Thursday, March 15, 2012


My 18 year old daughter, who will be quick to tell you that she is not called to live and serve in Africa, just received word that she will be spending two months this summer in......Africa.

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Yep, for the 5th time since she turned 14, she'll be traveling to that continent as part of a ministry team. This time, she'll be roughing it to a greater extent than she's ever roughed it before. She and her Adventures in Missions Expedition Team will be traveling thru Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. They will not be staying in hotels or fancy game parks.

Here's how the Adventures in Missions website describes it:

"Be prepared for a life of simple living, since the goal of this trip is total immersion into the way of African life.

You will eat what they eat.
You will live in their villages.
You will walk with them.

You’ll be sent out like the disciples were. Jesus told them to travel light and to heal the sick, preach that the kingdom is near, and to cast out demons. This might happen as you play with children, or visit a hospital, or meet the neighbors and pray for them. You may be called upon to lead worship services, devotionals and small group meetings; preach; teach, and disciple youth. You’ll evangelize to large groups and at an individual level."

To say that this is going to be an adventure like no other is an understatement. To say that I'm excited about what God is going to do in and thru her life is an even bigger understatement.

I've known for a few weeks now that this trip was a possibility but we just received confirmation from AIM today that she was accepted. It truly is a God-thing as none of us saw this coming. We'd just been on our trip to Swaziland in January and she had just been to Thailand this past summer. She is starting college in August and was perfectly content with moving to New Orleans this summer, getting settled into her new home, finding a job, adopting a kitten from the animal shelter, and starting her new life as a college student. A summer mission trip, especially not back to Africa, wasn't anywhere on the horizon.

Or so we thought.

God sure has an amazing way of jostling our plans around.

And I wouldn't have it any other way.

You can read about the Expedition Team that is in Uganda right now at their blog:

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