There have been a number of questions floating around; ‘Why Sri Lanka?’, ‘Why Kandy?’, ‘Why Child Action Lanka?’, ‘Why are we going?’ and many many more.
Considering this time next week we will be there, hopefully after a good night’s sleep, we will be beginning to get to know some of the workers, volunteer and children at Child Action Lanka’s centre in Kandy. I thought I might try and explain why we are going to Sri Lanka before we go and that long awaited blog about our exciting time in an airport waiting to board the plane.
Back in October when all the New Wine Disciple Year Interns went on their annual retreat, the hub leaders had a meeting about encouraging interns to go on mission trips, Chris (head of the NWDY) said that there were currently 4 mission trips running, one to South Africa, One to Kenya, One to Keiv and one to Lapland but they would love one more mission trips to be running. Emily turned to me and said how did I feel about running one to Sri Lanka, I of course thought that sounded like a great idea, it was somewhere different to the other trips and who wouldn’t want to go to Sri Lanka.
Of course at this point it was just an idea. Later that day we mentioned to Chris that we were thinking of running a mission trip to Sri Lanka. A minute later he stood up in the dining hall and announced to everyone that there were number of mission trips happening; one to South Africa, One to Kenya, One to Keiv, one to Lapland…and one to Sri Lanka.
In that moment it went from being an idea to actually happening. We had no idea where we would go, what we would do or even if people wanted to come with us!
When we got back home we did some research and discovered this Charity, Child Action Lanka. The work that they do; educating and looking after children, teaching mothers new skills to earn a living and support their families sounded great and something we really wanted to be a part of.
Emily was able to meet with the head of Child Action Lanka a couple weeks later who happened to be over in England near where we live. Emily came away from that lunch totally inspired, knowing this was the right place for us to go.
It has been amazing to see how God has breathed life into this idea. Even before we have gone we have seen God’s provision and hand on this mission trip. Especially in booking flights and sorting out accommodation. It might not have been the feeding of the 5000, but it felt similar, 4 remaining plane tickets into 15…the last 8 remaining rooms in accommodation that is within walking distance of the centre and uses their profits to teach and educate local people.
I’m so excited and I know the team are as well, just to go and love those children, to play, teach and encourage them, to meet and share with the mothers and families despite the language barrier (I have only managed to learn two words in Sinhala, thankfully hello and goodbye is the same word! Languages were never really my strong point). There may be some nervous, but an overwhelming sense that God has gone before us and he is with us in this.
Please do continue to pray for us as we prepare to go. For our hearts to be open to God, for protection and for us to love like Jesus loves us.