Well, my one-month homestay has come to an end! It was quite an adventure that I will never forget! I know that God will use what I learned there for years to come. As I research and look at different options for subsistence farmers, this family will come to my mind and I will ask myself, “Would this be do-able for Dilmer and Lupe?” I will continue to develop my relationship with them; as they teach me to understand more about their lives and as I encourage them in both their ministry as well as farm work.
*Side note: I just realized that in these first 3 pictures I’ve posted, I’m wearing the same tank top! I know these weren’t all taken on the same day. But I will mention that I didn’t take a wide variety of clothes (or things) with me during this homestay. I don’t want my relationship with this family to be tainted by a coveting of material possessions. I hope that my life testimony to all Hondurans includes the truth that yes, God has blessed me with financial resources, but at the same time (and even more so), He has passed on to me a responsibility to steward those resources wisely, to use them effectively, and to invest them in His eternal work. I pray that the way I manage the resources I’ve been entrusted with will reflect God’s calling to true work ethic and stewardship. That my example will cause others to abandon the material strivings of this world and turn their eyes to Jesus and His purpose for their lives.
Continue to pray for my annual residency renewal. I received another visa extension last week, as my file still has not arrived at the immigration office in La Ceiba. There seems to have been some confusion at the office in Tegucigalpa, so this residency renewal process is taking a very long time! Please pray that it arrives soon!
Also continue to pray for God’s direction as I look into grad school opportunities. I think the University of Florida has a program that fits great with what I would like to study. They offer a minor in Tropical Agriculture! Pray that God would open doors for a research assistantship if that’s His will for me.
This month Larry and Allison concluded the weekly meetings where they clarified the purpose and vision of the ministry for the discipleship group. They asked each person to pray and ask for God’s will to be made known and for each one to make an individual decision if they would continue. After several weeks of meetings and many hours of discussions, 2 students (one in high school and the other in college) have decided to continue on in the discipleship group. Please pray for God’s faithful direction for Larry and Allison, as they lead us through the changes here at campus over the next few weeks.
Please pray for Job’s health. He has been experiencing chest pain for awhile now and finally went to the doctor this month. He has high cholesterol and triglycerides as well as pericarditis. Basically, if he does not change his diet he will have a heart attack. Please pray for him as he makes some drastic changes for his health. Pray for him as he says “no” to pop and fried foods… both a part of the typical Honduran diet.
For a great learning and sharing experience during my homestay at Dilmer and Lupe’s!
For the first rains we have received, after having drought conditions not typical for this time of year in Honduras!
For the lessons we have been learning in the discipleship group as we walk through this process together; learning how to communicate and learning how to have patience as God teaches us in difficult and uncomfortable situations.