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Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:6-7

I’m now just a little more than 24 hours away from my first visit to Africa.

I think back to one year ago, and a trip like this couldn’t have been a possibility. I just started my 25th year at Faithlife / Logos Bible Software. I thought I was just going to continue there for the foreseeable future. What I didn’t know is that God had a huge change in store for me. Fast forward one year, and I’m the President of Childcare Worldwide, a child sponsorship ministry in Bellingham, WA. What a ride it has been. I’m just over 90 days now into this new role, and I’m about to head out to see the programs and the people who run them. I’m really excited.

And I’m terrified.

Okay, that’s a strong word. How about, I’m cautious. Concerned. Filled with anxiety!

Actually, I’ve traveled the world quite a bit in the last 25 years. I’ve visited dozens of countries. I’m well versed in the art of airport navigation. I’ve clocked many an air mile.

Yet, this trip is different. Expectations are high. I’m about to meet the people who execute our program work. I’m going to visit and speak at churches, and see children at our Life Centers, and visit with kids who benefit from the amazing generosity of our sponsors/donors. I’m going to travel to a location that’s been in the news lately. Nairobi recently suffered a terrorist attack. Westerners are being targeted in Kenya (according to the State Department app I have on my iPhone). Oh, and there are any number of diseases (I’ve been thoroughly vaccinated), and then there is malaria (see picture above).

It’s been a nerve racking couple of weeks. But God has been there. Showing up, as he does. I’ve felt his presence often, and even when I’m thinking about all the business of the coming weeks, and the risks, he provides just the right Bible verse for my trip.

1 Peter 5:6-7

I know God has me firmly in his grip. It has been confirmed to me again and again that my future as the leader of this ministry has been architected by him. He’s with me now, and he’ll be with me in the airports, the planes, the immigration lines, the cars, the offices, the churches, in the field, and with the precious children whom he has given to Childcare Worldwide to support and educate.

He’s a BIG GOD, and he cares for me. I’m greatly comforted by that.

Stay tuned for lots of posts, pictures, videos, experiences, and reflections. T-minus 24 hours, and counting.