A month ago I watched through social media as Louisiana was hit with terrible flooding. A friend of mine from college and her family, including 3 children, were stranded on the interstate. When they finally got to safety and then home again to assess the damage it was a mess. I messaged her asking what she needed. Her reply "I just need bodies. We have everything else." My mind reeled. I had no idea how I could help but I felt such a burning in my heart to do something. Then our Pastor announced the Oklahoma Disaster Relief was being called out. Our church would take a crew. And then the kicker. They were letting untrained volunteers go on this trip. I could barely listen to the rest of the sermon because I knew I wanted to go (sorry Pastor!). As soon as the service was over I looked at Hubby and said "I want to go." Hubby looked at me and said "really?"
You see I'm a youth pastor's wife. I'm a mom to three terrific kids. I work full time. I have all these balls I'm juggling so I don't usually get to go on trips. I stay home and juggle. It has been a decade since I have gone on a mission trip without children. Which is ironic because it was on a mission trip that God spoke to my heart and called me into ministry.
So this past weekend I did all the laundry and laid out clothes for the kids all week. Even picture day. Yes, you read that right. Picture Day at school is this week. I helped Hubby think about meals. And this morning at 6:30 AM I loaded into a truck and drove 9 hours to Baton Rouge, La.
I'm hoping to blog throughout the week about the work here so stay tuned!