Fifteen years ago I was doing a book study with my men's small group on "Wild at Heart" by John Eldridge. One of the ice breaking questions was: " If you had 3 months and unlimited income, what would you do?" My answer came fairly quickly.
I would go around the world with my wife.
I mentioned this to Cynthia when I got home, and she quickly went through her mental calendar and calculated that in our 30th anniversary year, Hannah would be at college and both the boys would be finished with school and (hopefully) living their own lives. As if it were engraved in stone, and while we certainly didn't have unlimited income, we began saving and praying.
This May marks our 30th anniversary! While planning, we have realized that it is logistically difficult to navigate a linear, around-the-world trip, so we have chosen to break it up into 6 to 7 bucket-list type trips over the next year or so. As you can imagine much excitement and anticipation have been present in our household.
I have heard told from a variety of people that 2016 was kind of a crappy year and they were glad it was over. Well, to be honest, 2017 has already kicked us in the teeth a few times. Two of my siblings are dealing with significant health issues and my other one just lost her husband unexpectedly.
I mentioned to my wife the old mantra, "God never gives us more than we can handle." She reminded me that this is not actually Biblical. In fact, at times, God might give us more than we can handle so we have to rely on Him and can't take credit for doing it on our own.
As such we have been relying on Him heavily and are feeling led to plan one of our trips to include Kenya to do a few water purification installations with Fountains of Hope, as well as again bring the message of hope from Revive and Restore Ministries; teaching women who they are in Christ as well as teaching leaders in Kenya how to present this message among themselves.
As always these are big, fun, challenging and stretching trips. They are full of laughter and new relationships, as well as sights and experiences most have never seen or had before. In short, .........
In addition to the great work and relationships we will forge, we are planning to take a couple of days trip to Masai Mara. The wildebeest will be migrating and we will have a chance to go to the place where they cross the river, you know, where the videos of them occasionally getting eaten by a crocodile are filmed. I told you it would be an adventure!
If you are interested in participating in this adventure in any way, (i.e. coming along, joining us in prayer, and/or helping financially, please get ahold of either Cynthia or myself. We look forward to hearing from you! email@example.com 317-506-0777 firstname.lastname@example.org 317-506-8488.
To be clear, we are trying to raise $18,000.00 which is ALL for ministry related expenses, NOT to help fund Cynthia's and my bucket list. We already have one generous donor who has committed $6000.00 We are praying for some more.
The approximate dates are July 1-16th and the approximate cost is $2,999.00 to join us.
Adventure truly awaits!
Brian and Cynthia McCall