I’ve come to the conclusion that if I burry these miracles deep in my mind then God doesn’t get the glory. So I want you to see his miracles. To not forget what the Lord has done.
Though our lives are much more complex than the few paragraphs below, this is a glimpse at how our story is unfolding.
I’d like to tell you I came home from this year abroad filled with thankfulness and an inspiring passion.
I came home extremely broken.
I was pretty miserable. I wailed into my pillow every night and wept ugly cries to God at the things stirring in me, for the people I bound my heart to and left.
Why are we okay with giving such privileges to these animals when 90% of the world doesn't have access to any of this – not children, not adults?
When we've made sure we've done our part in this human world to clothe the naked, feed the poor and provide for the sick, then sure, we can invest some of our extra money in our dogs and pets.
Our time in Tanzania has sadly come to an end. Mloka became our home, the people became family and the many memories will now hold a special place in our hearts. We've loved and have been loved.There are many stories to tell and we look forward to filling you in on all the beauty that has taken place!
That maybe this life is not actually only about you nor loving youself.
Maybe our purpose here is not actually for self gain, but to serve others.
…Maybe the 1.4 million children in East Africa who are at risk of starvation in the coming months could beg you to reconsider, or the 30 million people experiencing severe hunger today.
I think we've shifted our focus on ourselves and in turn landed in the gutter.
We have thought so deeply about our needs, we have forgotten the needs of the people beside us.
If I were to tell you all about how the Lord has answered our prayers, encouraged us deeply, protected us, blessed us, gently taught us many wonders and provided for things we couldn't forsee, you would be blown away by his goodness.
I thought before I post our update I would share a few things I'm learning as I creep towards an adult-ish age.
21 Things I'm Learning at 21...
To love without reservation.
To invest in people. Souls not stuff.
n the wee hours of Monday morning we arrived in the hot and muggy Tanzanian airport.
We got to our guesthouse and crashed onto our bed under our mosquito nets, thankful to finally be here. We'd made it. The adventure was actually beginning.
Delayed flights, lost luggage, and missed trains. Not exactly what I had envisioned.
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What were doing, where were going and when were leaving!
We want to care. We want to be genuine in our love. We want to spread the hope of the gospel.
There’s another reason too. The bible says, “At the present time, your surplus will meet their need, so that in turn their surplus will meet your need. Then there will be equality” (v. 14). We believe that as we go, and give what we have, we too will receive much from the people. Not necessarily material give and take, but a much more imminent meaning, that many of us in the Western world miss.
Its not a one way street.
We continued filling our minds with inspiring stories of people who chased after God, abandoning their comforts, giving Jesus everything and anything.
We became thirsty.
We wanted to find that depth. Of living. Of sacrifice. Of loving others.
We couldn’t help but to wonder what God could have in store for us.