Tuesday, July 07, 2009

I Held a Giant Today

This morning by complete accident I was in the office when Molly Bail came by to say her goodbyes before heading back to Kenya. Tears filled my eyes as I hugged her goodbye.

Molly is one of my real-life heros. She is doing incredible things to make the world a better place, one person at a time, whether she's doing it in downtown Clearwater or on the other side of the globe in Kenya.

Today as I was telling her goodbye I thought about her courage. She faces daily the kinds of things I find horrific to even think about much less live through. I thought about how just the challenge of getting all of her luggage (including a special wheelchair for a child in Kenya) from here to Kenya would probably be enough to overwhelm me. But, not Molly.

She does it for the right reasons too. She faces unimaginable challenges every day because she loves God and loves people.

So, while the lady I was hugging is petite and lovely (and very fashionable!) she is a giant. A giant of courage, of faith, of tenacity (and if you know her, you know I'm right) and of love. I felt humbled and challenged at the same time.

What can be said of me? Am I bravely taking one step at a time in the direction God is pointing me? I hope so! I hope fear, obstacles, challenges won't stop me from from the purpose God has for me. And I hope that for you too.

One step we can take this week is to help Paul and Jen Steinbrueck who are leaving in just a few days to join Molly and Joseph in Kenya for 10 days. They are taking extra luggage on their trip to be able to bring needed items to the children there. There will be extra expense for them to take this luggage. We are going to collect funds this week to help cover that expense.

If you can donate, please email me mailto:cypressarts@cypressmeadows.org or call me at the church office 727-725-4570 and I can let you know how we will be getting these funds to Paul and Jen.

Any donation will help. Please contact me and let me know what you can contribute. While this may seem like a small, easy step, it takes a lot of these small, easy steps to make an orphanage on the other side of the world a reality. This is one way that you and I get to be a part of it!

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