My name’s Alexis and I’m a 1st-year Christ in the City missionary from Lincoln, NE.
Well, I think I have coronavirus to thank for this one! Long story short, I was applying to jobs as I was finishing my Master’s degree which just so happened to line up with this little global pandemic. Companies weren’t hiring, and I had no idea what I was going to do next, which is when a couple of girls in a prayer group said I should look into Christ in the City. I had seen Christ in the City before at SEEK and had known people that did it, but really didn’t know a ton about it.
Being in the UK for the past year, I’ve encountered homelessness on a level that I’ve never experienced before. To see people begging for help, then to have so many others ignore their cries and essentially their being, broke my heart. I knew I wanted to help, I knew I wanted them to feel seen and loved, and after looking into Christ in the City I knew I could have the opportunity to do just that. After A LOT of prayer, conversations, and advice from loved ones, I knew I needed to say yes to Christ in the City. I have no idea what this year will bring, but I can’t wait to begin serving and growing in my relationship with Christ!
There are so many ways Christ in the City has forced me to grow. I think one of the most apparent is in leaving room for God to work. I have a tendency to make a plan for myself, pushing God out and not letting Him do His thing. Upon doing this, I apply a lot of unnecessary pressure on myself and find myself feeling extremely overwhelmed. I have felt God telling me a lot this year to just hand it over to Him. Not only does He hate seeing me feel stressed or overwhelmed, but He wants to be able to help me out, I just need to let Him.
I also have grown in understanding that I am not perfect, nor will I ever be. For almost my whole life I have told myself that I what I do and how well I do it determines my worth, which could not be further from the truth. God knows that I am not perfect and loves me regardless of how much I do. In understanding this truth, I have also come to understand that others are not perfect either, but it is not my job to fix it. There is brokenness in this world that only God can mend, but doing my best to show His love for everyone, to truly love the other until it hurts, is how I help Him out. This has forced me to be much more forgiving of others, but also in myself and has helped me grow in the ability to love others as best I can.
I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I played soccer for the Huskers and got my degree in food science, then thought you know what, I think I want to get another degree! I decided to do something a bit different and ended up in Cardiff, Wales where I just finished my Master’s while continuing to play a bit more soccer. I absolutely love traveling and all of the things that can be learned from it, there’s just so much of God’s beauty to see in this world! I’m also a BIG fan of college sports (GBR baby) and a firm believer that the best conversations are over good cups of coffee.