Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Brooke & Freeland go to Africa!

PS - Freeland still isnt home yet but he emailed me and said he counldnt wait to share the news either .. so drum roll please .....

First we will do this:

Brooke & Freeland go to Africa

so that we can go here:

Brooke & Freeland go to Africa

and serve, love, support, and hug on lots of people together in Uganda.


and then Freeland goes to Kenya!!

so that he can serve, love, support, and hug on even more people in Kenya!

OH MY GOSH! OH MY GOSH! OH MY GOSH!!!!!! As of yesterday afternoon we are officially going to Africa this summer! And we both couldn't be more excited about all of it.

we are so excited. no wait. .. seriously

WE ARE SO EXCITED.

Here is the story. Buckle Up. Its a long one:

If we sat down and tried to imagine exactly what we would like to do we couldn't have planned it this well. Don't you love how God works like that?

Like I mentioned before we were looking for a mission trip to go on this summer. Freeland & I have always talked about the possibility of doing mission work once he finishes school. But our conversation has always ended up at: "what will that look like?" "where would we go?" "how does God want to use us?" "what kind of medicine would you practice if we did that?" "do we even know what we are talking about?" I mean taking a 2 week mission trip is one thing.. but going and living somewhere doing mission work is another. And to be honest it scares the cookies out of me to think about it. But one step at a time right?

So after praying about it we felt a peace that this summer was the right time to take a trip and see how the Lord wanted to use us. In hopes that while we are there he would also begin to plant an even larger desire in our hearts about what we could do in the future.

As you remember, exactly 2 weeks ago today - I posted on the blog that we were running into a few bumps along the way since Freeland is still a student. Well, yall were all encouraging (as always) and it just so happened that Kelly left a comment telling us to call her Hubby right away because they knew of one we could go on.

Thank you Blogosphere ... and THANK YOU KELLY!

We called them that day and long story short the church they connected us with said they would love for us to join their trip to Uganda!! We couldn't believe it. Freeland could join their medical team and I could join their team working with the orphanage there. Its right up our alley and seriously just talking to the staff at the church we feel so encouraged. Their hearts align perfectly with ours & their desire to meet peoples practical needs, serve them, and just love them is exactly what we were wanting to do.

BUT THEN. Back up a second - The whole time that was happening we had still been talking to another family who is in Kenya about the option of Freeland going there to work with her husband who is a doctor. We really loved the idea of this trip because the family is there doing long term mission work so Freeland would not only get to see what it would be like to be a doctor in another country.. but he would also get to see what it practically looks like day-to-day doing long term missions!

This one was such a shot in the dark because I seriously just heard about this family, what they were doing, how they sold everything & put their lives on hold to go to Kenya and that the husband was serving at a hospital there. And I emailed the wife and in more or less words asked if it would ever be possible for Freeland to come and help.

Well we emailed back and forth. Then on Saturday we heard from them again. And Monday we followed up. The organization they put us in touch with was willing to make it work out for Freeland to come this summer!!!!!!!!!

We had a slight moment of panic. Now there were 2 trips. How would this all work out? What was the Lord wanting us to do? Is this seriously happening? Freeland talked to the organization he would be going through... explained that we were doing a trip to Uganda in June. And then asked what the chances would be for him to just stay in Africa and go to Kenya afterwards.

Longer story short... they said it would definitely work! At this point we really lost it. Or actually it was when we realized there wasn't anything stopping him from doing it and that this wasn't really going to cost anything different for him to stay and it was also going to allow Freeland to do what he is passionate about even longer .. then we lost it.

Of course there are more details of how it all worked out and it all still seems so crazy to me that it is actually working out. But as you all know God tends to work that way so I wouldn't expect anything different!

And thats our big news!

All of that to say this - Clearly were excited. And in no way do we deserve this opportunity more than anyone else. We feel so blessed and undeserving at the same time. Our lives are a mess. We are broken, selfish, and have more issues than I care to discuss. But we aren't going to let that get in the way of God using the passions he has given us and the opportunity he has created.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For all your support, encouragement, emails, calls, advice, help, etc. Kelly - we never would have had the opportunity to go to Uganda and serve together as husband & wife if it were'nt for your help! Mom - Freeland never would have been able to stay and work in Kenya if you hadn't told me about the Mendonsa family and said you thought emailing them was a great idea. (Brenda Bailey - thank you too for emailing them also!)

