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Eliza Iles in the Belgian Congo circa 1920. She is second white hat from left

Travel: A Prayer for Packing

Eliza Iles in the Belgian Congo circa 1920.  She is second white hat from left
My great great aunt, Eliza Iles in the Belgian Congo           circa 1920. She is second white hat from left

 

 

A word from Curt

On the Road.  It’s the way we spent much of our time.

We’re often carrying money in three (sometimes four) currencies.

I’m not complaining. It’s a privilege to travel, share the Gospel with new friends, and learn from Africa.

Tomorrow (5 October 2014) we leave for an extended trip to Kenya.  As always, we covet your prayers.

Below is a poem/prayer I wrote last year.

It’s about the journey.

And we’re all on one.

Enjoy!

Storm over Jebel Kujur   Juba, South Sudan
The rainy season has begun.                                              Storm over Jebel Kujur Juba, South Sudan

 

A Prayer for Packing

 

“Don’t get on the plane with any regrets.”

A veteran missionary as we prepared to leave the U.S.

 

Lord, we’re going on a trip To a place we’ve never been.

Help us to pack carefully.

 

Guide us in what to leave in

As well as what to leave out.

 

Fill our hearts so full of your love

That any jealousy, regret, or bitterness

Would never fit in our luggage.

 

Teach us to leave behind the baggage

That so easily weighs and slows us down. *

 

Finally Lord, help us pack the essentials.

Along with flashlights and mosquito nets,

 

Help us have love and patience.

Two qualities that transcend language.

Grant us listening ears and open hearts.

 

On this trip.

This journey.

This safari** is all about You.

Not us.

Go with us.

Before us.

Over us.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Brent Maxwell (of Arkadelphia (LA) Baptist Church  Koboko Kakwa Camp   Jan 2014
Brent Maxwell (of Arkadelphia (LA) Baptist Church Koboko Kakwa Camp Jan 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Hebrews 12:1

** Safari is a Swahili word for “Journey.”

 

S.C. Iles

www.creekbank.net

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Eliza Iles and Leroy Harris on their wedding day  Belgian Congo
Eliza Iles and Leroy Harris on their wedding day Belgian Congo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read about Aunt Eliza’s Amazing Journey to Africa in 1920

Compare it to the 24 hour trip it is now.

Journey. Safari. Trip.

What are other words that describe a journey?

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About Curt Iles

I write to have influence and impact through well-told stories of my Louisiana and African sojourn.

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