 4:00-4:15pm tour the offices and take a look around. From 4:15-5:00PM Greg & Christa will be sharing about the program. Hear from current interns about the direct impact the program has made on their lives. Feel free to bring a friend or two, grab a starbucks on the way over, and come chill and hang out.
The offices are located:
12814 S. Memorial
Suite 121 & 122
Bixby, OK 74008
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