totally exciting!!!!!

I’m really pumped because today is the launch of something new & uber cool with Saving Moses!!  We are taking our first ever Saving Moses Team Adventure where we get to join our nightcare work in Cambodia!  We have 15 people joining this adventure for the next week & we’ll be doing all kinds of cool stuff!  Keep your eyes peeled for some awesome updates, pictures, fresh & new points of view (POV) & possibly an occassional short video.  Our team is from various places in the US but we’re united in heart to join in to help with our nightcare work in Cambodia.  If you’re into the hashtag thing, you can follow along with #nightcare 🙂

We are SO EXCITED!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀

A Slow Trip

When I travel, I try to take the shortest routes hoping to spend the least amount of time traveling. For example, when I go to Angola with Saving Moses, I try to figure out a way to skip stopping in Europe so that my travel can be more efficient & more direct.
In contrast, I was reading in Luke 24 about how Jesus’ disciples were on the road to Emmaus & were unknowingly having a very engaging chat w Jesus. Once they arrived at their destination, they were enjoying Jesus’ company so much that they compelled Him to stay w them & share a meal. During the meal, Luke tells us that their eyes were opened & they recognized Jesus! As I thought about this, maybe they should have slowed down their travel / journey to enjoy Jesus’ presence along the way.
Slow down, Jesus is walking with you each day 🙂

hot topic: laughter

Life can be very serious & ever so often, we all need a good laugh.  So today’s hot topic is an attempt to provide some comic relief.  Here are just a few brief & funny traveling stories:

  • wrong week:  last year, I was scheduled to go to Dallas & had a 7am flight (which means that I leave my house no later than 5am).  When I got to the airport, I was having trouble getting the kiosk to print my boarding pass.  When I went to the airline person to help me, she ran my confirmation number through the computer & helped me to see that I was a week early – my flight was booked for the following week;  I chalked it up in the “practice” column.  Consider my husband’s surprise when I walked in the house less than an hour after I left, ready to take the kids to school that morning ,)
  • buddhist monks:  one time I was in the waiting lounge in the Calcutta airport & there were around 6-12 monks who were all seated together.  My friend dared me to jump in the middle of them so he could take a picture of me with them.  I took the dare & the monks scattered faster than cockroaches running away from light.  I learned that they had all taken a vow not to touch a woman & I almost caused them to break this vow with my silliness
  • chief safety officer:  I flew on a commercial plane once (oversees) when the pilot came out of the cockpit on an active runway to close the front door of our airplane – he seemed pretty casual about the whole thing

you buy it, you carry it!

When I was growing up, I remember a family vacation where my dad bought these giant copper pots because they were cheap & he wanted to use them as decoration in our house.  Nevermind that we were in Egypt & that we’d have to carry these monstrosities on various planes, through airports, security, etc.  After this experience, we made a family rule, “you buy it, you carry it.” 

This rule makes me think that sometimes we buy into the lies that the devil tells us & then wind up carrying his junk.  Don’t buy these lies, so you don’t have to carry the luggage J

Halloween Traveling

Whenever I travel, I love getting to watch people & traveling on Halloween is a double bonus, which raises even more than my usual question collection. Here are some things I think about as I watch people when I travel on Halloween:

  • Let’s believe that they’re wearing a costume rather than thinking that’s their normal attire
  • Yes!!  Superman is on my flight!!
  • Stillettos and airports – these ladies are on my all-time amazing list
  • I don’t understand why you’d be rude to someone who is helping you
  • traveling is a great opportunity to express Genuine Love – a cool way to brighten someone’s day 🙂
  • boots in security lines are tricky to navigate – stick w flip flops ,)

Happy World Series to the Red Sox 🙂

Traveling lots

Sometimes when I travel I feel like I’m in perpetual motion & I just want to pause for some stillness. I’m really feeling like this now: in April, I was in Angola, May was China, June was South Sudan & July has been Cambodia. While this is lots of travel, I’m really grateful to God for such amazing opportunities & experiences to express genuine love. And when I’m home, I want to continue to get better & better at giving genuine love with less Sarah & more Jesus. Anyone eager to join this adventure with me?

Hello from Cambodia

!We just finished around 24 hours of travel, plus or minus so I’m a little hazy around the edges 🙂
We are here for a week, combining our church mission trip & some Saving Moses work I need to do with our nightcare efforts, so this will be a really cool trip! My family is with me, so that’s a HUGE bonus!
Here are some helpful travel trips when you going for long hours &/or multiple time zones:
*drink lots of water – airplanes can be very dehydrating
*be flexible – dont expect things to be like they are at home
*stay positive – nothing ruins a trip faster than complaining
*look for opportunities to meet new people & be a blessing, within the framework of your travel host / sched

Be sure to check back with me lots this week as I’m planning to do lots of updates with our Saving Moses work!

come with me :)

This upcoming week, I’m WAY EXCITED because I get to visit our first nightcare facility in Cambodia with Saving Moses!!  We’ve been running our nightcare program now for a little over a year & I’m so excited about our growth and our future opportunities – WAY EXCITED!!  If you’re not familiar with nightcare with Saving Moses, this is where we provide care during the evening & night for the babies of prostitutes while their moms work.  Nightcare for these babies meets a very urgent need for because there’s no viable care available for them while their moms are working.  Over the past year, we’ve grown and matured so I’m crazy excited to return to Cambodia next week, visit our babies and look into the possibilities of even expanding and opening a new facility.  So follow me on this really cool journey and let’s see what genuine love looks like for Saving Moses in the form of nightcare 🙂

to make you smile

Happy day to you!  I’ve been back from South Sudan for a week, so I’m happily sleeping through the night, I enjoyed immensely the time with my family last week, with the 4th of July holiday break and I’m happy to say that my digestion is doing well, after having experienced some interesting adventures.  So that’s all really good because on Sun, we fly to Cambodia for 1.5 weeks 🙂

I also want to give you some encouragement today & hopefully make you smile a bit.  Here are few attempts at these goals:

  • seeing the good that’s happening around us is often a choice of focus
  • sometimes we go through good seasons & sometimes we go through some not so good seasons – the good news is that we keep going ,)
  • drink lots of water – it keeps you healthy, chirpy & perky ,)
  • thankfully, God’s still in charge, no matter what’s happening around us
  • what do you call a rabbit with fleas?  Bugs bunny 😀

to the least of these

In Matthew 25, Jesus talks about how if you visit someone in jail, or feed a hungry person, invite a stranger in, or basically help a person in need (to the least of these), that you’re doing these acts of kindness to Christ.  As a follower of Christ, I want to love Jesus well and so this means that I want to be tuned into the needs of the “least of these”.  My attempt to be engaged with the needs of the “least of these” is largely through my work with Saving Moses: for me, the “least” are babies and toddlers who have urgent survival needs. As such, Saving Moses is actively engaged to provide life for these babies where help is least available.  So over the next week or so, I’m going to visit South Sudan to see the needs of the “least of these” and assess how Saving Moses can give love and life.

I’ll be blogging, doing tweets, fb updates and as much as I can during my visit, so please be sure to come along for the adventure – and of course, please don’t fight the urge to shoot up some prayers as well 🙂