Friday, November 17, 2017

Lace Up Your Shoes


My I-phone camera has become my new journal.  I used to journal all the time.  I don't know where all my hours have gone that I used to spend on my journals, but that is the life I lead now and is my new reality.  My days flow into each other.  I have heard, in times past,  that the older you get the faster the clock seems to be running.  I feel like my clock is sprinting on time lapse and I am thankful that I am keeping the pace with what God has for me.  I am thankful, that even though the music of my life is faster and the pace is swift, God keeps my dance card filled and my feet are ready.  

Our girls are running!  They have a competition in their school for different events.  One of the events is a 5K.  They run home from school at least 3 times a week.  I am amazed at that!  If you knew the terrain of the dirt road after they leave the big white gate at the school you would be amazed also.  When they reach the pavement of the highway, it is still pretty uphill with just a few dips.  Yet the girls run.   Some of them walk/run, some run wide open, and some just walk, but they all arrive home. (I am going to use that for our next devotional.)  Everyone of them feel accomplished and have their little endorphins running alongside of them.  They ran their first competition a few weeks ago.  One of our girls came in first place in her division and another came in 3rd.  It was a perfect day here in Intibuca to run.  I am thankful for all the teachers and staff that are training and investing in our girls.  I am blessed and we are blessed. 

The older girls who are in Abundant Life Christian School, went to the capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa, to experience the Honduras Symphonic Orchestra.  It was held at the Abundant Life Church.  Our girls were beyond excited at the opportunity to go to this event.  We traveled to the Capital in two sets of busses and the girls got to spend the night in a nice hotel, dressed up in fancy shoes and dresses and wore the jewelry someone made and sent to the girls to wear on a special occasion.  We ate out and had a very nice breakfast the next morning before we travel back to our mountain village in El Obispo.  The music teacher and several of the other teachers came as chaperones.  It was wonderful and I am thankful that my girls got to see and experience their culture, history and music.  I am thankful for the teachers who invest and encourage our girls on every level.  I am thankful that we all got back safely and were able to share our wonderful experience with the girls that were waiting for us at the house.  

I was able to go to a Women's Retreat Sisterhood Revive, held by the Women of Purpose.  They come every year and I signed up months ago.  I had totally forgotten the dates until about two days before the event.  There were 115 women who attended.  That meant that there were 115 sponsors who paid for us to be at the retreat center in Valley of the Angels, paid for our food, people who donated books, gifts, snacks and craft projects. They got the pastors, guest speakers, band members and all of their equipment there to minister to a bunch of very tired missionary women.  The theme was about the armor of God andto lace up your spiritual boots.   I was so honored to be a part of this group of women.  Listening to their stories encouraged me greatly in the work we have all be called to do here in Honduras. I am so thankful to all the sponsors, and the team who made this possible to revive so many women in 4 days. It was exciting to know that I have so many co-laborers on this field in Honduras Life-giving!

Most of this month apparently is about our feet.  The Word says how beautiful are the feet of them who bring the good news of the Gospel.  I want to say thank you to all of you and your feet who have encouraged me through thick and thin over the path I have been walking, running, dancing and sometimes stomping around in for this 23 year old adventure in Honduras.  Thanks to both boards of Such is the Kingdom Ministries and to all the teams who come and give of themselves to pray, build, encourage and evangelize our mission community around Project Talitha Cumi.  I am thankful to God for calling me here, and for giving me a super supportive family, and church that continue to care over us with prayer.   Happy Thanksgiving from the Happily Stomping but Thankful, Revived, Honduran MOM

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

You Are My Hiding Place

Greetings All,

This year has already flown by.  I can't believe the holidays are upon us!  We haven't started gearing up for Thanksgiving yet, but we are hoping to get started with all of our Holiday Planning.  We love the Holidays and we usually start planning pretty early, but with the girls in school, there is always something going on.  This past week they were in training for their first 5K marathon!  Jake and Rachael, directors of the Abundant Life School that the girls attend, were their trainers.  They would run from the school to the mission, which I thought was pretty impressive.  I don't think I could have made it down the hill to the school, let alone up that hill and then all the way home!!  Jake and Rachael asked me if I wanted to start training with them.  Those guys are so sweet to include me in the training plans, but normally the only time I run is when something is wrong, i.e. there is a fire, a toddler has a stack of folding chairs collapse on top of her while she was trying to help, or trying to get my phone that I left on a table somewhere.  Also, I am too busy being amazed at how well my girls are adapting to all this running everyday.  We have had some girls that have benefited greatly by all the endorphins that have kicked in.  They have had a super great attitude and we are amazed at the difference in their responses in general.  The girls are sleeping better, doing better at school and at home, and are more excited about life in general. Training for this marathon gave them a dose of self esteem that has been amazing.  The 5K was a fund raiser for an organization in La Esperanza that help young people with special needs.  Miledy came in First Place in her division and Maite came in 3rd Place.  The other girls did really well and all of them finished the race!! Two of my girls developed nose bleed and they kept running until they got over the finish line.  Even though I was anxious about this new development of nose bleeds while running, I was so proud of all of them.  

