Monday, July 28, 2014

I praise God.

"Praise the Lord.  Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.  Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. ... Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord."  -Psalm 150:1-2, 6

I am 3 days away from leaving for Niger, West Africa.  By the grace of God, things have been falling into place just this past week!  Here are a few things by which God has enjoyed blessing me:

1.  On Wednesday, July 23rd, I received my Visa in the mail!  I can now enter and live in the country of Niger!
2.  On Friday, July 25th, I purchased my one-way ticket to Niamey, Niger.  I leave Thursday night, have a layover in Paris, and arrive to Niamey on Friday, August 1st in the afternoon.
3.  This past weekend, I enjoyed a lovely day at the Pittsburgh Zoo with some incredibly generous friends!  I was also blessed by the presence (and surprise!) of supportive friends traveling far distances just to see me before I leave!   (Shout out to any Grovers reading this!)
4.  I was in need of a camera (which I don't think anyone but God knew), and a very good friend gifted me with one!
5.  On Sunday, July 26th, I was commissioned as a missionary in the church I grew up in and was able to celebrate with family after the service.
6.  On Monday, July 27th, with the help of my awesome dad, I finished packing!

God is so good and I am tickled by the thought that He delights in blessing me.

So I join in with all Creation and sing praises to God, because of the evidence of His Hand in my life.  Because of His faithfulness to me even when I am faithless.  Because He is a God of restoration.  Because He paints me breathtaking sunsets in the evening.  Because He takes joy in refining me through struggle and hard lessons.  Because He allows me to enjoy community with my brothers and sisters in Christ.  Because I am His and He is mine.  I praise God, not only because of everything that He does, but also because of who He is and the very fact that, as His Creation, we are commanded to "Praise the Lord" (Psalm 150).

I praise God because my heart is alive when I do.

"Praise the Lord.  Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.  Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. ... Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord."  -Psalm 150:1-2, 6

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Countdown.

Can you believe it?!

In 12 days, I will be boarding a plane to start an adventure that will change my life.

I have reached 90% of my support, which means that I can finally purchase my plane ticket to Niamey, Niger!  This is an exciting (and rather significant) step in getting closer to departure.  It's amazing to reflect on all that the Lord has done to get me to this point.

In less than 9 weeks, I have raised $42,399.38 in one time gifts and pledges for the two years that I have committed to teaching at Sahel Academy!  THANK YOU!  It is by the Grace of God that this was made possible through the hearts of generous givers.  Thank you for your support, from the bottom of my heart.

During this short time of preparation, I have met with old friends and bonded with new ones.  God has given me time to say goodbye and slowly transition.  I have been able to speak to churches about what the Lord is doing in my heart.  I have been lifted up in prayer by the Body of Christ.  What an incredible thought:  I am being carried by the faith of my brothers and sisters in Christ.  Oh, how I need your prayers!

And while I am so close to departing, there are still things that need to fall into place before I can leave.  Please pray that my Visa is processed quickly and smoothly.  Pray that I can fit all of my belongings, school supplies, and materials into two suitcases, 50 lbs. each!  Pray that my heart is ready for what is ahead.  Pray for my students and their parents.  Pray for my roommates.  Pray for safety as I travel.


Another huge step in getting closer to leaving is reaching 100% of my support.  I still need about $200/month in pledges.  If you would like to increase the amount that you have already given, simply visit TeachBeyond's website and click on "Go and Give" under "Update Account."  If you have not yet given and would like to partner with me, please visit TeachBeyond's website or send your gift to TeachBeyond's USA address (PO Box 6248 Bloomingdale, IL 60108-6248).  Be sure to mark that it is for Hannah Knox (account #40328). 

Only 12 days.

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"I am convinced that the safest place for me to be is in the Hand of God."