Monday, August 1, 2011

GUATEMALA 2011: (5) Do Not Put Salt on a Quetzel(*)

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; 
they shall run, and not be weary; 
and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

I am convinced that this scripture may as well have said wings as quetzels because I have never seen a people so tireless, so strong, and so full of beauty.

If these prophetic words are indeed a promise, then consider that prophecy fulfilled. An absolute fall into the trust of The God indeed has produced those who posses strength beyond my explanation. 

And we take another step closer to again joining our souls in cadence to the pulse of their wings. Today was packing day!

Step 1: Load the Car Guate Style.
Our congregation had a time of prayer and was provided an opportunity to give to our projects. At the service end we brought together our donations. The amount was an abundance that exceeds our capacity to transport!

Step 2: Assemble a Team!
Thank you so much to local schools, and thoughtful individuals who have taken the time to make a difference in the lives of those who will impact so many. The items you give to the people in Guatemala will carry on to make a way 
for greater things!

Step 3: Issa No Problem.
We were able to pack 6 suitcases, filled with: shoes, clothing, food, toiletries, tools, and appliances. At the end of our sorting, stuffing, and literally standing on bags to get them closed--we had 300 lbs of donations, with at least that much again to spare.

The surplus will be taken in the arms of our second 2011 team this fall. It is good to know that plans are in place to continue this work.

I sorted the shoes. As I paired them together and tied the strings, I thought of the people that they would carry. I thought of the tracks that they will soon leave in the earth of Cerro Alto and across Guatemala. These shoes will literally carry the hands and feet of those never fainting souls.

The bags are packed. Our donations are ready. So then we took the next step... and had a group outing to the Hardware Stores!

Tapcon Concrete Anchors, Duct Tape, Earplugs, and Industrial Strength Rubber Tipped Gloves were all essentials on my list! 

Necessary items for: building, fixing anything, sleeping, and hand preservation!

In my opinion... with these few items, you can pretty much fix the world.

Unfortunately, they didn't have anything to help with the biggest struggle of the day... my PATIENCE.

We are down to the final week, and the anticipation is simply rabid. Chomping at the bit. Kellie & I are somewhat of Professional Line Waiters. Any of you who have ever attempted  to adopt a child know what I mean!

I have done my best to describe the beat of my heart in previous postings, and feel like I have said all that I can say for now. We ask for your prayers... not for safety, or a nice flight, but prayers that what we do will have lasting impact.

I am not alive on this earth to have a comfortable, a safe, or a pleasant existence. I am here to live this life fully and to grab others by the hand as we take steps together in this journey. I am no missionary, I can not be... because it is my life and heart that is being changed.

I am simply grateful to place my own footprints in the dirt next to theirs. To say that I have been there, to walk beside them and feel the conviction of our steps.

It is time now to walk, and not grow weary.

(* you might get pecked.)

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