Friday, October 5, 2007


After 21 shots
59 incredible days of prayer
5 authentic cultural meals
352 new friends around the world
2 freshly deceased chickens
and lots of great memories stateside
we are done with our time in VA and have a few days to pack before boarding to head overseas.

We truly cannot say enough thanks to the staff that put on our orientation, the past two months have been a wonderfully challenging time. We have learned so much about the world in which we live, our many misconceptions about life in other cultures, and how we can really make a difference. We are at a point of readiness to go anywhere and do anything, and with a humility to know that we are indebted to the people we want to serve to learn from and live with them. We will be able to do nothing by ourselves, but great things through the help of nationals wherever we go and through the unending power of Christ. God is at work in our world, He cares about our world, and we cherish the chance to join Him in that work. More than learning about the world, we learned about the character of God. We learned about discipline. We learned to know God above all else. We have the Spirit of God within us to direct us... how cool is that? We learned to listen to what we already have. We hope and pray that we are forever changed.

Pray for endurance for us, pray for brokenness for Tanzania. Pray that God prepares some University students that will be ready to receive us and will partner with us in making a difference on their campus and in their communities. Pray also that we will find favor with our airlines in travel, with customs officials overseas, and with local businesses and government officials where we go.

Swahili word for the day is the verb -enda which means to go.


Andy Waldroup said...

Hey guys. Just wanted to let you know that Dana and I will be praying for you as you head to Tanzania. God has great things in store for you.

Michael & Joe Joe said...

Thanks Andy!

If you still have any of my e-mail addresses, e-mail me with your current one and I'd love to add you to our prayer partner list.

Anonymous said...

Michael & Joe Joe,
Love the blog! Adam and I are praying for you and Pray for the hearts of the people in Tanzania. May God wrap his arms around you. God Bless!

Adam, Kelli, & Avery Eads

Michael & Joe Joe said...

Eads family,
Thanks guys, we appreciate it very much! Can't wait to share stories and share in the ministry with you all.