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11-29-09 (last installment)

I also feel like God blessed me with the Joy of the Lord. It’s like I’ve been embedded with this true and unshakeable joy and it’s such a blessing. I felt this joy the whole time I was on the mission trip and felt like I was at peace and at home. When we got back to Big Woods this morning, my car battery was dead, so I felt like that was God calling me to spend the night at Big Woods. I was in no rush to get home, and any chance to extend the trip further and be around FMC more was fine by me. 🙂

I slept till 11 and then I woke up to go find Joe Summers to help me jump my car battery. As I was walking to the main FMC house from the home where I slept, the weather was absolutely beautiful. And as I made my way over, this happy little thought popped into my head “Ahhh. This is the life! I could definitely see myself doing this”. I can’t lie, that thought brought a smile to my face. 🙂

So now as the day draws to a close, I face another week of going back to work. While I’m blessed to have a job, it’s so hard to go back to it when all I wanna do is go on missions. But I know that if God is calling me to missions with FMC (which I think he is), he’ll use this time to start preparing me and my loved ones. Part of that plan is my desire to be around FMC as much as possible and do as much as I can. Praise you Lord Jesus and thank you for blessing me so much this week. I pray that you would continue to help me grow and to nourish these needs of faith that you have planted in me this week. Amen, Alleluia, Glory!

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11-29-09 (continued)

When I look back at all the mission trips I’ve already been on, and how the Lord got me involved with FMC over the past few months, it amazes me. When I think about how much I was blessed on this mission trip, how much I felt at home, and how much joy I feel, it all makes perfect sense. I think it is God trying to open me up to missions. As I said earlier during the week, “God, I give you my Yes, I pray that you help me take care of the rest.” I could go on and on and fill up at least a few more pages in my journal, but I’ll stop here. 🙂

After we finished up our prayer and sharing time, we loaded up and left. Our drive back was another one of my favorite parts of the trip. We saw some amazing desert and mountain scenery and just marvelled at the beauty of God’s creation. We actually got stopped by the Mexican police in the town of Monclova, but luckily all they did was check our documents and allow us on our way. I’ve heard some interesting stories about missionaries having run-ins with Mexican police as well as border patrol on both sides. Thank goodness the Holy Spirit guided us through it without incident.

Of course it was quite a long drive, especially with all the bathroom breaks and other stops. We left at approximately 10am Saturday morning and didn’t get back to Big Woods until 6am this morning. But again, the car ride is half the fun. I really enjoyed the car ride back because of the missionaries I got to ride with; Johnathan Weiss, Bree (intake 09), and Kristin Istre. We talked, we sang, we laughed, we played games, and really enjoyed ourselves. I especially enjoyed having a captive audience of full-time missionaries whose brains I could pick at to learn more about missions.

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Sunday 11-30-09 / 5:05pm @ Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist

Praise God for a fruitful mission trip and safe passage back home. After Desert Day on Friday, we came back to the mission house and basically wrapped up and started packing up. We had a time of prayer and sharing which I enjoyed very much. Just hearing how much God spoke to everyone during our time of prayer out in the desert was such a blessing. The rest of the evening was spent eating supper, packing up, and enjoying the fellowship of the other missionaries. As I wrapped up the night, I went into the chapel and Jesus blessed me so much with his presence. I felt so at peace and comfortable in that stillness of prayer in the presence of the Eucharist.

A nice little side-bonus was hearing all the girls giggling and laughing in their room. At the time, I wasn’t really sure why exactly they were so loud and happy. But it brought me joy to hear them being so happy. Saturday was wake up, pack the vehicles, eat breakfast, and prayer/sharing before we left. The time of prayer/sharing was very fruitful. It seemed like b/c we had a small group, we were able to bond more and have a more prayerful atmosphere during the mission. Everybody got to praise God through singing as well as prayers of petition and thanksgiving. In our sharing time, we had to say 1) What blessed us most during the mission, 2)What we were going to leave behind, and 3) What we were going to take with us. Without a doubt, it is the people we ministered to that blessed me the most. I can now see why Mother Theresa was in love with the poor; it’s b/c they are near and dear to God’s heart. (to be continued)

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Friday 11-27-09 / Desert Day part 2

So as I was sitting here praying, reading Scripture, and journalling, I started to hear a strange noise. (Mind you that i’m sitting in a small ravine where a small stream is running through it. Altogether, it’s maybe 20 or 30 fee wide at most.) As I look up, i see cows walking towards me! Of course I wonder what the Lord is doing….. After they keep coming and coming, I start to worry a little bit. The thought of being stampeded or gored by a 2000 lb. angry hunk of meat is not my idea of a fruitful Desert Day. My other thought is that I don’t wanna create movement or distraction by relocating myself and possiblely spook these beasts.

