I’m going to Africa. It’s a mission trip in June. I’m sorry that the last post was pretty much a stream of consciousness.
For anyone just tuning in, God has been dealing with my heart for a couple of months now. So I’ll recount and give a synopsis of what has happened so far.
I register my kids for camp.
The very next day, God says “Go to Africa.” So I argue, “What about my kids?” Well, the camp is the same week as the mission trip so besides getting them there and having them picked up they are taken care of.
My mom has no weddings booked (she’s a caterer) so she can keep my 3 yr. old. that week.
I have no conferences dates on either side of the mission trip to prevent me from going. (And just a month ago, I was concerned about not having dates in June. Guess I know why now.)
I tried to argue about money, but deep in my heart I know this will be taken care of. God has gone ahead of me on everything else.
Every question I have had he has quickly had an answer and in His Word at that. We know His Word is truth.
God brought two friends to mind when this first started that I asked to pray for me concerning this. They both confirmed and encouraged that what I was hearing was from the Lord.
My husband has been praying for me to go for sometime, and seems to be at peace with everything.(This caught me off guard a little. He had mentioned it before. But I took it as “Oh honey, I got to go on a mission trip and I think you should get to go on one.” He was a little more serious than that.)
God answered clearly through His word to many of my questions. (See the last 2 post.)
So I thought I would test the “parents will worry” issue when my mom visited this last weekend. She said, “Oh I’ve been burdened for Africa.” I said, “Oh do you want to go with me?” She said, “Oh no, but now I know why I’ve been burdened for them.”
God continues to speak today as I read His word. “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Galatians 5:6 ”Come near to God and he will come near to you.” James 4:8 I want nothing more than to be near him, so that all the other noise of life is drowned out. My inadequacies for this trip are at times overwhelming to me and God says, “Humble yourself before the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James 4:10
So today I have peace. I have commitment to go. It feels surreal. It feels exciting and scary. It feels unnerving. And yet I am calm.
I am praying that God will help my mind slow down so that I can sleep a little. And even here the Word says, “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for He grants sleep to those He loves.” Ps. 127:2
What is so profound about God’s promises today is that I’m going on this mission trip with my church but partnering with an organization called Sweet Sleep. “…He grants sleep to those He loves.” He definitely loves the 147 million orphans in our world. Sweet Sleep’s mission is “A bed for every head.” They are taking beds to orphans all over the world. You can visit their website www.sweetsleep.org
This is a step of faith for me – “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Heb. 11:6 I can’t wait to see how he will work next.