Sep 25, 2015

Well, it has been a long time since I have sat down and attempted to write on our blog.  Don't let the fact that I have not written fool you into thinking its because nothing has been going on in the lives of The Journey Of 2.  In fact, so much has been happening that between not having the time to write and being too tired to write, I can't decide what to write.

Jamie and I were talking a few minutes ago.  Just before I tucked her in for the night, at 6:45pm!  We were talking about how fast the summer went by.  While it has been really, I mean really, hot and humid this summer.  We had several teams of volunteers here helping us serve God.

Recently I realized I was growing in concern over exhaustion.  It is so great loving what we do, but at the same time we can love it to the point of not being as effective due to just being tired.

In addition, while Jamie and I are serving together, there are days when we don't take the time to visit with each other.  This takes a tole on our marriage.

Hence why I talked Jamie into taking scuba diving lessons.  After work of course.  She went at night after her day at school and did all her book work.  Our good friend, Esteban, is a very good dive instructor.  He has been patiently taking Jamie and his wife, Ivonne, through the course.

On Fridays school is closed for cleaning and prepping for the next week.  I went and helped clean the school today so that Jamie could go on the first of her four open water check-out dives.  She and Ivonne have both passed the written exams and the confined water testing.

Tomorrow she and Ivonne will make three more dives with Esteban and will earn their Open Water Diver certificates.

This is why I put her to bed early.  She worked hard all week at school and after hours, then spent most of the day in the water today.  She really needs to rest up for the three dives tomorrow.

I plan to go join them on the third dive.  I promised to stay out of the way and not distract them.

So why add this to our already overloaded schedule?  Because we both need this.  Scuba diving is something we can share together that is a great change of daily routine.  New divers have to make a dive at least once every two months.  So this will aide in us taking much needed time for our well-being.  Scuba diving is a great stress reliever.

Now, about what we do, I sent an updated project list to someone this week.  I try to keep an updated, on-going list of projects.  When I know someone is interested in coming to serve with us, I send them the list.  While many teams like to help teach at school, there are also many that like to do projects.  God has been very faithful in sending people exactly when we really need them.

We know we are in God's will because Satin has really been attacking throughout the last few months.  He has even been attacking our Board of Directors.  We pray for a hedge of protection around us all.

Despite the devil's constant effort to interfere in God's work, we have continued to stay focused and run the race.  We truly believe this is because people pray for us.  So thank all of you for that.  Please keep it up.

Jamie and are over three and a half years into our service here in Roatan.  On February 25, 2016 we will be starting our fifth year.  There have been lots of adventures.  There has been times when we just didn't know how we could continue.  Between the bugs, the heat, other wacky missionaries, some wacky ex-pacs and so much that needs to be done, we have had a few struggles.

God has a way of giving us just what we need, right when we need it.

For example, once again, this week I took several of the court boys with me to buy food and other items we put into the bags that we deliver to those in need.  God had revealed to me that to mentor sharing (Hebrews 13:16) what you have, you need to show it by doing it.  I began showing them how I do the back pack ministry.

This week when I took them, something amazing happened.  They showed me!  All I did was drive the truck and pay for the items.  They shopped for the items.  They carefully packed all the bags.  They carried each bag to the family they had chosen. AND they shared a few encouraging words with each family.  Thank you God for letting me witness that.

While there have been times, especially lately, that Jamie and I just didn't know where we were going to get the stamina to continue.  To combat this we constantly read His Word.  Recently Jamie rediscovered 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 "But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.""

Like I said, God gives what we need, right when we need it.

We praise God for allowing us to personally witness His work and the privilege of Him serving others through us.

Thank you all for continuing to pray for us.