Chapel Missions

Meet Courtney Whitehead, Chapel Short-Term Missionary to Southeast Asia

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The Chapel’s Short-Term Missionary program gives spiritual and financial support to recent college graduates who want to serve a global or US ministry for up to two years.

Courtney Whitehead is currently serving with Overland Missions in Southeast Asia. She is an Expeditions Leader who works to bring the Gospel to remote towns and villages. A long-time member of the Chapel family, Courtney went to Nicaragua twice with Student Ministry before going away to college at the University of Mary Washington. In 2016, she spent three months in Zambia in an Advanced Missionary Training program.

Courtney said, “I don’t think God ever shows us our whole lives. It would be too overwhelming. But I know God has clearly told me ‘This is what I have for you for the next two years.’ He has confirmed this through scripture and through people who have known me my whole life. I felt the Lord say to me, ‘Courtney, do you love me?’ and I said ‘Yes, Lord!’ He replied, ‘Feed my lambs.’ I believe that we must abide under the scripture that says ‘Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me.’”

Please join us in praying for Courtney and be encouraged by what the Lord is doing through her.

An Update from Courtney’s July Newsletter

“Here in the villages of Cambodia, we split our team into small groups with a translator and go door to door sharing the gospel. The pastor we are working with will disciple the new believers after we leave.

One day, we were walking past the home of these two women and they smiled and waved at us to come to their house. They asked us why we were in Cambodia, and we asked if they had ever heard of Jesus, and they replied no, but wanted to. We shared the gospel with them and they both accepted Christ after we shared our personal testimonies. As we were praying for them, one of the ladies said she felt a "burning joy" inside of her heart. We also prayed that they would have dreams and visions.

Two days later our team did follow up, and one of the women shared that she had a dream of her grandson being released from prison for drugs. The next morning his lawyer came to her house and told her he was going to be released soon. She was astonished. And so was I! How good is God?

God has been teaching me about the power of testimony. I know in my own faith, testimonies are what stretch my belief and make me hungry for more. When we share testimonies in the village, or hear them in our own lives, it creates a space for belief to enter the heart where there has been unbelief.

‘If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.’ - Romans 10:9.

I keep a journal of testimonies of God's faithfulness in my own life, ranging from persistent, faith filled prayers, to the ones God answered that I was too afraid to ask. This is the place I go to, along with the word, when I am doubtful or in a place of unbelief.

‘I will remember the deeds of the Lord; Yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.’ - Psalms 77:11.

I definitely will be keeping this experience in my journal! I am so thankful for everyone at the Chapel and appreciate your continued prayers for our work in Southeast Asia.”

To follow Courtney’s trip updates, click the button below and subscribe to her Missions Newsletter.

Courtney's Missions Newsletter

To learn more about our Short-Term Missions program, email Wes White, Missions Pastor,  .


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