Wow I have been a horrible blogger lately. But I have an excuse! We are in the process of filming Courageous! We are on week 3 and its going splendidly! We have had the privilege to see the Lord work in MIGHTY ways. Already, we have seen two salvations! And we are trusting God for many more! He has moved the clouds and the rain, given rest and peace, and quickly provided a sense of unity. But while He has been working, the enemy has as well. We have had a lot of sickness on set already. So please be in prayer for each person involved. For health, for endurance, for understanding, and that each of us will be hard to offend and quick to forgive.
On another note, I leave in exactly one week to go to Uganda! Time really has flown by. I feel like I just got the phone call from Matt asking me to be a part of this team, and here I am, leaving in a week! I fluctuate from being somewhat nervous to really excited about this new adventure in life. I got my itinerary recently, which made me REALLY excited. We are going to meet and hang out with Katie and her beautiful family, we’re passing out mosquito nets, working on a church, and spending time at a children’s home! We also have a 24 hour layover in London, so that will be fun!
(Side note: I have been working with Katie’s ex-boyfriend, Ben Davies, on Courageous. He is playing a sheriff’s deputy in the film. So I will leave Ben on set on Wednesday and go hang out with his ex-girlfriend, in UGANDA. Such a small world.)
There isn’t a better way to prepare for this trip, other than reading the Word and prayer. I have no idea what exactly I will experience, see, or feel. I do know that I am going to be emotionally exhausted. It will be so incredibly hard to leave those babies at that orphanage. Especially since one day I plan on having a family that looks like the chorus of “Jesus Loves the Little Children” – “Red & yellow, black & white”. I have been privileged to know some amazing families who have adopted internationally, and I think that it is just SO beautiful. I can’t wait.
A friend of mine sent me a copy of David Platt’s new book, Radical, for my birthday last week. I am about 50 pages from being done with it, and have already gone through two highlighters and am working on my third. I really should have just highlighted the entire book. Every word in it is life changing. I have to read a paragraph, re-read it, and then stop and think about what that means for me and my faith. I recommend that every believer read this book. It will shake your world and help you refocus your life on what the Lord really called all of us to do. If we could adopt this radical mindset, we could see every tribe & every nation worship the One True God. When I went to visit Brook Hills last November, they were in the middle of the Radical sermon series, and I remember David saying that he believes that Satan has plastered Revelation 7:9-10 on the walls of hell:
“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.'”
He believes this because Satan knows that one day he will be destroyed, and his destruction will come when every nation and people group has heard about the living God and each people group will be represented in Heaven. And he can stop this from happening by keeping us from sharing with them. He has done a pretty good job so far. There are still millions of people who have not heard the name of Jesus. But I could go on and on with this, so I’m going to let you buy the book and read about it yourself. Seriously, stop reading this blog, and go buy it. Now.
And when you take a break from reading, please pray for me and Jonathan as we travel to Uganda. Pray for my teammates. For safety, security, health, sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, and a receptivity by the people. For an abundance of love, that our lives would never be the same and our hearts would forever be bent towards the least of the world. That when we return, we will help those who “just don’t understand” to understand. That it doesn’t become a pride issue, but a sense of urgency to come to the aid of those in need. That we constantly align ourselves with the Lord’s will, and live our lives in selflessness. I really appreciate your prayers. It is greatly needed! The next time you hear from me, I will be a different person. I welcome this change wholeheartedly. :)