Monthly Archives: July 2010

Last Look At Honduras

On Wednesday night, we had supper by the pool.  A pizza party with our translators, Belkis and Kelyn, and the Honduran Country Coordinator for Mission of Mercy, Tony.  I cannot begin to describe the incredible blessing and the impact these three individuals had on our lives and what they give of themselves daily for Jesus Christ.  We will never be the same.

It will be a long time before I brush my teeth without thinking of Honduras.  Since we could not use the sink water, we used bottled water–because our bodies are not acclimated to their water–we would become very sick.  I will admit we did have a bit of sickness, but nothing that kept us from functioning.  Thankfully, the sickness that hit me, Pastor Tommy, and Aaron did not strike until the last night there.  I was just dreading the plane ride, not knowing how far I would be from the bathroom.  Eewww.

But God.  Once again He was on the scene and administered healing to each of us.  We made it home–without incident–or accident. 🙂

Enjoy the last “slide show” from the trip.  I will use many of these pictures for future blogs–as devotions and stories are already forming in my head.  I have a feeling that as our team reflects back to conversations, hugs and kisses from this trip, there will be tears shed, as there are every time I look at them.

Thank you all for your prayers.  They were felt.  Friday morning when I was so sick, I began to pray for God to WAKE someone up to pray for me.  If you woke and prayed for me, thank you.  We are home safe and sound!

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A NEW Blogger Among US!

We have a NEW blogger among us and HE IS HAVING A GIVEAWAY!!! YOU must go check him out!
He is the Children’s Pastor at Carmel A/G and I promise you will have a GREAT time visiting and getting to know him!

I am helping him get started, but I can already see–that HE will be running through this and meeting all of you and having a GREAT time with blogging before we land in the United States! 😉
His bloggy house is: Adventures with Aaron
Go check him out! and BE SURE you tell the fellow that I sent you over there! I am helping direct traffic for his FIRST giveaway!  (It will be a great one!)

On another note….we are headed to the Center for our last day with the children.  I already have the butterflies of emotions rolling around my heart and stomach (not something I ate) about saying goodbye.  I know it will be emotional, and we will all ride back to the hotel with wet eyes.  God has been so faithful and good to us this week.  I have so much more to tell and share with you, but much of it causes tears to flow, so I will have to take that journey slowly.

You all are so great to pray for us, thank you.  Thank you for sharing this journey with us.  My friend from Dothan, Lisa gave me a shoe sized scripture that I tucked underneath the insole of my tennis shoe.  Lisa, the scripture is still there, has carried my body through this journey of faith–and I leave those shoes, scripture intact with Carlos.  His toes were sticking out of his shoes when we met him.  Broke my heart.  We are all leaving a piece of ourselves with these awesome people.  Thank you to all of our sponsors who made this a possibility!  God will reward your faithful hearts!  This is something I prayed about participating in and GOD gave me the desire of my heart!

When our desires line up with HIS….it happens every time….in HIS time.

Have a blessed Thursday.  Pray for our team.  I love you all so much!

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First Time Mission Interview (4)

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John David, What was the first thing that made an impression on you?

The living conditions of the people.  Houses are hanging off the sides of the mountains, built with block walls and tin roofs, living in one or two room homes.  And this is how almost everyone lives.

What have you experienced that has been life changing for you?

All of the children had an impact on me, but there were four particular that are going to be on my mind forever.  I come from such an amazing home life, and none of these did.  It obviously made me thankful for what I have, but it also really broke my heart for the children.  Their faces will appear in my mind every time I go to pray.

Do you feel God speaking specifically to any area of your life?

What God has really revealed to me through this experience is that any work for the kingdom, whether painting walls or preaching sermons, is important and it’s going to not only bless others, but be a blessing to you as well.

What would you say to someone undecided about a mission trip?

Go.  No questions asked.  Unless you feel it is against God’s will for you, you need to have the experience of going on the mission field and seeing what God does in your life.  You’ll be astonished.

How will this affect your missions giving and how has this affected your perception of a missionary? 

Before I left on the trip, I started sponsoring a child with my friend, Brittany.  Now, after I’ve been able to the that child, along with countless others, I realize just how important missions giving is.  I’ve always had a heart for missions, but it has grown so much bigger now!  My giving will definitely increase.

I respect the missionaries so much.  Through my aunt who was a missionary and my sister who is becoming one, I’ve always considered them special people, but now it hits even closer to home.

Would you do it again?

Anytime, anywhere.  But especially Honduras.  I’m in love.

John David, is there anything you want to say to your fellow laborers?

I love all of you so much!  I wasn’t close to many of the people on the trip before we left, but now I consider them all friends!  We laugh so much I keep getting scared we’ll get kicked out of the hotel!

Gracias John David!


First Time Mission Interview (3)

Honduras 2010-Saturday 007 Timothy, what was the first thing that made an impression on you?

As we approached Tegucigalpa, I noticed the housing.  That really hit me as sad.  I can’t believe that  people actually live with so little.

