|When I left for almost two months on the road, back in December, I had no idea how exciting the journey would be! Although, for those who know me, exciting travel seems to be the normal for me. It started with not being allowed to enter Bangladesh, due to restrictions for visas to US/UK citizens, and ended with a hospitalization for me in India. The things in the middle, though, were soul nurturing and left me excited about where God continues to lead me in ministry.
On New Years Eve, when I was unable to enter Bangladesh (outside of the immigration area in the airport), I wondered if the trip was doomed. What I learned, though, is that God’s plan is always better than mine and that I had opportunities to visit people and places that I would have otherwise missed. I ended up being deported to Thailand where I had an unexpected but wonderful week with colleagues in Chiang Mai. I heard about how ministry is developing there with our IM missionaries and shared in time with those same colleagues, hearing about joys, concerns and specific ministry objectives. It was awesome!
After leaving Thailand, I continued my travel to Brisbane, Australia where I met with missionaries serving under Global Interaction as well as volunteers that work in Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of Congo. I had phenomenal conversations about how our work might be more collaborative and lead us into new ventures together, as well as preparing for future travel with a group of young people from Australia who are interested in visiting many of the ministries that IM has all over the world. The visit included a lot of visioning and I am sure I will return to Australia, soon.