Off & Running
a Blog of Life on the Run

June
29,
2014

I'm not waiting around anymore. It's time for me to do something.
 

HOW THIS HAPPENED:
Last November I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when I saw a photo of a lady I knew holding a tiny boy. He was sleeping soundly, she was smiling widely. The utter look of contentment on both of their faces made my heart seize up. 

Amanda was on a Christian mission trip in Zambia working with orphans and mentioned that she was ready to go back – even though she was still there! My immediate response: "Take me with you next time!" I'm not even sure where it came from, but the photo rocked me. I had never wanted to go on a mission trip, but suddenly had the overwhelming feeling that this was something I needed to do.

WHY I NEED YOU:
With a $500 deposit, I applied to travel to Zambia and South Africa. I had been living on the run since August of 2013, so it seemed like a no-brainer to pay for this trip myself since I had been saving every penny I could. I barely mentioned the trip to 
anyone, positive I could do it myself, until God reminded me that it wasn't up to me to do this alone. I had to get the spiritual, emotional, and financial support of my incredible community. 

In October, I leave my dogs and work behind. I will travel to Africa with a group of women and work for 20 days with Horizon International. Our project is to help HIV/AIDS orphans stay with extended familes and keep them out of orphanages. This will give them a much better chance at life.

THANKS FOR SUPPORTING ME:
I am going to Africa to make a difference, but I'm positive that it will make me a different person. This will not be an easy journey, but no journey worth walking is ever easy. Please support me in whatever way you can, whether it’s prayer, encouraging words, or a donation. If I raise more than I need, I'm gifting it to others in my group for their journey. By blessing me, you bless so many others. Thank you!

 

 

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