Tuesday, July 22, 2014

On the Road Again!

If you've ever chatted with a missionary, chances are you know that we do quite a bit of travelling (and if you didn't know that before, now you do!).  We travel around to share what God is doing in the part of the world in which we are called to serve.  As we go, we pray that God would provide churches and individuals to partner with us in prayer and financially.

This week, I have the privilege to be at Frost Bridge Wesleyan Holiness camp in Mississippi.  It's a great camp and I am really enjoying listening to the speakers and getting to know the people at the camp.  Tomorrow I will be sharing with the camp about the ministry I will be doing in Honduras.  Please pray with me for this time of sharing.

We (my mother came with me) drove 600 miles to be here and we got to see a lot of beautiful scenery.  Here is a picture from the Arkansas state line ( I wanted to get one by the Mississippi State line, but we couldn't find a place to pull off!).

By the sign at Frost Bridge- note how long ago it was founded!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What about their birthdays?

After my presentations I like to have a time when I answer questions about my presentation and the ministry going on in Honduras.  One thing people are curious about is how the boarding students live at the school.  Where do they sleep?  What do they eat?  Who makes sure they are taken care of and behaving well?

The boarding students (who are all boys) live in dormitories.  There are men who are called "consejeros" (counselors in English) who watch over them.  Male students from the seminary and missionaries are also involved in the boys lives.
 They know when they move onto the next activity (chores, mealtimes, school, church, etc), by when the bell rings.  The bell ( "la compana" in Spanish) is known affectionately by some of the boys as "mother" because it tells them what they need to be doing!
 When the boys want a snack or need something like soap or a notebook they can go to "la tienda" (the store).
 The chapel at El Sembrador is a beautiful building where church services are held.
The students eat in a dining hall ("el comedor").  Several dedicated women work in the kitchen at the school, and they are assisted by some of the students.  Most of the meals are rice and beans, which are the most common foods in Honduras.  Tortillas are also present at every meal.
The students have several places where they can play sports and have fun.  One of the most popular is a small, concrete court with waist-high walls.  It' is usually used to play futbolito ("little soccer"), but it is also converted to play volleyball now and then.

It would be impossible to celebrate each of the students birthdays individually, so celebrations are held several times a year to celebrate the birthdays that happened during certain months.  There are games, cake, and small gifts for those who have had birthdays.  The photo some of the Bible institute students are singing for the party.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Excited about the Call!

Ok, yes, I am excited about the calling God has given me, but that is "the Call" I am talking about.  "The Call" is the quarterly magazine put out by WGM.  Every issue is different, but basically it informs you about the different ministries going on around the world.

Back in 2009 I became a photograph intern with WGM.  I was really excited because not only did I get to travel and take photos in a foreign country, but I also got to follow the call God had given me to explore missions.  I never could have imagined how God would use that trip to introduce me to Escuela El Sembrador!

This issue includes an article about Escuela El Sembrador, written by Jorge Pinto, a pastor who has started a ministry to street children: http://www.wgm.org/purpose-for-life

This week we got the latest issue of The Call in the mail, and on the cover were two photos that I had taken during my internship (the girl in the center and the buss on the top right)!  As a photographer it is really amazing to see my photos used on the cover of a publication!

If you are majoring in a communications field, you should check out the internships WGM has to offer: http://www.wgm.org/internships You never know where it might lead!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Frying 300 Eggs

I spent last week working at Kan-Ok Bible Camp, helping out in the kitchen.  I've worked at camps before, but always as a counselor.  From that I know that good food is important to camp, but I didn't realize just how much food it takes to feed a camp.  It was interesting to have another job and see what it takes to feed 196 people 3 times a day (4 if you count night snack!)

Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast at 8am?  No problem, just start early...5 am to be exact (and earlier for the first couple of people mixing!). They were delicious and totally worth it though- the campers loved them! The 300 eggs from the title?  We fried them for Friday breakfast.  And yes, it took quite a while to crack them. We used almost 100 pounds of flour throughout the week, used 500 buns, and  made 32 loaves of French bread into garlic bread.
God calls us all to serve Him in different ways.  Some ways are out in front, others are behind the scene.  Sometimes He calls to ministries that last a lifetime,  Other times the ministries only last a week or a few hours.  Whatever He calls you to-answer the call.  You'll be glad you did.