Women of Purpose REVIVE Retreat 2017
Between November 8-11, more than 120 women gathered in the quaint little town of Valley of Angels (about 40 minutes from Tegucigalpa) for the Women of Purpose REVIVE Retreat. This was my 2nd Women of Purpose Retreat. I was once again humbled that God would give the vision to a group of ladies from West Virgina to host a women’s retreat for missionaries in Honduras. I mean really, who does that? It is totally free to us as missionaries, all we have to do is get there.
One of our sessions was a video session from Jill Briscoe, a faithful 80-year-old servant who was, packed with powerful words from God! There were sooooo many takeaways from her message, but I want to share just one thing that really impacted me. It was from this quote.
I feel in some way this sums up my life – or parts of it anyways. When I felt God’s call to go to bible college – I said yes (reluctantly at first) – but once committed I was all in because God said go.
When I started in ministry I was often asked how long will you stay here – and I always said, as long as God says so. The same is true when I came to Honduras – except I told my mom that I would be here forever. lol
I am a planner and like to know what lies ahead, but if you ask me where I will be in 5 years from now, I’ll be honest and say I have no idea. I want to be exactly where God wants me, until he says otherwise. And I’m okay with that. Right now I am ‘staying where I am put’, have ‘unpacked’ and plan to give it all I’ve got until God says otherwise.
Do I have dreams for the future? Absolutely. But God’s plans for my life far outweigh my desires. And if I believe God’s Word to be true – than my desires come from Him in the first place. I love Jill’s wise words ‘All the way home’. Meaning, until Jesus calls me home I will serve him wherever he calls me. It may not be all I’ve dreamed or desired but I know that if it’s with Him it will be imaginably more than I could ask or imagine.
SERIOUSLY TAKE SOME TIME TO LISTEN TO THE MESSAGE.
VIDEO: Jill Briscoe
Today marks my 3rd Anniversary in Honduras!!!
I really can’t believe that it’s only been 3 years. So much has happened and it’s becoming home more each day. I love how God has provided all that I need every step of the way.
Great Friends – I have made some pretty great friends, that are a huge encouragement and support. I attend a Ladies Bible Study every week and love that I’m getting to know more and more missionary ladies. A group of us single girls hang out often and I’m getting to try some new foods along the way. The part I love most about these friends is that they have been here for more than just a few years. Some have been here 13, 16 and 19 years… they’re here for the long-haul! Those are the kind of peeps I want to hang around!
Schools of Hope Team
Amazing Team – Our team at Schools of Hope has become my Honduran family. I love them and appreciate each of them so much. They are such a blessing to me and our ministry. We pray together. Laugh together. I’m humbled that I get to lead these awesome people and call them friends. I also love that our team keeps growing!
Finances and Support Team – I’m also grateful that God continues to provide all of my needs. It’s humbling when you have to rely on the support of others. Let me tell you, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the prayer and financial support. Thank you to those of you are a part of my team! I get to do what I do because of so many of you – Thank you!
I’d love to share one fond memory from this year, but honestly there are several.
Water Filter Project
Hello Evans Family
Staff Christmas Party
Handing out Bibles
Grade 6 Graduation
There are a few things in life that I am super passionate about. One of those things is families doing life together. As we’ve been installing water filters into homes, it has become a family affair! And I love it!!!
To date, we have installed 15 bio-sand filters!! One of our requirements is that the family be there the day of installation. It hasn’t always been possible but for the most part family members are there to assist our team in installing the filter. It takes about 40 minutes, so there are a few steps that any one, no matter their age, can help with. We need to wash the two different types of gravel and wash the sand before it can be layered into the filter. It’s been fun ‘washing dirt’ together!!!
Every family has been so grateful. I was told, please tell the Canadian people – ‘THANK YOU! Thank you for providing the filters for our homes’. Each family contributes a small portion of the cost towards the filters, so that they can own it, but the majority of the funds are donated by people like you. For many it is humbling, that is why they are so grateful. FIND OUT MORE HERE