In 2006 God had shown me a vision of being a Missionary in Africa. I did not know when or how this was going to happen until I took a cruise to Cuba in 2018. We had the opportunity to eat dinner together and after learning about what she does with her organization I knew that God was about to fulfill his promise.
I was excited that my application to be a member of the 2019 Missions Team was accepted. As a team member I raised money and supplies to contribute towards the organization’s mission and motto, “Creating sustainable communities and economic development.” I knew this would be life changing but never imagined how participating in that trip would positively affect me on a mental/emotional, spiritual, social and physical level.
It really feels inadequate for me to describe nevertheless I will attempt to do just that!
Stretch goals. I almost said no to myself because of the money I didn’t have. I kept thinking and saying I can’t afford it. When I told Ann I wasn’t going she asked me why and when I told her she encouraged me not to give up hope. The Missions Team prayed for me and I started to trust God’s vision for my life. I started speaking his promises instead of his problems and I started creating ways to create a way. When I made that final payment for my travel and accommodations, I learned that where there is a will God will make a way.
Participating as a PSN team member was a real test of my faith. God gave me the vision but I didn’t know how it was going to come to pass. I kept looking at my limited resources instead of looking at the limitless source. When I told myself there was no way I could afford to participate in the missions trip every door remained closed. However, when I started giving myself permission to prosper so many solutions started to appear. I started experiencing my faith at work. I didn’t just say God I believe. I started acting upon my belief by changing my words and then acting towards my belief. I started using the gifts that God gave me to create the money that I needed.
As a member of the Missions Team I was about to travel to another continent with a group of women who I didn’t have history with. One was my co-author but she was bringing another friend so I was bravely and courageously going into a new arena of my life not knowing what the outcome was going to be. But looking back I realized that God was with me and he showed himself through every member of the Mission’s Team. God’s word What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.” Genesis 28:15 I know what plans I have for you. Plans to prosper and not to hurt you. Plans for your future. Jeremiah 29:11
As a member of the PSN Mission’s Team I learned the significance of the military term “Fitness for Duty.” Prior to the trip I was required to go to the travel clinic and get immunizations. As we were traveling I had to carry my 50+ pound luggage and the 50+ pounds of luggage that was carrying the donated products and supplies for the various missions projects. When we arrived in Senegal all of work involved strenuous physical activities including climbing in and out of the van, packing and unpacking supplies, squatting and lifting, adjusting to the change in time and weather, and hurrying up and waiting, etc. Thankfully our daily meals were freshly prepared by chefs who kept us well fed and nourished. Everything was so good that I was sure that I would’ve gained weight. Surprisingly I discovered that I broke my weight loss stall with a total loss of 7 pounds!
Trip to Senegal West Africa with Project Safety Nets 2020
I used plenty of mosquito repellent, so I felt really protected but I was still bitten by the bug. The bug I’m talking about is the travel bug. I reapplied to travel as a part of the 2020 Project Safety Nets Mission’s Team. Now that I have officially been accepted, I am in the process of collecting donations and supplies towards the trip. A lot of people are inspired to donate towards my travel costs, to the various Mission’s projects or both. You can donate towards my travel cost via my paypal.me/renettaweaver or cashapp $theunstuckqueen or you can make a tax-deductible donation directly to Project Safety Nets using this link.