Ready for Takeoff: #CRSMedia Colombia Journal



As I type this, I’m sitting in the massive Atlanta airport awaiting departure for this amazing adventure which begins in a little less than an hour. In truth, my adventure began last week with a visit to my parents’ house in Gulfport, Mississippi followed by a “mini retreat” with my dear friends Pat Gohn and Maria Morera Johnson (more on those antics soon!).

flightI’m a Nervous Nelly when it comes to missing flights, so I arrived earlier enough for a leisurely checkin process and some time to catch up on email. I will be without my phone this next week, so I spent the last hour saying some goodbyes to family. It’s funny… I travel all of the time, but there is something about travel involving a passport which inclines me to be a little more intentional in saying my farewells. Ironically, today’s flight to Bogota is shorter by ninety minutes than my flight home from New York a few weeks ago. But somehow the immensity of this trip feels grand.

I am now in possession of Colombian pesos. My crisp 20,000 bills feature the face of Julio Garavito Armero (January 5, 1865 – March 11, 1920), a Colombian astronomer. I only know this because a Facebook friend asked – if you asked me who’s on the front of any of our own bills, I doubt I could tell you without checking.

currencyThis particular bill is worth a little over $6. One of our opportunities this week will be to learn what this amount of money will purchase and how long it takes to earn this in Colombia. Looking at the bills reminds me what a gift it is to have a program like Rice Bowl to unite us to the families I will meet in Colombia. While $6 will purchase a fast food meal at home, it’s likely that those same dollars shared into a Rice Bowl can make a true difference in the lives of the families who farm coffee in Pasto.

It’s almost time to board now, so I’ll cut this post short. Thanks to all of you who are praying with us along this journey. Watch for a note on social media later tonight or early tomorrow morning announcing our arrival.

Please join me in praying through the intercession of Colombia’s patrons Our Lady of Chiquinquirá, St. Louis Bertrand, and St. Peter Claver for the success and safety of our journey.

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Copyright 2016 Lisa M. Hendey


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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