Life with Jeannine
One evening while cooking dinner, my pastor calls and says, “Hey, I was wondering. Would you consider and pray about going to Cambodia?” Right there on the phone, I knew I was going. But I certainly didn’t tell him that! I didn’t want to commit if God wasn’t actually telling me to go. Really now, who says yes to traveling to Cambodia?
When I taught school in the Dallas area, I taught children from all over the world, including Cambodia, at an old, low socioeconomic school. My class looked like a little meeting of The United Nations. It was a very rewarding teaching experience and I had a blast. Fast forward to summer 2008. I heard Gary Haugen, the founder of International Justice Mission, speak at a conference. Mr. Haugen had worked for the US Department of Justice and had seen people all over the world held in slavery. He left the Department of Justice and started IJM, an organization that rescues mostly children and women from the slave and sex-trade around the world. His presentation hit me hard. As he shared his stories, I looked into the faces of his pictures. I saw the faces of all the children I had taught and loved. How can such evil exist in the world? Thank God for people who work against it.
In February of last year, my pastor traveled to Cambodia with Asia’s Hope. He returned, showed a few slides and announced an opportunity for two people to visit Cambodia in June. I thought, “Wow, that looks like a great program. Too bad we have two small children and can’t go.” That was that. Out of site out of mind.
Several weeks later, I received my Pastor’s call. When I told my Man of Steel about the call, he responded, “I knew it. If you want to go. You should go.” He didn’t even flinch. He didn’t say, “What, who will feed us for 10 days?” (Eating is a big deal around our home. We love food.) He didn’t say, “What, who will take care of our children for 10 days?” (I’m pretty much with our children 24/7.) He didn’t say, “What, are you crazy? Cambodia is half way around the world. They have terrible mosquitoes and dangerous diseases.!” He just tossed it back to me to work-out my decision. Darn!
Now, I don’t know about you but God has never talked to me through a burning bush. Usually when I think God is talking to me, I’m also wondering, ” Or is this just me talking to myself, telling myself what I want to hear?” But this time I was sure. God just kept saying, “Can you hear me now? You should go.” But I have two small children (ages 2 and 5) … “Can you hear me now? You should go.” But it might not be safe and I have two small children . . . “Can you hear me now? You should go.” But it will be hard on my Man of Steel trying to take care of the children for 10 days . . . “Can you hear me now? YOU SHOULD GO.”
I hear it! I hear It! So just about a year ago, I went. And that is a whole other story! But I’ll give you a hint, I lived to tell about it. Even more, our Man of Steel lived to hear all about it. And my two small children know that Mommy traveled on 4 airplanes for almost two days (one-way!) to “love-on” children in Cambodia who do not have parents.
How about you; has God every told you take a leap of faith?
I’m back this week with the real adventure and I’m introducing you to all of the children I fell in love with! Seriously how can you resist this face?!