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Here We Go Again

by | Feb 25, 2013 | Africa, Best Family, Mission Trips | 1 comment

Hello again! The last time I posted to this blog, it was the day after we returned home from our first trip to Africa. In case you’re new here, this is the jist of what happened: Last summer, my husband Blake and I traveled to Rwanda and Ethiopia with an organization called Visiting Orphans. It was an incredible, overwhelming, exciting, Christ-filled, fun, and most of all LIFE-CHANGING trip.

Here’s just a few of the ways life has changed since our return:

  • Our team was made up of 28 amazing people, and we have become extremely close friends.
  • We cannot get enough of Africa. We’re pretty much obsessed with it and can’t stop thinking/talking about it (apologies to everyone who listens to us prattle on all the time)
  • We’ve begun toying around with the idea of adopting one day.
  • We’re sold out for missions (all missions, not just Africa. We support missions both domestic and abroad). We try to give more, do more, and advocate more than ever before.

There’s also one really big thing that has happened since our trip…we have built a relationship with Jean Claude of the Best Family Rwanda. We met Jean Claude in Kigali, Rwanda and heard his testimony of surviving the genocide of the Tutsi in 1994. He also told us about the ministry that he and his friends created to minister to orphaned and vulnerable children. After returning to the States, several team members decided we wanted to do more to help this ministry. We have created a team called Best Family America, dedicated to advocating, fundraising, supporting, encouraging, and praying for the Best Family Rwanda. In December of 2012, we brought Jean Claude here to the U.S. He was in the country for a month, visiting 5 different states. We held several fundraising events and speaking engagements, and we were able to raise enough money to send all the kids in BFR to school next year! This is a huge blessing, and God is so amazing!! We are excited to see the plans God has for the future of BFR, and we’re so blessed to be a part of it.

After having such an amazing trip last year, and growing so close to Jean Claude and the members of BFR, we really felt God calling us back to Rwanda! Not only that, but God has placed it on our hearts to LEAD a team this time!!

We will again be traveling with Visiting Orphans. This past weekend, we attended the Visiting Orphans Team Leader Training in Nashville, Tennessee. It was an INCREDIBLE time of meeting about 50 people from around the country who are all willing to go wherever God leads them to care for the orphan and the widow. We loved getting to meet this amazing people and spend time in fellowship with them. It’s so cool to be considered a part of the “VO Family” now.

In addition to meeting lots of awesome people, we actually did do some training about how to lead a team on a mission trip. Not gonna lie, it’s pretty intense. It’s kind of a big deal to be responsible for a couple dozen people’s lives. In VO’s term’s, “your team members’ spiritual, physical, and emotional state are your responsibility as their leaders.” I mean…that’s pretty heavy stuff. In any case, we are thrilled to be going on this adventure, and we are trusting in God to let us have the trip that He wants us to have!

Lastly, we ask that you begin praying for us as we start this journey back to Africa, especially that we will be Godly leaders for His glory!