I have been thinking about this trip for years. I remember coming home from college my freshmen year and telling my parents that I wanted to go to Africa; I also clearly remember their reaction. (AFRICA?! are you kidding? You go to college for just a little bit.. and OH MY!) My parents will always support me, but I know they were glad things didn't quite work out like I wanted. Hindsight is always so wise. I went on a different trip that year that was beautiful and wonderful and life-changing, but I did not go to Africa. 
All through college I prayed about it, talked about it, thought about it.. did everything except GO to Africa. 
Well. Here is my time. Jesus says to GO and LOVE and DO. I can no longer wait for the "perfect" time to go; when everything is lined up and all the ducks are in a row. The perfect time is always right now. SO. 

the trip is DECEMBER 26-JANUARY 4
total cost: $3,500
I have a lot of preparation for this trip. It is always daunting to raise money for a mission trip. It is so easy to forget that Jesus is SO much bigger than money. However, I know the money will come in. that is the LEAST of my worries. 

The most preparation I need is in the area of my heart. It has been a while since I have been in a service environment. Since I have been stretched. and uncomfortable. I am praying that the Lord will begin to shape my heart and that I will ache for change. Change in myself. to be more like Jesus. and that my heart will be laden with the needs of the people that will be encountered on this trip. I do not want to arrive in Kenya and begin work. I want work to start right now... in the hearts of my teammates, of myself, and of the people in Kenya. 
9/12/2012 12:19:44 am

So so proud of you for pursuing this dream. I know its going to be an amazing time, and I'm so excited for all the Lord will do through you!


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    Frankie Nicole Porter 
    I am an artist and a teacher. I love coffee and journals and good, long hugs. I am learning to live and to love and to serve. come join me on my adventure.


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