One church member, Laurie Graham, wrote an article about her experience in Kenya during the church's most recent trip:
“A passport, some clean underwear and a heart for Jesus is all you really need,” said Ryan, the CARE for AIDS African Operations Director and our host for the week, smiling as our Impact Trip group was preparing to go on Safari after a whirlwind four days of being embedded with the CFA staff and clients in the beautiful country of Kenya.
The statement caused me to pause as I reflected on the preparation our team had done for the trip. We had numerous meetings, shared packing lists, gotten immunized for any possible dreaded disease, agonized over the perfect “hostess items” to take to the Village and agonized even more over our individual talks and testimonies. As we left the landscape of Cleveland behind, I prayed that while I knew I had done the physical preparation, it was only God who could move me beyond my preparation and use me and our team for His glory and purpose. My prayer was that in some small way I could personally be used by the Lord and feel His presence in a direct and different way.
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