What a whirlwind this weekend has been! I’ve traveled from Nicaragua, crossed a time zone, experienced a little travel sickness (Bad choice on the hamburger in Managua I guess……), completed a 5-page paper and 2 discussion boards for college, attended Sunday morning church, and led our girls Bible study Sunday night. I’m tired!
Words just cannot express how awesome last week was! So many people have asked me about the trip and if I was ready to come home. Naturally, yes- I’m always happy to come home. However, there seems to be a little piece of my heart left in Nicaragua. I have not stopped thinking about it all day! This has made it difficult to focus on getting my homework done, which is exactly why it got turned in right at the midnight deadline. As much as I’m happy to be home, I would go back in a heartbeat if I could. I really miss it!
This past week, our mission team had the opportunity to touch hundreds of lives with the love of Jesus. Not only did we give 80+ kids a week of VBS they’ll never forget, we made an impact in the lives of the people who crossed our paths each day by being a witness to the love of Christ and the power of a changed life. I can’t help but feel so blessed to have been used by God in this way. There is no doubt in my mind that God placed me in that place for a reason. His will was accomplished by the obedience of a small team who sees the value in investing in the lives of people.
Among some of the most interesting experiences was holding (and later eating) an iguana, shopping in the busy marketplaces of León, hiking up and sand sledding down the Cerro Negro volcano, and somehow making VBS work with our limited time and resources. Only by the grace of God did it happen!!! I think what I miss most is seeing and being with the people of Nicaragua that I’ve come to know and love. We shared some very special moments together!
So, what now? Work starts again on Wednesday and although this is a wonderful new opportunity for a fresh start, I often wish I was boarding a plane to be on the mission field even if it is hot and the job is dirty. It is so worth it! I’m praying that God would continue to provide me opportunities to invest in the lives of people abroad. Every experience is preparing me for the next. As I wait for the next door to open, I’m trusting that God will use me in this place to make a difference. I can’t wait to see what’s next!