Thursday, July 17, 2008

Getting Ready!

Welcome to our new blog, set up just for this trip! I thought it would be nice to have a place away from the family blog to document all the details of Brad's upcoming trip to Africa so that those of you who are supporting our family in prayer during this time will have as many details about things as I do. I imagine that there won't always be a lot of news and communication will probably be a little patchy, though they will have a cell phone that is "supposed" to work- but as often as I hear something, I will be posting. Soon I'll post an itinerary for him so we can "follow" him on his trip together.

The team had a meeting this week to collect all the "stuff" that's been donated to this trip in a central location and sort through it all to determine what can go and how to organize it all. I thought that WE had a lot of stuff in our basement- but they needed one of the team members' outbuildings on a farm to get it all together! God has moved people to be so generous for this trip.There are so many things that will be so helpful for these people who live on next to nothing. We're especially happy that so many great medical supplies were donated because this will make Brad's job as the doctor/surgeon on the trip so much easier. It definitely won't be just like home, but we think that with the equipment already at the clinic and the supplies provided, he should be able to make an impact medically on this community.
For a drug pusher like me (hee hee... I'm a pharmacist in case you didn't know :)) nothing's more exciting than seeing bottles like this going overseas! A wonderful independent pharmacy in our area (Parkwood Pharmacy) gave us several stock bottles of basic antibiotics at cost to take over there. My own employer wouldn't help us out! But I'm glad God moved the heart of this man to help us to bring medicine to people who desperately need it.
Well, thanks for joining us on this adventure of faith- faith required no less for those of us who remain at home! It encourages my heart to know that so many are holding this trip and our family up in prayer. It is at times like this when we truly recognize our human frailty and the great and mighty sovereignty of God- when He takes our impression of control away and leaves us with an opportunity to step out in faith, or crumble. We're choosing to step out in faith and believe that God will do a mighty work in the next two weeks. Come along and we'll all grow together! :)

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Anne LoGrasso said...

Will be praying!

Michelle said...

we're in :)

great congo-style page too!

Ginger said...

sure wish that I could go as well. I would love to help Brad as a nurse. We will pray.

Katie said...

You are a brave woman EB, to watch your husband go so far away. I hope knowing that he will be helping so many will calm your heart (and mind!). I will be thinking of your family everyday and coming here for updates!

Transplant said...

You'll need a "curb team." Obviously, you can count us in!