The One About My Trip To Africa

I read good books with a highlighter.  A couple of months ago, I read one that nearly dried a new one out.

But I am just me.  I am not fancy and able. (from the book Anything by Jennie Allen) 

While this quote encapsulates me in a way no quote ever has, the part that is missing insinuates willingness.

When I decided to start this blog, I did so with tears and gritted teeth.  The tears were because coding on WordPress is painful and confusing.  The gritted teeth were because, you know, there is nothing new under the sun and I felt like I was blogging a blog horse.

I am not fancy and able.    

But I was willing.

And every Friday and sometimes on a Tuesday, I hang my undies on a clothesline outside the front of my house for the whole neighborhood to see.  (That’s what writing your guts feels like sometimes, right?)

In November, I was handed the gift-wrapped opportunity to travel with Sole Hope to Jinja, Uganda along with seven seriously amazing women.  We have been given the privilege to tell the stories of the children whose lives they are changing and about the communities being transformed by the work they do there.

For the next couple of weeks, I will be wearing the hat of storyteller.  I am beyond excited about writing in a different way than I have before…raw stories and fresh eyes and real life.  I am going to try my hardest to make a new tab for Africa and keep my stories there for you…but if I can’t, just know I cried and please be patient.

This thing is not about Africa.  It’s about people.  It’s about serving where you’re called.  My mission field 99% of my life looks like a pile of dirty laundry and dried cheese under the table.  In doing the next thing then the next thing that God asked me to do, somehow I just ended up in Africa this time.

I would be so privileged if you would, not follow along, but join this journey with us.  It seems so foreign, doesn’t it?  Traveling to a place you could never imagine and meeting people you might never meet, living and fighting for life in a way you might never know.  And maybe you do.

If we have been seen to the extent that we see others, may we always be the people that are brave enough to look each other in the eye.

Thank you for trusting me to speak into your life.  While painful to watch at times, I am sure, it is a great privilege and joy I do not take for granted.

Here are a few ways that you can be an important part of this journey:

  • Check out who Sole Hope is and what they are doing.  (One Youtube video that Asher Collie ran across online is the cause of all of this crazy hope-spreading).
  • Sign up to receive a daily story about our Uganda trip at bloghope.org (March 10-20)
  • Prayer covering this trip from March 9-21.  However you feel led to pray: hourly, daily or twice a week…on your knees, in the shower, or the carpool line…we just need it.  Consider covering us, the Collies, our families left behind, the lives we will join.  Mostly,though, for God to be seen from all angles and every aspect and plane.  And, hey, why don’t we just pray boldly and unimaginably?  Yes, please.  Thank you. Immeasurably.
  • Consider donations to send me on a mission trip to Hawaii.  (Totally kidding.  Unless you would consider it).

How can I thank you?

I can’t.  I really can’t.  Just know that I am a grateful girl.

Meet my new friends.  These are the kind of girls that I have never met yet and I already know I will be a bridesmaid in one of their weddings (Holla, Mo!).

Sole Hope Bloggers promo

‘I write to give away what I have been given.  I write with no shame, fully disclosing my inadequate humanity and God’s upheaval of my wreck of a heart and head, knowing full well it is the plight of every believer.  God would be about undoing us on every issue of the heart.  So, if I make mine public, I sincerely need your grace.’     ~ Jennie Allen

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Traci | 4th Mar 14

    You, my friend, are so brave. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be in prayer for you and your sweet family while you are on this amazing adventure. I’m thankful that you write. (I really wanted to say I love watching you hang those undies, but that sounds a bit freakish, right? Ha.)

    • melissablair09@gmail.com | 5th Mar 14

      Traci, I am not brave. I’m scared of missing out! Thank you for your sweet words today…oh how I covet your prayers (that sounded so bapti-speak, but I am very serious). I would totally have gotten it if you mentioned anything about my undies–hee hee. I know you know how it feels to let them hang out, right?! I sure love you, sister.

  2. Jill Tucker | 4th Mar 14

    Can’t believe it is here!! Bring back some orphans for me. Love you and so so proud of you for being faithful.

    • melissablair09@gmail.com | 5th Mar 14

      Jill…Two for you and two for me. Thank you for being here every step of the way for me. Truly. I love you. Do I ever tell you that enough? I do.

  3. Lori Lehrmann | 4th Mar 14

    MELISSA!!! Praying for you every day just like Traci & Jill said!! Can’t wait to hear the stories from your journey. So proud of you!! Love your guts!!!!

    • melissablair09@gmail.com | 5th Mar 14

      I always say thank you…and I always mean it from the bottom of my heart. And I’m just sayin’…I think I love your guts more than you love mine. Pretty sure.

  4. Meagan | 8th Mar 14

    My highlighter is still anew. I think I’m in the double digits, but not by much. Can’t wait to read about what God is doing in Africa. Praying for you crazy friend! I love you!!!!

  5. Laura | 11th Mar 14

    Blogging a blog horse.

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