48 Hours 'til Liftoff

Our global missions pastor Brian Morehead says that when a lot of people on a team are nervous about a trip, it means the trip is going to be good. If that’s true, then this trip is going to be amazing.

God made it clear that this trip is not about me. When I went in March, God did a lot of things in my heart. I learned a lot about myself, about God, and about his creation. This trip is about others. As the official videographer and blogger for the trip, I feel like my job is to tell the story of how God works through the members of our team. I will be capturing every moment, and I can’t wait to share it with you. These trips are once in a life time, and no one, not the members of our team nor the members of the village will ever be the same.

I’m so proud of everyone who has decided to make this journey, and I want to give you a quick introduction right now. You’ll get to know them better over the course of this trip, as they each will play a vital role in the story God is about to tell.

Brian M, our fearless leader, has probably lost track of the number of mission trips he’s been on. He is bold and courageous, and I don’t think anything or anyone will ever get in his way.

Tricia, my dear partner from the March trip, has made the decision to return to the people she fell in love with, in the hopes of spreading more of God’s hope and truth. She also plans on planting a house church among a group of believers in the village. I share this vision with her, and while I won’t be as involved, I will be watching and praying with her in this process.

Maddy is one of the funniest people I know, and first visited Tanzania in July of 2017 with RPYA. I’m SO (yes it needed to be in all caps) thankful she’s on the team, and for the energy and joy I know she will bring to every situation. She’s a warm and loving person, and I’m proud to call her my friend.

Quinn was in my men’s group this past session, and I am blown away by the fact that he is going on a mission trip so early in his walk with God. His fearlessness inspires me and I can’t wait to see him discover the gifts that God has given him on this trip.

Amanda V, who I’ve known for several years, is always smiling, which is one of the best qualities a person can have. She has overcome so much to be on this trip, and is a true source of light, one that I know is desperately needed in this village.

Amanda H is someone I’ve know from a distance but never been close with. She is one of the people I’m most excited to get to know. She has a quiet wisdom and is authentic and down to earth in a way that very few are. She was also in Tanzania in July of 2017, and I’m so glad she’s obeyed the call to return.

Brian R I have only met once in my entire life. However, I’ve heard his name around Rocky Peak for years, and his incredible reputation precedes him as a man after God’s heart. I know I’m going to love having him on this team.

Will, who I’ve known as long as I can remember, is a Rocky Peak legend. He has served in so many capacities and is truly passionate about pursuing God. There was no question in his mind when he felt God calling him to this trip. I know he will be a voice of wisdom and clarity for this team.

Finally, Sam, an incredible poet and woman of God, has amazed me with the gentleness and joy she so naturally shares with everyone she meets. I know the people of this village are going to adore her, and it is no mistake that she is on this trip.

These are the characters of God’s story, the people chosen by Him to carry out his mission of heaven on earth. I’ll be there every step of the way. You won't miss a thing.

With love,

Joey