So I have finally arrived in beautiful Port Elizabeth, S. Africa and greeted by my wonderful team (with a sign and all)! It is simply amazing that I am even here and how much the Lord has taught me over the course of the last few months. Truly He has shown me what it looks like to trust in His timing and know that His ways are not my ways, no matter how many times I think I have a better plan! A verse that has really stuck with me through this process and has really reminded me of the Lord faithfulness and trusting in His plan versus my own is as follows:
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.” ~ Isaiah 55:9-13
The Lord allowed me to be fully supported (amazing!!) and though I did come after my team left, He also knew that I needed a season of rest with my family and blessed me with that before leaving the country. And being here now with my team has been so wonderful. Each of them are such a blessing already and I am sure that over the course of this year we will grow so much together in the Lord and in relationships with one another….so excited to see how God blesses and allows those doors to be opened as we are beginning to open our hearts to one another, trusting God will make something beautiful out of all of them put together. Meet my wonderful team :Katy, Nick, Keith, Desyre, Shannon, Annie, and myself. (Pic below. )
This pic was actually taken on the day we went to lion park to see the baby lions….yes thats right, we got to pet BABY.LIONS.!! Talk about one in a lifetime! They are so incredibly adorable and definitely too cute not to share with you all…