We all sat around the portrait of Mimi last night and processed the week. The days seemed to race by like trees along the highway. It is always difficult to say goodbye, especially to an epic team.
We came from Ohio, Kentucky, Kansas, Colorado, Arkansas, Germany, Russia, and China to form a team that gave two families a house and a village a sustainable tilapia farm. More than this, we hugged and played with children... along with serving them lunch each day.
If you have never felt the hug of a desperate child... then life still has a lot to give to you. Each member of our group has now been challenged to tell the stories of the lives they touched. Once you come to this place, you are forever changed. It has a way of opening your eyes... I have thought often this week of Saul on the road to Damascus.
When God finds you... it stops your world. You have a choice to make. Do you change how you live, or do you continue to walk in blindness. Our coming to this place for our life's work is not a simple choice. It is simply what we know we must do. It is our desire to allow our life to be the evidence of our belief.
Who isn't searching for meaning? When we are here, we know we are home.
The Shepherd family is saying see-ya-laters to our family here, and we are comforted with the knowledge that we will soon return. It is good to know that our next project in Labor de Falle will not be followed with a plane ride.
We had a lot of goals for this trip... and all of them were exceeded. Both Caleb and Aleksandra have begged us to stay here now. With a smile on my face I explained that it is necessary that we return to Ohio and continue to build support. June has been a great month that we have seen friends come alongside us financially for the first time. I am thrilled to share this journey of love with them.
Our ministry with our partners is proving to be incredibly rewarding. Your monthly giving to us will provide us with the foundation to do ministry. We now know that we will be; caring for orphans in our home with a staff of 3 nannies, volunteering at the Christian Academy of Guatemala (CAG), and working with short term mission teams that build homes, food projects, medical missions, and direct contact with the people.
We intend to give our lives to this place. We intend to remain here with no plan to return to the States. I have heard the voice of God in my blindness, and now my eyes see differently.
Walk this with us. The kids will complete this school year, and then we will take the support that God has provided us through people who want to find meaning through this mission.
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