Wednesday, June 27, 2012

9 days left

So I am writing this post because nine days before I left for China in 2010 I wrote a "9 days left" post, so I guess I'm going to make a new little tradition :)

You can read that post from 2010 here.

I just want to take this time to reflect on how I got here.

Back in October I felt like God was calling me to go back to Chenzhou with the team this year. There were so many things stopping me from going and so many decisions I would have to make. The cost of the trip was $4000 and I had no clue how I was going to get that. In 2010 my parents paid for the whole trip, but because of the financial burden I did not want them to pay for it this time.

I said to them, "You will not have to pay a dime." And in that I told them that God would provide ALL of the money for me to get there.

Here we are nine days before we leave. Looking back, I am amazed at the provisions of God. Without having to get a job, He allowed me to save about half of the $4000 on my own through babysitting and odd jobs. What a blessing! The other $2000 came through amazing friends and families who have supported me in what I am doing. I will never be able to say thank you enough to these people. God provided ALL of the money.

I am so excited to see what God is going to do through us as we minister to the orphans and nannies of Chenzhou.

Yesterday I received a VERY generous box full of adorable kids clothes to take to the orphanage. The clothes were donated to someone I have never met. Talk about God providing!

Please pray for the team as we are preparing for this trip and as we embark on this journey. Please pray for our hearts to be receptive to the things God is speaking to us and for the hearts of the children and nannies to be open to us as we head over there. Please pray for safety as we are doing a lot of traveling!

And I can't wait to keep you all updated as we are there :)

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