OK, so it probably won't be 80 posts. I'm sure I have enough stories for 80 posts, but I'll try to contain myself. It may be more like 80 months.
You'll be taking a journey around the world while I share some of my mission stories with you. It is a missionary blog, after all.
I've been thinking about posting some for awhile. Then my sister in law said it would be cool to post some pictures with them, too. I've got some cool pictures of some of my more recent trips. I've also discovered a newly acquired talent for writing, so hopefully I'll be able to make the stories come alive for you, as well.
First, a little about my history with missions and then I'll get to the good stuff.
I first got involved in missions when I was 16. My Bible teacher at the Christian school I went to at that time was really excited about a group called Teen Mania Ministries. He would talk about his experience with them all the time.
That year, I went to Acquire the Fire, a weekend long youth conference Teen Mania does, and I was turned on to missions.
I filled out the application to go to Ecuador and sent it off. A few weeks later, I got an acceptance letter from them saying I was going to Panama. Needless to say, and you can ask my mom, I was upset that I didn't get to go to Ecuador. I cried and said I wasn't going to go. However, God had a different plan.
After all was said and done, I went to Panama on my first mission trip. For a month. Seems like a long time, huh?
Next time, I'll post some pictures and some stories of my time in Panama. Also, how it opened up the door for the next trip.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.