We're pretty pumped about our first trip to South Africa and our first trip serving together as a married couple! We have NO idea what to expect and questions are filling our minds and hearts. What will our host homes be like? What if they serve us food that is "weird"? Will I be overwhelmed by the poverty? Will my heart be ready to be back on the African continent again? Will we want to leave and come back to America and the land of plenty? Will I remember how to travel lightly? What if I forget my toothpaste? You get the point - the questions at times are overwhelming and the excitement is building and May 1st can't get here soon enough…but how do you prepare for a place you've never been?
Colossians 3:12-15 has been guiding us as we pray and prepare for our time together in South Africa. We are reminded that because we are God's chosen ones, holy and dearly loved - we are to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. We are called to bear with one another, forgive one another, and simply above everything - to love, which binds us all together in perfect unity.
So - when we're unsure of what we'll be eating or where we will be sleeping - we will be humble and filled with kindness. When we're overwhelmed by the poverty - we will clothe ourselves with compassion. When we're tired and weary from planning and packing and traveling - we'll forgive and be filled with patience. And over everything and every unknown we will put on Love.
We prepare for the place we've never been before simply by steadying ourselves in scripture and relying on the Holy Spirit to guide us and to lead us. God's word is known - and we can rest and trust in Him, even when we don't know all the answers and we've never been there before. That is part of the excitement of walking in obedience and going as He commanded.
If you would like to know more about our South Africa trip and how you can partner with us, email us at kimmy(dot)lamee (at) gmail.com