Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Day 2: Blessings, Ruins and Striding Freely

Well, it's the end of day two on this trip already. I am already seeing how this is going to go by so quickly. When I went to Africa in April, one of their sayings was "Haracka, Haracka, Hakuna Baracka" which loosely translated means "Hurry, Hurry, you'll miss the blessing." In other words, we can be so focused and so forward thinking and so busy that we miss the blessings that God has for us in the moment. My hope is that when it is all over, we will look back and know that we have impacted lives and made a difference for God. 

Today was a good day as we did some preparation work for the camp in the morning and were able to continue to fellowship with German and his family. What a blessing they are to this community and it is evident God's blessing on their lives and ministry. As far as our group goes, everyone one has jumped right in with driving, helping out and being part of the culture right here in Germans world of ministry. It is great to see how we can be a blessing even in the small ways. 

In the afternoon, some of us went to the Mayan ruins south of Belmopan . . . the Xunantunich ruins. What a great adventure to see and experience. We had to rush up to the top as we only had 1/2 an hour before they closed. It was a great experience though to stand on the top and look out over God's creation. Pretty sobering to think of the history though, but a great reminder that we serve a God who has rescued us. (I wish I could post pictures but the connection right now is extremely slow)

This evening we had a meeting with the full staff of the camp. It was good to meet everyone and start to get organized . . . tomorrow will be a full day of setup and running around. We have taken on a lot of the setup responsibilities so it will be good to work as a team in accomplishing that for the camp.

Continue to bathe the camp in prayer. Specifically pray that we would be able to connect with the youth there and show them the love of Christ . . . that we are able to show them how cool it can be to be part of his kingdom . . . that we can gain some credibility with them so that when we share it has some personal connection . . . that we can communicate the fact that through Jesus they are rescued . . . and that we will share David's proclamation in Psalm 119 . . . "And I'll stride freely through wide open spaces as I look for your truth and your wisdom; Then I'll tell the world what I find, speak out boldly in public, unembarrassed."

Thanks for your prayers and continued support!

Mike for the guys . . .

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