Archive | December, 2008

I think its Monday

8 Dec

Yeah.  Pretty sure it is Monday.  That is the great thing about being devoid of home responsibilities.  You loose sense of time.  Here was our Monday:   Today we were taken on a tour of the city.  Even in Africa, there are the rich parts of town, and the not-so-rich (to say the least) parts of town.  We were really given an opportunity to understand the needs of the city so we know what to pray for. 

Being a predominately Muslim culture, today’s Islamic holiday made the city an interesting place to be.  As people dressed in their best, rode donkeys, and went to their mosques to celebrate, we walked around the city… praying.  Being a part of a culture that is so different from my own is an incredible experience and opens my eyes to so much of who God is and how much He loves His people.  God truly began to give me a hurting heart for the lost around me. 

Later, we were discussing how we can bring this burden back to the states and prompt people to commit to praying for God’s work here in East Africa.  Andrew brought up an excellent point:  we are not even broken for the lost, how can we be broken for the lost in another country?  When was the last time I prayed that God would save the people I come into contact with every day? 

Just a little something I need to be chewing on. 

Keep praying:  The enemy has a strong hold over this place.  Pray that God’s light will shine through dark places.  Continue to pray for our health (no diarrhea yet.  Woohoo), and safety.  Pray that the hearts of Christians would be burdened to pray for the lost in other countries and in our own.

PS.  Sorry no pictures today.  The computer is doing some wierd stuff

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Our adventure so far

7 Dec

So here are some pics showing just a few pieces of our adventure.  We have been in East Africa for 3 days now.  We are absolutely loving spending time with the family and being immersed in their everyday life here in Africa.  I am learning so much about what life is like here, not only for the locals, but for the “m’s” who live here. I am learning what “m’s” need in order to survive emotionally, spiritually, and physically.  I am confronted with how my own expectations interfere with how I perceive God’s people all around me.  And in only 3 days, that seems to be a lot.

But I digress, here are those pics I promised…beccas-pics-002

This one was taken at a cafe in Amsterdam.  We had a 4 hour layover and so we got the bright idea to take the train into the city.  As a party city, most stores don’t open until 9 or 10am.  At 7:15, we finally found a cafe open and had cappacinos.  Everyone stared at us because at a temperature of 37 degrees, Andrew was wearing shorts and a T-shirt.  We just laughed but had a great time.

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After our friends picked us up from the airport, we stayed one night in the main city because it is not safe to travel at night. From there we made the 5 hour drive to their smaller city.  Sorry, Nancy, I know this is not the best picture, but I had to include it as a memory of our little stop on the way.  There are no ‘rest stops’ on the road so we made one stop to pee on the side of the road.  Its a good thing I’ve been camping before.

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We also brought over 5 crates FULL of stuff for the family.  It was so amazing to see them blessed with so many things they cannot get here.  To those of you who gave to stuff the crates, thank you.  They were blessed beyond belief.  It was really fun to watch them open the crates.  Especially the boys.

We made it!!

6 Dec

I am blogging from East Africa.  We made it through the 30 hour flight and are about to make the 5 hour drive (with no bathroom stops) to the town we will be staying in.  Actually, it was a great flight.  Hanging out now with our friends here.  SOO excited to be here.  ITS HOT!!  Very humid.  More to come.

Africa or Bust

4 Dec

It is 12:10am.  packing-001Andrew and I are almost done packing. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew said it might be a good idea to stay up really late so that we can try to get on East Africa time.  I don’t know if it will work, but I sure am tired.

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We have to be at the church office in 5 hours.  I think I will try to get some sleep.

FUNDRAISING UPDATE:

Thanks to so many of you, we raised more than the amount of money we needed to fund the trip.  We are now able to bless the family we are going to see.  Andrew and I can never thank you enough for helping us make this trip possible. 

Here’s how you can pray for us while we are gone:

Pray for health for the team and the family we are going to see

Pray all our luggage gets there when we do.  Otherwise we have to waste time waiting at the airport where flights only come in once a day. 

Pray for safe travels, physical safety while we are there.

Pray we will be effective in our purpose:  to help, encourage, and refresh this family.

Pray that the people of East Africa will be open to the gospel.

I will try to keep updates by blogging while we are there.  THANKS AGAIN!!

Life List Check-off

4 Dec

I checked something off my life list last night:  see Celine Dion in concert. 

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For those of you that are making fun of me right now, I don’t care.  I’m a vocalist and I love great vocalists.  And, thus, I love Celine.  She is effortless.

Andrew dozed off a few times, but he loves me so he was willing to take me.  Great guy.  I had an awesome time.