Just typing that gives me butterflies in my stomach. This next trip seemed so far away in February. How quickly time flies!
We haven’t posted in a while, as agendas and details are still being put into place. The good news is that we now have accommodations for our trip (thank you, Gogo Carol!). And we are thrilled that part of our trip will include staying with the New Hope Center in Manzini. If you aren’t familiar with them, hop on out to their website. We will have the privilege of spending time with the beautiful children they have adopted into their home, hearing stories and sharing our knowledge with them. DfG Kits will be distributed to the surrounding communities as well.
Our trip will consist of our team spending 3 days at a the Bush Fire Festival alongside Gone Rural. We understand that this is the largest festival in Africa and attracts 25,000 visitors from 60 countries. We aren’t 100% sure what to expect – other than a lot of talking, perhaps blisters on our feet and going through a lot of business cards! We think it may be a combination of Bumpershoot, Edmonds Arts Festival and the Bite of Seattle (all on steroids)? Does that actually exist? We’ll find out. The only thing, for sure, that we know at this point in time is that it is a blessing to have the opportunity to share with others about the important work we do. God has given us this gift. So, we’ll wear comfortable shoes, bring lots of water and pray for connections to be made. He’ll take care of the rest.
We go straight from the Bush Fire Festival to our DfG University training with Diva. Diva is traveling down from Uganda to conduct the micro-enterprise training for us and we couldn’t be happier! So far, we have 4 NGO’s joining in the training. Can you believe it? God is so good. The week will consist of sewing skills, basic business & marketing skills training, as well as our Ambassador of Women’s Health training. I’ve been getting myself up to speed on the sewing skills piece (as most of you know, I am not an expert sewist). Actually, let’s face it, I’m just not a sewist. But no worries, friends! I’ll be ready.
The latter part of our trip will be our distributions. As always, we will take as many kits as we can get into our bags and know that we will have just enough for those that need it for this trip. We are trusting the Lord to open doors and we know He will!
On a more personal note, Rachael is getting excited. I couldn’t be prouder of her. She volunteered to do our daily morning devotions, which will stretch her and allow her to grow in a spiritual way. She’s going to gain leadership skills and I know her heart will be touched as well. I’m looking forward to having this special time with her, sharing experiences and stories later on with one another. I’m trying hard to allow this to be her experience and not mine (I’ll have my own experience to take away). I’m coaching and preparing, yet trying to step aside and leave room for her to make this her own. She’s a little afraid of the unknown and to be traveling to a new country. But she’s moving through it and not allowing it to stop her. I couldn’t be more proud!
Well, the sun has decided to shine here in Edmonds, WA. And that’s a big deal! We have had so much rain this year. I’ll sign off for now and catch a little vitamin D while I can get it. More to come… thank you for following our journey.