On Thursday, I pulled up to a vacant stretch of oily, scuffed curb at the Delta terminal. I put the van in park, clasped Joy's hand tightly, and stumbled through an impromptu prayer for safety, stamina and success on her 9-day trip to Sri Lanka.
There were no tears to mark the moment—just a lot of smiles, kisses and long hugs. We’d been preparing for this moment, and both knew it was the right thing to do from the beginning.
I got her all situated on the curb, gave her one last long hug, and slowly drove away. As I watched her disappear through the revolving doors in my rear view mirror, it was like I was watching half of myself in the mirror. And I’ve been half here, half there ever since.
On the drive home, I tried to imagine all that my soul mate would see over the next nine days: Regions of the world where rest is an exception, and not a rule. Families whose food and water is scarce, and survival is the biggest thing on their minds. People who live on pennies a day, yet still manage to smile and run and jump and play. Children whose chances of getting an education are as slim as their malnourished bodies. Souls who need a Savior, and who need to first see Him on display in selfless acts of love.
Practically speaking, half of me is in Sri Lanka. As I keep things going at home, I feel a persistent tug toward the East. I have calculated her local time countless times. I take in her texts and photos like fine wine. This is good for each of us. This is good for both of us.
Will you join me in praying for the World Vision Bloggers? Big prayers?
Ask God to use those who have been sent to advance World Vision’s sponsorship success in Sri Lanka beyond imagination. Ask that this trip be an historic week in the lives of hundreds, perhaps thousands in need. Pray that this week will be looked back on for generations as the week hope came to the people of Sri Lanka, as it had never come before. And most of all, pray that the team's presence, and their acts of love, might till more ground so that more people will receive the gospel of Jesus Christ.
And if God has moved you to sponsor a child in Sri Lanka, you can do that here.
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:14-15