SO, here we GO!
After quite a few years of putting this off, I’ve finally decided to jump-off into the BLOG-Abyss! I’m no pro, and will probably need the assistance of many uber-techno-talented kids in the Fam who need to rescue Mom from internet overload.
I’ve debated how to begin, and I’m certain this journey will evolve itself, just as anything else in life happens about.
One thing that has prompted the upstart, our eldest daughter has been overseas for a year. Her incredible journey abroad to over 11 countries and 5 continents has grown and stretched me as a parent in so many ways..and each month I thought, “I should write that down!” and yet…here we are. She hasn’t yet returned home, but is now safely in the States…relief abounds in this Mama’s heart!
I’ve had the amazing privilege of watching over 42 young adults, travel the world together..they’ve lived in community, up close and personal, meeting as total strangers, and learning to overcome anything together…like no money, no translator, no transportation, absentee contacts. They’ve left everything comfortable and safe, and pledged their lives to a greater humanitarian and spiritual cause: to share the Life and Love of Jesus Christ to a dying and broken world. Through this, I’ve followed as many as I’ve had the time, to watch their experiences, read their stories, understand their personal struggles, and see God shatter and humble their hearts with His Love poured out to the forgotten. And I’ve only had a bird’s eye view!! As excited as I am to have known all these wonderful young World Racers aka Mighty World Changers, I can’t help but believe that the full impact on our lives and family has only just begun!
I’ve laughed with them over the sheer silliness of experiencing foreign cultures and oddities, I’ve cried with them as they’ve had their hearts ripped in two leaving behind hopeless orphans, starving children, and the left-to-die elderly. I’ve worried myself sick knowing they’ve suffered from a variety of third world normalcies like diarrhea, constipation, hunger, worms, parasites, lice or danger for their safety. They’ve witnessed graphic hopelessness in the poorest, most deprived nations, and gone without “normal” things like toilets, hot water, running water, air conditioning or heat, or even beds to sleep in, and even with this, have lived like kings amongst the most needy. It’s been a breath-taking ride. I am more the grateful.
I’ve caught myself many times, watching our family complain over truly the abundance that we have, and lament over the silliest stuff in light of learning more about how truly blessed we are. I’m quite fearful that our daughter will be more disgusted with us than she’s willing to admit once she “integrates” back into our very spoiled, lavish family lifestyle.
We are ALL called. Few will answer. Fewer will go. Hmmmmm.
This is what is mulling in me at the moment. Where is my place in this story? What have I been called to do?
Thank YOU Z-Squad and all you have learned and taught me! I love this question: “Will the world become a better place because you CAME, or because you LEFT?” For these young, vibrant adults, we know the answer! Thank you for giving your all! You DID it!