Even though I have talked about it in a while, Africa is ever present in my thoughts. I love that place. God has given a special calling to our family, specifically to Swaziland. We have been doing lots of behind-the-scenes work for Africa over the last year. We have spent the time, effort, and money to make Beyond Survival a non-profit organization. We have been in the process of laying the groundwork to make ourselves credible, functional, and able to really begin the work of the ministry. Our website is very close to completion. We have a board in place to help make decisions. We are praying about the initiatives that God wants us to pursue and promote. We will be planning events and fundraisers very soon.
This season has been hard for me. Usually this time of year is packed with "Africa moments." We are usually taking a team of people over, seeing our friends, and getting the opportunity to minister. That has not been the case this year. As an organization, we just weren't in a position to take a trip this summer. The Lord has been revealing to us step-by-step and only step-by-step what His plans are for Beyond Survival.
To be honest, it has been so hard for me to wait on the Lord in all of this. I know He has called us to Swaziland, but the last year has felt so void of following that calling. We are spending so much time getting things set up for Beyond Survival and laying the groundwork for the organization, that we have not been able to do the real work of the ministry that I so long to do. My heart literally aches to go back there this summer, but that is not God's plan for now. So, we continue to wait.
Rick and I, along with some of our prayer warriors, have been spending the last couple of weeks seeking God for the next steps of Beyond Survival. I can't really say He has revealed any huge plan to me, but he has been reminding me that Africa is still our calling. I know this sounds crazy, but we see Africa EVERYWHERE. I try to take pictures when I can. Here are the pics from the last two weeks. Every one of these is completely random. I did not create them at all. I just saw them.
I literally had a spoonful of butter that I splattered into a bowl for a recipe and this is what happened:
As I was washing dishes, I looked down and saw this:
Walking out of the library:
Abby outlined it in chalk so it would be easier to see:
As I was eating my salad today, I looked down and saw this:
Laila is even getting in on the action. She came to me saying, "Mommy, Africa in my soap."
I know it is a stretch, but since she saw it, we added it to the pics.