Ecuador - Simply Love 2014

It made absolutely no sense to me at first. I had just returned from a conference, and not long before that, I had been in Romania on a missions trip. Neither were cheap experiences. I had little of my personal money left for the year, and yet, I felt it. That small stirring of the Spirit… the kind that whispers softly spoken words of love and compassion. The still, small voice that gently encourages you to go, to be, to love.

Still, I wrestled with it.

Despite the fact that I had watched God bring $4,000 in for my Romania trip in less than half a year.
Despite the fact that I had seen Him do absolutely incredible things while I was there.
Despite the fact that I was different – heart changed and faith bolstered – from my time in that place.
Despite all that faith I felt I had inside… I was showing classic signs of “me of little faith.”

So, I wrestled with it.

I flat out told God that it didn’t make sense.
That there was no way this could be what He wanted for me.
I didn’t have the money.
I had been traveling so much lately already.
This wouldn’t be easy.

And then, sitting at work, staring at photos of children at Bless an Orphan’s home… my eyes welled up with tears. Amidst all of my protests, all of my concerns of too soon and not enoughthis song played on my Pandora station. And these words from Snow Patrol echoed in that room, prodding me to let go of all the human sense-making and just say yes.

Just say yes,
Just say there’s nothing holding you back.
It’s not a chance, or a trick of the light-
Only love.

It still took me a week or two to actually fill out my application for the trip, but during those days the Lord used so many people to affirm to me that this was meant to happen. And soon, I was approved as a member of the team. Since then, I’ve been keeping up with what’s going on in Tena through Bless an Orphan’s Facebook page and have been so moved and encouraged by their hearts for the children of Ecuador. I’m so excited to be able to go down there in just a few months’ time and serve alongside them.

WHEN. I’m heading up to New York on either February 13th or 14th, depending on when I can get a good flight. Then I’ll be meeting my team at the airport super early on February 15th. We’ll spend the day traveling to Quito, Ecuador and then make our way to Tena after that. I’m scheduled to return home late on February 22nd.

WHERE. I’m going to be serving in Tena, Ecuador at Bless an Orphan’s care home. You can read up on Bless an Orphan here and here.

WHO. I’m on a fabulous team, mostly with friends I’ve yet to meet. :) My team leader, Alicia, is a friend from Pursuit 31 leadership and I’m super excited to be able to go on this trip with her and the rest of the team!

HOW. Well, that’s where I need some help. Like I mentioned before, I didn’t have the money to go when I signed up. And truth be told, I still don’t have the money I need to make this trip happen. I’m praying that the Lord will bring people to lend support to this journey. I don’t just want your money, though I’m not too proud to ask for financial donations. (Consider this a personal invitation to give any amount you can to make this trip happen. Will you, my friend, help me by donating whatever you are able to give?) If you have any amount to give, please do. More than that, I’m asking for your support. I’m asking for you to come alongside me and go with me in spirit to serve and love in Ecuador. 

If that sounds like you, leave me a little comment and say hello so we can cyber-hug, high five, and be friends. :) If you want to give up a latte or twenty and give financially, I would be so grateful. It’s an amazing thing to see people come together to make good things happen in the world. If that’s something you’re wanting to do, you can donate online at this safe, easy to use website or if you’d prefer to give via check, contact me here for info on how to do that.