Out of Office
Today is the start of a really big adventure for me – I am on my way to Africa! Through Know Think Act and in partnership with Red Earth Trading Co. I am on my way to Kenya and Uganda for 3 life-changing weeks. For the past two weeks, I have been walking around yelling “Africa” like my friend Max in the tv show Happy Endings (because with his love of street tacos, we would absolutely be friends).
And he’s right. The ROC is definitely in the building. But outside of acting like a crazy person, I couldn’t be more excited. Or, in all honesty, nervous. Up until this morning, I have been feeling great and ready but I guess that now all our talk is made real, the butterflies have started to flutter. It’s surprisingly hard to articulate all that is running through my head but I would love to ask for your prayers. If you are a praying person, here is my list:
- Work – We will be working tirelessly to capture the stories and events of the work of KTA and Red Earth, as well as continue to develop the relationships and partnerships that makes our work actually… you know, work. A big part of this trip for me will be putting on a training I created on story-telling, helping our partners communicate their amazing stories in order to engage new communities, as well as giving them the tools to share their stories. I am extremely excited to meet my friends who I have gotten to know through skype and hug them in person. That’s going to be the best. Please be praying for all that needs to get done in a short amount of time. Also be praying for our team here in the US as they have to cover for those of us gone.
- The Team – There are 5 of us going, and I am so stoked. Travis, myself, and three amazing Red Earth interns – Kandace, Lindsay, and Hannah. We are about to spend a lot of time together, and we are going to have a blast. Please be praying for us as we deal with each other, for our health throughout this trip, and that our hearts and minds would be open to all that God is trying to show and teach us.
- Allison and I – I did the math this morning and in a crazy statistic, this 3 weeks will be the longest we have been apart since the Christmas break after we got engaged. That would be 10 years this December. What? That’s crazy. Please be praying for us, for those times that we are able to talk and share with each other that they would be distraction free. Please keep Allison in your prayers as well. It’s hard to not bring her with me on this adventure, and while I will be experiencing all this, it’s going to be really hard to not have her by my side. I’m going to miss her like crazy.
- Travel – There is a lot of traveling happening: The US to Nairobi, Nairobi to Mombassa, Kenya. Mombassa to Kampala, Uganda. Kampala to Kaihura. Kaihura back to Kampala, and Kampala back home. Please pray for safety and peace and connections and all that goes along with that.
It really is hard to express the joy that I feel deep in my heart for this trip. The joy of getting to chase and play soccer with the kids I have been praying for and we’ve been putting through school, to meet the people who maybe for the first time were able to get the medical care they deserve, to hug and laugh with Peter who runs Action Ministry in Mombassa as well as the entire Bringing Hope staff in Kaihura, to see the agricultural projects that are feeding these communities, to visit the schools that are giving students a chance to break the cycle of poverty through education and a trade, to visit the wells that are now providing clean water for entire villages, to soaking in the wisdom of the local leaders who are implementing all of this and impacting their communities. I can’t wait to take in the culture, the sites, the sounds, the smells, and most importantly the relationships.
Thanks for reading and for your prayers. I can’t wait to share these stories and journey with you.