i’m currently sitting on the floor of my room, surrounded by half-packed suitcases and backpacks. because tomorrow, i fly to orlando, and friday, i fly to indonesia.
yes, you read it right! indonesia. i’ll be amongst the islands on the southeastern peninsula – i’d love to be more specific, but for safety purposes i have/need to keep it to that general area. i’d also appreciate if you read this post but didn’t share it unless you’re immediate family. we are trying to be as safe as possible!
in december, one of my dearest friends and joyful sound team leader passed me in the student center. she said, “by the way, i’m taking a trip to southeast asia this summer. you need to come. i’ll text you the info!” i didn’t think anything of it. i never even dreamed that it would become a reality. i was knee-deep in planning a trip to africa, a country that i really thought God wanted me to go to.
however, the africa trip slowly started falling apart. i didn’t know the organization that the trip was being organized by and i couldn’t get all of the details in the time i needed them. i was getting very discouraged because, oh my word, i’ve been dreaming of this trip for years. then i remembered bethany telling me about the trip to southeast asia. i texted her and ended up e-mailing the leader of the trip. long story short…here i am! less than 2 days away from the trip of a lifetime. i feel like i still have so much to get done! a lot of people have asked what they can pray for, so here are some quick prayer requests that i can think of off the top of my head:
- safety! we are traveling a long, long way to a people that aren’t generally open to the gospel.
- health! we will mostly be eating the food from the villages. also, traveling for that long and being in a climate we’re not accustomed to has the possibility of being hard on our stomachs.
- our hearts! we need to be ready to show our utmost love and compassion to these people. we also need to be able to find people of peace whose hearts are ready to hear the gospel.
i’m sure there are plenty more requests, but those are the big ones that i can think of right now. i am extremely nervous but also extremely excited to be going on this amazing trip. i know it’s surely of God that this opportunity became available to me! i want to thank all of you that have helped me get here. i could not have done it without your emotional, financial, and spiritual support. it has been incredible for me to see so many different people come together to help make this trip possible. you are all so special to me, and i love and thank you more than my words can express.
this will be my last blog post until i come back. i will be back in country on august 1st, and return home to ohio on august 3rd. i can’t wait to see the GREAT things that our GREAT God is going to do through this trip. over and out!