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HIV Africa2010: Mandie Carroll

What was your role on the trip?
Amy and I were in charge of taking the poloroid pictures.

Have you been to Africa before? If so, how many times?
Yes.  Just one other time.
What was the most difficult part of the journey?
Missing my husband and daughters

What was the most fulfilling part of the journey?
Living out God’s call on my life.

Were there any experiences that happened you didn’t expect?
A baboon hopped into our safari van.  Ha!  No really….it did.

Did you connect with any of the locals? What was their name and story?
Wow, tough question.  So very many.  There was a little girl named Resty who lives with Pastor Moses and family and who was only half sponsered.  We connected right away.  I have two daughters of my own and was just drawn immediately to her.  Literally right off the plane.  She was one of the girls that danced for us at the airport in Entebbe and we started talking after.  Then we talked again at church the next day and I found out from Bruce that she needed another half sponser, so our family is sponsering her.  Getting to see the joy on her face when I told her she was now a part of our family was incredible.  She is an AIDS orphan.  Both of her parents are dead.  So having the opportunity to meet some of her needs is an absolute joy.  I’ve already contacted her through Moses since I’ve been home just to tell her we love her and are praying for her.

What would you say to someone who may be considering going next year to HIV Africa2011?
I would say if you desire to be completely changed, if you desire to literally be the hands and feet of Jesus and to have a heart for the things that break His, then you should come.  I will never be the same.

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