People hustle here to get what they need and I found myself slipping into "hustle mode' Trying to rustle up some money and basics for the people here. And guess what? (no you don't have to guess...) the coffer ran dry. The Lord stopped the flow of provision through Made in Roatan to a small trickle. And Debi, oh.. she was digging deep and trying and trying, and getting more and more frustrated and angry!! At one point I thought of leaving the island because the burden of the impoverished was sooo heavy on my soul that I couldn't sleep, I couldn't think straight, and as more and more people crossed my path with needs, and more needs and more needs I felt like I was drowning. I had nothing to give them (or so I thought...) I lost sight of the true basics. He was trying to teach me a hard lesson and I wasn't learning it. Ever feel that way?? Oh yeah....
But, and thank God for the buts in life...I will be forever grateful to the Women of Purpose who came to Honduras and provided missionary women with a wonderful, refreshing, renewing retreat!! I could write a whole blog about them and I may do that later but let me suffice to say that for those of us who were depleted, desperate, empty and dry the WOP ladies came with open hearts to bless us, support us and pray for us.
My true job is to bring Christ to these people. Anything that happens practically (food and covering) is a bonus. He is the best gift, the true provision, the source of true hope. He is what we all need! I feel renewed to stay with the original vision and keep it simple.
Yesterday in church we sang "We are marching in the light of God" I wish I had brought my camera to video it for you but I didn't. But I have linked to a video of some adorable children in Africa singing this song.