Today our team leaves for India. I don’t know if you can hear it but there was one giant collective sigh as we all reached the airport and checked in. Getting nineteen women out of town is a huge undertaking. As they say, “a woman’s work is never done.” Really I think everyone of us will say how thankful we are for our families and support that have gotten us to this point…but there were times when I think we all had the thoughts that we would never get it all done….meal prep, transportation for children, school work, jobs, volunteer duties, house duties and of course, for some, picking out matching clothes for children to help those husbands/fathers who are a little challenged in this area. We are all truly grateful for all of you who are staying here and helping in order that we may go.

As we prepared for our trip many of us saw our plans trying to go off track. I don’t like to give a lot of air time to the enemy but he is real and he doesn’t want us going in the power of the Holy Spirit. There are many things we are leaving behind that we can “worry” about. There are many things in India that we can “worry” about. But together we are choosing to lay those things down and pick up the peace of God. As we walk among the beautiful people we are going to minister to we want them to see peace. I think it’s good sometimes for us to have to walk in peace while a storm rages. We can be sure that most of those that we are going to see will need that peace…their circumstance will not always change immediately…some may never have that benefit As Philippians 4:6-7 says, the peace of God which passes ALL understanding will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Pray for our team…pray that we will love with abandon and that we will be able to bring hope and light to some very dark corners.

We’ll be off in a bit for the first of two plane rides and an eight hour layover. Our first flight is fifteen hours, but I guess it’s a blessing when you consider that we will be “forced” to just sit, watch movies, visit and eat food.

So….peace out!

India Team 2013