Isaiah 6:8

And then I heard the voice of the Lord say, "Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?" I spoke up. "I'll go. Send me!"

~ Isaiah 6:8



Thursday, January 12, 2012

Love. Agape. Uru-Kundo.

On January 7th our team traveled to Rutherfordton, NC to do a radio recording with the Satisfied life. While we were there, the women of the program showed their love for us by hosting us, listening to our heartbeat for Burundi, and our passion for this trip. I was overwhelmed by abundant love. These women and their families, whom we had never met, sacrificed their time and talents to serve and encourage us.
            A year ago, I didn’t believe in short term missions. Now everyday serves as a revelation of why we are called to go. As these women served us – I felt loved, cherished; I could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in that cottage. As this team goes to the ends of the Earth to serve and love people we have never met – I know that God’s presence will be that much more overwhelming and transformational. I pray that our team comes back forever altered as we seek and serve the least of this world, who are first in His kingdom. I pray that they feel loved as we leave America – the land of the free and convenient - to go to them.
            Burundi is the second most impoverished nation in the world. They aren’t inundated with media; they don’t see the wide world through the lens of an instantaneous web – our presence shows our love for them, our presence brings joy; our presence is what connects us.
Many people will never have the opportunity to travel to Burundi – but our team is taking every person supporting this mission with us. As you partner with us in prayer, read our hearts in these messages, and feel called to partner with us financially – you are carrying us across the ocean on your backs.
Cooper – a nine year old has already decided to journey with us. His dad promised him $20 if he spent his Saturday helping film our group. Every moment of that Saturday he was accompanied by his Lego idea book and his dreams for what he would purchase. As the day came to a close and his dad handed him the bill – he shyly left it for us on the table. His father shared with us that he decided he would rather invest the money in Burundi and our team.
We know that your partnership comes as a sacrifice. We know that you are giving up your time, talents, prayers, and purse to send us. As you sacrifice for this team, we are forever grateful. We covet your prayers, feel cherished in your support, and are traversing the world on your shoulders. Thank you for journeying with us. You are fueling our heats with uru-kundo, strong and everlasting love, which will take us to Burundi and pour out of our lives as we present there. 
Chelsea Heath

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