Thursday, November 19, 2009

So, how did you end up over in Mozambique anyway?

me pedro samito fran 2003Ever since I was a teenager, I have been wanting to work "someday" at an orphanage.  I just always had a heart for kids who were  abandoned, abused or neglected.  It certainly seemed a far-off dream.


(me with Francisco, Samito and Pedro my first Christmas in 2003)

Somewhere in the years after I was a teen, I heard a few times that "every Christian should give at least a year of their life to missions."  Whether or not that is true for everyone, it made sense to me and I thought "someday I'd like to spend a year at an orphanage!"

In 2000, I was working at Vanguard University, a Christian university in Southern California.  I spoke with our missions coordinator and shared that I wanted to lead a team of students to an orphanage.  Our school had already gone two years to an orphanage in Mozambique so he suggested I go there or find one of my choosing.  Mozambique was fine with me, it wasn't the where - it was the WHO!

So in June of 2000, I led a team of 16 college students to Mozambique.  From the moment I arrived, my heart was captured!  I fell in love with the kids and knew I wanted to return someday.  I knew that the time was near when God would be taking me away from all that was comfortable and familiar to being a new adventure of faith. 

That "someday" arrived in 2003 when I left my job and apartment, family and friends for "a year!"  Well, it's been almost seven years now and my heart is more captured than ever!

Well, this is where I end the first installment of a new feature called "More Info Mondays" where I answer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which I will save to the right margin for when new readers discover my blog.  I know, it's not Monday, but I haven't had internet access!

What dream of yours might God want to fulfill if you trust him enough to allow him???  Just some food for thought!


The Reeds said...

I really enjoyed this post! Thanks for sharing more "info"!

Mindy said...

So great to read this! I would have loved to join that group in 2000 if I wasn't getting married the next month. Oh well - God knew what His plans for me were. It's so nice to still keep contact with you via FB & your blog - what a blessing you are to those boys and all you encounter!

Marcia Francois said...

I loved reading your post! And yes, it is something I've always wondered about.

P.S> like the idea of answering questions. Maybe I should do it on my blog once a week?

Emily said...

Hey Laura,
I always read your blog and it is such an encouragement to me! The work you are doing is just amazing. I have visited Zimpeto twice and am coming next year for longer, and i can't wait. You and your boys are in my prayers! Emily

My name is Dianna said...

Laura!!! I have been terrible at keeping up. How are you? I just read about dear Paulo, I am truly sorry. I will add prayers for peace after such devastating grief...for his family, the boys and you. Do catch up. I am going to send you a Christmas card with a family you think it will get there okay? or will you be in the states? Blessings on you and your home. Beautiful post...thank you for your yes to the Lord, it encourages me so.
Love, Dianna

Laura said...

The Reeds - is your first name Georgia? I couldn't be sure on your blog but I know you've been reading for awhile and I appreciate it. Will you go back to Uganda for a visit any time? I'd love to hear about your re-entry culture shock sometime. thanks for your comments!

Mindy - it would have been so great to have you on our team, you would have fallen in love with our boys as well!

Marcia - YES!!! You should do a FAQ for your blog! I don't exactly know how I got the idea but it dawned on me that people just joining in might not really know who I am or what I'm doing so I hope this will help. I am planning to put them in the margin so when I'm done, newcomers could still read them easily.

Emily, I clicked on your name but don't see a blog. If you've been twice, have we met? I'm sorry, sometimes I don't remember all our visitors! when are you coming back and what will you be doing? come help out with my boys!

Thanks for reading everyone!

Laura said...


Diana! Hello again! It's nice to hear from you! I am here in the US now but return home to Moz December 14th and would love to have some Christmas mail! I'm sure it would make it there.
thank you for your prayers for us regarding Paulo, yes, that was incredibly hard, even writing about it now makes me tear up. It also makes me so grateful for the health and protection of my boys. I hope you're doing well with your chicks!

Laura said...

Emily, in case you signed up for comments to come your way, I will be working with you when you come! for a little bit anyway. I have stepped in to help oversee Hospitality while Wendy and Chris are away and I understand you'll be working with Hospitality. Cool!

Renee from A Baker's Dozen said...

Wow! So amazing. Keep up the good work and hug those kids for me!