It’s time for Malawi, new changes

Wow! Month 5 is here, and I am ready.

Malawi is the start of a lot of new changes. I am a team leader now with a brand-new team, new location and new ministry. A lot is changing, a lot is happening and a lot of prayers are being sent to the Father about this.

When I was praying for the Lord to show me what Malawi would be like, he so sweetly and softly whispered, “Uncomfortability and intentionality.” The Lord has never made something so clear to me, that these two months are going to be extremely uncomfortable.

When the Lord spoke this to me, I began to pray for things I never thought I would pray for. The race has been nothing short of easy. Actually, it has been very difficult, challenging and some of the hardest days.

But the more the Lord spoke uncomfortability over me, the more I continued that Malawi would actually be a hard country for me. I prayed that I would have challenges, that I would have hardships and that I would have struggles. A lot of people probably don’t understand why I would pray for these things. I mean, it does make sense that a person would not understand why someone would pray for hard times, but let me tell you why.

It is in the hardest days of our life, the most challenging moments, the biggest hardships that we see the Lord the most and that we grow closer and more intimate with the Lord. If it takes 47 hard days in Malawi to grow closer to the Lord, then I’ll take it. I am ready for the uncomfortability, and I am ready for the intentionality. I also am ready for you all to find out alongside me what exactly this looks like for me.

I recently just found out who my new team is. I am on a coed team — three girls and three guys. We will be doing after-school programs and doing construction work. At first, I was really anxious about this news, but after some time in prayer, I have a lot of peace and actually think this transition will be a good one.

As I mentioned earlier, the Lord spoke intentionality and uncomfortability to me before I had any knowledge of the situation for this month. I actually had no clue what that meant but that he would reveal it to me in his timing. After finding out my new team and my setup and ministry in Malawi, I quickly understood why he spoke this over me.

I am so excited to see what the Lord has in store for Malawi. It is going to be a really sweet two months of growth and going deeper with the Lord. Continue to keep me in your prayers as transitions are happening, and they won’t be the easiest.

Keia Blair is a Seymour native who attends Cincinnati Christian University. During her nine-month mission trip around the world, she is submitting a series of blogs that will appear in The Tribune. Send comments to [email protected]