In less than a week (5 days to be exact), Team 1 will be heading out for Moldova. My roommate Emily is leading the trip, and we've been sitting at the kitchen table tonight making lists of all the things left to be done. I've got 2 skits to finish up, costumes to make, final preparations for my assigned Bible Study devotionals, a meeting with my fellow Worship team members to plan the night speakers and skits, and packing. Yikes! Is it weird that what I'm most excited about are the unexpected twists and turns we're going to experience all along the way? They have a way of keeping one humble and on their knees, and I think more than any amount of planning, that's the most important thing we can do.
I'm also looking forward to the fact that my mom is joining us on this trip. For those who don't know her, she's an incredible woman of faith, strength, and tenderness. I can't wait to see how the Lord is going to break us both, and how amazing is it going to be to get to experience that brokeness together? I pray that Mom and I can be an incredible witness to those kids whose only experience of a parental relationship has brought deep hurt and pain. I want to be able to show them that that relationship can be one that encourages, uplifts, and respects the other, not tears down or abuses.
A personal prayer request. Pray for our skits that we, the worship team, have prepared. Pray that they would connect with the kids, that they would draw them in. I'm nervous. We've come up with an emcee-type character that will start off the morning group time. It's a Superhero whose crazily dressed and can hopefully keep their attention. I think I've been nominated to be it. I have no problem being a goof, because that's a big part of who I am, but being a goof and making children who don't speak my language want to watch is a little intimidating. Pray!!
I'll be chatting at you soon!