A little over a year ago, God laid on my heart a desire to serve, to go, to experience, to put into practice all my “book smarts.” Passion rose up in me when I talked about going and the things that I would do here. Everything was new. I had never been here. I didn’t know the people. But my heart was already full of passion, excitement, and determination to see change.
Last night, I talked with my roommate for hours about that same passion. I articulated my heart in ways that I hadn’t spoken out loud before. Except this time, I see the faces. I see the bare feet. I see the laughter. I see the hurt. I see the potential. I know the people. I have my own stories. I work with people who share stories and passion for these people. I have them in my heart. I come alive when I talk about my passion for South Africa, for the kids here, for discipleship, and for the amazing ways God shows up, how He relentlessly pursues us, and how big He is.