Day 1 & 2: Traveling, and why bravery doesn’t always FEEL pleasant…

Boy, oh boy, am I TIRED! I’m currently sitting in an airport in South Africa waiting for my flight to Zim.


When it’s all said and done, I would’ve traveled over 38 hours – and it is exhausting! I’ve gone from Chicago ➜ London, UK ➜ Jo’Burg, South Africa ➜ and soon to Zimbabwe = the final destination.


It was totally worth the long trip – it was the cheapest priced ticket (nearly $700 cheaper than the next option) mainly because of the long layover. I didn’t really mind the 13-hour layover in London – a city which I have never had the chance to visit! I left the airport, and I got a day pass for the subway called the “tube”. I stopped at many of the free attractions and historic sites that London has to offer. Pictures don’t do the experience justice: there was simply so much excitement seeing this city of 8 million + people ☺


Also, in between layovers ☺, I have met some interesting folks, which is always my favorite part of traveling! There was Stacy, traveling with her mother and son. She was so helpful and reassuring, and I saw Christ’s love in her. And then there’s Sean, the Afrikkan-South African, who was my seat buddy for the 11-hour flight from London to Jo’Burg. Once again, God blessed me with a pleasant new friend. There are SO many kind people I have met on my journey so far, and it has definitely helped ease my worries.

So guys, I have a confession to make – I am not brave.

It took me getting on a plane, traveling 38 hours, across 3 continents, over 12,000 miles for me to realize this, but it’s really true.

Flying by yourself is scary, especially for a little woman who grew up in a small-town in the Midwest.

There’s a great big world out here, and I’m feeling a little anxious about everything.

So here – if you’re reading this, please pray for me. I am not brave – I’m human.

I’m overwhelmed by this calling from God to come to Zimbabwe and help support a better future for our children through quality education.

I’m questioning my own competence and capabilities, and I’m trying not to be overwhelmed by the fear of failure. Guys, I am in no way qualified to be the “right guy for the job”!

But I’m humbled that God has chosen me to be a small part of this great work, at such a time as this!

I’ll keep you all posted – I’ll be boarding the plane for the final leg very soon.

Blessings & peace,



P.s. You can still support the mission here:


3 thoughts on “Day 1 & 2: Traveling, and why bravery doesn’t always FEEL pleasant…

  1. Vimbo!!!! This is so awesome and I can resonate with you thinking that you’re not brave. But, my don’t forget, God DOES NOT call the qualified or “the man for the job”, he qualifies those that He has called! 😀 I’m praying for you and am excited to see and read updates on your trip! 🙂

    • Aw, thank you so much for the encouragement Mandy!!! I will keep focusing on the fact that this was all God’s idea anyway, so He will provide 🙂 Thank you SO much for your prayer.

  2. Be strong and of good courage. Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed. For the Lord thy God is with you wherever you go. ~Joshua 1:9. Pfy my friend😊

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