Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Too Risky?

by Erica Streifel, team member:

I'm so thankful for how I can see God's hand in bringing me to this trip.

I was helping out one in the 4th grade Sunday school class, assisting our church's disability ministry. Bob Horning and his daughter, Krista, came to talk to the class. They did a great job relating to the kids God's perspective about disabilities and how they ought to welcome and learn from their classmates with disabilities.

Bob happened to mention that he had been on a Wheels for the World trip. Afterward, I chatted with him briefly about how I had been on a Wheels trip to Romania. He then told me of his plans to organize a group from Bethlehem to Cameroon and the need for therapists.

I was so excited about the idea of going on another wheelchair mission. My experience in Romania had been incredible. I was so blessed to be a part of a ministry that demonstrates the love of Christ to those often forgotten or rejected by society.  

Well, after a few days my excitement started to fade as I learned more about potential dangers that might come with travel in Africa. Was it too much of a risk?  But as I spent more time in prayer and reflecting, I realized more and more that God was specifically calling me to this trip and that He was challenging my faith with this.

I had been studying the life of Moses in Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). God often called Moses to tasks that did not make perfect sense and were risky. I also learned that even in times of trials, it does not mean that God is not in it or that He isn't using it for good. So, even if a trip does not go "perfectly," it will be according to God's plan. 

And He is powerful to do far more than I could ask or imagine in this trip. God knows what is needed in Cameroon and He has put together this team for His purposes. I pray that He will go before us and with us every step of the way. I don't want to take a single step forward if He is not in it.  

Please be praying for our team that all the details of the trip will be worked out smoothly and that God will be preparing hearts for what He wants to do. 


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am excited for you all for your trip and for Wheels for the World as a whole. I am an occupational therapist by trade and since hearing of Wheels several years ago, I have wanted to be a part of missions where I can offer my professional skills. I pray that God will use you all greatly for His purposes for His kingdom work.