When my friend Alissa invited me to join her on a mission trip to Zambia, I hesitated at first. I had a lot going on. Several projects required my attention. Exactly zero planning had been accomplished for my pending move. Plus, my book isn’t going to write itself, you know.
Alissa is the Executive Director of an organization called Arise Africa. It’s a ministry based in Zambia that works with orphaned and vulnerable children to help them have the life that God desires for them. When she told me about Christine, I immediately began to pack my bags.
The world has been revolving around Lincee for a long time. I need to take a break from focusing on my life in order to see others. I want to get out of my own head and recalibrate. What better place to do that than Africa?
I visited this amazing continent for the first time in 2012. It was a life-changing trip. Each day I would wrestle with dozens of emotions. In one moment I would be overwhelmed by the fact that I really never knew the definition of “poverty” until now. The next minute I would stand in awe, soaking up the faces of pure joy that were the direct result of sugary lollipops. I was sad when I saw someone in need and inspired when I witnessed others step up to offer assistance.
Educating myself on the ins and outs of Africa soon dissolved all my confusion. A strong desire to help replaced my frustration. I realized very little goes a L-O-N-G way over here.
I began to hope.
I began to trust.
Before I knew it, love conquered my fear.
For the next week, I’ll be documenting my time with the kids and staff at Arise Africa. We hope to spread hope and truth — because the truth will set us free!