Thursday, July 16, 2009
Josie-Tatum and I are now sporting new shorter hair cuts, in preparation for going to South Africa. It is surreal, to think we're actually leaving in 2 days.
And, to update the total, I am totally amazed. We have received donations totalling $8,130. We needed $6,000 to make the trip, and God sent over $2,000 more than we asked. He has done more than we imagined. He has remained true to the promise of Ephesians 3:20. Our expenses are paid. We will be sponsoring two orphans for school, and we will have nearly $1,000 to spend on the orphans for clothes and shoes. It looks like our first stop in South Africa will be a mall in Johannesburg. Aw, Shucks! I get to shop until I drop. I can't wait.
We have finished our packing. We met Tuesday with the mission team, weighed every person's luggage, added donations when weight allowed. We'll have 11 bags containing nothing but donations of supplies for the children. And, each one of us have additional supplies in our luggage, as well.
Please be in prayer for us. We leave home on Saturday, July 18th, and return on Wednesday, July 29th. We will have computer access, so I plan to post as I have time. Please consider dropping by Josie-Tatum's blog and leaving her an encouraging comment or prayer.
I've spent my time today, just having fun! Well, this morning, I supervised the slaves, um boys and Stan, as they helped me re-arrange furniture in my classroom, preparing for school. But, after lunch, we just hung out in the pool, nearly 3 hours of swimming with friends. I just love the cool water on a hot summer day. (My mom and dad are working at a church camp in NE TN, but I love this picture of them with the girls.)