In my last post, I mentioned that I was going to Africa. I always thought this was something I would do when my kids were in college, but Africa has been on my heart for the past several years and I was beginning to wonder if there would ever be a “good” time.
I was beginning to get fed up with church. I could have written another blog entitled, “Confessions of a Grumpy Christian.” I am no theologian and I don’t even know a whole lot about church history, but I began to wonder “how did we get so far away from what Jesus intended?”
How did it get so formal? So complicated? Churches are full of people with hurt feelings because we’re constantly getting in the way of Jesus’ plan for us. He made it simple for us. He broke it down into two important commandments. Love God. Love God’s people.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew: 22:37-39
The truth is, lots of churches are really good at caring for one another. I’m sure we’re all pretty willing to bring a meal to a sick friend, but are we willing to park ourselves next to a homeless person and find out what he’s all about? I’ll admit that would take me seriously out of my comfort zone. But I read a book this summer called “7” where Jen Hatmaker does just that. Once a month her church piles their grills into their pick-up trucks and grills burgers for the homeless in downtown Austin. THAT is loving your neighbor. And I want that.
So going to Africa is not about me hanging out with people who have less so that I can feel good about the things I have. It’s about loving God’s people because He told me to do it. And if I love God, he will transform my heart so that I will love his people. I can see He’s already doing it. And frankly, there are a lot of African children who could use some love.
SO… I will be traveling to Africa with a team from Little Dresses for Africa. We will bring new dresses to little girls & “buckets of hope” (mosquito netting, etc) to the villages. We will teach simple lessons, help with medical missions and do whatever work needs to be done.
It is a short-term, 2 week trip. We will be going to Malawi in September of 2013. Here’s a little you tube video that will explain more about Little Dresses for Africa: