The Morris family is coming to America. I am so excited. So. Excited.
If you know me, you know I could ramble on for quite sometime about this family. That said I would like to try and keep this post concise and to the point. I will summarize my ramblings to this: I love them…So. Much. I miss them so, so much. Just the thought of having them in Raleigh for a few weeks (yes plural!) puts me into a tizzy of excitement and joy. 27 days. I think I can make it.
I wanted to put it out there on the interwebs, making some needs known regarding the Morris family’s furlough.
As a gal who has been on the foreign mission field I know firsthand the mix of emotions that surround this type of trip. You want and need rest. You want to spend as much time as possible with family and friends. You also have to balance this with sharing your experiences, updating people re what’s up on the ground, raising awareness and support. There is a load of stress and anxiety that comes with wanting to meet the expectations of all the different people you have to see and things you hope to accomplish during your time in the States. All the while being away from your ministry, from your people, from your life – with that comes an ever-present stress and/or concern of how everything is going in your absence.
In addition to all of this, of the +4 years Dan, Loring, Aiden, Hannah & Ben have lived in Uganda this is just their second trip back as a family. They are kind of missionary furlough amateurs. Knowing so personally how they labor, how they sacrifice, how much they give of themselves** – I want so badly for their time this summer to be rich, restful and life giving.
**Note: they would NEVER say this of themselves, they are humble and so decidedly living the way the Lord has led them to that it just doesn’t seem like anything special to them. Having lived and worked with them for two years I think I’ve earned the right to make such claims :)
Okay, all of that and I haven’t made any tangible needs known. Allow me to dive right in: I wanted to bring to your attention the increased need Dan & Loring will have for cash during their time in the States. That’s right – Money. Funds. Support. Generosity. Moolah. Coin. Cheddar. I am sure this does not surprise you, but life in a third world country is significantly less expensive than life in America. They come to America, but they are still being paid based on a standard of living in Uganda. Not to mention, it’s on these types of trips they have a chance to shop for clothes. In addition to that there is the inevitable need for rental cars, food, doctors appointments and so on.
With all the stressors and whirlwind that their summer at home is sure to be the last thing they need to worry about is something as trivial as money.
So what do you say people, let’s bless the mess out of this freaking awesome family!!!!?!!?
I hope you are sitting there going YES! YES! 1,000 times YESSS!! But how? Here are some options:
- Make a tax deductable donation online to Dan & Loring Morris via their mission organization on justgive. (Note: in the “Program” reference their name)
- Give via paypal by following the link on the top right corner of this blog.
- Buy a gift card (Target, Old Navy, Starbucks, Gas Card, just to name a few) or right a check. You would be welcome to mail that to me with a card saying “Hi!” or something like that. I am picking them up at Dulles International on June 1st and would gladly hand them over at that time.
If any or none of the above sound good to you please do not hesitate to send me an email and we can talk about it email@example.com. Also, if you would like to be in touch with Dan and Loring directly, email me and I can make it happen.
Please tell your friends, co-workers, family, anyone!! Let’s rally some love and generosity around these folks. Let’s straight just bless the mess out of ‘em.