Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Preparation For Africa

I am currently sitting on a plane waiting to depart on my first leg towards Nairobi, Kenya. I'm flying from Minneapolis to Atlanta, Atlanta to Paris, and Paris to Nairobi. I will be gone with 5 other minister friends of mine for just over 2 weeks for a missions trip.

I'm not real sure on the schedule or on everything that we will be doing while over there. But, I do know a few of the things we will be doing while over there. We will help at an orphanage, minister to pastors, hold a few church meetings, minister in the streets, and deliver Bibles to a Bible school.

I am extremely excited for this trip. I look forward to all that God will do in me and through me. I expect it to be life changing.

While attending church throughout my life I have learned the importance of expectation. I have always learned something from every single church service I have ever been to. Every single one. I believe the main reason this is so is because I have always expected to get something. Many times it is from the pastor's message, but just as often it is being taught by The Teacher. Holy Spirit led rabbit trails are fun!

We find what we search for. We see what we look for. Because of my expectation I have learned much. Jesus said it this way, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"

I plan on capturing this adventure through photography and videography (thanks to my wife Jennifer for the encouragement to do so) and I also plan on blogging and keeping a journal while there. If I'm able, and have good enough internet access, I hope to post some blogs and upload some pictures while away.

I do want to thank my wife Jenny for taking care of our family and house while I'm away. She will also be taking care of our church and her photography business as well. She is amazing. I am very thankful for my wife, my beloved, my best friend, and partner in life and ministry. I am a very blessed man!

Proverbs 31:10 Voice Bible says,
"Who can find a truly excellent woman? One who is superior in all that she is and all that she does? Her worth far exceeds that of rubies and expensive jewelry."

I have found such a woman, and I cherish her above all else.

I also want to thank the 20 plus people, families, and couples that donated financially to my trip. You know who you are. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I couldn't have done this without you!

I also want to thank the number of different churches and ministries that donated Bibles for the Bible school we will be visiting. These ministries include: Lakes Area Young Life, Lakes Area Vineyard Church, Brian Tinjum of The Gideons, and also PRAMA (Park Rapids Area Ministerial Association) and its members. My goal was to bring 50 Bibles with me. Unfortunately, I won't be bringing 50 Bibles with me... I have 70 Bibles with me!!!

That is all for now. God bless and please be praying for myself and my team.

Shake the earth!
- Joel

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