the big reveal

Um... so...

Doug & I are going to Africa.

Doug's company has a charitable foundation that is partnering with two churches, one in Ethiopia and one in Kenya, to form children's homes in each country. The foundation has committed to these churches for the next five years, hoping that each year, the church and community will become increasingly self-sufficient in providing for the children's homes.

We will be going to both Kenya and Ethiopia from November 6-16th. The purpose of this trip is to vision-cast with both churches and serve them in any ways possible. We are going with Doug's CEO, Kevin & his wife Janni, their son Jamin & one of his friends, our dear friend Ellie, her daughter and one of my best friends, Sara, and a guy named Scott from World Orphans.

I don't know what else to say except that I am bursting with excitement. We were invited in August, and I didn't want to say anything to anyone because for some time it didn't look like I would be able to go, but then God just kept putting pieces of the puzzle together! It's all I can think about and all I want to talk about. I'll share more details of our itinerary as they continue to unfold but guys - - WE ARE GOING TO AFRICA!! I am SO EXCITED.



  1. i want to go.
    any room for me & a small african child in your luggage!?

    THAT, my friend would make my heart happy.

    So excited for you guys!
    keep us posted.

  2. totally rad awesome!
    [i'm not jealous or anything.]
    >>so jealous<<

  3. Ok sooo... for most of the post I thought you meant you were MOVING to Africa! Either way though-that's awesome!!

  4. Super cool Rae! I'm really happy for you!

  5. that is so awesome! i am so happy for you two!


  6. rachel africa is my home. africa is in my blood and i know that more than ever now that i am in ireland. you will love africa if you allow africa to fill you in a way that she chooses to. go without expectation and you will be filled. many blessings to you all!

  7. ouu, this is so exciting!! what an amazing opportunity! going to africa was one of the best experiences in my life. and i've always wanted to go to kenya, so i'm jealous.

  8. Wow! So excited for you guys!!

  9. So I'm only a month out of it... that's not bad. I'll be praying for your safety, health, and that good relationships will be formed. Love, Auntie LS