Saturday, June 9, 2012

Ready for Take Off

It seems like it's been an eternity since coming back from Michigan and yet here I am, ready to board a plane for Costa Rica early tomorrow morning. The last few weeks have been...interesting. I've never had absolutely no responsibilities, and so being home the last few weeks have made me pretty anxious. I think the Lord used the last few weeks to challenge me to just be still. I'm very much an A-type personality, I love being outdoors and staying busy; but sometimes God places us in situations that force us to act against what makes us comfortable. It's be stretched in the midst of nothingness. I'm not sure if that makes sense, but that's the best way to explain the last few weeks.

I'm probably being a little dramatic as far as claiming I haven't done anything the last few weeks. My mom and I did go to Mexico for a few days to visit family, and it was such a blessing. I cannot even explain how much I love everyone there. In the midst of instability, everyone seems to be completely at peace and so strongly in love with the Lord. At church, I got to worship alongside my family, singing contemporary Hillsong in Spanish- it was so special. Each of my tias prayed over me to give me their blessing, and man can those women pray! I may not understand every single word, but I was so touched by the Holy Spirit. It is extremely encouraging to know people are daily praying for me.

So this is where the journey begins! I'm so excited to get to meet the Bribri community and to work alongside them this summer. I'm ready to lead the different short-term mission teams and meet all the different churches that will be coming in. Please continue praying that both my leadership team and the short-term mission teams coming in will be open-minded and flexible. Pray that we will continually place God first and rely on Him to lead us in how we can best meet the needs of the local people. Finally, please pray for safe travels, as Susie, Roberto, and I board our flights to Costa Rica! Next time I blog I'll be among the Bribri in Talamanca!!! :)

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12

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