Cradle of Love Orphanage
Growing up I thoroughly enjoyed all the missionary stories my Mom would read my siblings and me. My favorite being the life story of David Livingston and a story about a young woman, Mary. Both of which, were missionaries in Africa. I am not sure how this deep desire to be a missionary in Africa came about but it seems like the desire has always been there. Every new year I would pray to God, "Maybe this year, Lord?!" But the months would quickly pass, and another year would arrive, leaving my desire growing even deeper. It seemed impossible that I'd ever be able to set foot on the soil that I so often prayed and thought about. Many of my journal entries talked about my desire of Africa. Many people have asked, "Why Africa?" to which, I hardly had an answer. It just seemed built in me from the beginning of my remembrance.
May 18, 2012 found me on top of a mountain surrendering my most dearest dream at my Saviour's feet. I couldn't even understand the deepeness of the desire. As the tears freely ran down my face, my heart felt as if it was breaking. I could not describe the desire, for I knew not from where it came or started. But I knew the Lord placed it there and it was in His hands to lead. I looked up into the sky, and lifted my desire to my sweet Lord. Asking Him to hold it and fulfill it if He saw best. I didn't ask for a sign, for an answer of "yes" or "no" that I'd go someday, all I asked that He'd give me His peace and contentment. I trusted it in His hands, knowing that either way, I'd trust Him still. Because I knew that He put the desire in my heart for a reason.
To this day, I can still picture it. The sky had been covered in this huge cloud but an amazing thing started to happen. My desire on the alter was laid and this overwhelming peace came upon me. The clouds parted but for this one which rapidly formed into the shape of the continent of Africa. Call me crazy, but it was so. It stayed like that for a moment, then the clouds rolled back and I gazed into the baby blue sky. God felt so near and I knew, whether I went to Africa or not someday, my Lord would lead my path and I was content. I went on from that day, excited to see how the Lord would lead. I clung to these verses more and more. "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him:..." Ps. 37: 4,5,7.
A few months ago, this thought kept coming to me that I should start looking for an opportunity to go on a mission trip. I started to pray that the Lord would open doors. Long story short, one night I couldn't fall asleep because Africa was on my mind. At that time, I was in communication with an orphanage in Bolivia and was praying about going there. But I couldn't help but wish to go to Africa instead. Especially after I had a conversation with a friend about mission work in Africa. So, I went to Google and not knowing what to put in the search, I just put, "SDA orphanages in Africa." I started scrolling through but none were standing out to me. I then came to one that did. But as I looked through the website, it sounded great but somehow I felt like there was another one. That website had a link to Cradle of Love orphanage. The name immediately caught my attention. My mouth dropped and my heart began to race, "Could this be the place?!"
It was just what I had in mind! I love babies! And one of my jobs now tells of that. (A baby nurse for Rachel's Infant Care) So, to be in Africa and be taking care of babies at an orphanage, would be like, A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. So I got in contact with Cradle of Love and plans are coming together for me to volunteer next summer.
If all goes as planned, I am praying and planning to go next June-July, 2016. I'm really excited about this opportunity! It's just a stepping stone to where I desire to be in my desire of being a missionary in Africa.
Click on the link at the top of the description (Cradle of Love Orphanage) and take a watch at the video and learn more about Cradle of Love! And if God impresses you to help toward one more step in my dream coming true, I really appreciate it! As always, if you are not financially able to support, your prayers are deeply appreciated as well! The donations will be used for travel expenses, passports and visas and living expenses once at the orphanage in Tanzania, Africa. Thank you for your support! God bless you!
I even wrote poetry about it. Here is one of the poems.
Go to Africa!
There's a longing in my heart
For something too far away;
I dream of being able to depart
To be called and "sail" away.
I wish I could go tomorrow
But of course there's no way;
To be able to help still the sorrow
Sickness, death, in Africa far away.
Oh, to walk among them
Though dirty and scary they be;
To be a missionary woman
In Africa far across the sea.
You may think me out of my mind
But God is the One that put in me;
To go to Africa, to tell of Jesus kind;
Soon the plan to go I will see.
So, while I wait patiently
For God to open the door;
I'll be a light here happily
Until I can walk on Africa's shore.
By: Sabrina Kae Oliver