A little more than a year ago, a friend asked me to go to Ethiopia with her to bring home her second adopted son. At the time, I was perplexed. Why, of all people, would she invite me? When asked, the only answer she could give with certainty was this: “God wants you to go.” I’m not a fan of trite sentiments, but the conviction with which she said it had me convinced. Now, more than a year later, I think I know why. At least in part.
Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to unravel the story. It starts with my friend’s invitation and it ends — or maybe begins again — with the story of another woman whose encounter I never could have foreseen; a woman whose vision for impoverished, otherwise hopeless young girls has stirred something inside of me that I can’t rein in.
Many of you know that I am the blog manager for FullFill Magazine. FullFill’s tagline — live out your influence — is more than a catchy slogan. It’s a call to action for each one of us and it’s gotten in my bones: Live. Out. Your. Influence.
The upcoming posts will be my trust-filled attempt to live out my own.
So, do me a favor? Follow along. Pay attention. Listen. Engage. Share. Ask questions. My hope is that in writing my own story, I can help rewrite the stories of those who can’t do it alone.
It’d be a privilege to have you along.
Thanks and see you soon.