Day 1…

Many of you read about my experience of going 10 Days Without Legs last fall which was the most physically difficult segment that I’ve done! Well this time instead of just doing the segment again and talking about Joni and Friends (a great organization for people affected by disabilities) — I’m at the airport right now to go and serve at a Family Retreat. It kind of happened last minute, and I just booked my flights for Oregon 2 days ago.

Over the next 7 days I will be hanging out with a family affected by disabilities as their personal assistant. I’m really excited because last time I did this segment it was about raising money, but this time I actually get to go and serve.

This is what I think I know about Family Retreats so far :) Family Retreats are a way for families that are affected by disabilities to get a small break — a vacation of sorts — from the complications of their every day routines, and enjoy a fun week of activities with an STM (short term missionary) that gives them an extra hand. I will get to hang out with someone that has not had it easy in his life like I have, and I get the opportunity to invest in him and help him have the best week of his life!

I will try to share with you about the adventure all week, but from what they’ve told me so far about the trip — I’m not going to have a lot of time to relax much less write! But if I get a chance to shoot a video or write a full post, I will!

Please pray for me this week. Pray that I will have the energy and strength to help the family I’m serving have the best week ever. Pray that I will be full of the fruits of the Spirit — especially patience and love.

If you want to know more about Family Retreats, especially if you would be interested in serving, click here. One of the biggest needs Joni and Friends has is for volunteers and short term missionaries. Family Retreats happen all over the country, and if you have the chance to help at one you should consider it. They also have international opportunities as well, to see a list of those check out Wheels for the World.

Well it’s way to early right now, and I’m going to try to get some sleep before we board. It’s already a good morning, however, because the lady at the desk just bumped me up to the emergency row. She asked me if I’d mind sitting in the exit row. I said yes, but inside I thought,

No! You mean I have to sit in a seat with more leg room? Ughhh!

Thanks for praying and for walking with me on this journey!


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