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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Zambia Mission Trip Day 5- London

June 23, 2013

(No daily scripture on the weekends)

We had another day of touring. Today Gaylene, Rusty, Cade, Cody, Grace and I went to Windsor. We toured the Windsor Castle. It was quite fabulous! I enjoyed this part of London more than the other. It was more laid back- not as much hustle and bustle. They have cobblestone streets and pubs every where. It was a little romantic! Maybe someday Cody and I will come back and visit a nice little bed and breakfast.

We leave tomorrow for Johannesburg then on to Zambia. I absolutely CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on those precious babies!! I am a little sad that our days in the village have been cut short but I do know that it is all in God's hands and is not without cause!

Oh yes- we also found out Pastor Kappapa forgot to reserve our bus tickets to get us from Lusaka to Monze, so if we had left London when we planned then we would not have had a ride...hmmm another God thing!?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Zambia Mission Trip Day 4- London

June 22, 2013

(No daily scripture on the weekend)

Today was a good day! The weather here is amazing! It is cool and misty most of the day, the wind blows and it can get pretty chilly. We went into London again and walked through town. Grace rode the London Eye with Jeanne, Katrina, Kailey and David. We did not have as many people ask about our shirts today but we all noticed people reading them. I pray that each one goes home and googles I am Second. It was a very nice and relaxing day thankfully!

We were able to call home and check on the other two kids tonight. They sounded good! I have missed their sweet voices and Hartly's precious giggle. We are so blessed that we have family to help us. I am ready for a good nights rest and to see what tomorrow will hold. Praise God for another blessed day! I am clinging to Jesus!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Zambia Misson Trip Day 3- London

June 21, 2013

Daily Scripture (typed exactly like it was sent): Philippians 4:6 says don't worry about anything, instead PRAY about everything. Tell God what you need: and thank him for what he has done. AMEN! So stay the course. Keep believing!! You may be tired, discouraged and frustrated but don't give up... OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL!!! Happy Friday... Have a wonderful weekend!

(I am getting glory bumps just typing this and remembering what all we encountered that day! (Grin))

We spent the night in the airport. I laid down in 2 hard plastic chairs and crashed. When I woke up I noticed people around Grace and me (she was asleep with her feet at my head in the next two chairs). I went around to get my glasses on the other side of the chairs from where we were sleeping. I slipped my glasses on, I looked up and the very first thing I saw was a girl dressed in black pants, with a black hoodie, with the hood on her head, with dark eyes, looking at me from under her hood. The stare and blankness in her eyes made me gasp and look away. I walked over to Cody, and he told me that he had been up all night because that girl and another girl and some guys had been hovering around Grace and me. He thought they were trying to steal my phone, and saw them actually touch Grace's ipod. One of the girls even slept on the floor under the chairs I was sleeping in! I went to the bathroom to freshen up, while in there I thought why would someone do that?! I IMMEDIATELY felt the Holy Spirit say "There is evil all around you." Then the face of that girl flashed into my head followed by other small demon like people wearing black hoodies over their faces. I remember when Cody was telling me what happened I turned and looked at her again and she was still staring at me with the same look and she never took her eyes off of us. I started praying for God's angels to surround our entire group and for His safety and guidance. I shared my thoughts with Gaylene before I left the restroom. When I went back to where we "camped out" one girl had moved from the floor and was in the chair across from Grace (I never saw this one's face it was covered every time I looked at her), the other with the evil stare was laying down where I had slept, in the same position I was sleeping in. I could feel such a heaviness around us that I felt like I was suffocating! I went to Grace, she was still sleeping, and began to pray God's protection over her; Cody saw me and joined in agreement with me. I told Cody we must move NOW. I woke Grace up, we gathered our group and we moved. Gaylene told me that she was suddenly woken up by pain in her calves; it felt as if someone/something was grabbing them and twisting her muscles. She could physically see the knots being pulled on her calves (and she had finger-like bruises on her legs later that day!) The enemy was certainly lurking in our presence. I am not sure that I have ever seen the enemy in such a way or felt it as I did this morning!

