"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)

Mission...what is it? What am I doing?

I blog about details and my excitement for mission work with Prosthetic Promises. I give updates on plans and preparations, describing my anticipation for our upcoming trip.

Well, what is a mission? Merriam-Webster online says:

1 obsolete : the act or an instance of sending
2 a : a ministry commissioned by a religious organization to propagate its faith or carry on humanitarian work
b : assignment to or work in a field of missionary enterprise

c (1) : a mission establishment (2) : a local church or parish dependent on a larger religious organization for direction or financial support
d plural : organized missionary work
e : a course of sermons and services given to convert the unchurched or quicken Christian faith
3 : a body of persons sent to perform a service or carry on an activity: as
a : a group sent to a foreign country to conduct diplomatic or political negotiations
b : a permanent embassy or legation
c : a team of specialists or cultural leaders sent to a foreign country
4 a : a specific task with which a person or a group is charged
b (1) : a definite military, naval, or aerospace task <a bombing mission> <a space mission> (2) : a flight operation of an aircraft or spacecraft in the performance of a mission <a mission to Mars>
c : a preestablished and often self-imposed objective or purpose <statement of the company's mission>
5 : calling, vocation

I try to remind myself that a mission doesn't have to be just a mission trip (#2 and #3 in the definition). That feeling of "I'm doing something that really matters and is helping people" isn't just for mission trips...it can be #4 and #5 in that definition in my everyday life.

I'm not particularly a morning person...just ask my husband. The waking up, getting ready, eating breakfast...bleh, I get through it. But I do look forward to my 30 minute commute to work. I have my travel mug full of coffee and my radio set to SiriusXM-The Message. It's a little praise and worship to get my day started---with a jolt of caffeine (Did I mention I love coffee?) Everything makes sense during these 30 minutes. These songs about, and in praise to, our Father remind me of the direction and purpose of my life. I'm on mission. I'm on a mission to impact those around me and show God's love today. And then I get to work and the world hits---

Though I feel like I'm in a constant mental battle to block the world and be the light, I get bogged down with the world. I know this is not a unique feeling. On the contrary, every Christian is in the same mental battle. It's part of the whole being human thing. I want to take that feeling and memory of being in Zambia making prostheses for people and carry that every step, every minute of my day. I want to take that feeling and happy smile I have when doing my morning commute with The Message through my speakers and carry that every step, every minute of my day.

Why is this so hard?! The struggle continues...

But I know my God is there with me every step, every minute of my day...holding my hand and helping me along the way. I love You and thank You, God, for helping me to walk closer to You and show others Your love.

Now, if I can just keep that thought in my little human brain.

It's 2015...

It's 2015...the year of our next trip to Zambia. The date...well January to May won't take long I'm sure. We haven't set exact dates yet for our trip, but we're looking to leave mid-May. Plane tickets will be purchased soon. 

John made the really long drive to Kansas on December 20th to take all of our supplies to the shipping container. He had to rent a van to fit all the boxes and totes. 

Here's a picture John took of all the supplies unloaded. The shipping container will leave in the next few months, making its way to Africa.

In other news, we now have enough funds to start construction on a clinic at New Day. John and Chris have been talking with New Day about logistics of building a clinic that we can use to see patients and make prostheses while we're there, and that they can use also. Construction of that clinic should start later this year. For our May trip, we will be setting up our work area in the now finished garage at New Day. 

Since I've gotten all settled into 2015 and looking ahead to "what does 2015 hold?", I definitely feel the excitement starting to build for our trip in May.