It all started while on a walk last summer.
I was thinking/praying through some issue that felt large and looming at the time and had an overwhelming sense that I just needed to get outside of myself. That maybe if my eyes could see my issue through a different lens, it wouldn’t feel quite so large and looming anymore.
What happened next was pretty amazing.
I emailed my friend Paige (whom I look up to like crazy) and shared some of my rambling thoughts. She was sweet and wise and helped me process things and then suggested I talk to Jessica, the founder of Noonday – a company I adore and support and have even done a little designing for. So next I emailed Jessica and – what do you know – she and her husband were just dreaming about taking a group to Africa. I didn’t even wait for details – I didn’t even care when it was or what it cost or what we’d be doing – I just said yes. I’m in.
One year later … with a crazy amount of joy – like the kind that makes me cry just thinking about it – I can finally announce that I’ll be joining the most amazing group of women on a trip to Rwanda this summer.
It’s seriously a dream come true to be traveling to Africa. To see and experience and engage with people who live in circumstances very different than mine and who have so much to teach me about faith and gratitude and forgiveness and grace. I know from the start that this trip will change my life. That’s what makes me cry when I think about it. I want so much to be changed. To be better, more grateful, forgiving and graceful. To have eyes bigger than my often-petty issues, a heart open to hurts beyond my own and a life that makes a difference.
And so I’m going to Rwanda with Noonday and International Justice Mission and these fabulous ladies on a trip that is all about getting outside of ourselves. We’re calling it our #StyleForJustice Story Team Trip.
You know what’s fun?! We’ve saved a spot for one more.
If your heart is beating faster, or you have tears running down your cheeks after watching the video knowing that YOU need to be on this trip, you are invited to share your why for a chance to come with us to Rwanda!. Details are on the Noonday website where you can enter, learn more and vote.
This opportunity excites me to no end. I am honored to be spending a portion of my summer in Africa and grateful that I get to share it with you.
I’ll have much more to write about as our trip approaches and then, of course, while we are there. Happy to have you along for the journey!