Now that the Sun Run is out of the way, it’s time to tell you about my new and exciting news.
I’m going to South Africa this summer!!
It’s incredible how this has all happened. It was obviously God’s doing, and I’m just so amazed at how this has come together in the last week.
It all started in February. I had started to go to my church’s young adults night, and I think my first or second night there, the pastor announced the summer missions trips. One of them was to South Africa, and my heart lept up when I heard that. I’ve had a heart for Africa for several years now, and I’ve been dying to go. The opportunities had just not been there in the past. So I took an application form, prayed about it, answered a few of the questions, and eventually left it in a pile of papers where it has gathered dust. It was scary to think about, and I knew it would be a huge step of faith to do this.
I had mostly forgotten about the trip, but every now and then I would hear something about Africa, and my heart would ache for the people there. I largely ignored it.
Then last Wednesday, Jeff was talking about a bunch of things, but the main point he made that stuck with me, is that we need to face our fears. God is bigger than that, and we need to step out in faith, and do it. That totally struck home for me, and I knew I had to approach him to ask about this Africa trip. I wasn’t able to speak with him personally that night, but I sent him a long email the next day.
I didn’t hear anything for a few days. I briefly wondered if I should have sent an email from my home address, instead of my work one, as I had taken Friday off, and obviously couldn’t check my emails between then and this morning.
As I wrote earlier, I got a message on my phone about a minute after crossing the finish line yesterday. It was one of the leaders of the South Africa trip, saying that someone had dropped out last week, and they would love to have me as part of the team. WOW! I was already crying because I was so happy to have finished the race, but this made me cry even more.
It’s just so amazing how God’s timing works in everything. Who would have known?! I’m glad I listened to my gut feeling, and asked if I could apply for the trip. This is just so incredibly exciting!
I haven’t met any of the team yet, but we’re doing a little fundraiser on Friday night, and I’m sure I’ll get to meet most of the team then. I’m sure I’ll be writing lots more about this in the future. I really know nothing much, except the dates of the trip (Aug 10-28), and the organization we will be working with. As I know more, I’ll give more information on what we’ll be doing, etc.
I am just beyond excited right now – words can’t even begin to do my feelings justice!