In 40 days we leave. In 40 days the trip that started off like a rocky take-off, almost failing, almost falling, is now a fully fledged flight careening down the runway toward our destination. Cambodia.
Half of us are going for the first time, eager for a new adventure. Half of us are returning for a second time, yearning to see old friends and make new ones. All of us have answered the call to action this summer. Some of us are students at Oregon State University, some of us work full time or part time jobs. But all of us are excited to see God move.
40 days. That’s all.
We are busy getting ready – mentally, physically, spiritually… We are getting vaccinated (malaria and typhoid, yay!)… We are raising support ($2800 to be exact)… An in all the process, all the rush, all the chaos, we are finding time to meet together and bond as a team – to be one heart unified in God – as we move toward the launching point.
It’s interesting. In the Bible, a period of 40 days usually comes along with a period of trial. Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days. Goliath taunted the Israelite army for 40 days. God flooded the earth for 40 days. 40 days was a period of struggle. A time of trouble. BUT. At the end of those 40 days, something beautiful always occurred. Jesus resisted Satan’s temptation and went on to start his ministry. David, a young unassuming shepherd boy followed God’s call and defeated the giant Goliath in His name. After 40 days, the flood receded and out of that the earth was renewed with a promise that would never fail.
These next 40 days might bring struggle as we all are trying to order our lives before leaving. They might bring warfare as we try to prepare our hearts to serve. But if we have learned anything it is that He is always in control. Whether we see it or not. And He will lead us through the next 40 days and into the beginning of this next great adventure.
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