Walking the Talk

14 Mar

I’ve talked (well, and written) a big talk for a long time.

About how the world needs us.

About the love of Christ.

About how possessions aren’t important.

About how we should serve people in need.

About how we should give our time, money, and talents to others.

About how I’m going to live RADICALLY in 2011.

Yeah… my talk has been pretty big. My walk? It’s been mediocre. It hasn’t lived up to my words. And for the last year, I’ve been doing a lot of praying and reading and thinking about how to fix that. And now I’m ready to share the answer.

If you are a reader of my blog you know that in October I read the book “Radical.” Our church read it as a body as we contemplated our “reach” outside of our personal circle. The book was challenging to say the least, never more so than when David Platt challenges his readers to just consider and pray about whether or not they were called to missions. He made it clear that the answer may be “no” but that it’s not up to us to decide the answer before we have seriously inquired of the Lord. I had considered missions before and never really felt as if I was “called.” In my mind I’d reserved it for the select few that are devout and equipped far beyond myself. And besides, my “mission field” was right here – in my job, in my church, in my community, in equipping others – I wasn’t actually “called” to go to the other side of the world to serve the Lord. Right?

Even though I believed this to my core, I obliged and followed David Platt’s request. I prayed seriously and soberly. I reflected. I listened. And God answered. And the answer was one I never expected.

I’ll fast forward through the painstaking details and just get to the news. Here it is:

The World Race
11 Countries. 11 Months.

In October I will be leaving the US for nearly a year to abandon my worldly possessions and traditional lifestyle to serve “the least of these” amongst real and raw community. With a  squad of around 60 people who will work in smaller teams on individual assignments we will country hop around the world living out of a backpack and showing the love of Christ to orphans, prostitutes, the sick, communities who don’t know Jesus, and everyone in between. Our ministry will vary from place to place and include anything that could be a part of God’s kingdom work.  Our route is very tentative, and there’s a good chance it will change, but right now the tentative countries on our route are:

  • Guatemala
  • Nicaragua
  • Costa Rica
  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • 1 Asian country we will choose
  • Malaysia
  • Uganda
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Malawi

I am really excited about this next step in my adventure of life, and anxious to see how the Lord will work in the hearts of others as we serve and love on them, and no doubt how He will work in my own heart as I discover what it means to know Christ, the power of his resurrection, the fellowship of sharing in his suffering, and become more like him in his death.

The road ahead as I prepare will be a great journey in itself. There is an incredibly long list of things to do, prepare, think about, and take care of. And oh yeah, I have to raise my own support to cover my training, travel and living costs while I’m on the field. What does that mean?

It means I have to raise $14,300 in an account managed by the World Race.

Yeah. That’s what I said too.  That is no doubt a large sum of money and I do not take it lightly. But I am convinced that where God calls you to He provides for. I will be posting more information about my support raising journey and how you can be a part of it through prayer, encouragement and giving. I will not only be raising funds, but also accepting donations of items & supplies I will need as I travel.

In the mean time, if you are interested in giving financially now, you can do so on-line at:
https://www.adventures.org/give/donate.asp?giveto=worldrace&desc=&tuid=6690283
Choose “Support a World Racer” and enter my full name (Renee Durham) in the line below.

I’m really excited to share this journey with you. As I know more and begin preparing I will most definitely post updates and provide you with more information. And please – if you have questions about the race, how I got here, or anything else, please contact me – I’d love to share with you personally.

To learn more about the World Race program you can check out http://theworldrace.org

I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I said that prayer 6 months ago. Heck, I still don’t. But I can’t wait to find out. Living radically – I told you it might get a little a crazy! 🙂

Peace & Love – R

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5 Responses to “Walking the Talk”

  1. Tiffany March 14, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    Renee, I am so excited for you! I’m sure the road will be filled with ups and downs, but you’ll handle them beautifully. Can’t wait to watch and learn and support in whatever way we can. Sad that you (and your talents!) will be leaving FFA. Good luck with preparations! – Tiffany

  2. kari March 15, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    Wow renee–this is a huge. I’d be very interested to hear how God called you. 🙂

  3. R&B March 15, 2011 at 12:39 am #

    So PROUD of you Dur-baby!
    Thanks for pouring your life out!
    Lots of Love….

  4. Chris Vitelli March 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    Renee, just stumbled across your facebook page and noticed your blog. Your story is beautiful and I am so proud of you for following Christ’s call to action. Let’s catch up soon. Much love, Chris (and Summer and Conner)

  5. Tara Abshier March 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    Hey Renee! I finally have had a chance to read your blog! This Is so great! I am so excited for you! Patrick went to India on a mission trip last year and it was life changing for him! Please let us know how we can help, we would love to make a donation!

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