As people learn of my mission trip to Zambia, many comment on others who have gone there. Who knew that Zambia was practically a destination site? Well, I am almost out the door now with two huge suitcases, plus my personal suitcase. Beware—when mission people know you are coming, there is a lot that they think of for you to bring along! All items are in the name of greater service. I am all for it, even if I do have to do a relay in the airport as I wheel three suitcases along!
On a more thoughtful note, these last days prior to departure have been unsettling. Some is due to finishing up the last details. It also comes from recognizing that I am leaving familiar turf and with that, I’m letting go of a level of self-sufficiency. New experiences and new insights will rattle the cage of my current frame of reference. I will be receptive to what the Zambian people will teach me about life. Even though I go as a pilgrim, this journey is less about visiting a holy place as it is finding the holy within the encounters I have with the people who call Zambia “home.”
Your many well wishes and promises of prayer warm my heart and send me forth!