Saturday, March 7, 2009

"I'm on a mission from God."

I'm off tomorrow on a mission trip to Gulfport, MS. I have no real idea what I'm going to be doing there or who I'm doing it for. I don't know much about the people I'll be working with and I'm pretty sure the things they told me to pack won't fit in my mini-van much less a suit case.

For a plan-to-the-details person like me, this would normally be highly frustrating. But for some reason I'm so excited about leaving and really looking forward to this trip. Just a few weeks ago I had a bit of anxiety about leaving the family. I was almost willing to give up the path to ordination just to stay home. But that gave me even more anxiety. So I prayed and talked to people and listened to people.

And then it hit me. You know the scenes from the Blues Brothers'. "We're on a mission from God." And that's what I'm on. I'm on a mission trip next week to show people God's love but I'm also on a mission to do this daily. My family knows that. They are excited for me (in fact they mentioned eating sugar for dinner next week). Sometimes I just have to be reminded of it.

I'll post pictures and notes along the week as I can.

Pray for me and the group of pastors that I'm going with. I hope we have fun. I hope we learn something. I hope we keep respect for each other. And I know that we'll see God at work there with us.

Until Everyone Hears,


Jason Sansbury said...

Prayers for you.
Want to hear what it is like. We are taking youth choir there in June.

Anonymous said...

Hooray!! I'm glad you're going on the mission. I'd say 'have a good time', but somehow don't think that's what it's all about!

I hope you packed your skinny tie, hat, and sunglasses ala the Blues Brothers : )


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