I stepped outside my comfort zone last night and tried Ethiopian food for the first time!  Definitely different, but quite delicious.  My friend from church, Yodit, is Ethiopian, so she, Bob (her boyfriend), and I went to her favorite spot.  The whole evening was a blessing, from learning more about their food and culture, to just talking about the Lord and how He’s working in all of our lives.

I am so blessed every day by the support I am surrounded by in going on this trip.  Financial support, prayer, and encouragement have abounded in ways I never could have imagined.

I’m reading a book (Mack & Leann’s Guide To Short-Term Missions) that was required by my team leader.  I am so entralled in this book that I can’t put it down.  I am learning so much, and have been moved by their testimonies from various short-term trips they’ve taken and facilitated.

I know I am going to be challenged.  I know that I need to be open to what the Lord wants to do through me and in my life.  I am so encouraged in knowing that I serve a God who does not expect me to go on this trip in my own strength and my own ability.  I love the quote that says, “God does not call the equipped, He equips the called.”  It’s such a comfort to know that where I fall short, He endures.  And man, oh man, do I fall short.

Keep my team in prayer as we continue to prepare, read this book and have conference calls, that we might be open to hearing His voice, and heeding His instruction.  Pray for wisdom in any and all situations we may encounter.  Pray that we are culturally sensitive and that we would not hold onto pride in thinking that our ways are higher or better than those of the people in Ethiopia.  Pray that the Lord would humble us continually, and that we might take on the nature of servants, as Jesus did when He came to the earth.

Thank you all for your support.  His love is ever-present through each of you.


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