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Journey has arrived!

Journey 2014 has officially touched African soil! We are getting settled in the compound before we head out for our first community tomorrow.  We've been busy beating jet leg, learning more about the communities, and meeting new people, yet we still have so much to look forward to. We promise to keep you updated throughout our time in the communities, but for right now here is a look into the past couple of days from the lens of Camie Stevens. 

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Twenty-seven hours later and we are here in the beautiful land of Africa. It was kind of surreal being in the Atlanta airport looking around and knowing this was the last bit of America we would be taking in for two months. So naturally we took in as much as we could with some Mexican food, Chinese food and Starbucks.

Our first stop was Amsterdam, in which it was a dreary and rainy day but we made sure to be as touristy as we could. We hopped on the train and traveled around with suitcases, cameras in hand, to take in the European culture.

Next stop was the one we have been waiting for. The next place we were about to be was one that has been on our minds everyday since we received news that we would be a part of Journey 2014, the place that has captivated countless thoughts and prayers. How do you prepare for something that is about to wreck your world? How do you anticipate a place that you know will steal your heart for all of the years to come?

Journey 2014 took on Africa the only way we knew how - relying on Jesus. Knowing that whatever is about to happen in these two months, that Jesus has gone before us and has sent his angel armies surrounding us. So we all sit here with expectant hearts as we prepare to go into our first community tomorrow. YES TOMORROW! My mind can’t fathom the work that our Lord is going to do in the next weeks and months. As we wait with expectant hearts, we are engaged in the here and now as well fully knowing that this season is one of trusting God in the unknown.

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A prayer of thanksgiving:

Jesus, I thank you for this body of Christ surrounding us. I thank you for the safe travels you provided us with. I thank you for the adventure you have invited everyone of us into. I pray that Your name and Your glory radiates through all of us. That we no longer see each other, but are able to see Your face in everyone we encounter. And for anyone who encounters us that they see right to You, our faithful Father. I pray for unity, encouragement, humility. and strength. I  lift up our brothers and sisters here in Africa, that they see your unconditional love. I thank you for the great work you are doing here and that you do not need us here, but you invited us to come along with You. You are worthy of it all.

In your holy name we pray,

Amen

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We would love for you to continue praying for our team in these specific ways:

  • Unity
  • Perseverance
  • Letting Jesus be enough in our lives
  • His strength when we are exhausted

 

J2014: Camp Highland Part 1

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Journey 2014 is well on it's way! Since Monday we have been up at Camp Highland camping out, doing a lot of team building, getting to know each other, and absolutely loving every second of it. Time at Camp Highland is cherished every single year and this year has been no different. We are thankful for great attitudes, team unity, and healthy interns! Here's a little glimpse into the first part of Camp Highland from the perspective of one of our interns, Kate McMordie.

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I have walked away from the first half of our time at Camp Highland with 47 mosquito bites (plus a couple on my back that I couldn’t reach to count), 1 pair of shorts, 13 new close close friends, and an uncanny ability to pee in the woods.

My picture of necessity and my definition of sacrifice were thrown out of the window, rolled onto the street, and run over by a giant truck named "Perspective." We were thrown into the African way of life, memorized/quickly forgot Swahili words, and for the first time in my life, deodorant was considered a luxury item.

More than anything, I ran into the body of Christ at work. I saw Jesus work in my new friends around me.

I saw determination and steadfast steps of obedience in Simon Dobbins, when he stepped up and made fire where there once was none so that we could eat.

I saw leadership, patience, and grace in Jordan Simpson when she lead the team through trial and hiccup. She was there to step up in grace and lead us to a place of better standing.

I saw the shining joy of Jesus in sweet Hannah House. Quick to smile, and quicker to laugh, the fun and adventure of who Jesus is flows freely from her.

I saw these things and more in who God has placed on this team with me. These are the tangible pieces of Jesus that will be living with me in tents for the next two months. These are the tangible pieces of grace that will see me stumble and break and not shower.

This is the body of Christ that I will be serving along side in East Africa.

Maybe I’m the feet and Camie Stevens in the shriek of joy. Maybe Jordan Simpson is the eyes and Anna Bailey is the voice. Maybe Jay Brantley is the ears and Hannah Illges is the spirit of grace. Jordan Morris may be the head of wisdom while Jared Roach is the arms that tie us all together. Simon Dobbins may be the muscle, and Anna Matheny is the sweet smile. Hannah House is the light heart and Antonio Gayton is definitely the shoulder to lean on for encouragement and when you’re just laughing really hard. William Schmid may be the knees that bend and walk and run and carry us when we just need to move to somewhere while Sam Byrnes is the excitement that keeps us encouraged all the way.

This is the body of Christ that I get to serve with all summer.

And I’ve known them for only 5 days.

And I love ‘em.

*Pictures Courtesy of Miriam Camp