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Well…. 

That sure was quick.  About this time 1 week ago I was climbing into my own bed after a very long day of travel, a stop on the way from the airport, a bit of dinner and hello to the young-ins.

1 week at home already.  After 3 months of a whirlwind of preparations, 25 days just came and went, way too quickly.

There is still much for me to process; still collecting my thoughts. I still have a project to work on for down there, which thanks to technologies I can actually do from here. But… thanks to those technologies, I see the photos, and have already had contact with a few of the young people there, and oooooooh I just really miss them already.

This trip was different than the others. There was more time to connect, and become a part of something. Not just the ministries, but the flow of life there. It’s amazing just how quickly we humans can adapt to our surroundings and weave ourselves into the fabric.

Disengaging – not so easy. Oh, so not easy, or even desirable, though necessary. Oddly enough, try as I did to ‘let go’, the longer this week has gone, the more I’m missing everyone, and the routines and flows of the days. Just taking walks into the market on any given day could be an adventure.

But now, especially since Thanksgiving is over and the left overs are about gone, it really is time to re-engage here. But nothing seems normal, nor is there really a desire for it to be. Sometimes the change of perspective is good, and we don’t want to lose it – it’s like losing a part of yourself that is new and precious. Don’t want to return to the same old, same old. What would be the point then?

It really does sound like a cliche, but we go on these trips with every intention of being a blessing, just to come back with so much more than we ever took with us to begin with…

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Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!!!

About this time tomorrow… I’ll be heading out my door and won’t be back for 25 days!!!!

Here’s one of the precious youngsters I’ll soon get to meet and spend some time with! She is one of the few that live with the Schweitzers…

Emy!

Emy!

Sorry to have not done well at keep you all updated in the journey process. This has been a whirlwind, a flurry of activity, and having time to sit and edit photos, and write, I’ve just not had. 

But here’s a few more photos Pastor Lynne sent me the other day…

La Boquita... :)

La Boquita… 🙂

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And here’s one of the places we’ll visit… that’ll make Jo a happy camper!

A view from further to the left of the crater from the lookout.

Want a perspective of the size? Look for the person walking near the wall!!

 

This was taken on the 2009 trip. This is but only a portion of the crater!!! Looking at it again, even now, I’m stunned by all the different layers and formations of rock that you can see here. I guess I assume that there would be nothing but hard black lava everywhere… like you can see at the top of the crater. This is Mt Masaya, which is an active volcano…

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Just thought I’d throw out a quick update on this mission trip journey. 

I was a bit down last week, and a bit off ‘balance’ after being thrown the curve ball of a team of 2, when most of what we’ve been looking to do would need at least a few of us. Curve ball #2 came with the proposed airline itineraries  which for some unknown reason, neither of us really had much peace with. But God is faithful!

On the way out of the church last weekend were the words ‘Do you trust Me?’ and “Be Still”. Then after looking into tickets to fly, and the new cost breakdowns, things started looking pretty grim – but the I heard – “Wait on Me”. That was new. But with it was  again a sense of Peace in the waiting in the unknown. It was if I had the gentle assurance that there was more in the works that just hadn’t been revealed yet. Then came yesterday!

After dropping my kiddo off at work, we arrived at church with a couple checking out the information table (Yay!), looking for the fundraiser information for next weekend. We’ve had such a slow start to all of this, as if things moving through mud. But in that time between the services, we had several conversations, including the questions “how many cakes do you want her to bake”, “We do pulled pork, how much do you think we should make”. We gained at least one more intercessor, and suddenly found out that the first intercessor on the sign up did not intend to sign up for prayer. 

Actually, she was signing up to go on the trip!  Ha! and one more makes 3!!! I can’t tell you the relief, nor the other reactions that came flooding at that moment. First, if we do any ministry, she’s perfect! She’s already doing that in the city. Second, she ended up helping me with the music part (or should we say the fun motions) of VBS this summer and the kids loved her. Third, gotta love this! – she’s been helping out with the youth gatherings on Wednesday nights!!! She’s very much out of the box, and I can guarantee you, not what you’d expect a missionary to look like, but my goodness, I knew  immediately that she was going to be a perfect fit, and that the things I was contemplating laying aside to do down there, were instantly back on. 

Following God’s voice, His directions and His leading, are NEVER the wrong thing to do! It actually simplifies the process. I wonder what He has in the works next! This really has been a Hebrews 11:1 faith walk,, and we’ve just gotten started! We walk by faith, and not by sight – another verse that’s been layered into the scheme of things. 

What’s next? Danielle and I need to have a conversation to iron out the details for this weekend such as who’s supposed to do what, where food is coming from, who might be helping, etc. I never expected a team of two to be trying to pull this off. (Thank God for her family!!) Unfortunately, Jo works that weekend, so she won’t be able to help. Then I need to get through the things here to pull items together for the sale, included some projects I’ve been working on that need finishing. Then I need to find some time to bake! Oh, and I need to make some signs/posters to get hung up in the area. 

And we need to revamp the meeting schedule to keep our newest team member in the loop, since her work schedule seems to be running opposite of ours. We need to fill in the gaps for her, and together we need to agree on what our fundraising goals will be, in addition to just getting there, having a place to sleep and eat, transportation to here and there and interpreters, and what else we might need to actually execute the hopes and plans that we want to accomplish while there.  Much to do, and so little time to do it!  All prayers appreciated!! 

Till the next steps…

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