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“Desert” Day at the Beach

 

Thursday, February 17, 2011 – 12:13pm – Rodney Bay Beach, St. Lucia

This is definitely one of those moments where I feel like God is giving us a bonus for being in missions. It’s a beautiful, sunny day with a nice breezing blowing in from the Carribean. As I sit here, writing in my journal, the waves are lapping at my feet. I can hear the radio at one of the nearby cabanas. Sand is going in between my toes. Absolutely gorgeous. In a way, I feel guilty though, like I don’t deserve it. To be honest, I don’t deserve it. I’m not that great of a missionary (yet). I’m lazy, still focus on myself alot, and I don’t put myself out there to really try and minister to people’s needs. I’m not even as deserving as many of the tourists here. At least they worked hard and saved money to be able to come here.

But then I remind myself that God doesn’t bless me because I’ve earned it or “deserve” it. He blesses me because he loves me. Plain and simple. When we think about following God’s call, we always tend to think in terms of what we’ll have to give up. In missions, I don’t get to see my friends or family. I’ve got to put my dream of finding the perfect girl on hold. I no longer have my cats or my dog. I think you get my point. But today as I reflect on all of this, I wonder “Why don’t we ever think of what we’ll GAIN by following God’s call?” I’m able to visit, minister to, and pray daily with the elderly and infirm. I get to share food, water, prayer, and companionship with the poor. I get to experience the Church as universal. I’m blessed to live with a family of 10 kids and learn about the family life that I so desire.

On my “desert” day of prayer and reflection, I get to come to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and swim and play and walk around. I get to make my mission cross from a coconut shell. Maybe if we think in terms of what we’ll gain instead of what we’ll lose, our lives would truly be changed for the better. I leave you with a Scripture and ask for your continual prayers. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein; for he has founded it upon the [Carribean 🙂 ] seas, and established it upon the rivers.” –Psalm 24:1-2–

P.S. – I just met a nice couple from Arkansas as I was walking down the beach getting some scenic shots. ‘Bout to read the last chapter of the philosophy book I’ve been working on for awhile. Also realized that I was wearing my mission cross to the beach, a cross that I made from the shell of a St. Lucia coconut. Only would this all happen……….on the same day……….on the beach………..in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia………….on missions! Boy oh boy, the interesting stories I’ll get to tell my future children and grandchildren about my time in missions.

 

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MISSIONARY JOURNAL – NOV 09 MEXICO TRIP – NO MORE WORK

Thursday 11-26-09 / 10:05pm @ the chapel @ FMC Mission House in General Cepeda, Mexico
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Another day, another abundance of blessings. Today was our last day of work projects since tomorrow is desert day. We finished hauling up cinder blocks and sand that was being used to build a bathroom. We also hauled up and connected some pipe for the sewer line from the toilet. After we finished, we headed back to the mission house a little bit early to get ready for Thanksgiving dinner. Even though it’s not celebrated in Mexico, we did it anyways. People from the community were invited to celebrate with us. It was a great time of joy and fellowship. The rancho visit tonight was amazing also!

I know that sometimes we receive consolation and comfort from God, and tonight I was blessed with that. It seems like from the moment we got there until the moment we left, I felt joy and happiness and was smiling. Whether it was talking and joking with each other as we went door to door to invite people, or whether it was seeing the smile on the kids’ faces, there was joy. It seems like the adults were really joyful too. Seems like no matter what was going on, I couldn’t help but to be joyful and smile. 🙂 I gave my testimony tonight, and as nervous as I was, enjoyed that too. These poor people who are so rich in faith and who are so dear to Jesus’ heart, blessed me so much by their presence and their faith. Most of them came up when we broke up into prayer teams, and that was an amazing witness as well. Once again, their beautiful souls brought me joy and I could see Christ in every one of them. Thank You Lord for such an amazing blessing and help me to grow in these graces! Amen!

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