Well, we are pressing along with the plans for the mission trip to Africa. We’ve had another fund raiser and the Lord blessed us beyond belief again! A few of the team members have their trips entirely covered now and some of the rest of us are still working, but it’s all coming together!
One thing about our team is that we are ALL really strong personalities. None of us are really the type to hang back and not take the initiative to do what needs to be done. While this is a GREAT thing it can also be a little… shall we say… in your face!? Um… too many chiefs and not enough injuns? Too many shepherds and not enough sheep?!
Yeah, you get the picture.
Since this is my first trip out of the country, and my first mission trip with a team like this, I am sensing the need to become a complete and total sheep. As hard as it is for me to admit I need to listen and follow and do what I am told. I am so tempted, at times, to pick up the reigns when I see things that need to be done and just start to plan!!
Fortunately, I have some friends who know how to put me right back in my place!! I am so grateful for this because I know that they want me to see the blessings that the Lord has in store without me trying to control it all! Now their delivery of this news could be a little more gentle. I think it went something like,” You just need to shut up and wait.” Can’t get more direct that that!
We received our tentative schedule for the week that we are there. I seriously think there’s one, ONE, planned shower time. A different friend gave me some baby wipes and told me that those would suffice as my “bath” until I could find a good water source.
What have I done? And don’t you wish you had fine friends like mine?
Who knows what God has in store for me? I know that, though my feet are still in US soil, He is already teaching me that :
*this life is MUCH bigger than my own little problems.
*it’s NOT all about me
*there are others who need resources around the globe that I can drive a short drive, and pay a few dollars for, with little effort.
*this life is not something that we DESERVE. We have such a mindset of entitlement here… like taking a shower!
*His love is bigger than the US and the church that I attend.
While I have KNOWN these things in my mind for many years the truth of the matter is that they have not always mattered to me until now.
I do NOT want to miss one blessing here. I am in complete awe of the things that He is already doing in me and in my team. I can’t wait to see what He has to show me as I continue in this journey.
I just wanna be a sheep!