As the washing machine churns, the clothes dryer hums, and suitcases and backpacks are spread out all over the house, it’s beginning to sink in that in about 24 hours our family will be on a plane bound for Australia. I’ve dreamed of going there probably from the time I watched Crocodile Dundee as a young teenager. I’ve also dreamed of ministering to women on every continent of the world, not just through published books in their native language, but by actually stepping foot on their soil and making face-to-face, heart-to-heart connections with local women. I’ve had that privilege all across North America, Canada, Honduras, Panama, and Zimbabwe, and soon we can add Sydney, Brisbane, and the Gold Coast to the list of “territories” God has allowed us to reach with the message of healthy sexuality and spirituality. Needless to say, I’M SO STINKIN’ EXCITED!!!
I wonder what the women will be like… what the college students will be like… how the teenagers will respond to the messages God has laid on my heart for them. I wonder how many “little Shannon’s” I’ll meet along the way — young girls who are just looking for love in all the wrong places for lack of knowledge that there is anything richer, more real, or more rewarding and ultimately fulfilling than the Joe-Schmoe-types they’ve been dating. Will they be open to surrendering their lifestyle of sexual and emotional compromise and embracing a lifestyle of sexual integrity? Will the married women catch the vision of how wonderful it would be to become a more Sexually Confident Wife? Oh Lord, I hope so!
I’d appreciate your prayers for this mission trip, as well as for the downtime we’ll get to enjoy as a family as we spend our last week overseas traveling across New Zealand in an R.V. (which I’ve heard stands for “Ruined Vacation,” but we’re hoping to dispell that myth by having a MARVELOUS time!
I’ll keep you posted on how things go from city to city and introduce you via cyberspace to some of the interesting women I’ll be meeting along the way, so stay tuned…
Good Day, Mate!