So I stay put, right where I am on the very edge of the banks of this stream. Amazingly, these huge animals were wary of ME! Every single one of them eye-balled me as they passed by. They gave me as wide of a passing distance as they went by. They gave me as wide of a distance as they possibly could. Even then, I had some of them passing a mere 10 feet or so from me. What are the chances that at the exact same time I’m here, a herd of cattle would be passing by?

At the end of the herd was the cattle driver, who I’m sure was confused as to why a strange little gringo is sitting in the exact ravine where he is driving his cattle. I mustered up my best Spanish to explain what was going on and he even let me take a picture of him. After he and his cattle moved on, I marvelled in this simple encounter. I wondered if God was trying to teach me anything or any grand lesson. However, the more I think about it, the more I realize it was just a little something to bring a smile to my face, and to give me the first of hopefully many great stories from the mission field. God Bless!

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Wednesday 11-25-09 / 10:45pm in the office @ FMC Mission House in General Cepeda, Mexico

If I could type these entries, then maybe, just maybe, I could tell you all the awesome stuff that has been happening today and this week. Today was an especially great day. Of course we did our normal morning work projects and work. The afternoon and evening we spent in Saltillo, the nearest large city. It was a leisurely excursion as well as a mini-pilgrimage. We took time to visit the market, and I bought a blanket for each of my benefactors from this trip. (btw, benefactors, I forgot to tag you in the first note, so i’m tagging you in this one) Following Joe Summers’ advice, I took a picture of each blanket, will donate the blankets to the mission house here to give to a poor family, and then give the picture and write a note to my benefactors. Then we got to visit the Cathedral in Saltillo and go to Mass there as well. We even came across a tour guide who brought us up to the bell tower and got to take some really great pictures. The absolute best part of the day though, was meeting a crippled guy named Omar outside of the Cathedral. I was blessed to see him on my way into the Cathedral and when I stepped back outside, I saw alot of the missionaries visiting with him. That gave me the additional blessing of being able to visit with him, pray with him, and even give him my beanie-cap from South Africa & my St. Benedict crucifix as well. It sounds very small (and it is), but I felt privileged and blessed to be able to give these to him. He was so appreciative of that. He was also very happy that we were visiting and talking with him. Apparently, he gets treated badly and people talk bad about him as he sits in front of the Cathedral every day (this is what he told us himself).

His smile was one of the most beautiful smiles I’ve ever seen. When I looked into his eyes, I realized and reminded myself that I was looking into the very eyes of Christ. This man had such a beautiful soul… One of the other missionaries was able to bring him to Mass with us. Throughout the whole Mass, I wanted to just look at him. I know I was hearing the Word of God, and I know I received Jesus in the Eucharist. BUT, I was so captivated by this man. I was fascinated by him. After Mass, we brought him back outside to his spot in front of the Cathedral for him to meet his ride. Right as we were leaving, his last request was to get a hug from all of us. Again, I was floored by this poor, simple, and humble man. It was the best hug I’ve ever given/received in my whole life. As great as the whole day was, meeting Omar absolutely made my day. The icing on the cake was getting to talk with two of the missionaries on our way back to the mission house about being in missions, discerning missions, etc… (John-Paul Papuzinski & Kristin Istre). I loved talking with them about their mission experience. It seems like every time I talk with any of the missionaries about that kind of stuff, it awakens a desire in me to do the same thing. I even said on the ride to Saltillo (at the urging of the other missionaries) that I was officially giving God my “Yes”. 🙂 They all smiled, clapped, and hooted and hollered, and it felt great! I did tell God though, that he’d have to help me find a way to do it!

So we come again to the end of another day filled with blessings, anticipating what tomorrow’s day of mission work will bring. God I pray that you would continue to prepare the way by opening doors and softening hearts. God Bless!

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