Saturday, May 19, 2007

I am finally able to get on the internet!! yay!!! it has been a great week though!

heres how it went down....

met up with the team from lubbock in the airport last saturday and from their we headed to honduras! we arrived to meet marlon, trish, and july (our translator) who took us to danli. saturday we pretty much spend the day getting to know each other and getting ready for the week. sunday we went to church and shared our hearts with the people and then went to eat at a restuarant shortly after. after lunch we went to a village about an hour from the house called La Ferria. this village is full of houses that is made out of plastic bags and sticks. crazy, let me tell you! but the children adn adults were so happy to have us, it was great getting to share the day with them. i will be going back there during my stay with marlon and trish so you will be hearing more about it later. sunday night we went into town and played soccer with a bunch of people from the church, it was sooo FUN!!! i ran for like 45 min straight with no break and didnt die :) monday we headed out for the first village, it ended up being a 5 hr drive to Camelia. the drive there was just about the worst one ive ever been on but we made it fun. we got there and began setting up for the jesus film and slept there for the night.the next morning began at 4:10 am because of the roosters, chickens, and dogs that would play hide and go seek around our tents, what a great way to begin the day :) haha. we set up to do a medical clinic, sports clinic, and childrens ministry. while we were doing all of that there were booths set up to counsel with people after they received medical treatment. the pastor from our church in danli was given the opportunity to counsel 7 people who wanted to give their lives to the Lord! and July couseled with 4 children! how amazing!! these peoples lives will never be the same because of the saving grace and power of ALMIGHTY God! for the movie tuesday night we showed "something to sing about". the people seemed to like it. wednesday morning we set out on our hike to a village named Espanolita. it took us about 6 hrs more or less to get there. man you dont realize how out of shape you are until you hike for 6 hrs straight up a mountain! there is just no comparison guys :) at this village we rested for a while and then began working with the children. we had lots of flip-flops to give out so we did that for quite some time. this village actually had somewhere to take a shower. BUT since the boys decided to take all of the daylight hours that we had left we could only wash our faces!! haha, but i was very glad to get the opportunity to do that :) if you have ever gone for more than 3 days without a shower while getting VERY sweaty every day, you know what i mean! that night we showed the Jesus film and afterwards we were able to give out lots of toys for the children. you should have seen their faces as each one lit up! it was so great to see the appreciation in their eyes and their hearts come alive! it was such a blessing! the next morning we were to wake up at 4 30 to hike out of the village in time to get out in the daylight and arrive back in danli before nightfall. the hike out was just as hard as the hike in, its one of those things that you just have to ask the Lord to help you make it every step of the way. and we made it... and God was just as faithful as He always was and is. thursday night we went to church and shared our testimonies of what the Lord had done in the villages and in our hearts this week. i have also been invited to spend some time with the youth group from our church, i am pretty pumped about that! friday morning we headed out to Isle de Tigre. it was a neat little island off the western coast of Honduras. there we rested and spent some time swimming and riding the boat in the pacific ocean! oh man, lots of memories! i have met some pretty awesome people this week, and i will remember this week for the rest of my life. i had so much fun with the team from lubbock and i thank God for allowing me to serve this week with them! it was sad to see them fly out this morning but i know that the Lord has something great planned for them at home this summer!

i was praying about what the Lord had shown me this week and i really wasnt sure. i guess i was searching for some divine revelation, but i dont think that was His point. i feel as though the Lord was showing me throughout this week that He desire for us to share our lives with lots of people. whether it be our brothers and sisters and Christ or the lost pagens of the United States or Honduras. the relationships that we have in this life will be the only things that matters on the other side of eternity. first your relationship with God will be how you are judged first, and then how faithful you were in your relationships with others. I want to be found faithful in the relationships that the Lord has provided for me. So take this week and realize how many great people the Lord has put in your life, Christian or pagen. and just share life with them, let them know how much you appreciate them and how much you love them. pour Christ's love on them and just be a light.

"You ar ethe light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. let your light shine before men in such a way, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven. " Matthew 5:14-16

"It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn, what this means: ' I desire compassion and NOT sacrifice,' for iI did not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Matthew 9: 12-13

Please continue to pray for me! I dont really know what this week will hold, but I am excited to see how the Lord will use it! I will be updating more frequently! i love you guys!


ChristinAnne said...

what an Encouraging message you have just delivered to us friend! praise God for your update and thank you for sharing your life there with us!!! He is working His amazing hands over there and our prayers are being answered and those peoples lives are changed forever! what an awesome week to be able to hear about! keep sharing the joy and love you have for our precious Father over there as we realize how much work we have for us over here and how we should be doing the matter where we are! it doesnt matter what language someone speaks, their background, or who they are...if they dont know the Lord they all have that same thing in common. thank you for showing me in particular how much more i need to invest in everyone around me! i love you friend and i cant wait to hear more about how the Lord is using you!

Leslie Young said...

Jessica -- I'm sitting on my soft, comfortable sofa and I'm exhausted after reading about your week!!! What a workout -- physical and spiritual! Thanks for your insight about sharing Christ by sharing our lives with all those God brings to us...that reaches from the Honduras all the way here to Louisiana.
God bless you! I'm praying for you!