It is always an adrenaline filled time as I make final preparations for a mission trip. As a die hard traveler, I have some of this excitement with any trip of course. But, traveling to Africa brings along some extra challenges, matched with extra blessings. Some of these blessings are starting to trickle in and I thought I’d share a few with you over the next few weeks.
Over the weekend, I received a donation to offset some of my expenses for this mission trip. It came from the Rotary Club of Valdese. I grew up in Valdese, NC and joined the Rotary Club for lunch in the summer of 2012. They asked me to give an impromptu talk about my mission work and now have partnered to help take care of the Zambian children. The next time I’m in Valdese, I hope to share photos of the children whose lives will have been changed due to the generosity of this group.
Today I received an email from my dear Aunt Wilma and Uncle Earl. She had searched on line for an appropriate travel prayer for me and my daughter and it is just perfect. Thank you Wilma and Earl! Here is their travel prayer:
“Lord, thank you for your hand over this trip and allowing me to get away. I don’t need to tell you that things may not be as safe as I, my parents, or loved ones would like, so I ask that you lay your protection over us on this trip. I ask that your will be done as we head out on our travels and away from home.
Please, Lord, direct my steps and provide me peace throughout this trip. Let those I encounter on my trip be blessed by my words that come from you. Let my hands be filled with your work, and may I be filled with your grace and kind words for others. May I be a light unto those around me as I go away from home.
Thank, you, Lord, for your blessings over these travels. In your Holy Name. Amen.”
It is so nice to “feel the love” as I walk through these stressful days of trip preparation.