I finally heard from Dave on Monday night. It was just for a few minutes. They arrived safely. It’s not like you can cover a whole lot of info in that short period of time but I was just glad for the quick call. I can already tell just from a few minutes of talking with him that he is already in the midst of great life perspective. If there is one thing that we will pass on to our kids it will be that they will have a world perspective of servant-hood. When they are old enough we will find ways to allow them to experience and understand different cultures. I say this all the time but if you live in America you are a blessed person. 56 percent of the world’s population lives in extreme poverty. They survive on an income of less than $730 per year or $2 per day. Half of the worlds poor who comprise 28 percent of the world’s population live on $1 or less per day. In comparison, the average American earns from 46 to 92 times more than the poverty stricken comprising over half the world’s population. I say that to say that when I did talk to Dave he said he visited with a mother and two of her kids. They lived in a space the size of our Master Bathroom. All he said was that it has been so good to get perspective again. Not that we ever loose it but when you live in a life where you don’t face certain challenges or circumstances it’s hard not to be reminded about the realities of so many others in our world. To much has been given, much is required. I know that our family will do our best to use what we have been blessed with to make a difference and play daily roles in impacting our world and the people who surround us. I am so glad that Dave is having this experience. I can’t wait to see the ripple effects that will play out in our family when he returns.
Thanks to everyone who sent stuff in to send with Dave and the guys for their trip to Peru. I packed them up on Friday. We were able to get three very extra large duffle bags crammed full of clothes, toys, etc. Again, thank you all (you know who you are) who felt lead to contribute.
Dave left yesterday for Lima. We spent the weekend getting him ready. He’s only gone for 7 days but he was getting things taken care of at the house as if he was not coming back. What is wrong with him? He travels all the time but I think knowing he was leaving the country made him want to get things in order. It made me nervous to be honest! But all is well. They landed late last night and are in for a great week.
They are there with Compassion. For the next three days they will be learning all about the compassion programs in and around Lima. We even picked up another child to sponsor. His name is Christofer. Dave will be meeting him on Wednesday and may even get to visit his home. Emma and I spent two days running around to different stores getting him some fun things. We made sure to include a soccer ball for him too. Last night before Dave left Emma went and got her piggy bank and pulled out the only dollar bill she had in it. She gave it to Dave and asked that he give it to Christofer. I love those moments with Emma. She has such a sensitive heart to other people and did that without even someone prompting her. So hopefully Christofer will will love his new things and hopefully our family will be able to play a role in his life over the next several years.
So back to Dave. He will be in and out of compassion projects till Wednesday and then Thursday morning will catch a flight to Cusco. They are going to Machu Picchu for what they call a lifetime tour. It’s one of the seven wonders of the world. It’s great they will be able to do that while they are there. And then back to Lima on Saturday and a flight home on Sunday.
Please pray for their safety while they are gone. Dave, Chris and Chad from Wayfarer, Guys from Student Life and the guys from the band SPUR58. And of course pray that they would have great opportunities to play a role in making beauty out of the many broken people and places they will collide with this week.
If you really want to know what stirs me at the core of who I am… watch this video. Strip me of what I do with Wayfarer and Dave and I in our ministry we share and leave just Kim… and here you go. My heart breaks for these children. To think that the simple answer of food is all that is needed yet so many people lack the resources to provide for their families. Again, I am speechless and heartbroken.
I’m heading to Haiti in May. I’ll post more on that later but for today… this has torn my gut. Not sure what you are passionate about or what stirs you beyond yourself. But I challenge you to seek out those things and not stop till you find ways you can join in that passion to change the world.
Please pray for this little boy and the countless others who face this everyday.
So we don’t really get into the Halloween stuff with the girls. It just boils down to meaning that we can have fun and dress up and go get candy. We are not trying to ignore it but we certainly don’t embrace it either.
But thinking about all the spooky things… as playhouse Disney and noggin would say… It made me think about things that I am scared of.
