Friday, October 29, 2010

Moving Ahead

Many thoughts going on in my head over the past few months, all leading toward the possibility of returning to Africa to find new (and old) places to go where I can get my shoes dirty one more time.

I find it interesting how God uses the small steps we make to speak into the lives of others. Consider the words of this fellow mechanic who came across my blog just last month...

"I was pleasantly surprised to find out you are a Christian, and after reading your Dusty shoes blog, I can say you are both an encouragement and inspiration to me (read, kick in the pants, get goin' and find something to do for the Lord with the skills He has blessed me with).
It's my own lack of faith talking here, but I don't think I would be able to afford to go on a trip like that,...I do know God can do it, but at the same time I am too scared to just put everything on the line like that... now what was James saying about a double minded man.....?

Nevertheless, you have stirred my sleeping Christianity by the quote from Jeremiah. Goodonyamate (yes, that really is one word) as us Aussies say."

I love the honesty...moving out on faith is not the easiest thing to do, but it's the life we Christ-followers are called into.

So I'm putting the finishing touches on the mission statement and policies of a possible new organization, code name Mercy Tech Mission.
I'll be presenting this to the mission board at my local church shortly to get their input.

Nothing like stepping out on those thin branches...

Interesting in going along? Here's a sample of what can be done (thanks to Lynn Lagore for the following photos).

Building a local health clinic

This is Tome putting on the roof...he was my helper during my recent visit to Mozambique

The finished product, ready to serve the community

The staff house for Mercy Air was only a foundation when I saw it back in March...

Now the roof is going on.

Projects like these (along with many others) can be something you could take part in.

Interested? Got a trade or a profession you can share with a needy world?

Mercy Tech Mission: Opportunities soon available.