What have you experienced that has been life changing for you?

Sunday afternoon the Holy Spirit moved like I have never before felt! I had no idea what was being sang and still God moved.  I will take that back to the States!

Do you feel God speaking specifically to any area of your life?

Yes

What would you say to someone undecided about a mission trip?

Go.  It’s one of the most amazing ways to get closer to God.

How will this affect your missions giving and how has this affected your perception of a missionary?

Well now that I have a hand on experience with missions, I would love to be able to help more.  At this point in time, I have not job so I can’t really help financially.  I now realize how much they work and I have always respected it, but now I see the stuff they see everyday and how much they go through physically and mentally.

Would you do it again?

Most definitely!

Timothy, is there anything you want to say to your fellow laborers?

I have really enjoyed this trip and have had an amazing crew to be with on my first trip!

Gracias Timothy!


First Time Mission Team Interview (2)

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Claresa, what was the first thing that made an impression on you?

I found my Honduran, Kinsley! Saturday, when I got to the bottom of the hill that we have to go down to get to the Center, I spotted a little girl.  There were children everywhere, but this little girl stood out to me.  She is beautiful.  She is two years old and so cute. She has touched my heart in so many ways.  It will be hard to leave her Thursday.

What have you experienced that has been life changing for you?

Seeing all the the people who live with nothing but are always so happy.

Do you feel God speaking specifically to any area of your life?

I feel as if we in the states should be more thankful for what we have.  We are blessed beyond measure!

What would you say to someone undecided about a mission trip?

It will completely change your life for the better.  You will never regret going on a missions trip.

How will this affect your missions giving and how has this affected your perception of a missionary?

I began sponsoring a child this month. I see how much missionaries do and how they truly have to be called.  They are great people of the Lord!

Would you do it again?

Oh yes! Absolutely no doubt!

Claresa, is there anything you want to say to your fellow laborers?

If you have never gone on a missions trip, you should go any opportunity you get!

Gracias Claresa!


First Time Mission Team Interview

Brittany Riley

Brittany, what was the first thing that made an impression on you?

It was actually seeing and being with the children first hand.

Can you tell us what you have experienced that will be life changing for you?

Every child that I’ve come into contact with has and will forever change my life.

Do you feel God speaking specifically to an area of your life?

In a way, yes.  But I need to pray about it more.

What would you say to someone undecided about a mission trip?

I would tell them that I felt the same way.  I was afraid of coming over here, but now that I have, I wouldn’t trade any moment here for all the money or power in the world.

Brittany, how will this affect your missions giving and how has this affected your perception of a missionary?

It has already affected my missions giving because I’m helping sponsor a child.  I believe that it’s opened my eyes to what they actually go through emotionally.  Seeing pictures and hearing stories tug at your heart, but actually being here totally grips it and doesn’t let go.

Brittany, would you do this again?

Yes! Over and over again!

Hey, is there anything you want to say to your fellow laborers?

Just that I love everyone and it’s been an amazing time getting to know each one personally!

Thank you Brittany for taking the time to share your heart with us and all those who faithfully follow our journey here in Honduras!

Gracias!


Tuesday-brought…

More rain…but we did not get discouraged. We worked steady–long and hard!

The children met us again at the top of the hill all excited, running and jumping around. Makes me kind of sad to know that soon they will not have a bus to meet and they won’t have these great young people cheering them on and laughing and dancing with them–but our goal is to put Jesus into their hearts—and pray for them–believing God to raise them up to do the same for those around them.

That’s what you and I are called to do as well. We discussed tonight, after Lynda Carroll shared a precious testimony about the grace and mercy of God extended in her life by God–that we are all called to carry the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ into all the world.

I’ve said it here before, and I’ll say it again. Everyone’s “all the world” is not the same. Some are not called to the Mission Field–but we are all called to make a difference, impacting those in our world for the cause of Christ–by living the life before them, showing others the love of Christ–not the complaining, whining spirit of flesh.  You and I can make a difference for those in the Mission Field by giving of our time and money–and spending time in prayer for them.

I’m sharing the photos with you of today.  Not as many pictures taken today, I mainly forgot to pass my camera around for the youth to snap shots of everyone.  We were so busy trying to get much done.  The kids are gone tomorrow and the Center is closed for the day-so we take advantage of that and will see a bit of the area.  We will be back on Thursday to finish up our painting projects and clean everything before we leave. 

I hope to post the interviews with the other “first timers” for this mission work tomorrow.  Great responses, great kids–who love the Lord with all their heart! I am so proud to be a part of this awesome group.  They don’t play around when it comes to getting serious before God.  They are serious and passionate about Jesus!  I pray the same for the youth at your church wherever you may attend.

(Remember, if the pictures go too fast to read the captions,click on the slide show and view them all separately)

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Pardon me if I got to sleep now….it is after 11:00….and I’m sort of tired.  Love you all!

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