Blessed to Be a Blessing

Today our missions team dressed in traditional African attire and our pastor prayed over us during morning worship service.  This is the first missionary trip for many on our team, including me.  We have all faced many challenges in preparation for this journey, and I suspect that there will be more before we depart on October 7.  A few weeks ago, the air conditioning in my car stopped working suddenly. (That’s bad news for anyone living in Southern California!) Last week, my mechanic told me that I would need a new transmission.  I recognize these challenges as distractions from the enemy.  That’s his job – to try to send fear and discouragement into our mind.  Rather than focusing all my energy on car problems, I am instead focusing on the goodness of God.  In spite of car challenges at the moment, I am still blessed.  I am blessed to have the opportunity to travel to Uganda.  I am blessed to know Jesus Christ as my personal savior.  I am blessed to be used of God.  I am blessed to be a blessing!

Meditate on this: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”  — Isaiah 43:2




Countdown to Uganda!

One month from today, I will board a  Royal Dutch Airlines flight bound for Uganda.  Believe me when I tell you that this trip is a stretch for me in every way – spiritually, emotionally, physically, and financially.  I am traveling with several other members from my church on what will be my first missions trip.  Until now, I had a romanticized view of mission trips and those that are called to this work. Like me, you’ve probably seen many photos of missionaries in rural African villages holding cute little babies.  “Hey, I can do that too,”  I would say to myself.

Today, the reality of what I am about to embark upon is starting to take shape. Both family and friends are predicting that this will be a life-changing experience.  I suspect that it will be and that I will return after 14 days with a new perspective on many things.  I welcome change. I believe that change sets the atmosphere for personal growth and improvement.  More than that, I am excited about the opportunity to serve and to simply be a vessel demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ.

I will provide regular updates leading up to my day of departure.  I will also upload photos  and reports from Uganda as often as possible.  Our team is engaged in regular prayer and fasting.  We’re excited and confident in knowing that God will perform a mighty work for the 1 Uganda Project.

Meditate on this: “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who shall go for us?  Then said I, Here am I; send me.”  – Isaiah 6:8