It is official. I am going on mission with Visiting Orphans to Rwanda this November. Although the decision was prayed over, procrastinated about and debated in my head for months, it all became clear this week. Unlike the trip in May to Uganda and Ethiopia, on this one, I will be traveling without my husband and daughter. I will also be 25 weeks pregnant. This will be a different game.
Why? What's the point? Why am I going?
The first and clearest answer is individual obedience.
The One who dwells within me also speaks to me. It isn't as palpable as an email but it is still just as effective. I am supposed to go on this trip, with this team, as I am, without the security and assuredness that comes from Richard being with me. I will be fine because in the end, it isn't about me at all. (This was part of the procrastination issue addressed above. I forgot it isn't about me).
The second answer is more global but still, obedience.
There are a multitude of scripture that can fit here, but James 1:27 is the Visiting Orphans purpose.
"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."
One can read this as those without an earthly father or those who do not know their heavenly father, one whose spouse has died or one who is not yet become part of the bride of Christ. Anyway you slice it, Visiting Orphans is bringing the hope, love and spirit of the Lord to widows and orphans around the world- obedience.
The third reason for me to go was defined brilliantly in our conference call about the trip: To REPRESENT
No one else is going! People are not lining up in front of orphanages to spend time with these children. There are not an over abundance of arms to hold these babies, voices to comfort them, food to nourish them or anything else that is a basic necessity in life. That is an atrocity!
Not Feral cats, GMO's, the newest sex/vampire/superhero book nor which bottom of the barrel candidate will make us wealthier next year should be in the forefront of our minds. But our country is so out of touch with the actual reality of real life that as Americans, we almost cannot avoid being sucked into the mediocrity of it all. We are surrounded. We are insulated.
That brings me to my final reason for going: to share with others.
I understand that everyone does not have the ability or desire to go to Rwanda, right now. But, since I do, I fully understand that it is my obligation to share what I learn and experience with all of you. Obviously, nothing is equivalent to experience. I will however, do my best to give you all the truest illustrations of my heart and the hearts of my team throughout this journey.
Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing about the orphanages we will be partnering with, the history of the country and specifics about our team. I will also be sharing different ways that you can be a part of this particular mission from donations, financial support and most importantly, specific prayer requests based on the needs of the places we are going.
If you have any questions, please ask.