Ready, Set, Shots!

Even my husband, a seasoned veteran of 3 wars, grimaced when I told him I had to have 6 shots at one time. I had already had one in preparation for my July 4th departure for Dire Dawe, Ethiopia. The availability of the yellow fever vaccine is limited, but thankfully I located a Naval hospital about 85 miles away which had vaccines for non-military travelers. The young corpsman was quite skilled, so I experienced minimal pain.

We had our first team meeting last week. Except for Brandon and Hannah, our team leaders, I did not know anyone in the room. I was feeling a bit uncertain about my decision to spend 10 days with unknown companions. This was only exacerbated when I was given the task of teaching 8 segments,  75 minute each, of vocabulary to approximately 50 students at a time. Reportedly, the English camp we will be offering on July 8-11 includes approximately 200 school age children ages 8-15 with varying levels of English comprehension. Except for being a mom and leading Bible studies, I have no education or experience teaching. Fortunately, my daughter has taught English in China for 3 years, so I will consult her for ideas and suggestions.

Each of our team meeting begins with a time of prayer, that is a place of security to me – talking to our heavenly Father. I would like to ask each of you reading this to pray for Project HOPE as the Spirit leads you.

Health Clinic- The clinic offers free care, medicine and education; many of those in the village have leprosy.
Orphan and needy child care -70 sponsored children in this program
Primary Education- the English Camp is part of this component which serves not only students but helps train teachers
Economic Development – micro-finance loans to help small business men and women

*For strengthening and equipping the local church of about 400 who have trusted Christ –In this predominantly Muslim region, some believers must worship “underground”
*For our team to depend of the Lord and follow however He leads, for adjustments and transitions, for the Lord to open doors of opportunity.
*For many to find hope in Jesus and come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them. You shall multiply the nation; You shall increase their gladness; They will be glad in Your presence. Isaiah 9:2-3

I will update you after I return through the blog, but you can learn more and see pictures during the trip at this website. https://www.facebook.com/ProjectHopeClinic/

My first post on my trip is called “My Turn!” https://poiema2016.wordpress.com/2019/04/13/my-turn/

My Turn!

I have exciting news! I am going to Ethiopia in July. The reason I am so excited is because for over 30 years, I have written in my journals that I want to go to another country to share the love of Jesus. Back in 1988, I didn’t have any idea what that would look like, and until the end of 2018,  the desire for a cross-cultural trip was still an unfulfilled dream, a yearning I thought was from God.

Over the years, we have financially supported and prayed for many who have been called to go. I have prayed that my children would have a heart for missions. Ashleigh has gone to Uganda, NYC, Maui, Ukraine, and China. Katie has served hurting, impoverished children in our own city, Patrick has gone to NYC and Honduras. The Lord has already abundantly answered my requests.

But now, finally, it is my turn to go. Since most of my regular blog readers are my dearest friends and each one of you have played an important role in my life, I want to share my journey with you. In the coming months, I will give you a peek into my thoughts and prayers.

Thank you, Jesus, for giving me this desire of my heart. I go knowing you lead me. I open my hands releasing all expectations and embrace all you want to teach me/show me. Please guide me to know exactly what to bring. Fill me with you Spirit so your love, grace and truth will overflow into the lives of those I encounter.