This past February I was listening to an event and my heart was stirred. I am overly passionate about two things. One is Jesus Christ and the other is Yoga. I’m passionate about yoga because that’s what God used to open my mind and heart to understand the power of Jesus life, death and resurrection for the purpose of redeeming and restoring me. I’m passionate about yoga, because through it God is teaching me how to love him with all my mind, all my strength and all my soul. And by it, he has given me a platform to share the gospel with others.
I am made by God and for God and nothing else matters. So are you. And I’ll do everything in my power to make sure that you know that.
So back to February, I was listening to Jill Briscoe speaking on her life as a missionary. She said several times, “You go where you’re sent, and you stay where you’re put, and you give what you’ve got until you’re done.” I couldn't get it out of my mind. It keps creeping into my thoughts and had made me analyze where I am and what I am doing.
As I prayed about what the summer months would look like, I asked God to use me to spread the gospel. I prayed that he would use me in any way that would be beneficial to the kingdom. I inquired about several things and as each one fell through, I got an invitation to join a team of people traveling to Swaziland in Africa.
This team is going to come alongside those in Swaziland who are already working tirelessly. Our goal is to encourage, bring much needed supplies, and rest. We’ll be visiting two different Care Points and working with around 400 children. During this time we’ll be able to visit a few homesteads to deliver food and supplies to families in need. We’ll be able to give a time of rest and encouragement to the women who are sacrificially working with these precious children every day. I am honored to come alongside the work they are already doing.
Did you know:
- Swaziland is Africa's last traditional Kingdom. Certain ancient customs that were once common across the continent, now only remind in Swaziland.
- Swaziland is the tiny county that is surrounded by the country of South Africa.
- There are over 120,000 orphans in Swaziland (population 1.2 million) with about half of the child population classified as orphans or vulnerable children.
- Life expectancy is about 48 year old. Average age of a Swazi is 21 years old.
- Swaziland has the HIGHEST rate of HIV/AIDS in the world with over 26% of the population infected.
- Over 60% of the population lives below the poverty line and 70% of children do.
“This is the unavoidable conclusion of Matthew 10. To everyone wanting a safe, untroubled, comfortable life free from danger, stay away from Jesus. The danger in our lives will always increase in proportion to the depth of our relationship with Christ.” ~ David Platt
So what does this have to do with you? I’m so glad you asked. We are a community. We support each other. And we do that in many different ways. Here are some of the ways you can help support me on this journey:
- PRAYER: I would love for you to join me in praying for the people of Swaziland. I would be honored if you would join me an many others as we pray over all the preparation required for this trip. Physical, emotional, spiritual and financial. I’ll be updating my blog and sending out a newsletter for those who would partner with us in this way. Get on that email list here.
- GARAGE SALE: Mark your calendar for May 20th! This trip in not cheap. To help raise the financial support needed, I’ll be hosting a garage sale on May 20th. Please pray for it! If you have anything you would like to donate, please email me Here and let me know! And last, come shop! You never know what treasure is hidden in someone else’s trash.
- YOGA: Mark your calendar for June 3rd. I will be hosting a donation based Holy Yoga class for everyone. More details on that to come. Check here for updates.
- FINANCIAL GIVING: This is always the hardest part of any trip for me. I’m seeking to raise $3,200. I do not like asking anyone for money. It makes me so uncomfortable. However, its necessary. If you feel lead to support me financially, there are several ways you can give. The easiest way would be through the online giving platform through Warren. If you choose to give this way, it will be tax deductible. To make sure your donation would be directed toward my trip, please indicate in the memo section: Swaziland 17 AM
- PRAYER: I know this is first on this list. And it is also last. I would be honored if you would hem us in cover us in prayer, go before and behind us. It is the most important part of this journey. I can not do what I do without my dedicated community support.
This is not my first trip to Africa. This is by far not my first journey working with orphans and widows or population affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. And God willing, this will not be my last. It is an honor to be the hands and feet. The thing is, God works in my heart and stirs in me, teaching me more than I could ever give.
I am so honored to know you and be a small part of your life. I’m so honored you took the time to read this. I’m praying for you endlessly. I always have and I always will. I’m here to encourage and support you on your journey too.