This Friday is a big day.
... especially for Danielle
... but also, for me.
My 21 year old daughter, Danielle, leaves for a month long mission trip to Nepal this Friday. She is very excited, and a little nervous, to be finally leaving after months of preparing for this trip. She and eight others have bonded as a team and feel like they are ready - emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Me? Well, my level of readiness for having her leave isn't quite as high. I can't help but have a certain level of anxiety over her traveling half way around the world, to a country with political unrest and where there has been violence perpetrated towards Christians.
Danielle has said from day one that she felt God wanted her on this trip, and as I've watched her over the months, I believe this, too. And if God has called her and the rest of the team, then His plans for them and the trip will be carried out. He will be watching over them.
But that doesn't mean that I won't be on my knees each and every day. I know the power of prayer and this team and trip have been bathed in prayer. Our pastor had Danielle come forward this morning so he could say a special prayer for her and asked the congregation to be praying for her during the month. Tonight, there was a send-off for the team where family and friends were invited. The meeting ended in a powerful time of prayer. It has given me some peace to know how many people have been and will be praying for this small group who's only desire is to be the hands and heart of Christ.
If you are so inclined, can I ask you to say a prayer for Danielle, for her team, and for this trip. And you could add me to that prayer, too - just for the relief of anxiety that creeps up when I let my guard down and forget that God is in control.
Thank you so much. Your prayers are greatly appreciated.