Sunday, July 11, 2010

Times 3

Today I am filled with many emotions about my upcoming trip back to Zim. I can see the kids and hear their voices with very little effort in reflection. My memory is working overtime as my heart prepares to see them again. The first time I went, I had no idea what to expect. But that trip was amazing. The second time I went, I had much more expectation and some disappointment. This next trip offers the most opportunity for me to pour hope and encouragement into the kids. My heart is being impressed each day as I lead up to my departure on Aug. 4 and my reunion with the kids on Aug 6. I have become aware in my spirit that I have to pour out buckets of hope to the 15 teenagers. I have to encourage them against the realities of a harsh world in Africa when they are released from the care of an orphanage. I have to warn them and somehow inspire them to overcome. I have to encourage them to climb obstacles that most run from. I have to motivate them to choose purity over the false promises of salvation via theft, prostitution and drug dealing. I have to remind them that God is with them, no matter what. And I need to pass on the teaching that my own pastor (Pete) has taught...and that is...."if you are absolutely confident that God is with you, then how would you live in your circumstance?"

I am excited to return, yet I am heavy. Please keep me in your prayers. I know that our Heavenly Father is preparing my heart for this. His Spirit is traveling with me, and I am seeking His words alone to speak to the children. Please let me know if you are a prayer partner with me on this journey. I need you. Thank you!


Elaine said...

You know I am one of your prayer warriors my dear Melissa--continuously!! Just arrived in hometown----and free wi-fi...yeah! Can't wait to see you. I love you. Elaine

Sarah said...

Will be praying with you, sweet sister.