Thursday, July 23, 2009
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the country of Africa and all of the things that we are so unaccustomed to seeing in America. My heart truly hurts for this country. About two years ago I read the book “Purpose Driven Life” and for once in my life, had a yearning to go to Africa on a mission trip. I’ve had a half dozen or so opportunities through the years to go on trips but never felt the Holy Spirits prompting to go. I really wanted to go to Africa this year with our church but just didn’t feel like the time was right. As I was trying to decide and pray if Africa was going to work out this year, I found out that our church was going to do “Step Into Africa” by World Vision. The Experience is an interactive exhibit that combines audio and captivating photography, transporting you to the heart of Africa. You'll see, hear, and experience stories of tragedy and triumph lived out by real children in AIDS-affected communities. In a way, it’s almost like going on a mission trip without even having to step foot out of the US. I knew immediately that I wanted to be involved. As we’ve been getting all of the details put together and having churches partner with us I can really feel the excitement for what’s about to happen in Central Ohio. To find out more about “Step Into Africa” click here. This exhibit is completely free and we’d love to have anyone and everyone be apart of this experience. We have the capability of having 4,000 people go through the exhibit and that’s what we’re praying for. We are praying that Westerville is the first location where all the time slots are filled up. To do this though, we need many people to volunteer. We need 12 people per shift and are currently recruiting volunteers. If you want to be part of this amazing adventure, go to http://www.worldvisionexperience.org/westerville. We are really looking forward to September and would love it if you would “Step Into Africa” with us!