Believe it or not, I'm getting this newsletter out early!
I returned home last weekend and I cannot get enough of this wonderful state! I got home Saturday night and have been loving every minute... including the freedom to flush my toilet paper, drive a car, hug my brothers, and have dinner on the porch with my parents. LOVE IT.
There are some things that only happen in Iowa.
There are also some things to praise God for because of His provision this year. I wrote about a few things in the newsletter this month, but I want to highlight a few.
Last year, before I left for Honduras, I made prayer cards with the following requests:
- For the Lord to prepare students’ hearts for another year at Pinares
God totally provided in this area. I saw students transformed this year - growing in grace and Truth ... and slowly finding their courageous feet to move in service for Christ.
- For the Lord’s blessing on the ministry of Pinares and the staff
I felt such a wonderful sense of community with my roommates, co-workers, and staff. I know the Lord has blessed Pinares as a school and each staff person comes in answer to a personal call.
- For the connections to surrounding communities through service work
I was overwhelmed with the opportunities to reach out and work with other organizations this year. I have built bridges through "hands and feet," the new student organization, and also through serving with Manos Extendidas. God definitely provided these connections.
- For my abilities as a teacher, counselor, co-worker, and friend
In every way, even in my weakness, I felt the prayers that sustained me. God most certainly showed up, because I couldn't have finished on my own.
- For a humble heart to enter into ministry and work alongside other servants
I always seem to struggle with pride and this year was no different. But when I did allow the Lord to work in ways He designed, I was a joyful part of something much bigger than little me could ever create.
- For traveling mercies and other details
Though this is the shortest request, I know my mom prayed real hard for it! Actually, I am very very thankful for all the traveling and detail-oriented prayers. I may never know how those prayers protected me.
Here is the newsletter for June. It's still short, but I wanted to get it out quick because I'll be writing my summer newsletter to include updates from Camp Bethany. I am speaking this week as the missionary and I have already felt the Lord moving and working.
Click on the image below to go to the Honduran Horizon page and then click on June 2009.
I have attached a new prayer card as well, so that you can continue to pray this year for the ministry in Honduras. Thank you, thank you, thank you! And may the Lord bless your faithful hearts!