Even though Gaylene was woken up by the enemy attacks she also had a clear direction from God as to what we should do. We decided to change our flights to Monday so that we could stay together. As I write these words on these pages I am sitting in the hotel lobby waiting on our rooms to be available. Everyone is asleep in the lobby except Gaylene, Jeanne, Rusty and myself. I forgot to write something that happened late last night- We went to the only open store in the airport to get food because we had not eaten since about 2pm, the guy checking us out asked David about our shirts (I am Second). When David explained it to him he did not step away as if we were lepers, instead he was fascinated by our mission, and boldness. Later Cody went back to the store, and he once again checked him out, he saw Cody's I am Second bracelet, and ASKED Cody if he could have it to wear!! Cody gladly gave it away! That encounter made the entire days mis-happenings worth it. Thank you God!!

We were told that we had to claim our luggage before we left or it would be destroyed. So Gaylene, Rusty, David, Jeanne, Kailey and myself went through security to get it. As we were waiting to be escorted to the baggage claim I was standing by an airport worker (she was actually standing behind me) I noticed her when we walked into the room, she was smiling and I thought she had a glow about her but I did not notice that she was behind me after we went through the scanner thing. She said to me (behind my back) "You are on a mission." It was NOT a question she was asking- it was a statement! I thought Gaylene had already talked to her and told her; later I asked Gaylene and she said no she had not talked to her or told anyone what we were there for (in fact she said she never even saw the lady!)! I said to her "Yes we are.", then she asked where we were going next, I told her and then said "God must have had a different plan for us" and she did not respond, just smiled. As we turned to leave that area she stepped around the corner and yelled "I'll see you in Heaven!" That statement surprised me! As I journal about this now, hours later, the image of her face peeking around the corner pops back into my mind. As I was sharing this encounter with the kids in the taxi, on the way to the hotel, JT says, "What if she was an angel!?" We all believe that she was sent from God to assure us HE IS IN CONTROL! When we got to baggage claim they told us that all of our luggage was in storage and could stay there, and it would not be destroyed, except David's three bags were on the carousel already. David was the only person that did not pack an extra set of clothes in his carry-on (GRIN). God knows and is SO good!! We found David's bags and headed to the hotel. Since our rooms were not ready yet we decided to eat at the hotel buffet. As I was going to get my plate our waiter stopped me and asked "I am first since you are second?" Again God was using our shirts! I said "No, actually God is first and you and I are second." He asked if we are Christians because he was Roman Catholic, I said "well actually we are not either, we are Jesus." I got a funny look on that one (giggle)! He then asked if I would pray for him. That made me excited (maybe too excited!), I said "right now!" but he said no and asked if I would just remember him when I pray. His name is Kevin and he has loans that need to be paid off.
Father, I know that you are faithful and will provide for Kevin. You are a generous, loving, giving God, and I thank you for that. I pray that Kevin will grow in his relationship with you, and come to know you on a whole new level. I pray that he will always remember he is second to you. I pray, and plead the blood of Jesus over Kevin and his finances. In Jesus most holy name- Amen.
Kevin never came back to our table after that but as I sat and ate I could hear the Holy Spirit telling me to give him my I am Second bracelet. I kept looking for him so I could but I never could find him. As I got up to leave, he approached me again (confirmation?! I think YES!!) and said "please remember me in your prayers.". I asked him, "If I give you this bracelet will you wear it?", he said "Yes! Yes! Of course I will!". WOW!!! Thank you God! (grin)

We received some much needed rest today- in all aspects. Tomorrow our only plan is to go into the city, and wear our shirts, and to be Jesus. We are trusting Him to send us where He wants us to go. We, as a team, are growing closer and trusting each other more. I am ever so thankful for our heavenly Father's voice of discernment, and the strength He has provided each of us. Psalm 105:4 is unfolding before me as I trust in Him, and search for His strength continually, like never before. I praise my Father God for that! We close this day with a peace that I have not felt yet on this trip until today. I have so many things to be worshipful for, and ever so humble and thankful. I lay my head down to rest ever so thankful and excited to see what tomorrow shall bring.