This week end the girls have a trip to Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras to go see the Honduras Symphony Orchestra.  When I lived and worked in the States, I would go to the Symphony Event in Valdosta.  It was a wonderful event a great fund raiser for children who wanted to learn how to play instruments.  This night is also a fund raiser for the Abundant Life School, to help kids go to a bi-lingual christian school, who would not have that opportunity otherwise.  I am going as a chaperone to help with the "50 some" children from the Abundant Life Christian School, where the girls from our PTC mission go to school.  WE are all excited about the trip.  I will send photos before, during and after the event.  

I have moved up the road a bit. I had to go into a hiding place.  I am still at the mission, just in a different house.  I am settled and it seems to be be working out.  I am at the mission house and the mission house is my old house. There were some practical reasons why I moved such as:

  • It will keep the teams closer to the girls and we don't have to haul all the luggage through the mud and mire to the mission house.  We just unload right here.
  • The other day we got a container and we just unloaded it in the mission house.  It was great.  No moving stuff from here to there, it just goes to one place. 
  • We are closer to the team members and can know what they need and the storeroom is right here close to the mission house.
  • They have an internet for their team leaders that works on the porch or kitchen.
  • Not a long walk for circulo
  • Closer to the kitchen and dining hall. 

  • The other good news, is that I have a place to stop.  I walk to the former mission house and say goodnight to the girls and my day is over.  
  • I can be quiet. 
  • Read my Word
  • Pray  
  • I have Sunday afternoon off!  It has been a great 2 weeks!  Once again, the Lord shows me He knows what He's talking about. We need a day
  • I needed some rest. 
  • I needed a day off (first official day off ever)
  • I needed no internet. 
  • I pray first thing when I wake up which hasn't happened in a while.  I have read some books, but more exciting is that I have been sleeping all the night through!  That my friends is amazing!  I was beginning to think it was never going to happen again.  I had coined a phrase that "sleep was overrated" I had never even considered moving away from my house, because it was mine and I thought I had to be right here with the girls.  God is able to keep us all safe and He is able to send the people I need who are very competent to help me with the girls.  I have a great group of interns and I am blessed.

Since I have moved, the girls have been talking to me in Spanish, faster and faster.  I guess they want to get it all in before I go back to my house.   I have to look them in the eyes and watch their lips move, and sometimes I have to get them to repeat themselves, or ask them to speak in English.  Either way, I really have to be focused, and I am enjoying being with them more than ever.  My prayer now is to keep focused on what else the Lord has been trying to tell me. I know I have wasted a lot of time, but even in that remorse, He doesn't condemn me.  I saw a cartoon on Facebook a few years ago.  It had a lamb in a lawn chair with headphones on listening to his music,  his cell phone in one hand, a cup of coffee in another, and a stack of Christian books beside his lawn chair. The caption was the lamb saying, "I just don't understand why I can't hear from the Lord".  Sometimes we get so busy ( even with good things) we don't take time to listen to Him speak to us.  He is speaking to us, sometimes it is in HIs silence, but other times it is in a still small voice.  We have to be in the silence and focused to listen.  I pray you find your spot where you can be alone and hide with HIM.  

Thanks to all of you who continue to love on our girls, and pray for them.  We appreciate everything you have done to keep this ministry going through all the gifts and prayers.  Thanks to all of our interns and other missionaries who are on the field with us here in Honduras.  Thanks for helping them to be able to stay here.  WE are blessed. Blessings to you all from the Hidden away Honduran MOM. 

You are my hiding place, you always fill my heart with songs of deliverance whenever I am afraid I will trust in you.  Let the weak say I am strong in the strength of my Lord.