I'm a member of the Egypt Team.
There is a Bible verse I’ve come to know and love very well recently, Acts 1:8. I’ll leave you to look up the text but to paraphrase; ‘Ordinary People, Empowered by God’s Spirit, Doing what Jesus did Together, wherever they are.’
As I began to reflect on my year, I thought of ways I could somehow show my appreciation to God for the gifts he has given me. I came to the conclusion (with His help) that a mission trip was on my horizon. Now, regardless of your religious background, I think we can all agree that there is an undeniable need in this world to address the issues of the uneducated, the poor, the enslaved and the sick and/or dying.
About 3 months ago, my church launched a series of sermons focused on mission-work. I attended 3 meetings for different types of mission trips in all areas of the world. Cairo was the last of these meetings and the one I had the least interest in.
I know nothing about conflict resolution, the Middle East, or how to build peace in a country that has been feuding for centuries because of religious and political differences. Quite frankly, it scared me to consider going into such an environment.
Every-day for a few weeks after that meeting, I felt something tugging at me to look into the mission further. When I did, my eyes were opened to the amount of emotional healing I could help provide the people of Cairo during a time when many others would just turn their heads. Mark 14:36 captures my feelings then and now perfectly: ‘your will not mine.’
With that realization, I let down my guard and committed myself to a 10-day mission trip in 2012 to Cairo. We will be focused on 4 areas of need in one of the poorest areas known as Manshiyet Nassar.
I am confident our time as a team will bless the people of Manshiyet Nassar and all those we encounter. This will also be an intensive time for my own personal growth.
My previous experience in Puerto Rico was more than fulfilling, it was eye opening, to the good that can come of stepping outside our comfort-zone to help others. I am so thankful I have the opportunity to serve in an entirely new capacity next year.
Please keep me in your prayers as I begin preparations for this trip. There are many details that must fall into place in order for me to make the journey. My central prayer is that the Lord will speak to me through this experience, and that I will be used to touch those in and around Cairo. If you feel led to support me financially, it would be another blessing, one I promise to never take for granted.
To learn more about the Aone:eight missions, please visit: http://www.aoneeight.org/.