Sunday, July 3, 2011
As our team of 37 bodies piles into a bus and then into the church, I´m just gritting my teeth with anxiety to see everyone in this community I´ve been about since I left them the last time. We walk in and I just feel my stomach react. The sounds and smells of everyone life is about for me. God, I wish I could always feel like this. God, can you show those who are new to this experience understand why we work to protect it so much. And that it´s not about money or property but about having heads to kiss.
God, move us to a place of utter celebration and unity in you and continue to grow this family you made.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Ok, it's not that serious. But I am writing to ask for (or beg for) support for this year's team mission trip to Guatemala. I know some of you are thinking, "But you just got back!"
Well, that trip was a construction mission and a chance for me to do some individual home visits and assist in medical visits. This trip, on July 2nd, will be a VBS trip focused 100 percent on the children in the community of Guatemala City. Both for the children that attend Cristo es el Camino church and the children in the surrounding area that may not have any spiritual knowledge.
We teach lessons, provide recreation and crafts, maybe teach music and always put on a skit or two. But the most important thing is that we reach out to the children and explain to them that no matter there situation, poor or not, American or not, they are precious. There is a God that loves them and Jesus who died for them and there is a hope they can cling to. Because I'm telling you if you have never visited a third-world or developing country like Guatemala or Honduras or India....hope is all these people have.
In past trips, God has blessed me with the means to cover most of the trip on my own. This time my trust is being tried and the "B" word has been slapped on my forehead this summer.
So I'm going to be transparent and say that for my trip I will need to raise about $1100 in the next three weeks. Near impossible but I do have faith in God and my friends. I'm willing to dog-sit, house-sit, clean toilets, run errands, whatever for my friends that are always so good to me. I'm also collecting anything you might like to give to the community in Guatemala like clothing, toiletries, baby clothes, small toys and books.
It's obvious that in past trips I was meant and predestined to make the trip to Guatemala and this time I'm leaning on complete faith.
Click on the Donate button below if you want to help me out. I promise to bring you a souvenir ;)
Rockets of Love,
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Last week, I had a very intense conversation with someone that I once wrapped my whole world around. And I realized that as hard as it is for me to accept, this person is not going to ever change. Nothing I or anyone else can do can change his attitude or decision-making. Unfortunately I've seen this before in others and self-destruction as hard as it is to watch is often the only thing to make a person truly see who they are. And how far that often is from who they want to be. Some people never change until they are finally burned. Some people will never wake up until they are at the absolute bottom. Lies are like stones in the water that get you by for a while until they run out. And as much as you wish to help them....they cannot see the road you see before them full of more mistakes.
So the challenge is two-fold: to accept the things we cannot change in others and accept our own past as past and not what defines us. Take the new one day at a time.
".....Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Tomorrow morning we leave for
another fantastic week in Guatemala. For me this trip could not come at a better time. Some of you might know where I'm coming from having spent the last month and a half trying to pull myself out of a dark place in my life. One of the most important people in my life betrayed me beyond what I could have ever imagined and I know that I've been forever changed. I often liken this feeling to a rug being ripped out from under me but really it was more of a quake, with my whole world raining on down on me.
But just like God showed his love and almighty presence to me back in Feb of 2010....I know he has a powerful lesson to show me this week. Just has he wiped my tears and healed the Errin-sized hole in my heart, he will heal this too. And I'm telling you brother or sister that this time, he is going to need the big guns! So I made sure to pack extra underwear.
I pray that anyone that is reading this will also let God into your pain. Because I know we all suffer some silent sadness in our lives and even the strongest looking people are often screaming for relief on the inside. Take heart and bring it to God and if you are like me, he'll give you more than just healing but purpose.
Thank you everyone who donated to my trip....sometimes even $20 allows for a family to receive groceries or an opportunity to share a craft with a kid or for a family to finally get some shoes. And helping me get there is something that I cannot be more appreciative of.
Peace and love my friends....