Not certain of how soon we will return always makes it sad to say goodbye. Trying to show our love for the kids, then turn around and leave, going back to our lap of luxury (comparatively speaking) has got my entire system in a malfunction. Last night, a sleepless night, was the worse night of the trip for Lisa and myself – Lisa experienced tormenting dreams of neglected babies while I am battling nausea and diarrhea (thank you Pat for the precautionary medications.) Don’t worry kids, a little case of parasites won’t keep me from returning.
On the last night while we were walking back from our swim in the lagoon, it was just about dark when we came upon a much older woman gathering firewood, and Marco explained to Lisa how there are many older people who will go without eating because they are too tired to gather firewood. Lisa came up with a great ministry idea for the kids, for them to contribute their time and efforts gathering wood for the elderly. This would not only give the kids a chance to socialize with some of the oldest in the community, but to help give them a connection to the Miskito past that would in return help the kids feel needed and of value. The image of that woman is etched in my mind; how I wish I’d had the intuitiveness to ask for a photo, or better yet have helped her finish her task of gathering wood. The need in La Moskitia is great, and the realization of, “we can’t help them all”, only confirms for us the need for family structured, Christ-centered housing for seventh thru twelfth grade boys, roughly ages 13 yrs. to 19yrs old, leading them by example and in our faith in Jesus. Not completely certain what the next step will be for us other than waiting for the correct doors to be opened, keeping in mind Who’s plan it is and Who’s timing is perfect.
One other note tonight, one of the little boys 15 mo. old Roy and Mom Maritza scheduled to be flying to Tegucigalpa, Honduras Monday morning for a skin graph on his head and breathing issues.
Please lift up little Roy and Mom Maritza in your prayers as they are in great need.
Looking ahead for The Lords loving kindness to restore my health and a sound nights sleep for us all.
Thank you all for your faithfulness in prayer.