We could not have asked for a better team for the first ever Uncaged Adventure. Honestly, I was a little nervous–sometimes a threesome of girls (especially dancers) can get sticky, you know? But God knew what He was doing. Daley and Rachael are some of the most servant-hearted, encouraging, easy-to-get-along-with people I know. Our gifts and areas of expertise complimented each other perfectly for the needs of this adventure and the small size of the team was ideal for the situation. You never would have known that we just met a few days before. Daley shares how it all began…
It all started a year ago in the summer of 2012 – I was visiting my sister in Atlanta and attending her church, Passion City. If you know us very well, you know that Rebekah and I are very soft spoken and if it weren’t for an extroverted, mutual friend we may not have met. We talked and Rebekah told me about her collective, Bluebird Uncaged, that she began in order to spread hope and dignity through dance. We exchanged names to find each other on Facebook, and my only expectations were that we might message every now and then. I had no idea what plans God had in store from that one meeting.
Fast forward to the spring 2013 – My roommate, Rachael, and I are planning to go on a missions trip to Honduras that summer when I receive a message from Rebekah. Her dream of an international missions trip was becoming a reality and she was looking for dancers to join the Bluebird adventure to invite people into the bigger story in Panama. I was glad to hear from her and the trip sounded like an incredible way to use dance for mission work but I felt that I was already committed to the Honduras trip which was the same dates that Bluebird was going to Panama. I told her that I would be praying for her but I couldn’t join this adventure.
For the next couple of days I couldn’t get the Bluebird adventure and using dance for the greater good out of my mind. I finally decided to tell my roommate and fellow dancer, Rachael, about the Bluebird adventure. We had both verbally committed to the Honduras missions trip, but as we discussed the Bluebird adventure it became more and more clear that this is where God was calling us to serve. This was the place that was uniquely suited for our skills and passion.
God works in incredible ways that we cannot foresee or plan for, our job is to stay tuned and open to where he wants us. He connects people in such small and powerful ways to spread his story. This has never been more clear to me than on this Bluebird adventure, from how he brought us together, to the friendships we made along the way, to the effect.