25 September 2007


My friend Kate posted this morning about her daughter's family leaving for Chad on a long-term mission assignment very soon from where they are currently in France. I don't even know how a mother does that unless her heart is submitted to the Lord. She ended her post very poignantly with this from I Corinthians 7:29-31 (from my "candy" Bible as Kate's husband James calls it - a/k/a The Message):
I do not want to point out, friends, that time is of the essence. There is not time to waste, so don't complicate your lives unnecessarily. Keep it simple - in marriage, grief, joy, whatever. Even in ordinary things - your daily routines of shopping, and so on. Deal as sparingly as possible with the things the world thrusts on you. This world as you see it is on its way out.

On that note, an opportunity has come up for the kids and me to take a mission trip with the geography class from the co-op that we are attending. The group is going to Arizona to work on a Hopi Indian Reservation with an organization called YWAM (Youth With a Mission) which just so happens is where Kirsten & Steve - the couple I mentioned above that are going to Chad started out. Kendra had planned with all her heart to take a foreign missions trip this summer that didn't work out for quite a number of reasons. I want so badly for us to be able to go on this trip because
  1. we love missions trips and being with people serving and loving them for Jesus
  2. it is an excellent opportunity to bond with some of the families at this new co-op
  3. lately I have felt like we are floundering a bit while we learn how to live outside of a specific congregation and I know how missions trips can be a faith lift (I know a missions trip is not for us or about us - but it is definitely a benefit!)
So, if you are interested in supporting us on this trip, I have set up a donate button in the sidebar on the right where you can donate money to support us as we plan this trip. We are leaving on November 2nd and have to quickly get our support together. Most importantly please pray for us. I am trying not to do the math - and just keeping my focus on the Lord.
Thanks so much. Blessings to you ~ Julie


  1. Good Morning,
    I am catching up from being pre-occupied the last couple of days.

    I have YET to go on a missions trip! My best friend and I have decided that when Charlie is in college she & I are going on one together! Their church does one every summer up in South Dakota on an Indian Reservation, which would be right up my alley!

    Jesus really meant it went He said that it was "more blessed to give than receive"! We do for others and God just multiplies that right back into our lives!

  2. i hopi and pray that god will bless you with this trip so you can bless the hopis. is more than one hopi called a hope-eye??? -betsy

  3. Just a little common sense mother, when people see a picture of a cute little couple, they keep reading. Duh.


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