7,000 Miles to Iraq

In one week, I’ll be heading to Iraq for our work with The Great Need.  One of our main missions while I’m there will be to deliver shoes to thousands of orphans in the refugee camps, but I’ve got a very busy nine days planned even outside of that.  There will be meetings, boiling hot days and very late nights…and lots of trying to communicate in my broken Arabic.  I can’t wait.

Truth be told, there are times when I have hard time believing that this whole thing is real.  I’m a computer nerd from Texas and somehow God picked me to be His hands and feet for kids in a country 7,000 miles away.  What the heck?  It’s incredibly overwhelming at times.  And there are so many times that I think that I’m not the right person, that I’m not good enough.  But that’s when my Good Father comes and reminds me that He does all the work…that He just wants to hang out with me while He does it.

So liberating!

Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”  In the context of Galatians, Paul is talking about the slavery of the Old Testament Law, but I think in a general sense that slavery can be many things.  Including fear.  Especially fear.

One of my favorite songs right now is “No Longer Slaves” by Bethel Worship.  The chorus to the song is simply, “I’m no longer a slave to fear. I am a child of God.”  That is a truth that is more powerful than we often let ourselves admit.

The bridge of that song says:

You split the sea
So I could walk right through it
All my fears were drowned in perfect love
You rescued me
So I could stand and sing
I am child of God…

I can’t wait to be standing and singing in Iraq.  With humility…without fear.

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