It's official. I'm going to America in March.
A year ago I awoke one morning with the clear sense that I would be attending a Christian writers conference in the United States of America in the near future. It didn't make sense. Financially we couldn't afford to travel across South Africa, never mind a trip to America.
I prayed for a few days before sharing this growing conviction with my husband, Rob. I expected his amazement. Instead I received his whole-hearted support. It would take a miracle, but we serve the One in charge of that department.
Nearly five years ago, I attended Sandy Cove on my own. I told Rob I didn't want to do this trip alone too. We agreed to pray that the Lord would provide a way for me to attend a Christian writers conference in the States. We also agreed to ask the Lord to give me a companion for the trip.
A few months later, I met Marion Ueckermann, a member of my online Christian writers group, for the first time. She flew to Port Elizabeth for a work appointment and we had breakfast together. During that time I shared my desire to go to a conference, and she immediately said she'd pray about coming with me. For her too it would take a miracle.
The recession hit, and I confess the vision faded as Rob and I considered ways to augment our income. I signed up to get back on the roll of the S.African Nursing Council and then "The Email" arrived. Cec Murphey, a multi-published writer, wrote to offer me sponsorship to attend the Florida Christian Writers Conference in Leesburg, Florida in March, 2010.
The next day, I contacted Marion and gave her the news. You can read her side of the story at her new blog.
At the beginning of September, I start night duty as a nursing sister at a frail care home. Before accepting the post I explained my need of leave in January, when my daughter and family will be visiting from Kazakhstan. The matron agreed without hesitation. I drew a breath and said I would also need leave to attend an American writers' conference in March. That too was immediately granted.
I had two periods of leave granted before I accepted the job! Indeed, we serve the God of Miracles.
I invite you to follow the highlights of our conference preparation on the Florida Conference page of my website.
Oh, and in case you're wondering about the title of this blog, see Marion's post!