1. I want you to look around your apartment, house, and family and now I want you to imagine packing everything up into twelve, no more than 50 pound suitcases, to take with you to your next location. Oh, and those twelve are for you and your 4 closest family or friends..... I know this sounds like a complaint, and I am not meaning it to, I recognize that this is a sacrifice that we are willing to make, and I would do it again..... BUT, I found myself crying over the silliest things, or arguing with John over trivial items because the found themselves on my most valuable list.....
Have you ever thought about what you would take with you, what are really some of the most valuable or meaningful items around you? I broke it down into three categories: personal (clothing for me and the family), necessary (some of your basic kitchen items and office items) and then super meaningful, items that will remind you of your humanness when times are a challenge (like pivotal bible studies, special notes from the kids or a few pictures of dear friends). This have been an emotional trying time. The good news, it is complete. We leave tomorrow with the "chosen" ones, leaving about 18 luggage pieces in storage for another trip and 12 that will be sent down with others in the next six months. At this point, I feel unemotional and dry..... BUT again, the Lord is good and the sacrifice is worth the joy of obedience!
2. Did you forget I had two? I have had some more moments that I would like to call "Burning Bush Moments".... I have been reminded of Moses standing before the burning bush and the Lord has called him to lead the Israelites out of captivity and Moses says no, no, they won't listen to me, or why would they follow me, send another.... and God ultimately says to Moses, tell them "I AM" sent you... interesting isn't it? he doesn't say don't worry moses I have trained you well, or no you can do it, just believe in yourself.... He simply says, tell them "I AM" sent you.... So as I look at the huge continent of AFrica and say to myself no, no, they won't listen to us they don't even know us, or why would anyone trust us, maybe someone else is more qualified I hear the Lord gently reminding John and I, "don't worry my children, "I AM" is sending you.... and I sense His overwhelming completeness.... I think I would feel better if He would say hey, you have had some good training, or look back at your experience or you know what Corrie, I have gifted you, but I think again that would most likely be a short term peace, not one that is eternal and perfect in all circumstances.... I hope not to lose these burning bush moments as I want to rely not on anything of me, but just know I AM.
I think I need to call it quits tonight. We leave tomorrow!!!
Thank you for being our friends and family. We love you!