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Led by the Spirit (Reflection by David Lohnes)

Eight years ago I remember Dorene Miller, the whirlwind behind Mission Possible A to Z, inviting me to go to Zambia on their first mission trip. She told me I would be a gift to the orphans that lived at the orphanage. However, I said no. I was scared. Scared of how the experience would change my life. Scared of a broken heart when I would leave the orphans and go home. Scared of not being able to afford the trip.

After eight years of spiritual growth, making an active investment into an orphan, Dube, and the adventuring spirit of my daughter, Marjorie, my heart has changed and led me to jokingly ask Dorene, “When are we going to Zambia?” She had just made a trip the year before and I figured there was no way we could plan, raise funds and make a trip in just 4 short months. Little did I know that she was looking for a sign from God if she should make a trip in 2014. God used me as his sign and when Marjorie immediately responded with “I’m going too!”, Dorene said she knew she was going to make a mission trip this year.

Thankfully I was open and allowed the Holy Spirit to use me to speak to Dorene, because I’m so excited to visit the Sunflower Orphanage!

  • Excited to meet, hug, and learn about my new son, Dube!
  • Excited to twist balloon hats, animals, and toys for 105 children!
  • Excited to see the children’s faces when I show them the wonders of God’s creation through science experiments and demonstrations!
  • Excited to celebrate Mass with so many children!
  • Excited to help young men and women learn skills to help them support themselves!
  • Excited to travel with my daughter!
  • Excited to have my heart broken!

This WILL BE a life changing trip. Please pray that our hearts will be open to receive the gifts that God is showering down upon us.

35 days and counting!

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