It’s hard to believe the African mission trip we penciled on the calendar in March 2014 is days away. This is a picture of everyone on our team except Melanie. My bags are packed, weighed, and stored. Each team member is allowed to check in two 50 lbs. pieces of luggage and carry on the plane one 16 lb. bag. Any extra luggage space is used to deliver supplies to the missionary families living in Niger. Food takes up the most weight, but it’s a necessity. We’ll be camping for five of the eight nights so I packed an air mattress and folding chair. Bible school supplies also take up space, but we’ve learned that it’s fun to visit an African market to buy cookies and snacks for the children in Africa.
A trip like this isn’t inexpensive but our church family and community are supportive. We hosted a fish fry fundraiser last week to help pay for our supplies and thanks to my Sunday School class providing deserts and another church member donating ten lbs. of white beans, we cleared over $3,500. The most money we’ve ever raised at a fundraiser is $1800. I feel this is another affirmation from God that we are to go and not worry.
In case you’re wondering how we’ll spend our time, see below our schedule.
Day 1 and 2: Leave for Atlanta Noon. Flight departs Atlanta 10:00 pm and
arrive 23 hours later.
Day 3: Morning – Breakfast and orientation. Afternoon – Souvenirs & Market Shopping
Day 4: Morning – Pack for village. Afternoon. Travel to village A and set up camp.
Day 5: Morning – Attend Church Service. Afternoon. Evangelism training with adults &
Children’s Day Camp.
Day 6: Morning: Men farming with believers. Women Children’s Day Camp. Afternoon: Return to Niamey.
Day 7: Depart 6:00 am for Village B. 10:00 – 4:00 Women/Children’s
Malnutrition Clinic. Return to mission compound.
Day 8: Travel to Village C. Evangelism training all day. Show the Jesus film Camp.
Day 9: Evangelism in villages(s) 10:00 am travel to Village D. 2:00 Children’s Day
Camp. 5:00 Evangelism Training. Camp.
Day 10: Children’s Day Camp. Overnight in Village D.
Day 11: Women/Children’s Malnutrition Clinic. Morning. Afternoon depart for Mission
House, Pack and catch midnight flight to USA.
Day 12: Arrive home.
Please keep our team in your prayers. Pray that we will remain healthy, safe, and there will be a sense of unity and love among us as we are tired, hot and dirty. Pray that God will prepare the way. Pray that God will soften the hearts and minds of those who hear the name of Jesus and that His sheep will hear His voice. Pray for a bountiful harvest. We covet your prayers. And so I invite you to travel with us. Please cover us with your prayers and be one of the most important parts of our mission team – a prayer warrior. Thank you.