(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!