For the past few years I have had an indescribable and inescapable pull to Africa..even before the RED campaign & other Africa hype, I felt God pulling hard on my heartstrings. I really can’t explain it at all. After a few years of learning a great deal more about God, myself and my passions- things have finally fallen into place…
I’M GOiNG TO ZAMBiA!!!!!!
I am so so so so so excited. I have no idea what to expect and I think that’s a good thing. I don’t really want any expectations going in & I just want to soak up everything like a giant sponge…with blonde hair. All I know about the trip so far is that I have to raise around $4500, I leave in July (for a month), I will be living in a tent at an orphanage where some/most? of the kids have HIV or AIDS , & I’ll be the leader of 4 or 5 middle school & high school girls. I cannot wait. It is basically all I can think about. All day. Every day. I think about those kids all the time & wonder if they’re having a good day, if they are getting all their meals, if people are around to play with them and hug them, if their disease is getting the best of them that day. I love them so much already and I don’t know them yet. I miss them so much it hurts and I don’t know what it’s like to spend time with them yet. That’s been the weirdest thing about this process so far. When preparing for trips down to Mexico or Jamaica, I knew I would be coming in contact with kids but I never thought about them so much or felt them in my heart so much before I even landed in their part of the world. I can already tell God is going to rock my FACE off with this experience. The coolest part is that it’s a 9 month process that’s already started…that’s why I am starting to blog now. I am gonna try to post something every week or two just to keep everyone informed & to kind of hold myself accountable. I have a few fundraiser ideas that I will let you guys know about soon, but if anyyyyone has any ideas…please let me know. I could probably make this money all by myself just by working my butt off, but I really want to get creative with it and get more people involved. I think the idea of having a whole team behind me when I go down there is so awesome. Not only would I be representing Jesus’ love, but I would have a whole team of people back home who are in this too who have supported me and helped me raise money and PRAYED for me in the months leading up to the trip. So here is blog numero uno for my adventure to Africa. I’m so excited to see what God’s got planned.
You may be wondering who that adorable little child is up there in that picture…I have no idea…but I found this sweet little thing on google images when I was looking up pictures people has taken on global expeditions trips to Zambia. If I find this kid, they’re coming home with me. Glitter-face & all. ❤
Here’s my first info packet I got in the mail…I was way too excited to get this. It just made it more real that I’m actually going. The only not so cool part about this package was the little piece of info letting me know about the chunk of money due right around Christmas time…oh! did you guys just see that? my newest tattoo just slipped down quite a few notches on the to-buy list..and a couple of your Christmas presents :]
Here is a worship song that I am loving right now. It may not work due to contract restrictions or something, but it’s called A Beautiful Exchange by Hillsong. SO. GOOD. I’ll be including a song in every post too, I’m gonna be fueling up with this stuff!
be full of love