My list is not long and it does not involve some imaginary monster that is coming to get me. But I do have fears. We all do. So here are some of mine.
- Being misunderstood – which happens to me a lot. I don’t always express myself the way I am meaning to in my head.
- flying – I used to love flying but in college I was on a plane that hit a random air pocket. The plane dropped, people were screaming, I thought that was it. Till this day I can’t get over it.
- dying – no, let me rephrase that. Not living. – I’m not scared to die. I know where I am heading. However I am a person who loves life and because of that one of my biggest fears is that I would have to check out too early and miss out on what is happening.
- Hoping that I am raising my kids well. Sometimes I fear that one day when they are older they will be scared by things that I was oblivious too.
- Coming to the end and not changing the world. Call it what you may but I really think I can have an impact in changing this world. Big dreams I know. But my another fear is that I won’t do it.
So those are some of mine. What are some of your fears?
Our family was in downtown Greenville last night celebrating Addie Gail Brooks first birthday. Now that most of our friends have more than 1 child it seems there is always a birthday to celebrate. It was a great party. While we were there in the area we decided to visit Dave’s aunt and uncle who just moved to the area a while back. They bought this old mill home about 5 months ago and decided to gut it and renovate it. I saw this home about 3 months ago when they just started working on it. When I saw it I thought there was no way possible to ever make the thing livable. I’m not the greatest big picture person. When I look at things I most of the time just see the details. And the details on getting this home to the place where I thougth they could live in it seemed impossible. I was totally shocked when we walked through the door. What was once such an eye sore and heap of work, was now a beautiful work in progress and definiteley a wonderful livable space. Who would have known? How could I have doubted?
Thought about a lot of our families mission… finding broken places in this world and making beauty out of them. So many moments I look at the task and can’t see the big picture but just the details. I get overwhelmed and even doubt at times that God can take something so broken and barren and make something beautiful out of it. But he does. We constantly bump into lives that he has restored and we watch and reflect in awe of the beauty he has created. I really want to look at things and immediately see the big picture and not just the details. In the end the big picture is a wonderful thing.
This site is a site I view weekly that always puts my life in perspective. If you all have been reading lately you know I have a heart for Haiti. The thing with today is that in the past if you really wanted a wake up call on the reality of life outside our US bubble you would need to actually go on a trip to be educated on the poverty and need of people all across our world. Now with the Internet we can sit at home and read and see people’s lives who are in such need. There are 4 people on this site in need of Visa’s to come to the US for surgery. Almost everyday there is a need out there that you can respond to. If this interests you and you feel called to help, please help and if not then find other ways to help others… it does not always have to be financial. It’s not fun seeing the brokenness in people’s lives but it is a constant reminder to me and my family of the rich blessings we have. The struggle for bigger houses, more money, better cars, time for ourselves could be a much less struggle if people really got a glimpse into the reality of our broken world.
Daddy came home last night. We met him at Frankie’s Fun Park in Greenville. Emma was so excited she ran from hole to hole and was worn out at the end of 18 holes. Izzie was glad to see her daddy too. It was the first time that when she saw him she started smiling and laughing and reaching for him.
Dave had a good week at Lee University at a Student Life camp and heads out tomorrow to TX for another camp at Austin College, Sherman TX. While at this past camp a guy took some random pictures of Dave and gave him a disk. So here are a few of him. Many are curious as to what Dave actually does for a living. Well this is part of what he does….
It is hard at times having a husband who travels a lot during different seasons of a year. Especially when his biggest time of travel hits during the summer when the kids are at home and most families are spending more time together. However, I would not trade this life of ours for anything. There is nothing more rewarding or fulfilling than living out God given dreams with a community of friends. The sacrifice (if I can even call it that) is nothing compared to the knowing that our family is on a mission and impacting the lives of others so that they can wake up and have life to the fullest. Anyone can be a part of that mission. You’ve just got to get off your butt and make it happen.
I am still coming up with ideas for my croc plan. I’ll keep you posted….