You may remember Joy Bennett from our Bolivia Bloggers trip last year. Joy has graciously agreed to travel with World Vision to the field again -- this time, to Sri Lanka.
This may be her second trip, but that doesn't mean it's not a step out of her comfort zone. Joy shares some of her anxieties about traveling and how she sees God working amidst it all.
At the same time, Joy's husband, Scott, has watched how she has been prepared for these trips -- and how they have shaped her. He is excited to see her through her journey a second time. Read thoughts from both of them below.
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I dig around in my Swiss Army backpack, looking for his passport. I can’t find it. I have mine, but not his. Panic tightens in my chest as my son tugs on me, whining that he is hungry. I look at the clock. We need to grab a meal before our flight leaves. We have four hours, but if I can’t find his passport, it won’t matter.
Then the lights dim. I hear metal sliding and see a security guard sliding a huge metal gate across one of the terminal’s enormous corridors. They are shutting this part down. We can’t stay here, even if we didn’t need to eat.
I ask a ticket agent about restaurants. She points down another corridor headed in the opposite direction. I take my son’s hand and start walking, thoughts racing. Where could the passport be? What are we going to do?
This post continues on Joy's blog.
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Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. —Psalm 139:4-6
Sometimes, God opens up our field of vision to see how His hand has intricately guided our past to the point where we are today.
Sometimes, He allows us to see how each trial, each challenge, each strength -- even each weakness -- was uniquely and wonderfully fashioned for such a time as this.
That's when you realize that this is no coincidence; it's a culmination.
I start to feel that same sense of awe when I watch what God is doing through my wife, Joy.
Keep reading on Scott's blog: Moving Bus Meditations.
Follow along between August 26-31 as Joy and seven other bloggers visit Sri Lanka to get a firsthand look at World Vision's work and sponsorship programs.
Read other posts about the upcoming blogger trip:
- A firsthand look at sponsorship from Sri Lanka
- An invitation and challenge to Theoblogy readers
- How seven little faces continue to change me…
- To Sri Lanka with World Vision
- Sri Lanka Sunday: Spice
- Let’s go to Sri Lanka with World Vision!
- When being terribly afraid is perhaps the best reason for going
Is there something you've always wanted to know about World Vision's sponsorship programs? Ask your questions as comments below -- and we'll try to answer them while we're in Sri Lanka!