1158 days…

1158 days. That’s how long we have lived in Honduras as of today. Hard to believe. Time really does pass quickly.

Just last night I was reading in an old journal that I packed with me when we moved here. It is a “blessing journal” and it’s been a long time since I’ve looked at it, let alone written it. I had kind of forgotton about it actually, even though there are many things that could have  written in it since I started it back in 1999.

That was a rough year for us and yet it was a year like no other where we saw God’s care and faithfulness to us. We learned to trust in his provision.  I don’t know how many times we didn’t know how we were going to make it and people handed us money at random times. We used to call them “Pentecostal handshakes”. So we never missed a bill being paid and never were in want. Infact during that time there were times where we were blessed with money left over. And times where the amount given was exaclty the amount needed at that time.

There was one line written in that journal back in September 1999 that I believed that God was preparing us for the mission field. Wow!  I seriously don’t even remember writing that, but obviously it must have been a dream God put on my heart even back then. Who knew it would take fourteen years for those dreams to come to pass?  It was then that I remembered my interview at the place where I was hired less than a week after moving to Toronto. Fantasy Fair . It is an indoor amusement park and was a great place to work. I loved it there and loved the people that I worked with and to this day still stay in touch with many of them.. The young lady named  Gorett who was interviewing me had asked me where I saw myself in ten years, and I had said I saw myself being involved in some sort of missionary work..I think I was probably thinking more along the lines of Africa, but none the less…it was dream I hoped would happen eventually.

So, you see sometimes God may give us a dream in our heart and it might take years for it to come to pass. But it will…

The bible says in Habakkuk 2:3 The vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed…

and then in Ephesians 4:20 Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work with in us..

 

See, life may not always seem fair. Times of hardship will come. Things we don’t understand, and things that we may question God about.  But God knows the end from the beginning. Take Joseph in the bible. It’s one of my favorite stories. It’s a lengthy story so I will try and summarize briefly..He was an annoying and I think maybe a little arogant little brother who was the favorite of the father.  You know the story. It spans the last thirteen chapters in Genesis. His brothers hated him because of all the dreams he had of them bowing down to him. His father gave him a beautiful new coat, but not to them. They were jealous. They devised a plan to get rid of him, and after they threw him into a pit and stipped him of the beautiful coat his father gave him, he was sold into slavery and the brothers killed an animal and dipped the beautiful coat in its blood, so they could tell the father that Joseph had died.

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For over twenty  years Jospeh was away from his family and father that he loved. He spent time in prison seemingly forgotten. But God had not forgotten him. He gave Joseph the ability to interpret dreams and because he was able to tell the Pharough the meaning of his dream, he was brought out of prison and given authority over Egypt and eventually through the course of events, reunited with his family.  God knew all along, from the moment Joseph was thrown in the pit that one day God would use him to save his people during the famine..and one day relationships with his family would be restored.

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So what dreams has God placed upon your heart?

 

Crazy days!

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It was not quite a week ago where I had one of those days that could be classified as a horrible, no good, very bad day.  I admit that I don’t do so well under pressure, when things are chaotic and not running as smoothly as we would like. And it was really not for lack of planning.

See, we had day of the child events at three schools.  Last Friday, we had games, cake and juice and piñatas. On each game the staff were on our own. The game I had was a stacking cans game that the kids had to knock over with balls. There were six. Three on the bottom, two in the middle and one on top.  Kind of like bowling. That was fine, but not only did they need to be stacked each time a child knocked them over, but the lids and bottoms flew off of the cans and had to be put back on which was next to impossible. Yet without the tops and bottoms the cans didn’t stack.  Meanwhile there was a huge line up of children all wanting a turn and all of them crowding in too close instead of waiting behind the line.  I was very close to tears and pulling my hair out… and I was frustrated when the teachers of the kids just sat on the sidelines, not helping. In one school that day, I actually said to a teacher, that I needed help with the game and he just stood there with his arms crossed. I said to Daniel our translator who had another game in the same room,  “Did I not say that correctly? ” And I did, but perhaps he didn’t hear me.  Despite all the the stress and craziness, the children had fun and that was the main reason we did what we did. .It was all about them. The children. I confess though I am kind of glad we don’t do these party days every week..lol

Then on the afternoon on the way home, Dale received a text from a friend wondering if we wanted to join their family for a movie that night. The new Star Trek movie. I ended up opting out because I felt like a nervous wreck and I knew that the next few days were going to be busy.  I felt like bawling. I knew I needed time alone. It is something I don’t regret.  Dale finds rejuvenation when he is with people. Being the introvert I am, I am the opposite when I am stressed. I need time alone to feel refreshed.  I was able to work out which automatically can make a person feel better because it gets those endorphins flowing.   I also spend some  quiet time with the Lord. I worked on my homework for the Armor of God bible study I am doing; ( which by the way is amazing.) Nothing better than listening to worship music and being quiet before God to calm the spirit, bring peace to a situation and make everything ok again.  I also baked, something I love to do when I have the time.

The next day we had another fun day at Moises Starkman. It  was a totally different story. I am so glad I went because it was not chaotic, things ran smoothly and the teachers followed along with their classes to each game. What a difference that made to the fun factor!  It also helped that the stacking cups game was not an option for them and I helped Timy with the bean bag toss game instead. I think the difference is that the director sets an example by joining in on the fun. The teachers do too. People are going to follow their leaders, right? Just like sheep …they follow their shephard.

. I am sure all the teachers and directors in the schools that we are in love their children, but in this school it is very obvious. You know that they love and care for each child because they show it in how they speak to them and how they love on them.

The next day  was Sunday and we left our house bright and early, around 6:20 because all of the schools we partner with in District 8 were in a parade. It was pretty slow going. We were there three and half hours and only saw 20 schools of about 45 . The costumes were so beautiful! The kids, parents and teachers were happy to see us watching on the sidelines..

Had we stayed for the entire parade, we would have been there well into the afternoon, but we wanted to go to church, so off to Sion we went.  I loved how the youth pastor closed the sermon. He called all the children up to the front and prayed over them. It was a beautiful moment to see the next generation prayed over.

In closing, I just want to say that in the midst of the chaos, God is still God. He can bring peace to our hearts when they are troubled and when we feel stressed, when we are nervous or afraid.. He can calm our storms if draw close to Him.

Matthew 8:26
“You of little faith,” Jesus replied, “why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it was perfectly calm.