Well, the plane tickets are purchased (at least by someone) and Levi has his passport, so it looks like the trip is a GO!
Dan and Levi are planning a journey to Zambia via Jo'Burg in September for 18 days. Levi is going to be 13 by then, and he is so excited to be able to experience the mission field before we will actually "live" there! He is our only child that likes to be "home"- as well he really feels most at peace when he "knows" what is in front of him! He has learned and adapted to accept the unknowns of life, as we are not the most planned and predictable kind of people, but we try to be sensitive to each child, and know this trip will do a life-long amount of good for him!
As for what they hope to do while they are there... think fish, chickens and bio diesel. If you want to know more, you gotta talk to the man! I know my days are numbered on remaining ignorant with regard to these "visionary ventures" a certain veteran missionary (think KP!) and my hubby concoct, but I will be compliant when the time comes. I will learn and participate as needed. I might even like it. (I have been instructed by my therapist to repeat those two sentences 10 times a day. It may become truth...!) HA! I am being shown over and over again the blessing of having sons, and I cannot help but believe this is yet another place they will be a great asset! (dirt, food and engines... always a great combo for men, Right Vicki?!) Another bonus- the outbound trip requires a one night stay in JoBurg, and they will be overnight guests of JulieMom!
They also have plans to visit and preach in a few churches, and play Farkle into the wee hours of the night.
I am sure I will have some plans of my own! I have been desperately trying to make a road trip to MD to visit my bestest friend of all time-whom I am never able to spend much time with- and thought this would be the perfect opportunity! She and her family live very close to Washington, DC, and what a great time for a field trip! Only 5 in the car would be an added blessing... (please don't read into that and think we would rather go without them! They would agree, as would any large family that has traveled in a mini van for any length of time!!!)
Now for some further observation...
If one pursuing missions work waits for the money to "be there" before endeavoring to do something, it may well never happen! More and more we feel like the priests who were to cross the Jordan in front of the children of Israel. They had to have their feet up to the brim of the water before it parted. By faith they obeyed, and the Lord miraculously provided-water stood up in a heap, being stopped from its source! We feel this next trip in September is in obedience to the Lord, and we trust for His miraculous provision! If He can make a billion gallons of water stop up from its source, a few paltry dollars are surely no problem!