There is still a lot more that will need to be done for us to be able to go. And everything is still in the works & all very new to us. This is quickly becoming a novel.. but as I know more and find out more details I will make sure to share them.

16 comments:

  1. Oh im so excited for ya'll! I went to Uganda with Antioch a few years back ( church plant exploration!) and it was such a great trip. I know the Lord will certainly do good works through you two, and grow you while you're there! Bob is great too; i've never worked with them, but I had the opportunity to meet them a few times through Brenda's company; Amazon outreach. ALL that to say; I'm excited for you and its going to be great!

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  2. Brooke,
    I came across your blog from Cam's, and was so excited to see about your trip to Kenya! The whole time you were talking about a family there, and the husband who was a doctor, I was wondering if it could possibly be the Mendonsas!! They are good friends of ours, and you will absolutely love them. Such a small world, awesome to see how God works!!
    Take care,
    Alex (Wink) Andrews

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  3. I'm so excited for yall!!!! kinda jealous too not gonna lie! haha. i'd go back in a second! you two will FALL IN LOVE WITH AFRICA! Can't wait to hear more about it!!! Let me know if you need anything-or have any questions. I don't know much-but I know how scary it can be to move over there!
    :) It will change your life.

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  4. Brooke -- That is awesome! You and Freeland will cherish this experience together! I'm so excited for yall. It will be a life changing experience!

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  5. Brooke, you guys should look for a more direct flight without all of those loops over the ocean....might be cheaper! :) I can't wait to hear more about it as you get ready.

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  6. YAY! We are so excited for y'all! How cool how this all worked out!

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  7. It's amazing how God cares about all of the little details in our lives. I'm very excited for you both and look forward to seeing God continue to work in your lives as you plan your trip to Africa!

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  8. LINDSAY CALLED TO TELL ME YOU TWO WERE GOING! I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU.....AND YES, YOU WILL BE 'UNDONE' AND FALL HOPELESSLY IN LOVE ......AND HAVE YOUR HEART BROKEN INTO 1000 PIECES.....ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

    AND YET, YOU CAN'T WAIT TO GET BACK THERE WHEN YOU GET BACK HERE.....

    KEEP ME POSTED. I GO BACK FOR THE 4TH TIME TO MOZAMBIQUE IN JUNE.....SO I KNOW.

    MISS SEEING YOU IN WACO....GLAD LINDSAY INTRODUCED ME TO YOUR BLOG...I CAN KEEP UP WITH YOU NOW,

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  9. Rusty and I just read all your blog together and are SO SO SO excited for you guys. Check out the blog http://oneroofafrica.blogspot.com
    they are a family from our church who just moved over to Jinja as missionaries because they adopted a little boy from Amani Baby cottage (the baby home you will be working with). They have a great blog and it will probably get you even more excited about what's ahead of you.

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  10. YOU ARE COMING TO AFRICA...YOU ARE COMING TO AFRICA....YOU ARE COMING TO AFRICA!!

    OH MY WORD! I AM SO EXCITED!

    Yes, I know its a long way from South Africa....but its still so exciting! You will fall in love with this place. Its harsh but beautiful at the same time.

    And hey if you are ever down South...you know who to call!

    You are coming to Africa.....YAY!!!

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  11. so sweet brooke! Kris went to Kenya like a month ago for a few weeks doing some water welling drilling. I am excited for yall.

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  12. Brooke - SO excited for you guys! That is such an awesome story of how the plan came together! I love reading your blog and being able to stay updated!

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  13. I debated whether I should comment or not because you have no idea who I am... but my husband and I toss around the idea of going to Africa MONTHLY. Anyway, I was searching around and came across your blog and have to tell you that I'm very excited for your trip. Jealous. But excited! That country needs people like you to bless them with a caring heart. I will be praying for you and your husband! We do missions yearly (my hubby is a Youth Pastor) but I swear Africa is calling our name!
    Take care and God Bless!
    OH! And your blog is adorable! :o)

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  14. Brooke (and Freeland),

    That is so amazing! I can't even begin to express my excitement for y'all and for this incredible opportunity to go serve in Africa. I will continue to pray for y'all as the plans begin to take root and the details get worked out. love you both!

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  16. So excited for y'all! MY husband and I met in Kenya! The Kenyan people are so incredibly beautiful; it is going to change your life. mbaraka wingi!

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