Archive for January, 2009

January 29, 2009


I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you of the outpouring of support that you have shown me.  I am so blessed to be surrounded by family and friends who, though they may have some reservations, will still stand behind me as I prepare for this trip.

Those of you who know my parents can probably guess that they, more than anyone, had some reservations.  All valid, mind you.  I am just so blessed that they have continued to support me in this, and that as time goes on and more details are worked out, they are becoming more and more at ease, I think.  And though I know they will worry, as parents do, I know that they will not hold me back from such an amazing opportunity.  Thanks Mommy and Daddy :)

But more than anything, I owe all of my thanks to the Lord.  I have a feeling the coming months will be even more full of praise for Him than ever before.  I already see Him working and I am so aware that I could never, and would never, do this without His strength and His provision.  I don’t think there was ever a time I wanted to go to Africa in the past.  Going overseas to me was going to Italy, or something other country that seemed tourist-y and comfortable.  God has since given me a heart for missions.  This desire is not of myself but of Him and I’m so humbled by that.

I intended for this post to be much shorter…  Thank you all again!

Psalm 9:1-2

January 13, 2009


At approximately 4:15pm EST on January 13, 2009, I received a call to confirm that I will be heading to Ethiopia in late June for 2 weeks with the Mocha Club!

Thank you, Lord!

January 9, 2009


Ethiopian Boy

Mocha Club – Photos from past Africa trips.

January 8, 2009

peace in my heart.

I love the video I posted earlier for so many reasons. It gets me excited for the possibility of traveling to Ethiopia this summer. It also moves me because of the truth found in it, and the faith found in the people pictured.

I love the part that says “It is Africa that has taught me that possessions in my hands will never be as valuable as peace in my heart.”

I’d love to say that I know that truth. I’d love to tell you that I, myself, have not bought into the lie that what we have can make us happy. Sure, I know that it SHOULDN’T. I know that the Bible tells me to store up treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys (Matthew 6:19). But do I know that in my heart? My poor budgeting thus far in living on my own tells me that certainly I haven’t learned that. I am learning slowly but surely, and I have a feeling this trip will do more to change me, in that and so many other ways, than I can possibly fathom at this point.

There is a part of me that is nervous and doesn’t know what to expect, but I am trusting that God has called me to do this, and that He who calls is faithful (1 Thessalonians 5:24). He will lead me, provide for me, teach me.

My call is to go to Ethiopia and serve these people with humility and love. My call is to show them the love of Jesus. But when push comes to shove, I have so little to teach these people, and so much to learn from them.

I will know within a week if, indeed, I will be heading to Africa this summer. Please keep me, as well as those I will travel with and those I will serve, in your prayers over the coming days, weeks, and months.

God bless,

January 8, 2009

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