Last Friday our country experienced another horrific tragedy, and my heart goes out to the children lost, their families and the communities impacted do deeply. This crisis brought up questions I’ve had repeatedly since I decided to do this trip: I sometimes find myself wondering if this trip makes sense; If it is selfish; If it is a good time to be away from people I love (is there ever)?? If it will impact the world?…. Maybe not ‘THE WORLD’, but at least a person here and there…. At times, it makes me feel guilty that I have this opportunity, but then I consider–can I do it for them? I can make this journey, give my heart and love and learn and grow along the way, and shine a light for them. I am living for today, and loving along the way, and I trust this is a proper way to honor the memory of young lives lost. So, for each of the children whose necks can no longer be squeezed with a hug on this earth, I will go give that hug to a child in Cambodia, India, or Swazilann….
My first week of the RTW (round-the-world) trip is actually in Haiti, serving as a project leader with Adventures in Missions. You can follow our team blog by going to this link. I am talking with many of my teammates, and they are all getting excited (as am I!). The ‘practice-pack’ (yes, just practicing putting everything in my one bag) last week went well, and I am glad I did that before packing for Haiti. I will come home for 1/1/13, and then leave again 1/2/13 (unpacking, laundry, and re-packing). This is helpful, as I need a tent and sleeping pad in haiti, which I don’t need for the RTW.
Today as I was connecting with a possible ministry partner, he asked me ‘why our organization?’, there are so many in this country. My answer was that I like to continue relationships, and where I have seen God working, I will sow into those things. He also asked about this blog: “How many followers do you have?”. Which at this time is only 14 (although 58 of you read the 12/10 blog, so please remember to go to the lower right hand corner and ‘subscribe/follow’, and share!) Thanks, by the way, for being on this journey with me!!
Today I did logistical things:
- printed out flight info and contact names
- insured my car as ‘stored’
- contacted banks about being in various countries
- paid bills for next 3 months
- set up my skype account….
And in the next three days I have a few other things to do–but mostly, I want to pray. I want to worship…. His love never fails (click on link for amazing worship song!!)…. and this is a journey of arms wide open. Woo–hooo. I am so grateful!! ‘(God’s love) It overwhelms and satisfies my soul’
I lean not on my own understanding, because if He has given me life, it would’ve been enough…. And the maker of heaven and earth is giving me this trip. May I serve and represent him well. What causes you to say ‘I lean not on my own understanding?’ or ‘nothing I hold onto’ this week?