“I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” John 17:4 NLT
Somewhere around 11 PM Monday night the final member of our team arrived safe and sound at their home, some 36 hours after we headed to Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi. Nothing can prepare you for that kind of travel, you just have to endure it. We had several obstacles on our way home including weather delays, sick passengers (not one of our team thankfully), and missed connections. On Saturday, Mike Deiter and I had talked about that feeling you get the first time you finish a half marathon. The last few miles can be painful and grueling, but the feeling when you cross the finish line is hard to put into words. The feeling of accomplishment of completing something you’ve prepared so hard for and worked to accomplish is unlike any other experience. That’s kind of how I feel now. We crossed the finish line for this particular trip. We accomplished our goal. We ‘finished empty’.
Front L-R: Michael Ingram, Autumn Ingram, Allison Little, Laura Barnett, Elizabeth Simmons, Jeff Moser, Frankie Taylor Back L-R: Susan Shelton, Phyllis Lea, Brandon Lea, Karen Bobbitt, Susan Moser, Katie Moser, Samuel Moser, Darla McFall, Mark Croom, Rachel Smith, Rebekah Otey, Shari Ramoly, Mike Deiter
This was a special trip. We had a great group that came together as a team as well as any I’ve seen. The mix of skillsets matched well and we had several people step up and lead different aspects of the trip. Everyone contributed. No one had any egos to be stroked. As a mission trip leader you want people who will not only lead in an area of their strength but be servants when others lead. That’s how this team functioned. Because of their willingness to be used for God we were able to conduct three small business conferences, conduct 4 discipleship/bible study sessions, visit three schools, two orphanages, and one home for older widows, conduct one marriage seminar, speak in six different churches and conduct a medical clinic specifically designed to treat children with an infestation of an insect called a jigger. We put shoes on the feet of 150 children and left shoes and medical supplies to treat 150 more. God accomplished much through this team because they allowed themselves to be used by Him.
After a little down time, we’ll start planning the next trip. The tentative date is late January, 2018. With many of this year’s team already saying things like “next time we’ll…” you better start planning now