The Beginning of a Journey
So this is my first blogging experience. Blake (my husband, for those of you who don’t know) is an experienced blogger and is so proud that I am finally giving in to virtually sharing my life with the world wide web.
You may be wondering what this blog is about. Good question. Blake and I are embarking on a journey. A pretty epic journey, in fact. For a few months now, we have felt God’s calling on our lives to go on a mission trip. After much prayer and deliberation, we have decided that, what God wants, God gets. So rather than make excuses or ignore His calling, we have decided to be obedient (always a good choice, by the way). We have prayed extensively that God would make it clear to us what He wants us to do and where to go. And He has answered. The title of this blog (James 1:27) is a reference to the Bible verse that says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” We want to follow God’s command and go to Africa to look after those orphans that AIDS and genocide have left behind. Africa is just where our heart longs to be and where the Gospel of Christ must be heard!
So, that was the prologue leading up to this major event: we have registered for a mission trip! After much research (and again, prayer) we have decided to join up with an organization called Visiting Orphans, an organization that ministers to children around the globe. We will be going to Ethiopia and Rwanda June 28-July 8. AND WE ARE SO EXCITED!
Here’s what we know so far: we will be partnering with a group called Project 61 in Ethiopia and ministering to the children who live and scavenge for food in the city dump. While in Rwanda, we will be working with two orphanages, Noel and Imbabazi. Throughout the trip, we will be doing Vacation Bible School type activities with the kids, using sports, crafts, music, etc. to teach them about God. And guess what…WE ARE SO EXCITED!
So now that we’ve registered, we begin the crazy process of getting ready to travel abroad and actually raise the funds to go. We certainly will not be able to afford this mission trip on our own, and we are just trusting in the Lord to provide! More to come on how you can be a part of the mission by donating later. For now, we just want to share the news with you and hopefully you can share in our excitement! WE ARE GOING TO AFRICA….AND WE ARE SO EXCITED!