So, I have about a week before I leave for this Honduras adventure. It's been a fun and exciting summer so far, and I've witnessed God in a ton of unexpected ways... it makes me kinda sad to be leaving so soon, but I know God's got things under control.
Lately I've started reading some "short-term missions" books to try and prepare myself for Honduras. It's been good, I just wish I had done it sooner!! There's so much to learn and to try and remember... and it's just making me feel so inadequate.. BUT I know that that's a lie and I just have to trust in the Lord to work through me... hey, like Paul says to the Church in Corinth in 1 Corinthians 2:1-5;
"When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom but on God's power."
That passage has really stuck with me these past couple days, after stumbling upon it. because, the more I think about it, the more I realize how inadequate I really am for this trip. I don't remember much of my spanish, I have never really TAUGHT kids before, and my discipline skills with kids are awful... YET. God's going to use me. and that's exciting. and because of my weaknesses, it's HIM that will shine. Don't worry everyone.. I'm still going to practice my spanish, and hopefully have patience with the kids... but it's just exciting that even PAUL went to a place in "weakness and fear and much trembling". very comforting.
I'm also trying to learn more about Honduras--the things that I don't really know about it yet. I really want to be more educated about the places that I'm going to go. It's been exciting. I'm also trying to keep up on world news... I think world news overall is a great way to stay connected with the community we live in called THE WORLD. haha...
ANYWAY, if you read all this... kudos! I just want to keep updating while I can.. the next time I update it may be a couple days before I go, or even IN honduras! because by this time next week, I WILL BE IN HONDURAS. HANGING OUT WITH MELISSA!!!! HOW AWESOME.
Anyway, thanks for all your prayer and support. I won't be using facebook when I"m there, so if you want to send me some "love".... email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will have internet on the weekends, hopefully... but yeah! God's blessings on your mission field... wether that be in west michigan, minnesota, honduras, europe... ANYWHERE!