It has been an overwhelming... few days? I don't even know what day it is now. I left Lincolnton at 2 oclock in the morning on the 26th and headed toward Atlanta. From Atlanta, I had a two hour flight to DC. From DC, a twelve hour flight to Addis Ababa and then a two hour flight to Nairobi. From Nairobi, we took a three hour bus ride to Naivasha. 
WHEW. I mean, thank you JESUS that I didn't have to be in charge of travel arrangements. And then I think there is an 8 hour time change? I don't know. What I do know is that I am SO thankful that I have tiny legs and the most amazing ability to sleep anywhere. These two things make really long plane rides not too bad. From the exhaustion of the days leading up to my trip, I literally slept the ENTIRE time, minus the few times I woke with food in front of me. 

I have been so blessed so far. My travels were the smoothest I think they have ever been and without a single hiccup. I can't say the same for some of my teammates, but I know that we are all safe and will be united tomorrow. My team members seem great-- but I have to laugh to myself because we are still "strangers."  I know that after our first day of service together we will forever be a family. 

When I stepped of the bus in Naivasha, my heart exploded inside. My feet were on African soil. I couldn't believe it. So many prayers. I was so thankful for all the support that got me here. and I was so excited about all the BIG things that are going to happen while I am here. And all the people that I will meet. All the children I get to play with. And all the miracles that I get to see happen. There is a lot of room for Jesus to move around here, and I like that. 

My brain is scattered with all sorts of thoughts. But My prayer is this, and I ask that you join with me. Its simple, and short. 

But, Jesus. I need you. 
I pray for rest tonight. FULL BODY AND MIND REST. I want my team and I to wake up refreshed and ready to do your work. We need peace... our bodies and brains and minds and spirits have just been through a whirlwind... so tonight, I pray for peace. 

I was greatly encouraged by my dear friend Mary tonight. She quoted this.... 
"People who really want to make a difference in the world usually do it, in one way or another. And I've noticed something about people who make a difference in the world: They hold the unshakable conviction that individuals are extremely important, and that every life matters. They get excited over one smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren't determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they're satisfied with small changes. Over time, though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities and nations, and yes, the world."

My prayer is for a peaceful nights rest and for tomorrow, the eyes the ONE person. 

Love, and grace. 


    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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