I can’t believe the day is finally here. I feel like we have been talking, dreaming, praying, and preparing for Africa for so long – and today is the day Nicole, 25 high school students, 4 other leaders, and myself finally get to embark on our journey.
Our first day in Africa is going to be a tough one. People in Malawi live on less than $1 a day – this is standard to them. And our first day there we are going to be going to their poor region (where having $1 a day to live on would be luxury) to do some home based care (for people who have AIDS and other health issues). As you can imagine this will be a very spirtually and emotionally heavy day.
Please keep us in your prayers. Pray for team unity and safe travel. But above all, pray that God would stretch us, and break us – that our heart would be aligned with His. Pray that we will be able to embrace every opportunity and that we will have humility throughout this trip. We are not the american hero’s going to try to save the day and westernize their culture and show them all our ways. God is the hero, and we are just acting as his hands and feet. We are going as partners to help fulfill their needs and show them the love and grace of our awesome God. I expect that we are going to learn and be just as blessed by this amazing group of people just as much as they get blessed by us (if not more).
I assume Ryan Guard (our high school pastor) will be posting a couple updates throughout the trip. Please go to http://www.mission68.org/ and keep an eye out for those.
Love you all and thank you SO MUCH for parterning with Nicole and I on this journey. We would not be getting on this plane today if it wasn’t for your prayer and support. I’m so excited to see what God has in store!