I am already in Amsterdam but for those of you who read my blog and aren't on my email I wanted to share this info with you guys about my trip.
Well I am sitting at CFA killing some time before the
verizon store opens. Listening to the guy listening to his computer four
tables back. He's watching Parks and Rec. While I love that show I
don't want to hear it while I eat. Headphones dude. Headphones.
Anyway. Enough about first world pains.
This is what my world looks like. This is love:
If anyone isn't aware- I have been on quite a journey.
Over the past few weeks I have seen God continually confirm and encourage my
heart about this trip. I had three people show up on one day at work and
bring me checks. several of my coworkers, as in hourly employees have
given me what I call widows mite gifts. More than what they probably
could/should. I have had notes, emails, text, prayers and scripture sent
straight to my heart. It has been at times overwhelming. And I will
confess that last week my heart was overwhelmed in a not great way. But a
little Beth Moore and some prayer time with a friend finally got my heart to a
place to set down my need to control this trip. To know that I would have
everything I need settled. And Oh what a peace I held in my heart last
Until Friday afternoon when I got an email regarding some financial
information. And my heart
broke. It seemed to big. Too much. Thankfully my great friend
who was actually with me inquired about why my face looked like it did...long
story short...tears and prayers and I set it down at His feet. He has to
handle it. I have asked continually for God to show up- for me to be able
to shout at the top of my lungs that HE did this. And I really wanted to
be able to do that. Not just part way, but all the way.
Then Sunday I got the message that I got some additional funds from an
unexpected place. Trust me. It was
God. Come on. That’s
God. And then I got a ticket on the way home from Birmingham. And In my
defense- i was deep in thought about humility and my leaving...and
living/fighting from Victory, not for Victory. It is His victory.
Wednesday mail, notes, cash, prayers all fell at my mailbox, ears, heart,
hands. And I can now SHOUT that everything is paid for! Not just my
life with His blood but this trip with His cash. Not only my trip costs
but also what I need to pay bills because I will be missing work for almost two
weeks. Yes. trying hard not to cry in this booth right here in
CFA. To Him be the glory. As I have said before I have never been
so completely dependent on Him and His people as I have been in this process
and I know that If I end up moving there it will end up being a continual
process. Thank you. Thank you more that You know for being such a
blessing to me.
And please know as much as I can see God’s hand in this trip
because of the finances I see His hand all over my heart. The peace and trust I have right now
about such an uncertain trip and future can only be attributed to prayer. To your prayers. For all each of you who has taken the
time to speak truth, love, or random fun into this process thank you. So much. Your partnership has made this process much more enjoyable
as I feel sometimes like I am standing with my sword raised high…in Him as it
says in Ephesians. To STAND.
Now, on with the prayer list and itinerary:
I leave Atlanta Saturday night at 1040 ET.
Arrive Amsterdam 8-9 hrs later. I have a 21 hr layover. I will be
going into Amsterdam to do some sight seeing and staying at the Yotel at the
I will arrive in Uganda 1115pm Ugandan time on Monday.
I will be in Kampala until Thursday morning. Tuesday I will do some housekeeping
things such as money exchange and visit the sponsor children office. I hope to be able to talk with them
about a possible job option Tuesday or Wednesday.
Thursday I will go out to Buloba to the College and stay
there until Monday afternoon. I
will be visiting my sponsor kids and going to church while at the College.
I will go back to Kampala on Monday afternoon and visit a
baby orphanage on Tuesday or Wednesday and possibly talk with ARM (Child
sponsorship) again or for the first time.
I leave the evening of Oct 10 and arrive back in Atlanta on
Thursday at 1pm ET.
Please pray specifically for:
Wisdom and vision- to see as God sees and seek what He
has. To not let my preconceived
notions get in the way or limit seeing what He has.
For my health- I really don’t mind being sick but alone
overseas isn’t the way to go
For my motion sickness. Seriously.
Every time I have been overseas I have asked for this and I have gotten
sick only ONCE. That’s 9
trips. Lets go for 10!
I wont ask for safety because I don’t believe that is what
this is about but perhaps for God’s protection. For whatever may come I would trust and know what to
For my heart to be fully engaged in what is going on in a
country half way around the world that I love. And turn my brain off when needed.
Well, I wrote this at CFA this morning. It’s now night. I had internet issues today. Guess God is warming me up for
Uganda. Hahaha of course he is!
I am packed.
Sad to say I am taking a suitcase and a small bag in addition to my
carry on. Evidently once again my
sponsor kids stuff takes up literally half my suitcase. Go big or stay Home I guess.
I work tomorrow til 1.
Shower and get ready then head to the airport. I will try to update you guys as I can. If I don’t email you I will try to
update the blog. It’s hard to keep
up with both sometimes.
I will have cell service and can receive texts for 5 cents!
(yaaaaah that it is down from 50 cents!) But sadly cant get photos by
text. So email me your