Thank you to all of you that have donated and/or bought necklaces for my trip. The necklaces are going faster than I thought they could. I love it! I love that it is bringing me closer to getting back to Africa, but I also love that I'm raising money for an organization I believe in.
A week ago, Visiting Orphans purchased a van for Return Children's Home. Now they will be able to transport children to school and to the hospital. They will also be able to transport teams (like us) to generate income for their ministry. Visiting Orphans does amazing things for orphan ministries all over the world.
I've still got a long way to go in the fundraising department before I'm able to completely fund this trip, but if God wants me on this October team He will find a way to get me there.
The original reason I did not think this could possibly happen was that I don't have the vacation time at work. Just yesterday that just worked itself all out. Unbelievable really. I'm still kind-of feeling like it can't be real. The way that my work schedule works, I was able to swap some shifts with (amazing) willing co-workers. And... the plant manager made a couple of arrangements, so work no longer stands in the way. God is good.
Please pray that I not try to force anything to happen that isn't God's plan. I really believe that if I'm supposed to go, I will. To go is hard. To stay is hard. When I think about taking another trip like I just took, I get tired. It is an exhausting trip. Emotionally, physically, and spiritually draining.
I'm ready to go.
Thank you for your support!