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Painting on one of the dorm walls @ La Quinta Esperanza

Painting on one of the dorm walls @ La Quinta Esperanza


Yes, the whirlwind has begun. I’d sort of hoped to breathe for a day on Monday after our all out sprint for the last week. Nope, today is my day to breathe. Nothing scheduled in which I need to leave home!!

So for those on the journey with us, here’s a little catch up from the last 2 days. Had a little hiccup which made me stop and need to regroup a bit – but then again, I was too tired to think straight and was in the middle of a few things already.  You will have this.

Danielle and I chatted about the upcoming yard sale and information regarding that and where we were going with it. I still needed to have a conversation with one of the pastors regarding ‘advertising’, per Pastor Adam. In this church, I’m still new to most of the inner workings, like how some things are handled, like announcements and advertising events etc. Partly because of this, and the fact that I was not focused on the conversation well, we tabled the conversation till we would meet the next day, when we would hammer out the details and get them ready for both the church and a local community paper, and work on a display area.  We’re learning to communicate! It is my heart that this group moves as one body, with one ‘voice’ – I guess it’s the unity thing… and a family thing.  🙂

Yesterday I gathered up most of my goodies from past Nicaragua trips, including a couple of colorful pieces, and small vase from there, and the display boards I’d created in the past. These boards we’re using just for reference points. You know, they say a picture speaks a thousand words! Armed with photos and these other finds, I headed into the church to meet Danielle. We got a bit of a slow start while figuring out what this area was to look like, but once the creative juices start flowing – watch out! With her help, I think we have an area set up that won’t be passed by easily!  I forgot to take a photo for you. 

We also had a chance to chat with Pastor Brian about the ‘advertising’.  That part was short, but he hung around for a good while. We discussed a few ideas for fundraisers; hearing his ideas were quite amusing, and helpful. It is so nice and refreshing, and very encouraging when people are willing to hop into the middle of the boat and dream with you! 

So that brings us to today. Danielle is going to be working on sign up sheets for the yard sale and bake sale coming up. She’s now handed me the advertising end of things. (She gets to be the money manager!!) At this point, I now have a little less than 3 hours to write up the ad for the paper’s deadline, and pop out the pertinent info to the church for Brian for the announcements etc. 

Then I can get some things caught up around here. Bills got paid yesterday, and I managed to finished loading the dishwasher and wash a load of blankets before heading out the door for the day yesterday. This may be my biggest challenge this trip. BALANCE! With doing this trip with such a small prep window, balancing planning and executing what we need to do for the trip, with family stuff  – like OT and other appts. for my 17 yr old, and driving her to work (that took up most of July!) along with trying to catch up and keep caught up on house stuff, and somehow try to start fitting a regular exercise schedule in there, all without losing my mind or wearing my body out – this has suddenly become a challenge. But family is more important than ministry, and I don’t want to forget or neglect that. Nor relationship time – which brings me to my next step today… time for some one on one quiet time. Without this time with Him, I should very well hang it all up. 

Till the next step…. Blessings!


A couple of Princesses @La Quinta Esperanza

A couple of Princesses @La Quinta Esperanza


That’s it! The shot’s been fired, the gates are open and we’re off. Now, to see who God has to run this race with us.!!  

We presented the trip today to the church in both services. 

Here’s the video I was working on.  Looks better up close than on the walls at church…

Now… time for a much needed nap….

I just re-read my last post, just to see where I left things last.

Well! I can tell you that since I wrote that, it’s been a whirlwind!!

I had my meeting early this week. Actually to back track, I think it started with church on Sunday… all weekend we watched as God turned so much around for many of us. I left church on such a high! Then I met with Danielle on Monday while my daughter was at work. OH MY! How fast 4 hours can just fly by!!

We connected more, though we didn’t get a whole lot of work done, but with her input and brainstorming, we got the calendar done. She’s more organized than I am. I’m more the go with the flow person – come to think of it, I had to learn that! Drives some people nuts! But, anyhow, we get along well, and she has picked up the vision, has a better understanding of Mateo 5:16 and their ministry and what they’ve been through to get them where they are now. Because of this, she’s also entered into the vision and is willing and able to dream with me, not just go along with my heart’s desire. COOL!

Well I’ve got to tell you, we might not have gotten a lot of work done that day, but the loads that we’ve accomplished since then is crazy! So, since you’ve come along on the journey here’s the low-down.

I took the calendar home to make a good copy for Pastor, with the intention to hand in the next day, which didn’t occur till Thursday. Danielle in the mean time, began looking for a bit of info needed, and worked up our information sheet. When I was done with the calendar, I began work on an application/personal information packet. We got a meeting set up with the pastor on Thursday, gave him the calendar – which we went through and answered his questions. We had already placed a few fundraisers dates and ideas on the calendar as well as my return date which is different than the team’s.

Ha! We also handed him both the info packet and the application for his input and approval and the request to present on SUNDAY! Because time is running out, we need to get a team in place quick! We got the go ahead nod for both the presentation and moving forward. So, now we’ve been working on being ready for tomorrow, including document revisions and copies made, and a last moment thought of Date’s list to include in the info packet done and sent in time to be printed. I plotted out the video while trying to go back to sleep early yesterday am, then got up to get it on paper so I wouldn’t have to start completely over.

I pulled up a video ‘producing’ site which my daughter had introduced me to which we had used for the last trips and paid a small fee to start using it. You can do a 30 sec for free, but yikes, that was not going to work this time! I was not going to start working on this part until I had gotten some home tasks accomplished, but once on a creative roll.. it’s hard to pull back. I will be getting back to the video in a bit after I do those few demanding tasks. I just wanted to fill ya’ll in, since I’ve not had the time or energy left to do so before this!

This really is only a brief overview. It by far does not cover all the little and not so little decisions that were made along the way, nor the research that was needed to go into making those decisions. Taking a team on a mission into another country is not a light or easy undertaking! I think that’s why I was avoiding it as much as possible. But here we are, with the constant reminder, that if it’s too big for you, it’s probably God – cause we need HIM to pull it off. And He is! There’s been crazy favor all week, and hurdles blown through.

And as icing on the cake, this is the verse that has been popping up every where all week… Hebrews 11:1 KJV – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. I just saw this version from the NLT… I think it goes well with what the Lord has been showing me recently…

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

Well, I must get back to work! I still have much to do before tomorrow morning, when the ‘race’ officially begins. I think I’m beginning to understand just how a race horse feels… it must feel like forever in that gate until the gun goes off and he’s let out to run like the wind…

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