Friday, July 18, 2008

Thank You

I want to thank all of my family and friends for their support of this trip.

I will never forget the phone call I received informing me I was one of the twelve going. I was so excited I actually jumped up and down. A friend suggested this sounded like the TV show "The Price is Right". And it was. But this was a call for "winning" something so much bigger than any material goods.

As time for departure gets closer, I am even more excited. Of course I am also nervous. The thought of being away from my husband and my two young children (10 & 11) is very difficult. The final moment of departure, when I hug my children and see their sweet faces, I know I will be fighting back tears. And once I am on the plane I will have a good cry.

But I feel what I will bring back for them is so much! I feel called to go on this trip. I am not afraid.This is something that I want to do from my heart. Please pray for me that the love and mercy of Our Lord Jesus Christ will shine through me and for the Holy Spirit to lead me while I am in Nigeria.

I feel I have been moving towards this trip all my life. I did give a vow to God when He guided me to Russia to adopt my two beautiful and wonderful children that I would give back to Him in a spiritual way. I feel that this trip is part of following through on that vow. I know, like in Russia, I will get back so much more than I can give. Of course we adopted the children in Russia, but we also fell in love with the people, especially our host family. In Russia we got to experience and learn what little importance material things have. The people there were very poor, but they gave us everything they had.

Friends at church and at my pool are yelling out to me "when are you leaving?" and "God bless you". People are coming up and talking to me and asking me many questions. I have been blessed before I even leave on the trip.

To my family - please do not worry about me. I am in God's hands.

I could not do this or so many other things I do without the love and support of my husband. And I know most of you know this He is another blessing from God.

God is so cool!

I will sign off for now. We will be posting from Nigeria.

Teresa Pompa


Jennifer Paule said...

I am so proud of you for going to Nigeria! What a great example you are to all of Nativity and esp. your family.

Jackie said...

I am praying for all of you! Thank you for representing Nativity.

Much Love and Many Blessings to All of You.


Christopher, Sophia and Tony said...

Mom/Honey, we are going to miss you so much. At the same time, we are very happy for you. We know how much this trip means to you. We are also so very proud of you. The people we met last night, who are going on the mission with you, are so wonderful and friendly. Please take care of yourself. We will say a prayer for you every night. We love you so much!