I stand with arms high and heart abandoned, in awe of the one who gives it all. I stand, my soul Lord, to you surrendered. All I am is Yours!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Zambia Mission Trip Day 2- London

June 20, 2013

Daily Scripture (typed exactly as it was sent!):
Good morning!! Scripture for the day...Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let NOTHING move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. Amen! 1 Corinthians 15:58
Second text that day: Annnd...Quote of the day. "Do not ask God to guide your steps if you are not willing to move your feet." Ouch! That one got me a littel bit... :)

It has been a LONG 2 days!! Lots of time on the plane. Lots of motion sickness. We took an open top bus tour around London today. London is fabulous, so much beautiful architecture and amazing history. We all wore our "I am Second" shirts and I am amazed at how many people here have no idea what it means. I pray that a seed has been planted in each heart that has asked "Who is first?"

We were late getting back to the airport and missed our flight (security check-in) by minutes. I got sick in the taxi on the way to the airport. I do not remember the last time that I was so sick from traveling- it has been awhile and I hope it is awhile before I am again. We got our tickets moved to the next flight out (a hour after the first) but the group went to get our backpacks out of the locker (I stayed behind because I was still sick) and they wouldn't let us on that flight either (through security). It has been a hectic, crazy day, filled with moments of intense stress, but we know God is in charge! I have NO doubt that God did not want us on those airplanes. When we missed the first flight we found out that Rusty, Cade, Cody, Grace and Kailey were originally on the 2nd flight with Shelby. I find it odd that our ticket itinerary did not show the three of us split up but the airline did. I'll hand that one to the enemy- he tried to split us up but God is bigger than that and He stepped in and crushed the enemies attempts. We see the enemy lurking and trying to defeat us but we know our strength is from the Lord and thankfully the Lord ALWAYS wins! We will possibly leave tomorrow but again the flights are split, 6 on each flight. We are praying and trusting God right now.


Zambia Bound Day 1

The weekend before we left for Zambia I worked a Women's Walk to Emmaus, one of our walk traditions is that a member of the prayer team sends a text message to each team member telling them the verse of the day and which team member to pray for that day, this happens every day leading up to the walk and after the walk is over the messages stop...usually...

Our plane was scheduled to leave at 3:30 on June 19, 2 days after the walk ended, at 8:12 that morning I received a text from the lady sending out the walk texts, this is what it said: GOOD MORNING!!!! I feel lead to continue to send out the morning text :) if you would like to be removed from the list for any reason just please text me and let me know. Scripture of the day...1 Chronicles 16:11...Search for the Lord and all his strength; continually seek him.

My first thought was I need to text her to stop the texts since we are going to be gone and we will get charged for them, but I really will miss not getting them. My next thought was Hey! that's the same wording, different verse reference, of my scripture for this year, Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him. Psalm 105:4. Okay God... Then I continued on with what I was doing at the time. When we arrived at Dallas airport it crossed my mind again to stop the texts but I really felt something telling me not to. I can look back now and see it was the Holy Spirit telling me not to because God was going to use every single text every day we were gone!

I kept a journal while we were gone and I have decided to share my journal entries with you on my blog. I have had so may people ask about our time away, and to be honest I cannot just give you a quick, couple minutes answer, I could go on for hours telling you everything that happened and everything God did during our time away, so I thought this would be the best way to share our experiences. I will also be sharing the verse that I received via text each day so that you can see how God worked through people that didn't even know He was working through them! :)

I hope you enjoy my next few blogs!! :)

God Bless,

Grace's first time to fly!! (Leaving Lubbock)

The plane we took to London.

Leaving Dallas headed to London. She loves flying!!