Riding on the bus to the Atlanta airport that day, her prayer was simple:
Lord, take my life
Take all that I am
With all that I am I will love you
Take my heart
Take all that I have
Jesus how I adore you
Raeghan Bryant could not have imagined then how her heartfelt prayer, taken from the song “Like an Avalanche,” would change her life, and ultimately the lives of people thousands of miles away in Romania.
Raeghan had what she describes as an “easy, overprotected” childhood. She was born to a ministry family – her grandfather was her pastor – and grew up knowing Jesus. Her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins all lived down the street from her in their hometown of Gardendale, Alabama. Her church family was close-knit.
“My senior year of high school I really struggled with the desire of a radical testimony. I didn’t have a good ‘I once was lost, but now I’m found’ story,” she said. “It sounds silly but growing up in church listening to the amazing stories of redemption where God had moved in people’s lives placed a desire in my heart for a God-written story. I wanted to see God move in my life. I believed He created me for a purpose, and I wanted His plan for my life to prevail.”
And so she found herself on the bus that day, singing her prayer of surrender, not yet knowing what it would mean.
Now, six years later, Raeghan is the newest missionary intern with Church of God World Missions. She will move to Romania April 1.
Her first missions trip was to Bread of Life Orphanage and Feeding Center in Romania in 2013. Immediately upon returning to Alabama, she knew she had to go back.
“Many people come back from their first mission trip changed and full of joy, however along with the joy came a passion indescribable with any words that I have. I felt drive, purpose, passion, and overflowing love for these people. God had lit the deepest parts of my heart on fire for these people,” she said.
She used her Christmas and summer breaks from college to take more trips to Bread of Life. Each time her sense of commitment and purpose grew stronger.
Raeghan began the process of becoming a COGWM missionary on January 31, 2018. That May, she graduated from Lee University with a master’s degree in holistic child development. The time since then has been a whirlwind of interviews, preparation, medical evaluations, and fundraising.
Fundraising is not easy, but her faith sustains her.
“God’s resources are endless. If He wants me there next week, He can get me there next week. If it depended on me, I can’t say I would ever raise enough money,” she said. “But it doesn’t depend on me. The only thing God has required of me through this whole process is obedience and faith.”
After arriving in Romania, Raeghan will serve in the youth transition program at Bread of Life, the orphanage she visited on her first trip six years ago. She will be a mentor for the children and teens there, and also will use her education to develop programs for positive youth development. In addition to all of this, her goal is to become fluent in the Romanian language.
God has cleared the path for this girl from an “easy-overprotected” life in Alabama to travel across the ocean and share His love with those who need it most. With the emotional and spiritual backing of her family and home church, she will be the hands and feet of Jesus in Romania.
“I have always had a heart for others; empathy runs through my veins,” she said. “Now as I enter into the mission field, away from all of the protection from my support system, I am overflowing with the desire to give others what God has blessed me with through the people of my community – unconditional love.”
Please visit Raeghan’s website, choosingcelebration.com, to keep up with her journey, or visit her on Facebook at facebook.com/choosingcelebration. Click on the project number below to partner with her financially.