Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Day is Here!!!

Dear Family and friends,

The DAY is here!!!
Finely, after three years of waiting, the time & opportunity has come to return to the place that God has placed most on my heart:  ZAMBIA!!!    
Over the past three years God has taken me on a journey full of joy, tears, and sometimes pain,  but I never lost sight of the call God place on my life.  The call to go love His people anywhere, anytime, anyplace.
I will be going with Scrubs Medical mission in August 2-17th going into schools doing medical education. We will teach hinge and basic first aid so that Zambia will be able to help each other after we leave.
When I was nine years old I went to Mexico with my family.  On that trip I was sitting at a work site while people from our church were building a house.  I was on a pile of dirt with some little children; we found some nails and string and crafted a cross to give to the new homeowner.  Looking back on my life this was the time I was wrecked for Missions no matter where God was going to send me.
As my year was unfolding… I made the following blog post (in fact it was earlier this month):
  “When I was sixteen I felt the call on my life to go and love in Africa…  I went back to Africa at seventeen.   This was a forever-changing trip from the second I stepped off the plane.  I was overwhelmed because I knew I was “home.”  One of the hardest things I ever had to do was leave my heart in a foreign land that became home. I had to leave the people I lost my heart to.  But God has bigger and better plans for me thou I am still unclear of what these are and soon enough I will know.  This April I had the possible opportunity to go to Africa.  My heart was saying “yes,” I will go; there was nothing I would not have given up to go… However, this was not God’s plan for now.  I am staying in America.  This has been one of the hardest things I have ever been through, but I know God is teaching me to be ready to go where he calls and to wait for his timing.  It is hard to be patient when my heart is not here in the states.  God knows what I need, I am grateful that I serve a God who gives me what I need over what I want… I may not ever get to go back to Africa, but I am ready to go wherever God wants me to go whenever this may be.  I want more then anything in the world to be in the hands of the king and love Him.  He has me exactly where He wants me. My job is just to be faithful to His call and rest in His arms; waiting for His voice to say it is time GO!”
Little did I know that I would be going back so soon after finally giving my hearts passion to the Lord. But now after all the waiting I am going be back to Zambia!!!! God said it is time to go back to the place that changed my heart forever. The trip cost $3500 I could not tell you all how humbled I am for God giving me the chance to go back to Zambia. But I cannot to this on my own I need your help to raise the money and in prayer. You can make all checks out to Bethel Bible Church and mail them to 2067 Rana Park Flint, TX, 75762
1.     That the trip will bless many people and that their medical needs will be met. We are going to be working with Scrubs Medical Mission. 
2.     That our team will bound and be able to work together well
3.     God will get hearts ready to hear his word
4.     That we will be ready to talk about the gospel and show the gospel to everyone we see from the people on the plan to the Zambians.
You can read my blog to see updates and read of what God is doing Followingjesusalloverworld.blogspot.com

In his name, 
Katie Rittenhouse

1 comment:

  1. SO amazing! i love that God has given you such a heart for Zambia. and Im excited to go on this next trip with you. looking forward to what GOD has planned!