My New Adventure: This is BIG

It all began over coffee. Seems fitting for an adventure to begin with such a glorious thing.

Last Thursday, as I was drinking coffee with a friend, the topic of Vietnam came up. She was going on a trip in October and was praying for one more certified teacher to join this particular trip.

As she shared why she needed another certified teacher and the difficulty of finding teachers who are able to go in October, my heart began to stir. I’m a certified teacher. I am available in October. I’ve always wanted to go to Vietnam.

So the praying began. I came home that morning and casually mentioned the trip to Brent. In the flurry of getting the kids’ breakfast, Brent checking on our elderly neighbor, and then him heading to work, we didn’t get farther along in our conversation than simply, “What would we do with the kids?”

The next few hours consisted of a few texts back and forth and a lot of excitement building in my stomach. By 2pm, we had made a decision. If I could still be added to the trip I would go.

12 hours later, I had my plane tickets.

I have no money, I have no one to cover the research writing class I teach here, I have no experience in Vietnam, and I have no one to care for my children, BUT I know the Lord urged me to go, so I’m going. Obedience first; working out the details comes second.

All that backstory to share with you all I”M GOING TO VIETNAM! For 10 days at the end of October, I will be treking through the mountains of North Vietnam to do a couple different projects.

I’ll share more details in the days to come, but in the meantime, please pray! Pray for wisdom as we decide what to do with the kids while I’m gone. Pray for peace as we continue to prepare and plan for the trip in two months. Pray for guidance as the team meets Wednesday night to go over some details. Pray for freedom from stress for me as I wait to see how God is going to financially provide for this trip.

In conclusion, please pray =)

To the best of my ability, I will be blogging my way through this trip.  This adventure is for all of you as well as for me, so every day I will attempt to capture the emotions and events through words and pictures so that we can all experience and see what God has done and glorify Him together.

In nine weeks, we will be embarking on an adventure of a life time!  Are you as excited as I am?


check back tomorrow for details on how you can support me and specifics on what I will be doing!

8 Responses to “My New Adventure: This is BIG”

  1. Jen August 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Yay Kari – I am definitely praying for you and Brent… Can’t wait to hear how He takes care of all the minor details!

    • kari August 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

      Me too. I’ll let you know as God lets me know =)

  2. Brent August 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    Proud of you!

  3. Holly August 15, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    Yay! So excited for you! Praying!

    • kari August 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

      Thank you!!

  4. Melissa W. August 19, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    Kari -this is such great news – what faith you have! You will do such a wonderful job and God will use you in a mighty way. The conference is certainly God’s handiwork, while John was there his team spent a few days working out all the details for the October trip and John said it was nothing short of miraculous how God moved and provided more space, more interpreters, more people and just plain more of everything. I am sure it will be a life changing time!

    BTW – no touching livestock or you get to spend a long time in quarantine – so I hear!

  5. Michael September 22, 2011 at 4:30 am #

    Hi, my family and l live in Vietnam. I am a social worker. If you happened to be in Hanoi during your late October trip. Do drop us an email.


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