July 14th-26th I will be traveling to Zambia to work with New Day Orphanage. I go into this with my number 1 priority being this: LOVE ON ANYONE I CAN GET MY HANDS ON.
In April, I felt Africa on my heart; which is odd, because I’ve never felt strongly about doing missions there before. I started asking some leadership at my church about mission teams to Africa, and was told that they don’t really happen in the summer. It is too hot in Mali, so teams normally get sent in the fall or winter. As a teacher with 3 personal days a year, this is problematic for me. I dismissed the tug on my heart until they announced TWO WEEKS LATER out of the blue that they had decided to send a team to Zambia in July. Zambia’s winter (dry season) falls when we have our summer.
I attended the first informational meeting for the trip, and they announced that they needed people who were willing to work with kids and possibly an artist who was willing to do murals.
MY HEART STOPPED.
As I am now fully invested in this trip, I find myself at times fearing what I could face in a place like Zambia (my husband, in his wonderful timing, told me about the dangers of the black mamba snake in Africa as we were going to sleep the night I committed to this mission).
With that said, I’m putting my fears, anxieties, and reservations aside because God’s purpose is bigger than mine. He knows what He is doing, and I usually guess myself through day-by-day.
I’ll go ahead and trust Him.
|New Day kiddos, I can’t wait to love on them!|
- The leaders at New Day as they continually serve the kids and communities in Zambia
- My team leaders as they prepare to lead 12 of us overseas to serve New Day
- My heart as I prepare to serve
- The health of my team before, during, and after our trip
- That the Spirit of God would move in us to love, support, serve, and walk and talk alongside the Zambian people
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”