It was Christmas Eve and the phone rang. It was a brother in Christ from Mississippi, whom I’ve had the honor of serving under, traveling on three separate summer mission trips to Romania. “Kim, we missed you last summer and would love for you to come alongside us again this summer.” It made my day to hear those words. None of us are exempt from that longing to feel wanted. And it was just the very news I needed to hear at that time. All I could tell Tom was, “I’ll pray about it.”
By January, I was asked to speak to a church in Birmingham about my book, Journal of a Sinner, as well as give my testimony. As I prepared my thoughts, I realized just how much those five mission trips were forever woven into the fabric of my testimony and the work God has done in my life as a result. I realized that I had a longing to return so I called Tom back in February and said, “I’m in!”
Today is July 1st and the time has arrived. Everything has been planned, packed, and thought out. Prayers and petitions have been made. Tomorrow is our launch; that is, we are leaving at 11:00am. I say “launch” because in many ways…I always feel as though I am being shot from a cannon into the deep blue sky with nothing in my flesh to guide my trajectory accept a willing spirit. And even that comes from the LORD. Maybe trips like this become like “an old hat” for some, but it’s never been that way for me. Sure, I’m more at ease than I was that first time. I’ve learned by now to do my best to accept the reality that all of my “controlling” faculties will be shut down for at least nine days. I will be provided shelter that I have not chosen, I will eat food that I do not recognize or whether it is even safe, I will fly 8-10 hours across the globe and the only decision I will be able to make during that time is whether I want a pillow or not. When we arrive in Bucharest, Romania – our guides will pick us up at the airport and drive us approximately five hours to a destination up in the mountains called Piatra Neamt, near Ukraine. We will hear conversations all week long that we will not understand and we will feel paranoid everytime we see the gestapo. But I’ve learned after going so many times, to lean back in my “emotional lazy boy recliner” and just go along with it all. God has never let me down. Sure there have been some crazy and even scary situations but every single thing whether good or bad – I swear has made an indelible mark on my life for the good.
There is no better way to show God your commitment to Him than to say to Him, (as Carrie Underwood sings), “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” There is no better way to show our love for our Savior than to confess our weakness but walk in obedience anyway. There is no better blessing received than when you see the veil of someone’s heart removed, as a result of the work God is doing through the team. The most profound motivation for me is God’s promise that states, “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. “For you will go out with joy, And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”
I ask for your prayers. Many attacks come our way when we are on these trips. It is amazing the travel troubles we encounter; personal attacks, traffic jams, lost luggage, sickness, confusion and chaos that befalls us as we go to fulfill the great commission. So your prayers are desired!!! Pray for our health, safety and most importantly for our EFFECTIVENESS.
I will try to write along the way as I have time (and energy 🙂 ). I hope you guys will follow along and experience what God is doing but from the comfort of your very own homes! My boys have even set up a YouTube channel for me. (ppfff! – I’ll see what I can do with that. 🙂 ) I think it’ll be under “Kimberly Moon” – just scroll and scroll. You will eventually see my picture. Hopefully I can upload at least one video each day and post on Facebook. Then you guys will see some of what we see.
We leave Thursday, July 2 @ 11am and return July 11. Pray for us and the hearts of those we share and minister too. God is Sovereign LORD in all things! Amen!