“Many are the plans of the human heart, but it is the decision of the LORD that endures.” Proverbs 19:21
So, it’s my 20th anniversary this year! My wife Jamie and I have been blessed with eight beautiful children during that time and we were ready to celebrate. For months now we’ve been making plans to go away on a celebratory vacation that rivaled our honeymoon. We’ve contacted friends who are frequent travelers, started to save money, picked some dates and even started planning out how the children would manage without us. We were so proud of our planning and our organization! Then God laughed.
His laugh came through an old friend of mine. I’ve known my buddy Steve for over 15 years and a very long time ago we were youth ministers together in Dallas. Steve now runs a fantastic ministry called Catholic Mission Trips where he changes lives by sending missionaries all over the world. The conversation went something like this…
“I’m in a bit of a pickle and need some help. How would you like to lead an adult mission trip to Africa this summer?”
Umm…. God laughed. I could picture him sitting up there just cackling… that laugh would be shaking His sides and the Father would be moving up down, his whole body convulsing as His deep laugh filled the room and he struggled to stay on His chair. At one point He lost His breath and after several moments of silence the laugh burst forth again. (That may not be theologically correct, but it’s how I picture God the Father laughing at His kids….and hey, it’s my blog.)
To make a long story short, Jamie and I are not going to Cabo San Lucas to sip Pina Coladas on a beach. We’re going to Cameroon, Africa and leading an adult mission trip for Steve.
We will be working with the Catholic Diocese of Kumbo at the request of the Bishop. During the trip we will be conducting a medical mission, work on building a school and be responsible for leading our missionaries in the daily spiritual component of this work of mercy.
At this point I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you a couple of things:
- We could really use your prayers… leading teenagers or college students on these trips is one thing.. leading adults is an entirely different ballgame! Keep the prayers coming!
- We have spots open for other missionaries! Maybe as you were reading this you thought, “I would love to do that!” If so, reach out because we would love to have you!
- As with all mission trips the missionaries help out by raising their own funds. If you can help Jamie and I do this we would be eternally grateful! You may not be able to attend, but you can be involved by becoming a partner in our mission! You can get trip details and contribute here!
Honestly, I was kind of looking forward to the Pina Coladas, but it can’t get better than a Catholic Mission Trip to celebrate your 20th anniversary!
P.S. We would love for any missionaries to join us but we have a real need for more doctors! Pass the word!