Dear "sending" loved ones back home ... please continue to pray for us! As many of you know, when it comes to going about the Lord's work, the enemy wants to put a stop to it! Although, we like to laugh in thinking that opposition just makes for a better testimony when we get back home! Hehe :D
Yesterday we left Peña Blanca at 6:40ish in the am to go pick up our "troop" of missionaries. It was a quick ride into town where we saw a little boy walking around his town pretending to be Spiderman! That was useless information but nonetheless funny! ... When we got to the airport, we noticed it was on time (see the picture in the blog below). Eulogio went to check on the rental van to find that the company was still closed. No one their yet! ... We weren't too concerned ;) We got to see the group going through customs and were very happy when we saw them! They ALL looked tired! By this time, we were told that the lady from the car rental place would be there soon. .... Hahaha!! Something you must know, Honduran time is a good 30 minutes to 1 hour later than any time that they give. .... Sooooo, we spent most of the morning in the airport cafeteria (see the picture in the blog below). Things changed SEVERAL times and after what seemed to be a morning of instant testing of our patience .. the Lord provided (as He ALWAYS does)! We had recently prayed. Every time they had a solution for us, it was almost another hour wait too. By the end, we didn't get the van but the Lord had provided us with 2 trucks. A silver SUV and a brand new fancy 4 door pickup truck... both for the price of one van! So, we were finally on our way to eat. Everyone had only been able to consume a few slices of pizza the night before at about 1am (so their story went). They were starving. We wanted to go to Power Chicken (a SUPER yummy place) but it was packed full of people. We went to the mall instead and everyone but a couple of brave ones ate north american food! Hahaha ... I found this funny! :D They were all really ready to go to sleep now seeing as no one slept the night before ... and POOR Rick hadn't slept for 3 days because of his work! Well, we drove on to the grocery store and then on to Peña Blanca.
This is where things got "fun!" Our brand new flashy red truck got pulled over by the police twice!! HAH! We couldn't believe it and we realized today why that was. We didn't have tags on the car because it was a brand new rental. I'm glad it was our truck that was pulloed over so I was able to communicate with the officers. We all did quick prayers and kinda hid our money stash away so they couldn't bribe us. The first time was a breeze ... the second time, the officer was more serious and for a moment presumed we might have had stolen the truck because the name on the title was not ours. He proceeded to check all of our passports. It was crazy and funny all in one! Dalton started journaling right there and then, "Day 1- was pulled over by the police two times" ... We prayed both times and the Lord made it so we got away free! Yay!! By the time we got closer to home, where Eulogio's truck got pulled over! Wow!! Haha .. Thank the Lord AGAIN that he only had to pay the equivalent of 1 american dollar as a "donation". When we were really close to home we were allowed to sit in the back of the truck. The roads were a lot of fun!
When everyone arrived at the cabins, they couldn't believe how beautiful it was there. They were feeling SUPER blessed. Girls got the left side of the cabins and boys the right side (see the picture in the blog below). After bringing in bags and settling for a little bit, it was off to dinner. God completely provided this place to eat! I had been on my way to get prices on food for the team the week before and had stopped to talk to the mother of the boy pCarlos (Kyle) is tutoring. After a long talk, she had volunteered to cook and everything for a fraction of our other options! Wow!! God came through ... YET AGAIN! :D Before dinner, they all met some of our neighborhood kids we play soccer with and spent a little time with them. After dinner, we all went to the cabins and Eulogio gave a nice and quick orientation. It was an encouragement and a preparation of things to come for them. They were asked to read Colossians chapter 3. It was a nice ending to a long day.
Today they were all up about 5:30am Honduras time (7:30am eastern time). They had a great time of devotionals and worship and came and met us for breakfast. Afterwords, they assisted in preparing for tomorrow's final VBS teaching. It was a day full of "crafts" of sorts and games .. a further reminder that there will be down time .. and a nice walk to the cabins for a good lunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. We recently returned from youth. It was a GREAT night of worship and teaching. Rick, Michele and Naomi took a walk around town to get some groceries and got to talk to some people. After dinner the group went home to finish the night with some fellowship/devotional guys time.
We ask for prayer for different things tonight:
1. Always keep yourselves united in the Holy Spirit, and bind yourselves together with peace (Eph 4:3)
2. That we die to ourselves/our desires continuously
3. That the Lord opens up doors for everyone to be able to minister in different ways
4. That the doors for different outreaches stay open and won't close if it's the Lord's will for us to do them
5. That everyone adjusts to the different culture. When I say this, I mean food :)
6. For strength through the day (general request)
7. Jesus' guidance through our prayers
8. That we do God's will no matter our cost
9. Oh yeah, VBS tomorrow!! It's our final day! :D
Thank you guys, Hasta Luego!
PS. The picture above is of the terminal we were waiting for them to come out of ... the ONLY terminal "arrivals" came out of :)
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