Today I am setting out on a new adventure that I didn't even know was possible.
In January of 2015, I started a new part-time job with the airlines. I had worked part-time off and on as an independent contractor for many years but it wasn't enough. I needed something that was steady income to pay the bills. Finances had been extremely tight and I was so ready for that to change.
When I started my job at the airport, I thought it might just be temporary until hubby's new non-profit got up and running. However after just a few months I felt like I was where God wanted me to be. God was changing my plans. Maybe he was going to use this ordinary mom and her ordinary job for something bigger.
Earlier this year, I found out about an organization called Airline Ambassadors International. They are a non profit group started by airline employees to use flight benefits to escort children for life changing medical care, hand deliver humanitarian aid to children in orphanages, clinics and remote communities, and advocate and educate on child protection and human trafficking awareness.
Tomorrow I will make my first trip as a medical escort as a member of Airline Ambassadors International. I will be escorting a 15 yr old girl home to Honduras. She was in the states receiving a prosthetic leg. I am excited about this trip and also a little nervous.
Some may wonder why I'm doing it. Why leave your family and take days off to escort someone you don't know to a place you've never been? I've asked myself that same question over the past couple of weeks. And here's what I keep coming back to: God tells me to do it.
He says to in 1 John 3:17, "But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?" Also in Colossians 3:23 it says, "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."
To me this is a simple way of using the benefits of my crazy job for the glory of God. There is a young girl who has a need and I have the "goods" necessary to meet that need. So tomorrow morning at 4 am, I will meet this teenage girl and her host family at the airport so we can begin her journey home. (And of course God has a sense of humor, because my first assignment is a girl the same age as my own daughter. The daughter that has me on an emotional roller coaster of epic proportions. )
My prayer is that this will be the first of many opportunities with Airline Ambassadors International.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.