So we got our first EMI project trip assignment and it's Kenya! I really wish I could be all spiritual and act like a holy, worthy missionary and tell you that I was instantly thinking of the help we can offer to these two excellent ministries, but seriously, my knee-jerk reaction was, "DUDE! WARTHOGS!"
Not that we are only thinking exotic and romantic thoughts. On the contrary, when the initial thrill of a possible day on safari wore off (roughly 27 seconds later) all I could think was how utterly inadequate I feel for the job in front of me. I (Jenni) speak only for myself here. Kevin will be fine. But I am putting one foot in front of the other as we count down the days (58) until departure, knowing that where I am at my weakest I am also at my most dependent upon God. So in other words, right where He wants me.
And yeah, I am kind of scared.
Kevin and I will be on separate teams for this trip, although they happen concurrently and that means we get to be on the same flights in and out. We will both be serving orphanages. His project is for Touched By Love Ministries, which has no existing facilities or ministry happening on the project site where the team will be. The children they are serving now live in other homes , and it's not really large enough to host anyone beyond the necessary design professionals. That is why I will be with Brad Crawford's team to serve Into Abba's Arms, a ministry looking to expand their existing facilities. I am hoping to learn more soon to be able to share with you how you can pray for them and us.
But I would be silly if I did not make some practical preparations. My shooting got fairly rusty (okay, understatement) in the last year as we spent the majority of our time either raising our support, homeschooling, shoving stuff in boxes, shoving homeschooling stuff in boxes, or cramming in time with friends. I need to get my groove back.
To that end I am instituting "Photo Phridays" on the blog. I am not under the delusion that hundreds of photography critics will tune in to offer their help, because if I wanted that I would just start a Flickr account. No, I really just need to say this here because if I know so many as three of you might be expecting some pictures it will keep me accountable to actually do the practicing I so desperately need.
I've connected with a few other photographers here at EMI and we are hoping to make more of a habit of going out shooting (with cameras -- I don't own a gun) (just a Canon). Here in our backyard we get daily visits from mule deer, lots of birds, a couple of very fat lizards, and the little cottontail bunnies that live under our back deck (Cookie Dough and Snickerdoodle). Then there are all the cool local hikes we have within spitting distance. Those can pull double-duty, helping me not only practice photography and video, but also giving me something to practice writing about. I miss writing, as evidenced by how I ended that last sentence with a preposition.
And of course there is the distinct possibility that the work God has prepared for us in advance has absolutely nothing to do with the skills we think we are offering up to Him. We learned that one on the Honduras trip and it's a point I think He will continue to drive home in the coming years.
The warthogs are just frosting on that cake.
From the Keiters:
Here is where we share our daily experiences of how God is using our life in the US and abroad with eMi to draw us closer and to make Himself known.