We are Heard

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
(Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV)

Yo! This verse, has always been my favorite, but as I sit in London a 
couple of hours away from boarding my plane to Lagos, Nigeria I am blown 
away by how true it really is.  When I was sixteen I started really 
praying about getting overseas, with a simple desire to just love
 on kids with Jesus love!  Today I get that opportunity! God is so 
so faithful, and is constantly blowing me away with His sovereignty and 
faithfulness.  The goal is to blog everyday I am in Africa about all the incredible things
 He shows me in and through His people there, and just as I continue to seek Him daily. 
 He's already taught me a ton through this trip and my feet are yet to hit African soil. 
 The Lord mega blessed me with getting to spend the day before this trip with Abbs and the 
Walker clan in Dallas- it was so refreshing to continue to hear just a glimpse of their 
African stories that still light them up today. Abbs' heart still beats so fast for this place,
and for what the Lord is doing here, can't wait to see what they talk about.
so thankful for incredible friendships centered on Him.  I'm crazy humbled in just watching
 the Lord open so many doors and provide in so many ways I could have never fathomed. 
 While my stomach is still pretty nervous, and my heart is probably beating a little faster 
than normal, I could not be more excited to have this opportunity.  About a year ago
 one of my best friends, Anna Joy!, headed from kamp to good ole' Texas, and then on to be
 with her family (the Starlings) in Nigeria.  My request was simple, the Lord just really 
begin stirring it up in my heart, so I just asked Anna if I could pray with her 
intentionally while she was in Africa.  She is a champ and emailed me almost everyday 
to update me on the kids in the orphanage, her family, and just all that the Lord was 
doing in Africa.  I had a blast praying with her, and we still get to go back to those 
emails and are just in awe of God's sovereignty.  He hears us. He really does.  It's truth, 
and He has made it so tangible for us.  From there, I fell head over heels for a bunch of 
kiddos I've never met, and just began really developing a heart for Anna's family and the 
work the Lord was doing through them in Nigeria.  To make a long story short, 
Ephesians 3:20-21, in about 24 hours I will be hugging those kids that stole my heart 
via email in the woods of Golden, Missouri at a little place called KAA. 
 I've been dreaming for months about what it will be like to hug each of them, 
listen to their hearts, and talk with them about the GOD of the nations! I cannot wait 
to update this daily, and put my heart into type, as the Lord continues to reveal more 
and more throughout this African journey.  Thanks so much for reading this, and for 
praying with me y'all.  I have been rocked the last few months just watching God use 
all of you to constantly encourage my heart in this process.  My prayer is simple- 
that Jesus is absolutely exalted, that His Word goes forth, that the Gospel goes
 out continually, and that He would simply use my hands, feet, heart (aka all of me) to
 love on His people in Nigeria.  For now I'm going to run off and get ready to board 
a plane to Africa! He is good, He hears us, and He truly does more than we could ever 
ask or imagine by HIS power at work within us.  Hope you are dreaming today.  He is 
beyond worth it. Thankful this isn't about us, but all about Him!  will update soon! In 
His Grace. Stef!  bt dub- Psalm 28:6-9- check it. Carried me through a 9 hour plane ride 
to London.  I love love love when we just get to trust Him, although my heart feels weak,
 and I feel like a little kid - like first day of Kindergartenish- my heart rests in 
knowing He really is right here, dwelling within me, and He stated the Truth He is never
 going to leave.  Beautiful. Love Love!

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