30 Jun 2013 #3 day 4 GUEST BLOG. . You will love this!
Tonight. . I present to you a “guest blog”. . . .from a member of our mission team. . Katherine from Huntsville, AL. . .
As I watch my peers and friends post pictures on Instagram and Facebook of their senior trips, I wonder why on earth I chose a mission trip for my own senior trip. But then I remember why- because God showed me that this is exactly what he had planned for me. Now as I look back, I can see His hand all over it. It’s all thanks to God.. And my Aunt Angie. For Christmas, my Aunt Angie (knowing I have a heart for orphans and someday want to adopt) sent me red Honduran bracelets from the 147 Million Orphans website. She told me she chose for the proceeds to go towards their work in Uganda, but I was curious as to where exactly my bracelets came from. I got online and read about 147 Million Orphans and how they got started and everything they do.. But what really caught my eye was their page telling about upcoming mission trip opportunities in Honduras! Well my parents had promised me a senior trip, anywhere I wanted to go, so I printed out the papers about the trip and presented it to them. Immediate reactions included safety concerns and “I was hoping for Hawaii.” However, after a couple months of persistance and suggesting I go on the trip by myself or ask my aunt to go, my whole family had agreed- we would go to Honduras!
Now as I sit in the Casa Blanca Hotel, typing away on Rhonda’s tablet, I am so thankful God brought us here. It’s a beautiful country filled with amazing people who need to be shown His love. Several children here have already stolen a piece of my heart. The first day, a few minutes after arriving at Mt. Olivos, a little girl came walking beside me and grabbed my hand. After the first “Hola” and smile, I knew she was a sweetheart. I have such a precious bond with Joselyne and she is who I look forward to seeing most each day. There is also a girl at Copprome named Jamileth who I have really bonded with. Something about going on a walk and being forced to eat a sour orange (even though she told me it would taste good!) just really brings you close to someone. These two girls, along with all the other precious children here, have taught me that God’s love truely does surpass our understanding. How can I love people so much after only knowing them for four days? Because God loved me before I was ever born, He loves me with all my imperfections, and He will continue to love me even when I mess up.
PS- Aunt Angie, I got to meet the lady who made my bracelets! 🙂