I leave tomorrow!

Hi everyone! I’m sitting in El Paso, TX right now not believing that I’m about to leave for Zambia tomorrow! We received our itinerary today and it’s going to be a super long time for traveling so your prayers would be appreciated! It looks like we’ll fly to Houston, then London, then Johansburg South Africa and then Zambia. We’ll get there on Tuesday afternoon. I think it’s about 25 hours on the actual planes with some three and six hour lay overs! We also learned exactly what we will be doing. We’ll be in orphanages, child development centers, care for dying patients, working with church youth groups, and AIDS education.
Another thing I can for sure update you guys on besides my travel plans is the fact that God is good and has already started working on my heart. He has already taught me so much in this last week. The last week has consisted of a training camp in New Mexico with team building and bonding. He has stretched me and reminded me of his love over and over again. The email would have to be ten pages long to get across everything that I’ve been learning. And for those of you that were wondering…the team building was great and I actually enjoyed it a lot! 🙂 (I told you God was good!)
I have been reading scripture more this last week then I have in the past and I can’t believe what I’ve been missing out on! I have been trying to find God’s promises so I could write them down and be reminded of them daily while in Zambia. The two biggest things were the fact that God never leaves us and that he will be our comfort. There is so much more but I know those especially will be constant reminders.
The people I’ve met here have been incredible and it’s so wonderful to be united in community with people that share the same passion and just want to love those we’re going to serve just like Jesus! I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me and if you could continue to join with me in prayer. My heart is overflowing with thanksgiving to God who even in my fear and anxiety could teach me and stretch me in ways I never would have imagined! My teammates Julia, Deanna and Josh are incredible and we’re already like a family only after five days of being together. They all have a heart for the Lord and it is evident. Well I’m off on this incredible journey starting tomorrow. I can’t wait! I don’t know when I’ll be able to update but hopefully at least a couple times. Prayers are appreciated! My prayer is that I’ll continue to be stretched out of my comfort zone and that we can be used to reach those in Zambia so that God’s kingdom advances!

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