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by | May 23, 2012 | Africa, Mission Trips | 0 comments

Greetings again, faithful followers!

So we’ve got another quick update for you. A couple of weeks ago, everyone on our team received a link to a survey about which area of ministry we would like to be a part of. The options were: arts ‘n’ crafts, sports, and Bible stories. I was a little disappointed that music was not on the list. So I decided to email one of our group leaders and ASK about it. I just wanted to know if there would be any musical activities at all, and if there were, I wanted to let them know that I’d be happy to sing since that’s a gift that God has given me. It was all very nonchalant. I just asked out of pure curiosity and a desire to use my specific gift. The next thing I know, our leader says “GREAT! That’s so awesome of you to step up and take over that ministry!” and she adds Music to the other 3 categories listed above in the survey. Now I feel like it’s becoming a big deal…and I think “what have I gotten myself into?”

A few days later, we all receive an email listing the teams we have been separated into based on the survey results. I have been named the Team Leader for Music and Blake was also named the Team Leader for Sports. Blake and I are thinking…ummm…really? There are 30 people and 4 teams and somehow Blake and I both ended up being 2 of the 4 leaders? And plus, Blake is the only person who is on two teams. There are plenty of people on this trip who have gone to Africa before, who have been on trips with Visiting Orphans before, who are older, who are more experienced, etc. etc. So why us? What about us makes these people whom we’ve never met feel like we should lead?

Well, the answer is simple. We prayed for this….sort of. On May 7th, I posted on this blog. At the very end I said, “Pray that we will be ready and willing to do whatever He asks, even if it means getting out of our comfort zones!” and this is something that I have been praying a lot recently too. Well, God is doing just that. Blake and I may feel a little out of place and unsure about what to do, but that is exactly when God is most glorified, because it’s not by our strength but His. We are looking forward to seeing God do some incredible things on this trip. We feel so blessed and honored to be a part of it. And ya know what? I’m gradually getting excited about doing the music thing. It still makes me nervous not knowing what to expect — like the format of the worship service, what we’re gonna do without instruments, how the language barrier will affect the singing and how much they enjoy it. But…as long as I remind myself that God is sovereign and He ordained this situation AND that God is not bothered by formats, instruments, and languages, then I have nothing to worry about.

As always, please pray for us. Especially now that we have a somewhat more clear idea of what we will be doing, we can all pray more specifically.

P.S. Thanks to those of you who have donated money even after we met our goal! Some of you have asked if it’s ok to give money directly to Blake and me now that we have paid the full amount to Visiting Orphans, and the answer is YES. Obviously you cannot write that money off on your taxes, but it would still go to our trip. We still have to pay for shots (and in case you’re wondering, no I have not gotten the yellow fever shot yet), medicine (like malaria pills and antibiotics), clothes, as well as lots of other things we have to pay for out of our own pockets. And of course, you can still donate through Visiting Orphans via the link on the right side of the page and that donation IS tax deductible. Thanks so much for all of your incredible generosity!