|Overlooking Guatemala City|
In May I had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala for about 4 days. It was a very, very quick trip, but I was so thankful for every moment there! My first trip to Guatemala was in 2003, and then I proceeded to travel there about 6 more times including a total of 4 months living there and attending language school. My last trip to Guatemala had been in 2007 where I spent one month working with national doctors in a clinic setting. I have spent time trying to find ways to return to Guatemala long term, but it just seems that the Lord had not opened the door for that until now! Earlier this year I was accepted by TEAM as a full time missionary! We have been talking about me going to Guatemala, but I have never seen the specific ministry that TEAM works with and wanted to see that before committing to my 3 or more years in Guatemala!
|Kids in health class at the Potter's House|
|Community surrounding the garbage dump|
It's amazing to me that the Lord could take so many of my past "wandering steps" and pull together this opportunity for me to serve Him in Guatemala! As I've been praying for the Lord to clearly confirm this step towards Guatemala, I can not believe how much He has designed this to be a perfect fit for me! Now, that's not to say that this has been an easy decision! The Lord has given me a great love for the people of Guatemala, but the Lord has also given me a great love for the people of many other countries. It's been a difficult step to feel like I have to choose the people of one country over another. However, the Lord doesn't need me anywhere - and He cares for people everywhere more than I ever could!!! So, this is an area that I've had to constantly entrust to the Lord! I also returned from Guatemala having to work through my response to seeing some of the difficulties that will arise when I do move there. Like, how will I live in Guatemala City and enjoy it, or where will I live, or how will I navigate in such horrible traffic? But, the Lord will provide one step at a time, I don't have to know all the answers now before I move!
The next step then, figuring out how and when I can return to Guatemala!!! My goal is to go back in the spring of 2015. There will be a lot to do between now and then! I plan to continue working as a nurse at Riley while I begin developing a team of people who will prayerfully and financially support the ministry in Guatemala. There will be other things that need to be done in preparing to leave and sorting/packing as well as various trainings to help prepare me for going! Once I move to Guatemala, I anticipate taking the first couple months to focus on remembering more of the spanish that I have learned and increase my vocabulary! And then during that time I can work on finding housing and re-acclimating to the culture as well as beginning to serve with the Potter's House.
Over the past few months, the Lord has been reminding me of His incredible faithfulness!!! When I'm tempted to worry or be fearful of what lies ahead, I just have to remember His faithfulness in the past and present and know that He will be faithful in the future! I love the way Psalm 136 rehearses the phrase "His love endures forever" after every statement. The other day while reading that, I was thinking about my own life and how I could insert my own phrases and repeat the same thing over and over again! God is in control of all things, good or bad, easy or hard, and we can ALWAYS trust Him!!!!