I'm going to Nicaragua for 8 days/weeks. It just so happens that my wonderful in-laws are taking our sweet boys for the summer the exact weeks that the mission trip is offered. Having never been on a mission trip before, and having prayed about it in recent years, I took that as a divine opportunity to love on others (and to keep myself super busy as to not think about missing Christopher and Beckham so much.) Going wasn't a hard decision. When it comes down to it, Jesus laid out a pretty simple religion for us. Love God, love others, and love ourselves. Nope, deciding to go was easy. Paying for it however, is a real challenge.
To be honest with you, Paul and I had not yet budgeted a $2000 mission trip fund when the opportunity arose. So, instead of selling my plasma 87 times, I decided to send letters to the people who support us most in life, family and friends. A little, a lot, any would be great. And if you want to know more about the trip, please let me know and I will give you a call. Please expect pictures and letters of the mission trip upon my arrival as well!
We will be visiting and taking care of children in 2 separate orphanages upon arrival. My tasks will be to love on the kiddos, and give the missionaries, who live and breath working there, a break by taking over tasks and releasing their load, that God may rejuvenate their weary hands and hearts for all the labor they do around the clock. Also I will be doing minor dental work by cleaning and flossing the teeth of the children, and most importantly spreading the word of the love of Christ Jesus.
Most importantly, If you could pray about the trip, that would be great. As much as God loves mission trips, other people don't. There will be a whole host of obstacles that pop up and entangle themselves around our ankles as we prepare to go love the people of Nicaragua. And knowing that you are praying would mean a lot to me.
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