Wednesday, December 01, 2010

You did it!

We recently asked a number of you to step up to help make it possible for Lisa to make her first visit to Sierra Leone and ... YOU DID IT! Lisa and I, along with our friends Andy and Abby Walker, will visit Sierra Leone this month. The primary goal of the trip is to get everyone more oriented to the country--shops, schools, culture, food. Lisa and I are especially concerned to find an adequate place to educate our children once we relocate to Sierra Leone sometime in the future. In addition to this, however, we'll serve at an orphanage, work in a clinic, I'll preach, and we'll spend some time with pastors and ministry leaders in a time of fellowship and mutual encouragement. All of this has been made possible by your prayers, encouragement, and support.

I want to share part of an email I recently sent out to those who stepped up in especially big ways to make this trip possible (it's worth repeating for those of you who've already received this):

Yesterday Lisa shared something with me that I knew I had to share with you: "If you want to go fast, go by yourself. If you want to go far, go with others." ... My friend who has done a lot of mission work in Africa likes to ask this question: If a tiger and a lion were to get into a fight, which one would win? Answer--the lion. Why? Although tigers are bigger they work alone, but lions always operate in prides. ... Team takes time. It requires patience and faith. Mushrooms spring up overnight; oak trees take a lifetime to grow. We don't just want to be a flash in the pan, here today and forgotten tomorrow. We want to make a LASTING IMPACT in Sierra Leone. We want to grow an oak tree. "If you want to go fast, go by yourself. If you want to go far, go with others." We want to go far so we are "going with others"--with you!

I've said before that organizations don't change the world, people do. Chris Chandler can't change the world. But with a team of committed people, we can transform Sierra Leone together! We are privileged to serve the people of Sierra Leone and we deeply appreciate those of you who sacrifice in serving alongside us. So thank you for being a part of our team, our "pride"!

To get everyone in the spirit of Sierra Leone, here's a short video clip of a wonderful African worship service I experienced on our first trip in a village called Kenema ...