"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen."
1 Peter 4:10-11 (NIV)

Getting closer!

We're in 2014 now...which means we're getting closer to our trip! I have officially started a countdown app on my phone today. I'm all about doing countdowns, it makes things more fun. :) We're 103 days! I'm getting really excited.

And speaking of something exciting, Darbi Tidwell from New Day Orphanage wrote a book about an orphan in Zambia. It's fictional but parts of it are based on reality. It's really an amazing book! You can purchase it on Amazon here. The story is based in present day, but I repeatedly found myself having to remember it is not set in the distant past. Life is so different in Zambia. So different than my comfortable little world here in Texas. I am truly blessed to live the life I do. I really encourage you to read this book! 

We'll begin more preparations for our trip soon including vaccinations and packing. We're allowed two bags each for the flights without an extra charge, but I'm sure we'll be taking a few extra bags with some supplies that we didn't get to send on the crate. I know for sure I have a few more parts/supplies that have recently been donated at my office that I'll try to squeeze in my packing. 

With all my talk about not knowing what to expect when we get to Zambia, I haven't thought of Jason's point of view. Chris, John and I know what work we are doing there...making prostheses for people who need them. Jason knows he will be helping with construction at New Day but doesn't know exactly what all he will be doing. That would stress me out, but he seems okay with it. He's had experience in helping build houses so he's somewhat prepared. And I know we'll be getting more info as we get within a few weeks of leaving. I'm just always "prepare and plan WAY ahead of time", which makes me impatient sometimes. :)

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