Wednesday, January 6, 2016

One Month & Counting (SE Asia)

Somehow time has passed (strange how that works, eh?) and we will be in Thailand in just one month! I have lots of thoughts swirling around in my head about this trip. Excited ones like—Brian and I will get to travel together! I love our team! I'm so glad we have a seasoned traveler with us! I can't wait to meet all these people who have hearts for the exploited! This will be such an eye-opening trip! And worried ones—What if we get sick? Will there be compromising situations for Brian? I hate jet-lag! What if something scary happens? What if I don't react right to a situation? But amidst all these thoughts, one truth rises to the surface—God will be with us. He will be with us through the exciting parts and the scary parts, the happy parts and the sobering parts. He will not leave us, and for that I am so grateful.

We have so much to do before Feb 5... raise the remaining money needed, read a book on cultures, read a short-term trip guidebook, meet with our team, figure out packing, get more shots, and all the regular life stuff in between. Thankfully our passports and visas are all taken care of. And we have been blown away by how God has been providing for our financial needs! Not only has he provided $4300 of the $5800 needed for the trip, but we also discovered that our shots are covered by insurance when we were initially told they might not be (they cost over $500). Our God is good!

So if you think of it in the next month would you pray for our trip and for the preparations beforehand? I know I need to do a better job of praying as preparation for the trip. I know we will face physical, emotional, and spiritual hardships on this trip, but I am praying that God would take those things and use them for His glory. That He would break our hearts for what breaks His. That He would give us first-hand experiences that shape who we are and how we love others. That we would come out the other side looking just a little bit more like Jesus.

Thank you for your prayers, your support, and your love! We feel the Father's love through yours!

See more posts about our trip here.

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