Posted by Brad – 1/5/13
Less than 3 weeks to go. It is starting to seem real…almost! This is always the hardest part for me. Just like other things in life, when you have a lot of time until something happens, you are able to put it aside and just know you have a while to wait. Inside of one month, it becomes much more difficult to be patient. It begins to seem real. Almost in reach!
It was so cool to see how God built the team of seven men we have going. All from very different backgrounds and life experiences. It’s going to be a lot of fun to serve alongside them all. Fundraising is always the most difficult part. You have a list of projects you hope to accomplish. Sometimes it is a long list, as we are able to do so much in one week. You never know what kind of support you will ultimately be able to raise, but you simply rest in the fact that this is God’s trip, to do His work, for people that He loves in Guatemala. So, He is in control. As always, He blows me away with His faithfulness to provide. I have been so proud of everyone on the team. They have been working hard, spreading the word about the trip. Friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers have all come together to help us achieve the goals that we have.
It really is a team effort, and that team includes everyone who has helped us get to where we are today. And where is that? I am very happy to announce that we have officially reached our fundraising goal for the projects we hope to accomplish!!! Exciting!!! Thank you to everyone who has helped us. That doesn’t mean that we can’t still use some financial help. We always find needs in Guatemala that we did not plan on. So, if you can help us prepare for the unseen, great. But, it is such a relief to have this time as we approach the trip free to make last minute preparations, get packed, pray, read God’s Word and learn the words to some Spanish praise and worship music. That’s right…we plan on singing along with Pastor Juan’s church in Spanish. Won’t that be quite a sight (and sound).
Less than three weeks. What a blessing. I know that each man is excited to get down there and do the work we plan on doing. Allow ourselves to be used by God to do His work, not ours. That is always the best part. We go down there with plans, and then we finally get to see what God really has in store for us. It’s not about accomplishing a list of items. It’s about letting God use us as He wants to.
Praying with families. Spreading the Word of God. Loving those who God brings us into contact with. It doesn’t get any better than that! Well, it could be better. We could be flying to Guatemala tomorrow! 🙂
Dios te Bendiga (God Bless You) And I really mean that!!!