June / July 2017 - Vol. 92
woman in a field with raised hands

Sing a New Song to the Lord!
by Aoife-Marie Buckley

“Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise from the end of the earth” Isaiah 42:10

The Lord has given me a new song to sing since arriving in Detroit seven months ago for a Mission Year with YouthWorks-Detroit. It is a song of hope, of joy, of rejoicing in God, of leaning into him, of beginning to share more of what he has done for me.

In stepping out in faith and moving overseas to Detroit, he has done great things for me. He has brought me further out of deeper suffering and placed my feet on steady ground. He has given me back a sense of purpose and a new hope for my future that I did not always have for myself.
He has given me amazing sisters who speak into my life and call me on in life.

In Detroit I have become more rooted in God, more so than ever before.

It has been a time of immense blessing for me. (Has it been hard sometimes? Yes. Have I learnt a lot of new things about myself and who I am in God’s eyes? Yes!) God has shown me many new facets of Himself, through the people I live with, serve with, meet with and through Detroit as a place.

Detroit is a place where you can feel (and accept) your brokenness, and not let it hinder you.
It is a place where you are surrounded by crumbling buildings and people filled with hope for them.

I think God has a lot to say to me through Detroit still, and I am excited to follow Him deeper in to it and continue to sing my new song!

“Shout for joy, you heavens!
Earth, rejoice!
Mountains break into joyful shouts!” Isaiah 49:13

Aoife-Marie is from Dublin, Ireland, and graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in Architecture. She enjoys visiting art museums, going on walks, taking photos, drinking coffee and a good bowl of ramen! She currently serves with YouthWorks-Detroit.

To learn more about YouthWorks-Detroit visit their web site and Facebook page

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