Thursday, August 28, 2008

Mali Preparations

As the Mali trip draws nearer (about 7 weeks away), I'm beginning to think through all the things I need to get done. Sure, I have my passport, visa, shots, etc., but now it's time to get serious. I have to purchase a luggage set as we don't have anything but a carry-on. Then there's the usual toiletries that I need to get (soap, toothpaste, etc.). I also have to find a mosquito net for my bed over there. I guess the mosquitos are rather large, loud, and carry malaria. I need to get a few "medication" type things for healthy bacteria and something to help with jet lag. I also need to get in to the doctor to get an anti-malarial medication and an antibiotic (just in case of bad diarrhea).
I'm still not worrying much about all this because God has had it all in control since I felt the draw to go on this trip. The monies have flowed in for every expense I've had. Big thanks to all my friends and family that felt God's call to give toward my expenses and listened. I'm very excited about the trip and can't wait to go and see what God has in store for me and my team in Mali.

My Story

Thank you all for taking the time to read my story!

Growing up, I looked for acceptance from everyone around me. I needed others to tell me I did well at tasks or that they approved of my actions. I was looking for happiness through the way other people felt about me and my actions.
One day, during a day of games and fun with younger children, I realized that I needed something more than the acceptance and approval of those around me. I needed acceptance from only one person, Jesus. After all, Jesus died for me. I bowed my head in bed that evening, asking him to walk with me and change my life. I asked him to forgive me for looking for things that he could give me in all the wrong places.
In the many years following that day, I came to learn about my purpose in life. I have found that I like helping out wherever I can. I don’t need anyone to tell me good job anymore. I feel a deep sense of approval from God every day that I walk with him. That sense is more than enough to make my life feel full.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Preparing for Mali

Hello. I am going to use this blog to try to keep everyone up-to-date with what's happening before, during, and after my Mali missions trip. I needed a common place to keep everyone updated. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and experiences!