Going to Africa!

Thanks!

zimbabwe mapI give praise to the Lord for all of your prayers and financial support! As of last week all the needed funds for my mission trip to Zimbabwe had come in. What a blessing! What an answer to prayer!

Yes, I needed between $2,500-$2,700 in a relatively short amount of time – right during the time when I my income was greatly reduced  – and you folks stepped up to the bat and hit a home run!

I can’t wait to send out “thank you” notes to all that I can.

Stress

Now, I have to admit that all is not fun and games, however. Even though I have received all the need funds to make the trip, I am still having to pinch pennies as I purchase the necessary items to take with me – and the luggage in which to carry it.

It has been a long time since I’ve flown, and back then things weren’t so strict. Also, back then I didn’t worry about taking all the stuff I’m having to take this time. Even more stressful has been the challenge of determining what size of suitcase and carry-on to buy. Believe it or not, I had to borrow a measuring tape from a store clerk so that I could make sure what I bought was under 62 inches, and still I was so confused I didn’t even get anything.

Buying luggage is worse than shoe shopping!

And there’s more… It’s less than a week from my departure and I’ve still got to find enough clothes, change the starter on my daughter’s car, paint, clean house (and garage), try to get registered for my next round of seminary (pursuing an M.Div.), prepare for Sunday’s sermons, do some visiting, drive a bus for a field trip, schedule guest posts on this blog, and do a LOT of praying!

It’ll Be OK

You know, the Lord has brought me thus far, why should I worry? I could really use a few more dollars to finish up getting a few supplies, but God will provide. I don’t yet understand all the luggage stuff, but I’ll get it sooner or later. Somehow I’ll get a good portion of my to-do list done before I leave – I hope.

I believe God has something great in store for me. I don’t know what it is, but it will be what’s needed and what’s best. My prayer is that it will include a safe trip to Zimbabwe and back to the States, back home. I also pray it will include personal revival, along with stories of many in Chinhoyi coming to Christ.

But whatever happens, God is in control, and it’ll be OK. Just keep praying for me, would you? And prayers for my family would be appreciated, too!

Thanks!

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11 responses to “Going to Africa!

  1. My prayers are with you and your family. I believe as Christ’s Ambassador God’s hand of protection will be on you, as you so willingly go and share the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:16 – 20) with the people in Africa.

    I believe the Lord will meet your needs and give you peace as you prepare for this journey.
    As I prayed this morning for you and your family – the Lord reminded me of one of my favorite Bible verses ~ I believe I am supposed to share this with you ~
    Proverbs 3:5–6 Trust in theLord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.
    And another verse that just came to mind is this one
    Matthew 19:26
    Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

    I will continue to pray for you and yours – I have only been on one mission trip but I saw mountains move and felt God’s amazing protection watching over us.
    God bless you and I am sure you will share your amazing experiences when you return on your blog !! 😊 I look forward to praising God with you for all He accomplished in and through you

    • Thank you! Absolutely appropriate verses! Just this morning my mind was racing, contemplating the various directions our country may take, wondering how pastors like myself will feed our families, second-guessing my educational goals. My wife rolled over and placed her hand on my chest, “You need to stop…you need to just trust the Lord.”

      • You’re more than welcome … I know exactly how you feel I have felt the exact same way many times. Praying w/out ceasing for you and your family.

        “God is up to something or the enemy would not be fighting you this hard. You’re going to do BIG things through Christ who will strengthen you in Africa – God bless.”

  2. So how are people financially supporting you? Do you have a fund or something set up?

    • No, I’ve just received donations. Most were sent to the Baptist association office which is organizing the whole trip. Others were sent directly to me. Unfortunately, I’m finding out how ill-prepared I am for overseas travel. For example, one person who goes regularly takes 11 shirts to go out and visit in and then preach in at night. He doesn’t depend on cleaning (it’s Africa). But, believe it or not, I only have about 4 or 5 shirts with which I can wear a tie – I only wear them on Sundays, the rest of the time I’m dress casual. Judging by my closet you’d think I live in poverty. But now I’ve got to buy clothes! Even pants! And I’m sorry, but they don’t sell clothes like that at most thrift shops. So, I should have asked for more money…we’ve got bills that are having to wait because of this. Love and learn, I suppose…and buy clothes more often 😉

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