Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I can only imagine

"That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him." 1 Corinthians 2:9

4 more days. That's how long until we board a plane and begin our journey back to Swaziland, Africa. I feel like a child...the anticipation wakes me up at night. At times I'm overwhelmed with emotion. It's been 2 years since we've been there. Looking forward to seeing familiar faces again. Looking forward to meeting new ones. Looking forward to building relationships as well as building projects. Looking forward to what God will do. I can only imagine....

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

El Shaddai

"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you". John 14:18

This is likely the view we'll see when we first get to El Shaddai Orphanage. Smiling children. Eyes filled with hope. Hope that comes from expectancy. Hope that comes from the truth of God's word. Orphans are dear to the heart of God and in just 17 days, our small group of 25 will have the privilege of becoming the hands and feet of Jesus to these children. Yes indeed, Jesus will come to them....just as he said. Can hardly wait!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Wherever You Go

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

26 days and counting. That's the number of days until we once again return to Swaziland, Africa. More work, more ministry, more opportunity to hopefully impact lives for Jesus Christ. Just yesterday our group of 25 (above) who are going on this trip had our final group meeting together. Lots of information shared. Much planning and prayer has gone into getting to this point. Are we prepared? What will we encounter? What will God do on this trip? As a 'veteran' (this will be my 3rd time in 4 yrs) this should be old hat....but the 'butterflies in the stomach' are back. Feeling a little anxious. Yet as I spend time in God's word I'm reminded that He does not want us (me) to be afraid...but to trust Him. So ok Lord, here it goes: Keep us focused and in tune with You as we continue to look ahead to this marvelous work you have prepared. And thank you that You have promised that wherever we go, and whatever we encounter, You will be there with us....each step of the way!