Sunday, June 26, 2011

Back to South Africa!

It's hard to believe that it's been 18 months since I last stepped foot in South Africa. But, after much preparation and anticipation, I am heading back this week to the country and the continent that has stolen my heart! I'll be leading a team of students and leaders from The Crossing (the school where I taught this year), as well as the youth group from Rona Missionary Church (OH) which I am connected to through my good friend Justin Romine, youth pastor at Rona. We will be partnering in South Africa with J-Life Africa for their annual missions training/practical event called STeM (Short Term equipping Mission). We'll first spend four days at J-Life's training center about an hour outside of Johannesburg, where we will receive training in short-term missions, including the theory behind what we do on short-term missions, as well as practical training in evangelism, sports ministry, etc. We will then be sent out in teams to impoverished townships to partner with the local church there and apply what we have learned in our missions training. After five days of practical ministry, we will travel back to J-Life for one day of debriefing our experience. And, finally, our group will conclude our time in South Africa with a two-day safari in Kruger National Park, where we will have the opportunity to continue reflecting on our trip, all the while enjoying God's beautiful creation!

I couldn't be more excited about this trip, and I can't wait to see how God moves! Please consider partnering in prayer with our group. Here are some ways that you can pray specifically:
  • Pray that God will provide safety in our travels (both as we travel to and from South Africa, as well as during our time there).
  • Pray for team unity.
  • Pray for God to open our hearts to what He has for us on this trip.
  • Pray that we would encounter God in new ways.
  • Pray that God's name be glorified through our service to others around us.
  • Pray that lives would be changed.
  • Pray that people would see Jesus Christ and be drawn to Him through our lives and our ministry on this trip.
Thanks so much for your prayers. I will be keeping this blog updated regularly throughout our trip, so feel free to check back in over the next few weeks to see how we're doing. Thanks!


Jeff and Amy McKissick said...

glad to hear that you're headed back. blessings!

Tom Hueni said...

Will be faithful in prayer, and thanks for the specific requests.