I have been praying for months about where the Lord would want me to be involved in Missions in Africa. I have kept a little hush about this project well via Blog world. I have been asking friends for prayer about a project in December. Let me tell you a little about it.
One day in April I heard on Spirit 105.3 that Anita Renfroe would be performing at a church in Seattle, Overlake Christian. I thought it would be fun to go for my birthday with a few girls. I went to the site and started searching for tickets, but got side tracked when I felt a curiosity (okay lead) to go look at the mission site. Tons of mission this church puts on. Well I see a South Africa mission and my heart started to beat. I called right away and the church told me to email a gal named Jodie Howerton who was very sweet to reply to me eager email :) My questions where the obvious what is the mission, how long, and how much? Jodie and I have been emailing back and forth and then I was introduced to another mom friend of hers who is adopting a baby girl from Ethiopia thought ALL Gods Children, hi Neeley!
I have been in prayer and seeking the lord this is a dream of mine to go, but I really wanted it to be from the heart of God to mine and not from my own agenda, know what I mean? So this Friday night I drove to what felt like Canada :) (not really) to meet with other people interested in the mission to South Africa. While Jodie spoke about what our mission would be I could see her passion for the children and the crises in Africa due to AIDS. I felt a unity like Christ had brought me to this place. So.....I have to decide in two weeks if I am to go to South Africa with this group.
Here is our mission.
1.We will be caring for AIDS orphans at a transitional home (its a nice word for Orphanage) called Ithemba Lethu
2. We will help with small projects around the home
3. My favorite part....we will run two Holiday camps at local public schools for 4-12Th graders teaching them Gods worth at the same time teaching them AIDS/HIV prevention
Itheba Lethu which is Zulu for "Child of Destiny", Is a partner organization though Glenridge Chruch International. South Africa's Zulu kingdoms population is 75% HIV positive. If you have ever read about the Zulu culture you would know that the woman and young girls are treated as if they have no value. They are merely things to be used at the disposal of any man at any time. Oh I so want to spread the love to these girls, its breaks me. So would you please pray for me, I have to raise $3000 and I know to God that's no big deal, but for me that's a lot of dough! This is my only obstacle. I know my family will be safe without me for 10 days. Franks has taken time off and my mom will come and stay with the kids half the time, I love you mom for that.! Continue to pray that this does not become a soap box for my own agenda but for the Lords as I go for the purpose to be his hands and feet in the shanty towns of South Africa. Anyways the reason I was not posting about this was because what if it doesn't happen I would be so embarrassed asking for prayer, and not going. SO I AM STEPPING OUT IN FAITH HERE!
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