A little more of the story....
Back at the end of January 2011, I received a newsletter email from Iris Ministries. It was a hard day for me. I was sitting in Cooper Library at Clemson University on the 5th floor, trying to figure out how I was going to pay for school, yet again. The pressures of it every semester were overwhelming. And so I opened this email in the midst of choking back tears. I scanned through the pictures until I came across this one. Peace swept over me. Joy filled my heart. My spirit stirred.
I remember walking to the bathroom a little while later and just sharing my heart with the Lord: "Jesus, I want to be there, in the midst of your presence, like that girl. I hate money and finances. I hate dealing with this. I just want to be there. Help me."
I had first learned about and considered Harvest School that preceding fall 2010, but didn't feel like the time was right. Since that time, I have kept it on my radar and prayed about when I might go. Since that day in Cooper Library, I have held this dream next to that picture. Worship. Simply worship of the King. In HIS Presence. In HIS Love. In HIS Joy.
"NOW" for going is more real than ever. I am booked and ready to leave for Mozambique in 12 short days. There are still things to do, people to see and memories to be made, but the nearly two months since He told me to go has passed quickly and I feel ready. As I go, I am fortunate to say that I do not have any expectations for what awaits me... other than this picture. Abandonment in worship in the presence of Him and filled with joy. And really, that's not much to ask. Furthermore, as David spoke, "Better is one day in Your courts, than a thousand elsewhere." I get to spend 87 days in Mozambique. According to that, my time there is equivalent to 238.4 years elsewhere as I go to just enjoy Him and allow Him to encounter me and work and move in me however He so chooses. Hallelujah! I am so excited for this adventure. And how much more kind of the Lord that I will not be going alone, but with two amazing and godly women and friends of mine: Madison and Sarah. We each know we are going because the Lord has called us to and that excites us so much. We are excited to discover what He has for each of us on the other side of the world as we live in the dirt, love God and love people.
But before you go on with your day, drink your Starbucks (as I am), drive hither and thither, laugh and love, here are just a couple more pictures from Iris.. And a couple of videos you can watch to see where I will be going.
Peace and grace,