It's kind of funny. Just a very few years ago after my second son, Carter, was born I was privileged to have a young lady live with us. She helped me with the house and with the boys while I ran a business and Doug worked. She felt very drawn into medical mission work at that time and was hoping to be a missionary some day. Specifically, she wanted to go to Africa. I thought she was nuts! I believe I even told her so. I think I vaguely remember telling her how crazy she was and that I would NEVER go to Africa. I should've known I would eat those words. LOL
So much has changed....mostly me and my heart, and I'm so thankful. My prayer for the past year and a half or so has been, "Here I am, send me!" I am so very honored that He has seen fit to send me right where I said I would never go....not once but TWICE..and hopefully more!
We are SO excited about another trip to Sierra Leone! Doug and I are going to go together this time, with another couple. We actually met Tiffany and Rich through their adoption blog and learned about Sierra Leone and The Raining Season from them. We have grown to be great friends and we are all so excited to be going back. Tiffany and Rich have both been once already. This will be Doug's first time, though, and I'm so excited to see how God is going to move his heart for His people there!
I'm SO excited to wrap my arms around these precious kiddos!
We'll be flying out on March 31st and returning April 9th. It was a little unexpected that we would be going so soon, but God completely made a way and worked out all the details. We are just thrilled!
Stay tuned, because we are working on putting together a project or two that you might be able to help out with, if you feel led to do so.
Oh...I forgot to address the question of whether or not we are bringing kids home in my last post. The honest truth is that I just don't know for certain. We have started the process of paperwork. Our homestudy is finished. Our hearts desire is that God would grow our family through an adoption from The Covering. The legal process in Sierra Leone is just not an easy one, though. No international adoption is easy, but there are many roadblocks in our way at this point. We are praying that God would move mountains in the government there and would open doors. God is in control, though. He is sovereign and His will in Sierra Leone and in our family will be done. We are just standing with our hands up saying, "Here we are. Send us!", and waiting to see where, exactly, that is.