October 16, 2014

In 2 1/2 weeks I’ll be arriving in Zimbabwe, after staying the night in Dubai. The thought of this blows my mind on a daily basis.

I’ve started to get things ready – freezing meals for my mom, Sam, and Bella, buying adaptors, looking up all things Zimbabwe. I have my passport and am waiting on my visa. World Vision secured our plane tickets last week. We have a team “meeting” to get to know each other more. Yesterday I got my immunizations for the trip.

Zimbabwe - World Vision

Each email I receive from our coordinator is like –  mini Christmas in my inbox. I read and reread, wondering what God has planned for me on this unexpected trip.

When I lived in India 11 years ago (it doesn’t seem that long ago) I was 20. Newly married. Traveled over with a girlfriend (Sam was in the Marines overseas). Although initially it didn’t change much for me when I came home, except the resentment for a while of how much excess we all have and take for granted here, long term it changed everything. I still have dreams about going back, and little parts of their culture are part of our life. Each time I’ve sponsored a child, they’ve been from India.

Seeing the poverty and yet incredible faith (of any kind) in that country that I couldn’t fully grasp at the time made me long to go back, to do it over again. Culture shock hit me hard at that age – I remember looking out the window of our hotel in Chennai and saying, “This looks like a movie, I can’t believe it’s real.”

I’ve tried to prepare a bit more this time. I’ve read several books on the culture, looked up videos to see what Zimbabwe terrain is like, studied a few words in their native language (most speak English). Nothing is going to fully prepare me for the adjustment – even going back to Colorado to visit family takes me a couple of days to get used to. What I’m praying for is a mind that clears quickly – one that can be fully engaged and present in order to give my best to our team and the people opening their lives to us.

I can’t wait to tell you all more about it as we know more details. Thank you for sharing in these happy moments with me just as fully as the harder ones.


  • Kristin@ In Between the Piles

    October 16, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I’m so excited for you & for this opportunity!!

  • Nan

    October 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Have an amazing time! In my years living in Zambia (just north of Zimbabwe), I saw that people in rural areas had perhaps ‘learned’ English but didn’t actually speak it- being able to greet and thank people in a local language makes a world of difference to them.

  • Becky

    October 16, 2014 at 11:42 am

    So exciting for you! Can’t wait to hear more about your journey. May God go with you as you travel. Blessings and peace.

  • Joan

    October 16, 2014 at 11:05 am

    HI Diana,
    I’ve had the privilege to go on many mission trips, at home and abroad and the one thing that always comes to my mind is how the team member benefits even more than the folks the team is ministering to. I know you will be on the lookout for what God has for you individually, and I will be praying for you as you go and for your precious family who will be holding the fort down as you go. God Bless You, your team, and all that have the blessing of being served by you all.

  • TexasBobbi

    October 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Sounds fun and exciting.

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