Several months ago I got an email from Shaun Groves regarding a Compassion blogger trip to Kolkata (Calcutta), India. In case you've never heard of anything like this, Compassion takes bloggers to see their project sites in various countries so that they can help get sponsors for those children. Curt and I have been sponsoring a Compassion kid in Honduras since we were newlyweds, so I was really blessed and excited to have been contacted about a blogger trip. But there's the little matter of a certain newborn by the name of Annabeth Ellen Jones. Right now it's just not my season for mission trips. I'm sitting the bench, riding the pine, sidelined - whatever you want to call it. I do miss going, but I know that time will come again before long. It's simply not possible when I have a newborn nursling.
Anyway, I was bummed to have to say no and wishing I could help in some way. Then my sister Melissa came to mind. Hmmmm. Maybe she could go. But I kept my thoughts to myself. A few days later, my mom and Melissa randomly met Shaun at Travis' concert in Woodstock, GA. God was laying some puzzle pieces down and the picture started coming together. To make a long story short, Shaun asked my sister to go on the trip and she said yes. God's hand in this was unmistakable. It was super exciting to see it play out.
Melissa is going to be blogging about her Compassion trip to Kolkata here on Baby Bangs as well as on the LPM blog. I am so thrilled to get to partner with her in this way. My sister and I are as different as night and day, but we have the same blood running through our veins and the same desire to serve God with our lives. It's really special to get to work for Him together in as many ways as we do.
Y'all will love hearing from Melissa. There's just no one on the planet like her. She's brilliant, loves the Lord, hilarious, and speaks her mind. Please pray that God will use my sister, the gifts He's given her, and the platform she has to help release children from poverty and bring great praise and glory to His name.
She will post here soon, but in the meantime you can check out some of her personal prayer requests for the trip over at the LPM blog.