What a fast, refreshing past few days for me! It’s the little things such as shopping, stress-free driving, and Cracker Barrel that makes me happy to be in the states. It’s the big things such as Sunday lunch with family, shopping with Mawmaw, coffee with pops, spending time with nieces and nephews, etc. that make it difficult to leave. However, I am thankful for technology and airplanes to make it a bit easier.
The purpose of my trip was to attend a training to help understand the proper way to apply for grants. There were 25 people who attended the training to see about the possibility of being involved with the grant writing. I am extremely thankful to each person as they chose to spend their day off to help us. We do not have all of the answers to every question, but we are thankful God is piecing together the puzzle in His perfect timing.
Honestly as I was starting to allow Satan to remind me of how much work and money this is going to cost, immediate fear began to arise in me. Perhaps it is too big of a dream to provide these precious children with a Christ-centered, high quality education. God always takes me back to the Job 38–“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth”–It is not too big for God. I love the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt. Part of the reason I love the story is because when God spoke to Moses, he immediately started providing God of his weaknesses (as if God had no idea). In Exodus 14 God says, “And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” I know this is will be true in our lives. God is going to use a bunch of flawed, imperfect people with lots of weaknesses to change the lives of these children. But in the end people they will know it is all about Him–He will gain the glory–He will be Lord. And yet He is allowing us to be a small part of this crazy journey!