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Anxiously Preparing for Africa

September 8th, 2010

STACEY GAGNE – You may have heard on the air by now, but in case you haven’t … I’m going to Ethiopia!!!  I’m super excited to be heading to Ethiopia with Compassion International Sept 25 thru Oct 2nd.  Not only is this my first trip with Compassion and my first trip to Africa; it’s my first trip overseas!   I couldn’t think of a better first trip for me than to travel with Compassion, an organization I have loved and sponsored a child through for many years!

Though I don’t have all the specifics of my trip, yet, I do know that I’ll be traveling with staff from other radio stations as we learn more about what God is doing through Compassion in Ethiopia.  From what I understand, I’ll be visiting Child Sponsorship projects, Child Survival Projects, meeting with college students in their leadership development program and visiting with Compassion’s Ethiopia Country Staff.  I will be getting my more detailed trip itinerary soon.

I hope that my trip will allow you to see and hear the heart of what needs there are for children in Ethiopia and what can be done/is being done to meet those needs through Compassion International.  We’ll also be giving an opportunity for you and the rest of our listeners to get involved and sponsor a child during our 26 Hours of Compassion coming up at the end of October.

I invite you to listen in and read along while I’m on my journey, and please pray for me too!  Thanks!

- Stacey Gagne

Giddy WJTL Employee and Compassion International Child Sponsor




  1. Kayla
    September 8th, 2010 at 09:46 | #1

    I love your excitement that you have for missions and for going to Ethiopia! I believe in order for people to be passionate about missions in certain parts of the world; people need to go and experience God’s prescence in that place. Keep up your enthusiasm and God bless as you go and minister to the kids in the Compassion Home!

  2. STACEY BLAYDON
    September 8th, 2010 at 11:18 | #2

    HI STACEY! YOUR TRIP SOUNDS GREAT! IM SURE YOU WILL COME BACK A DIFFRENT PERSON. MY PASSION TO BRING TOGETHER PEOPLE AS THE BODY OF CHRIST ESPECIALLY FAMILIES. WE TALKED ON THE PHONE ABOUT SPREADING THE WORD ON THE STREETS AND OVER RADIO FOR UNITED WE STAND IN JESUS AT THE REVOLUTION STADIUM OF YORK FREE 6-9PM TO PRAY FOR OUR CIT ,AND WORSHIP TO OUR JESUS MY HEART ACHES FOR THESE KIDS THAT ARE SO LONELY. I’LL NEVER FORGET ONE TEENS EYES WHEN HE TOLD ME ‘WE DONT KNOW WHAT A REAL FAMILY LOOKS LIKE’ I SAID TO HIM ‘THERE IS ALWAYS ONE FAMILY YOU CAN JOIN AND THATS JESUS’S YOU WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOUR JOURNEY ,AND PLEASE PRAY FOR MINE!

  3. Michele
    September 8th, 2010 at 18:52 | #3

    How exciting! I made my first trip to Uganda 2 summers ago and it gave me a whole new appreciation for how free we are here in the US to be able to worship God without fear. May God protect you and your group and give you calm travels. May you be blessed by the people you meet.

  4. Stacey
    September 9th, 2010 at 12:52 | #4

    @Kayla
    Thanks Kayla! I am so excited. I think that this will also affect my excitement for writing to my current ly sponsored child… seeing what they are experiencing in the projects there. I’m sure I will be changed from this experience.

  5. Stacey
    September 9th, 2010 at 12:53 | #5

    @STACEY BLAYDON
    Hi Stacey (hey another Stacey who spells with an (e). I do remember talking to you about your event. Thanks so much for your encouragement.

  6. Stacey
    September 9th, 2010 at 12:54 | #6

    @Michele
    Thanks Michele. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. So excited to see the beautiful people and culture in Ethiopia.

  7. Gary Zimmerman
    September 9th, 2010 at 16:32 | #7

    Stacey,
    Hi. Wow… I’m excited for you! When I heard on the radio that you are going to Ethiopia, I thought
    I want to go too! My wife and I sponsor a boy from Ethiopia. I wonder if you could say Hi to him for us!?!?!
    Send me an email if you get a chance.
    We will be praying for you. May the Lord bless your trip.

  8. Michael Oblender
    September 20th, 2010 at 19:56 | #8

    Dear Stacey,
    How exciting for you to be going to Ethiopia. God has allowed me to sponsor three children from Ethiopia through Compassion International. Two of my children I was able to sponsor from early childhood right through to their graduation from the Compassion Program. What a blessing they have been to me!
    Be blessed on your trip!

  9. Stacey
    September 21st, 2010 at 08:42 | #9

    @Michael Oblender
    Thanks for the comment Michael. I can’t believe I’m leaving in just a few days. I think it’s wonderful when people get their children involved!!!

    I am expecting to be moved and blessed by the children I get to meet … in just a few days!!!!

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