While attending ReFRESH® in the Smokies this past March, I was approached by some friends, Danny and Chris, about a potential meeting. They told me that they had brought a missionary from South Africa named Harold to the conference. Apparently they had told Harold about the passions the Lord has given me for missions, and he wanted to meet me. We set up a time to meet the following day.
As I sat down with Harold and heard about his desire to bring young people to South Africa to work alongside his ministry, I couldn’t help but get excited. He asked me if I would be willing to go, and I said I would love to and would definitely pray about it. As we were concluding our meeting, we walked over and introduced him to my family. He had not yet connected that my sister is “the wife in Fireproof” (which is very popular in SA from what I understand). He mentioned to Erin that he would love to have her come visit SA as well and share her testimony.
A few weeks later I got a call from Chris. He said that Harold wanted Erin and I to speak at their annual Women’s Conference in Johannesburg in May 2012. I told Chris that Erin’s strength is public speaking and I would rather just play with babies. Besides, I’ve never spoken at a conference before, and I didn’t exactly want my first conference to be the same one that Beth Moore spoke at last year! So Chris told me that all they needed at the time was a bio to present to the May 2011 conference. Once the women had voted, we would know for sure if it was a done deal.
While in Atlanta a few weeks ago, Erin and I spent hours working on the bio to send in. We wanted it to be perfect.
We must have done something right, because I got the call this week that she was approved as the speaker for 2012, and we are going to South Africa!
We are currently working out some of the logistics as far as what all we are going to do. We are hoping to work along the border of Zimbabwe with orphans and refugees. We are also praying about what kind of team we need. I have a few people interested, but I believe that we can have a greater impact with a few more key team members. Please pray with me, that the Lord will assemble the right team for the need.
I learned in doing some research yesterday that South Africa has more people living with AIDS than any other country in the world. Obviously the need is great. I cannot wait to meet the Lord there and I am excited to live out Isaiah 58 in South Africa!
So here’s to a year of researching, studying, conversing, and, most importantly, lots and lots of praying!
“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” James 1:27
“Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people.” Psalm 82:3-4
“May Your ways be known throughout the earth, Your saving power among people everywhere. May the nations praise You, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. Let the whole world sing for joy, because You govern the nations with justice and guide the people of the whole world.” Psalm 67:2-4
“Father of orphans, champion of widows is God in His holy house. God makes homes for the homeless, leads prisoners to freedom.” Psalm 68:6a
“The Lord replied, ‘Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!’ Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said, ‘Look, I have put My words in your mouth!'” Jeremiah 1:7-9