For anyone that knows me well, I am usually a last minute person. I wait until the very last second to prepare for anything. This time I decided to be proactive and create a packing list for my trip weeks ahead of time. Groundbreaking for me! Yesterday, I spent a good chunk of time searching online for packing list for Kenya, for missions, for living abroad. I found some good list, but not one seemed to have everything I need. Obviously, most lacked the essentials for maintaining black natural hair for a year! Ha! So I created this comprehensive list. I hope it's helpful to others, and if I forgot anything please feel free to comment below! Thanks!
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ
Last week, I took my last work trip to D.C. before moving to Kenya in August. It was definitely bittersweet for sure. I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing colleagues over the past two years, and I feel like I am saying goodbye to some dear friends. The inside jokes over the course of my tenure are too many to name, and the happy hours, the laughs, the trips, the late night hotel room conversations will be cherished for sure. It was quite sentimental that Washington D.C. would be the last site of my last work trip. Just two years ago, I took a very different trip to D.C
After being unemployed for three months, I was literally down to my last dollar when I received a phone call that I had been hired for my current position. I was on my way to D.C. for a networking trip through an organization I was a member of at the time. With $50 to my name in total, I was ecstatic to receive that phone call. When I checked into the hotel, they asked for a $100 deposit which I didn't have. I called my dad in tears, and he transferred the money to my account. At that moment, I swore to myself that I wouldn't be in that position again.
Fast forward two years. As the plane made the familiar passage over the Washington Monument, tears collected in my eyes as I reflected over the past two years and how much growth I've had financially, personally, and spiritually. I feel closer to God than ever and as He calls me to Kenya, I feel the gravity of losing my job, losing my health insurance, losing my comforts of home and friends, losing it all.
Why would I give up the security of a steady job and pay check? Why would I willingly put myself in a financially unstable situation?
Because I consider everything a loss to the surpassing knowledge of Christ Jesus, and for Him, I am willing to lose it all. Like Paul, I know what it's like to be both well fed and hungry, but I've learned to be content in all situations. Although I swore I'd never be in a financially dependent position again. That's exactly where I am headed, but there is no place I'd rather be than dependent on The Lord for all my needs. He is my sustainer, comforter, friend, father, and yes, provider.
In a few weeks, I'll be boarding another plane heading across the Atlantic Ocean. The journey to this point has been filled with many ups and downs, but I'm clinging to my savior for all my needs to be met. For His sake, I am losing it all.
After a recent trip to Kenya, it became abundantly clear to me that The Lord was calling me to move there more permanently. I am currently in the process of making that happen. From visas to saving money to saying goodbye to the familiar, this is going to be a long journey. But the destination is worth the journey! Pray for me as I follow God’s call 8,000 miles from my home to where my heart already resides.