Oh my goodness… my week has been so busy with preparations for India, that I almost forgot it is Thursday! Well, for another 30 minutes anyway!
This week I am thankful for:
1. The way that God has worked out all of the details for me and my little team to go to India. He has totally been in every part of it, paving the way for us. It has been awesome to watch! And many of the details he worked out through my sweet friends, family, and church family. What blessings in my life! (more…)
These thoughts are excerpts from my journal from my trip to India:
Sitting in the airport, I began to get butterflies in my stomach. Not from being nervous – I think it was pure excitement! Now that I got on the plane, they’re gone. I shot a quick email off to the Tolars about the potential problem getting my boarding pass once I reach Chicago. The ticket lady couldn’t check me in on the rest of my flights, only the first leg, for some reason. But I have my prayer team alerted, so I am not worried.
The wait at O’Hare was long, but eventually I found the team from Kansas. It was nice to have some company in the airport. Sadly, I didn’t get to sit by any of them on the flight to Germany though. But I did get to sit by a nice Christian man.
On the flight, I attempted to sleep, but it did not happen. I spent time instead praying on the armor of God and asking Him to surround me with His angels. I knew I needed the extra protection since I was getting tired – I could feel myself getting cranky on the plane and that is a sure sign of exhaustion.
I am sitting in the Knoxville airport, waiting to board the first of my 3 flights to get me to India. And the flutterbies that live in stomachs have appeared. Not that I’m nervous – just excited! Excited at all the possibilities of what God has in store for me on this trip.
In less than 48 hours (approximately 44… but who’s counting?), I will be boarding a plane and making my way to India! For so long it has seemed so far off, that it almost seems surreal now that it’s just a day and a half away. But even though I start the trip on Thursday morning, it will take somewhere around 23 hours of traveling to actually arrive in India. I will be one tired girl by the time I get there!
So today and tomorrow I am focusing on those last-minute things that have to be done. The majority of my packing will be done tomorrow. Tonight I will be shopping for those last few things I need for the trip. And I am working on getting a few things in the office wrapped up before I leave.
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. -Galatians 1:3-5
As you read in my latest Update, I am SO excited about this new opportunity that the Lord has given me as the Infusion Ministries Director of STEPS, our new partner ministry in India that rescues abused, abandoned, and neglected little girls. My heart is already in India, so now I just have to get the rest of me there! I have added my ‘Wish List’ to this post, so that you can see what my needs are to get me there to love on those 16 precious little girls. Please pray for me, that the Lord would provide what I need to get there quickly. And if you can help meet any of the needs, please see the bottom of the Wish List. (more…)