Do you remember a couple weeks ago when I wrote an apology to all of my blog readers for being silent in the blog world? If not, you can read about it here. Basically I shared with all of you that Josh and I had a lot of things going on in our lives and that I wasn't able to share all of those things with you...until now.
Ok. So I still can't share everything that was/is going on, but here's 1 biggie...
I'm taking my oldest son, Garrett, on a mission trip to India this fall.
He is so excited. He has had such a heart for India since he was 4 years old. (he's only 9 now) Every year since preschool he has befriended the one Indian kid in his class and has shared the gospel with them. When he was 5 years old he told me that he wanted to be a medical missionary to India. I asked him why a "medical missionary" and not a regular missionary. His answer..."Because I don't think you can try to "fix" them on the inside until you try to "fix" them on the outside." Seriously...Whose kid is this???
I don't know if my son will grow up and actually become a medical missionary or not. That's not the point. The point is that I want my children to look beyond their own backyard. I want them to know how blessed we are and understand that we are blessed not only to bless others, but to also glorify God's name to ALL the nations.
I look at Garrett and realize that I have just 9 more years with him at home, then he's off to college and wherever. I have 9 more years to instill in him a passion for people. 9 more years to show him how to have compassion for the lost. 9 more years to help him loosen his grip on someday achieving the "American Dream" and instead becoming a servant to others. 9 years. And when I think about how quickly the first 9 years went by...
So here are the details of our trip.
Where: Chennai, India
When: November 7-19, 2011
Who: Myself, Garrett, and a team from our church
Why: To bless others and to make God's name know to the ends of the earth.
Garrett has been busy working on writing letters asking for support. I don't know about you, but $5600 is a lot of money to me. However, I do know that if this is what God wants us to do this fall, then the need will be met. I'm not worrying about the money, I'm just excited to see where it comes from.
If you are interested in donating money towards our trip you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can give you the contact information for our church. All money is sent directly to our church and is tax deductible.
Otherwise, please keep us in your prayers as we prepare for this journey.
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." ~Jim Elliott