Endless Joy in the Mountains

Hello from the Philippines! God is so good. I’m going to be honest: this trip has been more challenging than I thought it would be. And while I was expecting to experience spiritual growth, it has been in a much different way than I imagined. God is teaching me what it means to be more like Jesus, even when I don’t feel like it. The Filipino people are teaching me about pure hospitality and kindness. My team is teaching me how to love sacrificially. The street kids are teaching me how to have joy in the midst of darkness. I am so thankful for my time here.

In the Philippines, there are mountains at every turn. As I write this, I can see the mountains from our porch. And just a 5 minute hike from our house is a gorgeous panoramic view of the mountain range in San Mateo. One morning, I woke up way too early, thank you jetlag, and God put something on my heart. Here’s a little writing from my journal:

“God and I are climbing a mountain together. It seems wrong and not worthwhile. I feel like I’ve plateaued, maybe even stopped walking. But the Lord says that this mountain is His plan. He is holding my hand. And when I reach the top, which I eventually will, God will say, “I told you so.” The view from the top will be magnificent. The bumps, bruises, and tears needed to reach the top will not matter. In fact, they are testimonies to His faithfulness. I will be changed. The descent will be joyous, and I will never forget the peak of that mountain. I am climbing this mountain with my arms wide open, ready to receive whatever my good Father has to offer.”

With this mindset, I have been able to fully embrace the adventure I am living. My life is full of climbing mountains and drinking coffee in my hammock and chasing waterfalls and sharing a house with street kids. I find joy in every jeepney ride and wave to a stranger. I want it always to be this incredible. I have the immense privilege of following my Jesus on an adventure, and I will chase Him at all costs.


Kathryn Trzcinski

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