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blakesteele posted 7/18/2014 09:21 AM

So Tuesday we leave as a family to a third world country for a humanitarian trip. Never done this before. Not church-affiliated, not group-effort...just my family. This charity was looking for a professional to donate their talents in a very specific area. My wife possess those talents. It works out well because myself and our girls are actually going to do the work the charity does. Yep, at age 7 and 10 they have an active, vital role in doing the work this charity champions!!!!

We have prayed on this and been planning this for 10 months. It is the right thing to do....we just know it.

Still, a part of me is anxious. We will be gone for 2 weeks. Wife and I have been to Germany, Austria and Switzerland before....but this is a third world country with our girls! I am trusting God will be with us.

Those who pray please add us to your prayer list until after August 8th....when we plan to return home.

This is unlike anything we have ever done...mostly excited, with just enough nervousness to be aware.


God is with us all.

[This message edited by blakesteele at 10:44 PM, July 18th (Friday)]

musiclovingmom posted 7/18/2014 09:44 AM

Blake, I think it is amazing that you are involving your children in service projects and that you are doing it as a family. What a great way to ensure that your daughters grow to be compassionate, involved women! I have friends who just moved their family (2 daughters, 5&6 and a new baby on the way) to Mozambique for the next 4 years. I admire people like you, and them, who have the courage and the resolve to go way out of your comfort zones in service of others. Best wishes to you all. I'll be praying.

[This message edited by musiclovingmom at 9:45 AM, July 18th (Friday)]

putonahappyface posted 7/18/2014 09:45 AM

I love that you all are doing this together, as a family unit! It's going to be an amazing, rewarding experience. Spread His light into all the corners of the world! Godspeed Blakesteele & fam, prayers going up!

[This message edited by putonahappyface at 9:50 AM, July 18th (Friday)]

blakesteele posted 7/18/2014 10:03 AM

Thanks guys! This whole effort started 3 years ago and has been spearheaded by my wife. The evolution from a family vacation to this is really my wife's story to share. It is an amazing one. It is a blessing to be able to include our young girls. We are also blessed to be able to afford this. So many blessings........ya'll are a blessing to us too! Thanks for the support and prayers.

Comfort zone? Lost track of what one was!!!! I know the past 2 years have trained us to be handle lots of discomfort!!!!


TheIrishGirl posted 7/18/2014 10:19 AM

Good luck! My sister just got back from a year in Malawi with the Peace Corps- she said it was challenging & amazing. I hope you and your family will say the same of your experience.

DixieD posted 7/18/2014 10:53 AM

Sounds like a wonderful experience for all of you. Good luck on your journey and safe travels.

jo2love posted 7/18/2014 12:18 PM

Sounds like a terrific step in R. What a beautiful way to teach your kids about giving back. Saying prayers and sending good wishes for a safe trip.

Healinggirl posted 7/18/2014 13:01 PM

My daughter volunteers in a third world country and I went to see her for two weeks last November.

Believe me, being bitten by ants and the odd mozzie was no big deal after what I'd been through. (I'm simplifying here...). I realized how tough dealing with my fWH's affair had actually made me, I had grown into a very different person.

In fact, if I ever end up D, I'm going to join her. It's my plan 'B'.

So's an amazing experience, both to help other people, but also to see how much you have personally grown..

[This message edited by Healinggirl at 1:03 PM, July 18th (Friday)]

sisoon posted 7/18/2014 13:21 PM

I wish you all the best. You're doing a great thing.

wifehad5 posted 7/18/2014 16:04 PM

brokensmile322 posted 7/18/2014 16:18 PM

Best wishes to you Blakesteele and family! Prayers sent. Godspeed!

rachelc posted 7/18/2014 16:34 PM

prayers... your daughters will never forget this...

brokendancer7 posted 7/18/2014 16:51 PM

This is not analogous to your trip, but my FWH and I recently spent a week out of town engaged in an activity that totally absorbed all our time and attention. Somehow, during that week, I felt the first loosening of anger and hurt that I have felt since DD. It was great to be totally absorbed in something to the point that the A receded into the background for a while.

Safe travels, and I hope y'all have a healing and meaningful time as a family.

authenticnow posted 7/18/2014 16:59 PM

Safe travels. I think that you are doing a beautiful thing.

peaceBmine posted 7/18/2014 20:13 PM

Praying. Enjoy and know that you are making a difference.

bionicgal posted 7/18/2014 22:42 PM

Traveling mercies! Can't wait to hear about it.

still-living posted 7/19/2014 07:22 AM

Now that's a life changing family trip. Wish you well.

Neverwudaguessed posted 7/19/2014 08:18 AM

What a life-changing experience for all of you: I can't wait to hear how it went!!! Good luck and enjoy.

ItsaClimb posted 7/19/2014 10:05 AM

Hope you have a wonderful time blake, it's a great thing your family is doing

LA44 posted 7/19/2014 21:14 PM

Prayers for a safe and peaceful trip, blakesteele. Something you will never forget!


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