Emure Ekiti Nigeria
As I ponder over my trip in January 2009 to Africa I am reminded about the young lady that asked me not to forget her. I don’t even know her name. She put my hands on her face and said “Please don’t forget me”. Every time I think about that statement my eyes tear up. One thing I do know is that she made a big impression on me. Sometimes when we come back from a mission trip we can tend to get back into our old routines’ and forget about the promises we made too many that really are depending on us to make a difference. Even with all of the many obstacles that we have faced with getting things completed in preparation of our next trip it reminds me that it is not about me/us.
The mission that is bigger than us and cannot be accomplished without the power and wisdom of God reminds us that He’s in the plans. Not everyone will believe in the work that you are doing or will think it is as important as the next cause. God calls certain people to certain missions and remember yours will be different than the next persons. Continue to stand strong in what He has called you to do no matter the obstacles. Remember someone is depending on you to be the one to keep your promise.
This for all that God has called to Africa or the inner city communities in your city. I continue to pray for those that God has called to make a difference in the lives of those living in extreme poverty in 3rd world countries or inner city communities of your city. Stand strong and don’t give up. Many are depending on you.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
Yolanda Conley Shields, October 2009- http://www.adassafoundation.org/