Saturday, April 10, 2010

PRAYER POST: Homecoming and Country Hopping

As this post goes up, the team will likely be sitting in the Amsterdam Airport waiting to board their flight back to Chicago. I will be sleeping (maybe) in a Nairobi hotel preparing to fly to Rwanda at 12:00 p.m. Kenya time (4:00 a.m. Indiana).

The team lands in Chicago at 12:40 CST, and hopes to pull into the church around 6:00 p.m. EST. To keep real time updates on their progress, check out

Pray for the team:
  • Smooth connections and flight home.
  • Easy move through customs.
  • The return jet lag. Many head right into School on Monday.
  • That what has happened in Kenya will effect how we live at home (it's the LIVE DIFFERENTLY part of the Kids In Need Focus)
  • If you would, pray for the Janelle and Katylynn reunion, that it will be full of excitement and joy.

For the next leg of my trip, my prayer posts will not be as specific as they have been, and I do not know how much I will be able to do live posts from the field. Our agenda is a little less rigid, and there are some significant variables that could alter our plans throughout (transportation, border crossing, the Holy Spirit's leading). But here is a basic breakdown.

Sunday, April 11:
Arrive in Kigali Rwanda and spend the day in the capitol with Eugene, our main contact and Guide. Hoping to connect with some of the main church planters of the Rwanda Exodus Conference to hear reports.

Monday April 12- Tuesday, April 13:
Travel to Northeast Rwanda to a Regugee Camp and Pygmie Village where Caleb and Dustin Eby helped plant churches last June in the Rwanda Exodus Conference.

Tuesday Evening April 13- Friday April 16:
Travel across the border of Rwanda into the Democratic Republic of Congo. Work with Pastors in this post-Civil War torn City that is home to as many as 1 million Refugees who have fled their jungle villages in fear of Guerilla armies.
Also, potentially travel to a Pygmie Village in the Bush that Pastor Eugene has been working with.

Saturday April 17:
Back into Kigali, Rwanda. Tour some of the Genocide sites and memorials.

Sunday, April 18:
Begin the long journey home.

For this stretch of the Journey, Here's some ways to be praying:
  • For Caleb. That he will have wisdom, discernment and direction as he follows up with key contacts and see where Unusual Soldiers ministry is to continue its partnership as well as potential future partnership in the DRC.
  • For Eugene and Jean Paul. As they guide us and coordinate our ministry opporrunities.
  • For my health. Traveling this leg with Diabetes has potential to be problemmatic. Pray that I will experience no complications and the my Blood Sugars will stay well regulated.
  • For my Family. Pray for Janelle and Katylynn as they are reunited but wait for my return.
  • For Me. God has me on this journey for a reason. My partnership with Caleb, NMC Student Ministries role in Rwanda, our future adoption from Africa, and the personal journey God has been taking me on are all colliding together in this trip.
  • Pray that I will find the perfect balance of Faith and Wisdom.
  • ABOVE ALL, pray that we will HEAR God's voice and leading, and step out and FOLLOW.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
Isaiah 6:8

1 comment:

Michelle Hershberger said...

Just wanted to let you know my family and I have been praying for you and everyone on this trip! Also,praying for your health. As a type 1 diabetic myself I totally understand how complications with traveling ect...can effect you. Gods Blessing to you!!