Tanzania Bound

I’m getting ready for the trip.  Actually, I’m probably on a plane right now while you are reading this.  I leave my house in 2 hours then I’m on planes for about 20 hours.

I’m not ready and I know I never will be.

They really should make you take some type of standardized organization test before they allow you to go on one of these trips.  I’ve planned a wedding, been in charge of 13 moves and birthed 3 children and my skills have never been tested this much.  Let’s just say this, one of the things I’m packing in my carry on is a 5 pound bag of wires.

I want to thank you all for your tweets, texts, cards in the mail, emails, facebook messages, comments–it’s overwhelming in the absolute BEST way.  And my poor sister has started answering her phone when I call with “Tanzania Question Hotline, How May I Assist You?“.   I call  her 47 times a  day with questions because she did the Compassion trip to the Philipines last year so she tells me everything I need to know.

In honor of Compassion and encouraging each other DaySpring wanted to give you a gift.   Or at least 150 of you. The first 150 people who sign up here will receive a card pack so you can encourage your friends, or neighbors or hey, maybe you sponsor a compassion child and want to send them a card?   DaySpring gives a percentage of their sales of all these cards to Compassion.

This is the card pack that 150 of you will receive.  I’m going to try my best to catch it once the list hits the 150 limit and announce it here but, since I’m traveling, I can’t make any promises.  But DaySpring will contact you if you were in the first 150–and no worries about leaving your info with them, they won’t sell your address or anything.Go here to sign up for your free card pack. {The card giveaway is CLOSED now – DaySpring will contact you on Monday if you were one of the first 150}.

Follow all the Compassion Bloggers here.  I hope to have my first Tanzania post up as early as Sunday evening.  I’ll see you on the other side.  Of the world. Literally.

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Comments

  1. Praying for you! God is able to make all grace abound to you so that in all things, at all times, having all you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Cor. 9:8

  2. You’re doing a wonderful thing and it will come back tenfold, as good things always do.

    Take care of you and everyone you meet and all will be well.

  3. Praying for a safe trip. You are doing an amazing thing. I can’t wait to read your blog posts over the next few days.

  4. PattyK says:

    Great giveaway! Have a blessed trip! (I know you will)

  5. This thrills me so much. To the ends, really. I can’t wait to see how God moves through you. I just have a hunch that you will express what you see and feel in a way that shakes a whole bunch of us up. (no pressure. ha ha)

  6. Blessing and prayers for a safe trip!!

  7. Will be thinking and praying for you as you make your way to the other side of the world! What an amazing opportunity!!

  8. Great giveaway!! Thanks and have a great trip.

  9. All choked up for you and cheering you on. Love you Nester girl – now go love on Africa for us!

  10. Everything happens for a reason. Can’t wait to find out what’s in store for you and those you meet. Many blessings,
    Barbara

  11. Have a miraculous trip. Thanks for the giveaway

  12. Nester, thanks for taking this step to help us never forget the needs of others and God’s work in this world. I know God will give you the words! Praying for you!

  13. God bless you! Your eyes and heart will be opened in ways you could never have imagined.

  14. Jeanine Fish says:

    May God use you and change you forever. I pray you will never be the same. Go spread your love far and wide and come back and share about all the wonderful people you meet. Safe travels for all of you.

  15. A ‘sweet’ giveaway … in every sense of the word!

    Thanks for using your influence and giftedness for the Kingdom.

  16. Looking forward to reading about your trip!

  17. Praying for travel mercies for you. May you be very blessed!

  18. I’m praying for your team today! I returned home a week ago from a mission trip to Asia and I can pray with empathy about those 20 hour plane rides. Ugh!! Praying you can get true rest while gone so you can minister to those you encounter! I can’t wait to read all about what God does while ya’ll are there!!

  19. You will do amazing!

  20. I just returned from two weeks in Ghana, West Africa. My son in law, daughter and grandbabies are currently there as missionaries. The poverty was so much worse than I expected, the people so beautiful, loving. You will never be the same.

  21. Michele says:

    Can’t wait to hear all about your trip. Bon voyage!

  22. Can’t wait to hear about your trip from your perspective. Praying for you.

  23. Desirae says:

    Jesus bless you.

  24. The child we sponsor through Compassion is from Tanzania, so I’m eager to hear about your trip! Thanks for your blog… I thoroughly enjoy it. Have a good trip!

  25. Have an incredible time – May God grant you traveling mercies as you go – it will be life changing, I’m sure!

  26. praying for you, sweet friend!

  27. Can’t wait to read about your trip!

  28. Have a great trip- wow, what an opportunity. Can’t wait to hear about it- after you are back and rested of course. Psalm 46

  29. What you are doing takes great courage. I give you alot of credit. God can work through people and I believe you have been hand picked by Him to do His work. Am looking forward to your posts about your trip. ( at least I am hoping that there will be :) )

  30. praying. every day and sending love

  31. I’m nervous for you like I’m going or something:) I’ll be praying everyday, thinking of you and those you will meet. You shine with His love dear sister and I have a feeling He’s about to turn your world upside down. Love you, miss you, think of you all the time.
    xoxo,
    edie

  32. Maureen says:

    Best wishes for a safe and wonderful trip!

  33. praying for you while you’re away.
    it’s going to be a “turn you inside out” kind of trip…I just know it.

    i sure am hoping you tell us all about it…surely, you’ll find a creative way to tell us in a “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” kind of way. :)

  34. Ah! So exciting. Have a fabulous trip ;)

  35. Anonymous says:

    You will be changed forever.. Our daughter traveled with an organization that took over 100 young adults to 11 countries in 11 months.. Tanzania was one of their locations….You will do wonderfully with your fantastic skills, and learn to quickly live from a bag…. We can only imagine the amazing stories you will bring back to share, and the many hearts you will touch while you are there.
    God’s speed to you and to God be the glory..

  36. Praying for you and your team now. It will be life altering.

  37. So delighted for you having this wonderful life-changing adventure! Can’t wait for your posts! May you be engaged, enriched, inspired and blessed.

  38. Brandi says:

    I’m so excited to follow your journey with Compassion. You have a way of describing things that really brings life. Thanks for all you do and have a great trip!

  39. May God bless through your generosity of time and energy! Safe travels, girl. What an experience you will carry with you the rest of your life.

    xoxo

  40. My prayers are with you all! I’m going to be heading on a Compassion trip in September and I’m scared to death that I won’t know what to pack! Good luck to you all!

  41. I was in Mwanza, Tanzania in 2010. The Lord will open your eyes & your heart in ways you will not be able to comprehend. HE IS SO IN LOVE with the nations. I pray that the people you meet while you are on this journey with Compassion would be forever etched on your heart. The Lord has blessed you with a huge reader base… may He continue to allow you to be a storyteller… I believe you will be used as a mighty vessel to raise awareness about the steps you are being called to walk. And, He is capable of using us even when we are NOT READY! He will walk with you each step of the way. Blessings & have a safe trip!

  42. Praying for you and looking forward to amazing stories!

  43. Nothing like packing light! I know your trip will be amazing and I can’t wait to hear all about it soon!
    Kelly

  44. How exciting and scarey and wonderful! God bless you and those you touch.

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