Suddenly, we look up, and our oldest practically ARE young men and women. Allie-15 has only three summers before she goes to college. How on earth did THAT happen?? =)
Even though living in Small Town has given her a little bit wider view of life outside the homogenously-American-middle-class-ness of Big Suburb, before she leaves home, we want her to have some experiences that will
With that in mind, last night we went to a very exciting meeting. It was an information meeting about a mission trip - to AFRICA!
I can't tell you how excited we are to see HER get excited about taking two weeks of her sixteenth summer to work with a mission organization that shares Christ's love with South Africa's AIDS orphans. The team is being led by dear family friends of ours (my friend Staci will be Allie's surrogate mother for the trip), and they will work in a safe area. She'll get to work in vegetable gardens, build houses, visit the dying, and play with children whose lives - without people who want to be Jesus' hands and feet - would be hopeless.
We have a lot to do in the next few months - fund raising, more orientation meetings, lots of SHOTS, and - mostly - prayer. I know God has good things in store - not just for the African children - but also for my wildly imaginative, strong-willed, fun-loving Allie.
I'd love to hear your experiences! Did you (or your kids) go on a life-changing trip as a teen or young adult? What would you tell Allie?