Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Heartlines On My Hand.

A little bit ago about three big things happened all in one day. Actually, all in the space of about an hour. I was listening.

1) I received a brand new pair of cowboy boots from America, to walk the earth in.

2) The new U2 album dropped silently into my phone with songs about grief, suicide, heartache, carrying on and holding on to light.

3) World Vision Australia asked if I'd like to do a blog ambassador field trip to Uganda in late November.

Bang. Just like that. I said yes to everything - the boots, the music, the trip to Africa. I'll be visiting some communities that have child sponsorship programs, learning about how child protection is in force, meeting people who work on HIV/AIDS projects, and hearing citizens voices in action and how they lobby government at a grassroots level.

It's only for five days, so that's a lot to pack in. I love World Vision and have seen the lives they save on a daily basis with my own eyes. I'm really honoured to be able to go on another trip for them. Back in 2012 when I finally got the go-ahead to travel to Niger in West Africa to blog about the food crisis, I was in Melbourne and rang my brother Cam straight away to tell him.

"Cam, this may be the last time I ever speak to you because who knows what's going to happen!? I just wanted to let you know. And to tell you that I love you!"

We both laughed, he was blown away and really proud of me. I like to think he still would be.

I'm good to go on this trip. Physically, mentally. I guess a lot of people are going to ask me about Ebola. So far there have been zero cases of Ebola in Uganda, and they're monitoring the situation every day.

World Visions official press release regarding Ebola, how they are helping to control it, and how you can help, is HERE. 

I should be leaving around the 21st November and be back in time for Maxs 13th birthday. He wants a big sleepover with mates in the lounge room and pizza and to play video games on the TV. THIRTEEN. Unbelievable.

Gallivanting across the world doesn't seem like what an ordinary suburban white privileged somewhat middle-aged woman with children is supposed to do. It feels a bit wrong. Which is exactly why I'm doing it. One of the best things I've discovered about having a voice on my blog is to use my blog for people who don't often get the chance to use their voice.

Dave backs me 100% like he always does. We've been sponsoring children with World Vision for about twelve years. I give him heaps of time away at the beach house by himself where he goes for runs on the beach and makes papaya brekkies. And he gives me the time and space to leave the country and shine some light on a few things that are dear to my heart.

Marriage - it's all in the dealmaking.

I've specifically asked for enough time to write from over there every night, and I really hope you guys read my words, come with me a little bit.

World Vision Australia FACEBOOK
World Vision Australia TWITTER
World Vision Australia INSTAGRAM
World Vision Australia BLOG

"But in order to get to the heart
I think you sometimes have to cut through
Keep it up
You can
I know you can
Just keep following the heartlines on your hand." 
- Florence and the Machine

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