by Lizzie Wirgau Since my first trip to Africa when I was twenty, I’ve seen myself grow up in many ways while I’ve been overseas. I’m not sure if this growth has come from just being in Africa or simply from being so far removed from everyday life. I’ve visited Africa in the midst of many personal life events: changing my career path, the death of a good friend and, most recently, having this crazy idea to start Market Colors. Each time, I’ve come back with a greater understanding of my life circumstances. The 10-16 days I’m typically there allow me to be removed from distractions and really focus on where my life is. It lets me think about why things are the way they are and what God is doing through these situations. Great clarity is gained through these times. Having distance, literally and figuratively, between me and my daily life gives me perspective, but it also gives God the opportunity to work.
We will be in Africa for two weeks, August 21-September 5. Throughout those two weeks, I would love for you to join us in removing some distractions from your life. Together, let’s commit to take the next two weeks and put some distance between us and the things in our lives that cause distraction. For some, it may mean taking a hiatus from Facebook. For others, it might mean spending time with God each morning before logging in to your e-mail or checking Instagram. The goal is to create some silence and stillness within your soul. It’s in this place that you’ll be able to hear God in a way we can’t experience when we’re distracted by the things of this world. Think of it as a type of retreat.
Please be praying for our team. Robyn, Marco, and I will be traveling to Malawi, Ethiopia, and Kenya to visit with six groups of our craftsmen. We will be spending time with them, growing our relationships and partnerships. We will be capturing their stories through video with eagerness to share them with you. We will also be praying about what God is calling Market Colors to do during the next five years.
You can stay updated on our trip through all our social media outlets. A great way to get a glimpse of what we’re doing is by following us on Instagram where we’ll post pictures whenever we’re able. I’ll talk to you from Africa!