Hey everyone! I am Joshua Hudgens but you can call me Josh. I live in Marshall, Texas where I go to school at East Texas Baptist University (ETBU). I was born in Mesquite, Texas and lived there since then, well sort of ha. I have two of the greatest parents who have loved me and set a wonderful example for what it means to have a God-centered relationship. My brother, Chris, is 18 and goes to school here with me. He lives more for God everyday. I look up to him a lot whether he knows it or not.
So I am a Speech Communications major with a Religion minor. I like to talk and want to be a speaker at youth events and summer camps. I'm not exactly sure how I will get to that but I have a passion for youth and children. While here at ETBU I work in the Speech Comm. department running errands (if there are any) it doesn't pay very much but it's something.
I have been going to a church in town for the past few months and have been hanging out and working with the youth group there on Wednesday nights. I help lead a small group there and just recently started mentoring a kid, but I'm not all sure what to do there because I've never done that before. So obviously I love God, family, friends, school (well learning), running, swimming!, sand volleyball, soccer (all-time favorite sport to play), football, reading (on occasion), riding my bike, and working out. I love to be adventurous. We climb building here in Marshall. My friends and I recently found an abandoned rock quarry that we go swimming in when it’s warm. I love to go camping so I can't wait to be sleeping on the ground in a tent this summer!!! haha Probably my biggest fear is needles, mostly IV's I've been known to pass out : / but other than that I try not to show fear I like to do crazy things and have fun at the same time, but I do think before I leap.
I've been on mission trips before but they were in the U.S. and only for a week. Once to Seattle, Washington; Austin, Texas; Houston, Texas; and twice down by the Texas/Mexico border. I've done VBS, construction, starting gardens, walking the streets. I've done most of these things as an intern for my church back home. In all of this I've never brought anyone to Christ though. Not that I can save people or anything but I still live my life in a way that I don't need to preach or use words to share the Gospel.
God has put Africa on my heart for several years now so I can't wait for us to get there! I want to show these people and especially the kids love, more specifically God's unconditional love. I don't feel that I am there to save these people but just love them and set an example. I will leave the saving to God. I am nervous I've never been anywhere for a solid two months without seeing my close friends or family. That will be hard but I know I will have you guys and God to encourage so it's not too big of a deal. I just don't want to go through the trip and get done and wish that I had done something, or spoke to someone. I want all my fear to leave me so God can use me. I want to grow so much closer to him and just learn that he is more than enough for me.
Well that's is just a preview of what is to come this summer from me. Hope you're as stoked as I am. God is going to do amazing things. I pray he prepares and breaks the hearts and minds of us and everyone we come into contact with from here on out for him and his glory! Always be joyful and pray continually!