My Pointe of View

My thoughts on God, Life, and Dance

Africa

Written By: jamieu - Mar• 24•12

Over the next few weeks I will be posting about my past 3 missions trips. Here is the first one on my trip to Africa in 2010

Kenya 2010

Mary

My journey to Africa was such an amazing experience. It is the furthest I have ever traveled and the road getting there was not easy. It was very challenging raising funds for this trip – to the point where I was not sure I was even going to be able to go. The money came just in the nick of time (God likes to do things that way sometimes) but then came other challanges. Planes were delayed, flights canceled (lots of sitting on runways for hours waiting to see if we would be cleared to take off), running through airports and just barely making our connections. I can’t explain how relieved I was to finally touch down on African soil!

God spoke so much to me on this trip. One thing that stood out in a big way was how all of the people that we encountered let the joy of the Lord rule in their lives. All of the pastors, teachers, and workers in the orphanage and at the slum that we visited were so full of joy. These people give sacrificially every day for the benefit of others. They live in third world conditions and face huge struggles but it is clear that their joy and strength comes from the Lord. Watching how they work and listening to their stories really challenged me to reevaluate my own life and the attitude that I have when I face hard times or difficult circumstances.

It is so obvious that the Lord has His hand on the children at the orphanage that we worked at. These children have been through devastating experiences yet are thriving. I will never forget hearing the story of little 6 year old Mary. When she was 2 years old she witnessed her mother and grandmother’s murder. She was then raped and contracted AIDS. Mary is such a sweet little girl that won over all of our hearts. Each of the children has their own stories of loss and devastation. Half of them are living with AIDS, yet I never heard one complaint come out of their mouths. I will never forget the tears that we all shed when we had to say goodbye to them. We went with the goal of making a difference in their lives, and I know that God used us to do so, but I also know that they imprinted something deep on our hearts that we will never forget.

 

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