Archive for January, 2010

January 9, 2010

Ethiopia 2010?

I haven’t written here in a while. ¬†There are probably several reasons for this, but if I’m being honest, it feels like my trip this past summer was a different life entirely. ¬†I don’t like admitting that. ¬†When I came back I was determined that my life would never look the same. ¬†I was sure that I would never let it feel like a distant memory.

It’s a frustrating feeling. ¬†I remember walking down Park Avenue the day I returned from Africa. ¬†I remember looking around and feeling like a fish out of water and wondering what all of this was for- the money, the tall, extravagant buildings, the luxury apartments. ¬†It was everything Africa was not. ¬†And I missed Africa.

For a little while that feeling continued. ¬†But somewhere along the way, days started going by during which I didn’t think about my trip. ¬†And soon it was weeks. ¬†Lately, though, the memories are back and I find myself thinking of Ethiopia and the people there often.

I didn’t anticipate returning to Ethiopia this summer, but when I heard about the trip Mocha Club made just this past couple weeks, I began thinking about going back. ¬†When I received the email about the upcoming summer trips, I began to seriously consider it. ¬†What happens next is prayer. ¬†And lots of it. :)

I’m writing this post to ask that you pray with me. ¬†Pray that if the Lord wants me to return to serve the people of Ethiopia, that He would direct me in that. ¬†Pray that whether I go back or not, that He shows me how to live in a way that glorifies Him and puts into practice all He taught me during my time in Africa. ¬†Pray that He would enlarge my heart for those in need of Him, both here and overseas. ¬†Pray that no matter what I do and where I go, that Jesus would be the center of it all–that He would always be my Reason and my Strength and my Guide. ¬†If I go, I go in His name. ¬†If I stay, I stay in His name.

Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the¬†utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving¬†by the strength which God supplies; so that¬†in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ,¬†to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11