18 Days and Countin'
Alright y'all ... it's finished. The immunizations are completed, passport is awaitin' the moment to be stamped, visa has been retrieved, funds are comin' in at just the right time (thanks to my awesome Lord), and suitcases will be gettin' packed real soon :)
To say that I'm elated ... that's an understatement (and already known). To say that I'm not nervous about take-off ... haha that would be a lie. To say that I'm anxious to see what God does ... wouldn't anyone who's heeding the call of God be anxious??
Through all of this, I have learned some valuable lessons (as is the case with life in general).
1. God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called
2. When you pray for Him to work, don't doubt!
3. Mission trip prep is a great way for God to teach you patience
4. Find out asap if there is a Yellow Fever Vaccine shortage. If there is, make an appointment in advance
5. Fear cannot exist in your heart when preparing for a mission trip
6. Immunizations are a great way to get over your fear of needles/shots
7. The thought of packing for a three and a half month mission trip does indeed cause you to stress
8. Taking a road trip with your sibling is a great way to rest your mind
9. Don't be afraid to ask others to pray for you.
10. When it seems like the funds have stopped, be still and wait. God knows what you need, when you need it.
11. Crying, wanting to be alone, and being short tempered is apparently natural. However, that doesn't make it right. Cry as often as you can, force yourself to be with your family, and give lots of hugs (I'm preaching to myself on this one y'all. Gotta practice what I preach lol)
12. Don't be afraid to admit to your friends and family what you are most nervous, excited, or anxious about.
When packing commences, I'll take pictures and post them :)