so here’s the latest skinny on spain: i’m going to kenya.
i imagine your mental double take looks similar to the face i made when i found out approximately the same thing, although our team leader had the grace to not be quite so blunt about the whole thing.
it’s a long story to tell you, as to why we’re going to africa instead of to europe, but those of you who read what she saw this time last year may remember the road to spain was riddled with miscommunication, confusion, and uncertainty. this year, there was some of the same, and a few people decided this year, we ought not to battle the logistics when it was looking like it wouldn’t work.
so now. africa.
i never ever wanted to go to spain and if i never wanted to go there, then i NEVER wanted to go to africa.
i don’t deny africa is a critical mission field and i don’t deny there are people who have been deeply, irrevocably called to serve there, but for the most part i felt it was a continent thrown in our faces to shame us into being better christians and that the people who went there were largely those seeking to make their christian resumes, so to speak, a little more shiny.
obviously Jesus is still hard at work scrubbing the pride out of my tarred, black heart.
i always thought if i ever went to africa, it would be south africa. johannesburg. cape town. pretoria. cape elizabeth. you know, CIVILIZATION. (those of you who have been reading since i was attending classes in the cornfield will know how much i cherish densely populated municipalities.)
it turns out, now that i’m going to africa, i’m going to a village so tiny i couldn’t find it on a map; a place so small it took me several internet searches to find the correct spelling; a location so remote our team leader’s wife told us there wasn’t electricity when they were last there.
needless to say, i’m a little freaked out.
on more than a few levels.
we decided to keep our travel dates relatively similar to when we would’ve been in spain, so we’ll be in kenya all of mid-july, with a few weeks less preparation and a thousand more dollars to raise.
to say i need your financial and prayer support, as much as you can prayerfully find to spare, is an overwhelming understatement. please consider how the Lord is calling you to give of your time communing with Him and of your money in order to fund this trip, spiritually and financially.
the good news is we’ll be teaching vbs and doing some discipleship with local believers and nonbelievers, so it’s nothing i haven’t done before but something that will stretch me, being both out of my comfort zone and framed in a new context (that’s also out of my comfort zone).
i’ve swapped out the button in my sidebar and it’s linked to my kenya posts so you can easily stay updated on what’s going on. (if you’re interested in getting my support letter in the mail, please email me with your mailing address and i’ll send you a copy.)
here’s to kenya in 2013.
or as i like to call it, nineveh the third.