There are only 10 days left until I leave. TEN days. I feel like there is so much to do. I need to pack my clothes, but some of them I have to wear for the next 10 days. I think I'm finished with vaccinations. The CDC recommends another MMR booster. The WHO does not. I think I like the World Heath Organization best. I could probably use a polio vaccine, but so far I've been injected 7 times and I think I'm just done. I hate shots. Especially the ones that make you feel bad.
You all have just been incredible with the whole donation thing. We have more than we can take on this trip. I feel sure that I will come back planning for my next trip, so no need to worry that what you have donated won't make it to Uganda/Kenya. Last week I had a lady at work ask if there was anything else I felt I needed to take with me that she might be able to help with. The only thing I could think of at the moment was toothbrushes (Doneva and I had talked about wanting some toothbrushes the night before.) She said that she goes to church with her daughter's dentist and would ask her if she could possibly donate a few toothbrushes for me to take with me. Her amazing dentist, Dr. Clark, donated 450 kids toothbrushes and 240 tubes of toothpaste. What a blessing! I have shipped books to several other states so that others on our team can fill their suitcases. We have been given so many shoes and clothes. It has been awesome to see God work all of this out. I still need 18 more 4 oz bottles of school glue. I'm completely out of money but have no doubt that someone will come through with the glue.
I cannot wait to be in the big middle of these children. In just 2 and a half weeks, we will get to spend the day with Katie Davis and her 400 sponsored children of Amazima. I'm so excited to see all of the ministries we will be working with. Some really incredible people God is using to do His work in Uganda and Kenya. I'm excited to meet them.
Please pray that our team will be exactly what we need to be for these children we will be working with. I don't want to let the hot, the no electricity, the no hair dryer :-), strange food, and whatever else I'm not used to get in the way of what I'm there to do. I really don't think it will. I'm ready to work. I'm ready to serve. I'm ready to LOVE babies. Sweet, sweet children that don't have families and some that do but struggle desperately to survive. Thank you God for sending ME. Little me that surely cannot make a difference. Oh but I can. I already have, and I'm going to over and over again.
Thank you all for your prayers. Thank you for caring and for sending me with your love and support.
Just 10 more days!