My college student, and only daughter, will not be coming home this summer. She has applied, and has been accepted, into a program through Adventures in Missions. She will leave the first of June, for a 2-month mission trip in Swaziland, Africa. Really…
My kids are all service oriented, and have experienced missions on local and national levels, and one of them has served in Mexico for 2 weeks… but none have ever traveled so far and for so long. It is giving new meaning to “letting go” for me. I thought sending her to a dorm was hard! I think my, “Top Ten Ways You Know You Have a Child Going to College” list applies here for the most part… just substitute “college” for “Africa”, although I would add just a few…You know you have a kid going to Africa when…
- You dream of fund raising techniques …
- You spend excessive amounts of time googling common illnesses of the region. (not recommended)
- You get your own passport…just in case.
- Praying for safety has taken on a whole new meaning.
- You have mixed emotions of pride, humbleness, fear, and faith churning in your heart.
We have had a few folks ask why? Why Africa? There is so much need right here! Spending lots of money and time to travel to a place that has no hope seems crazy! The governments are never going to allow for real change, so why bother? Well, that’s all true, but the people suffering in those places with no hope are still people. One person can make a difference. One life can be changed and we believe that one life is worth it. Our faith tells us that Christ instructed his followers to take His message to the ends of the earth, even to the places that seem hopeless. So, those that are called, go… My daughter has been called, and wild horses couldn’t stop her.
I share this with you for a few reasons; first, I covet your prayers. For her, and those she will be ministering to… Then, for her step-dad, and me, but especially for her father. He carries enough worry for everyone. Secondly, I want to share this experience with you, because that’s what good bloggers do… and last, but not least, I want to give you the opportunity to support her financially. (Refer to item 1 of my list)
You can click here to donate through Adventures in Missions. She is going on the “Passport” mission and be sure to put Katie Moberly in the “Participant Full Name” space.
If you would like to know more about her, before you support her, here is her story in her own words…
Dear Family and Friends,
I hope you are all doing well.
I am writing you this letter to share what has been going on in my life, and the new adventure that God has laid before me.
Many of you know, two summers ago I went a mission trip to Charlotte, NC. I had several opportunities that summer to travel abroad, in which I was most excited, but as the time came for me to make my decision, I prayed that God would show me where He wanted me to go that summer and my friend invited me to spend a month in North Carolina. My heart was in Africa, so I wasn’t even worried about going to NC but God works in mysterious ways, and all of the doors leading me abroad shut, right in my face. So Charlotte was where I went. And that summer was the one that changed my life.
Walking along side the children I helped there made me realize my passion is in showing the unloved, that they are loved, and not only by me, but by the Creator.
Now, I have started my first year in college and have been given the opportunity to, once again, go to Africa, and more specifically Swaziland. And this time, the Lord as opened the door wider than ever. An organization called Adventures in Missions has welcomed me on a team traveling to South Africa, to help in an orphanage this summer for the months of June and July.
I applied for the program, had an interview, was accepted, paid my commitment fee, and now I am in need of your help.
First and foremost, your support in prayers is what I desire the most, but I am also in need of a little financial help. The total cost of my trip is $4,985. If you would like to support me, you can make a tax-deductible donation through the mail at: Adventures In Missions, PO Box 534470, Atlanta, GA 30353-447 and be sure put my name in the memo.
Thank you so much for your support, and I’m really excited to bring you along this new journey I’m stepping into!
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV)
Have you had a child go off to Africa? How did you do?