Ok, here's all you need to know...or all I know about my trip to the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. We will be in a little town called Vicente Guerrero. It has a population of 20,000. This is the mission statement from the Mission's website:
Foundation for His Ministry is a mission whose purpose is to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ. To this end we share and demonstrate God's love through the power of the Holy Spirit by meeting basic spiritual, physical and educational needs of those in Mexico and beyond. This will be done in such a way as to establish the Mission as a model of effective ministry for other parts of the world.
I will be doing massage on the people who work at the mission year round. The mission has a "nut house" as the city is a producer of macadamia nuts. They also have a nursery and an orphanage. I think I will be very humbled while there. I donated my dad's glasses to be given out while we are there. (I had 3 of mom's old glasses and 3 from my aunt Susie-I think my family is winning our own contest.) I am praying that I will appreciate the gift God has given me even more. I am praying that lives will be changed for God's glory. I am praying for my life to be changed or at the least my outlook on life. I am sure that I will have lots to post about when I get back. I will be back on Sunday Aug 3rd and wont have phone or internet from Sat July 26th until then. I'm gonna take a notebook to write on while I'm gone so you wont miss out!! (I'm sure that's what yall were hoping for!)


Hannah Hoffmann said...

Thanks for the info! I was getting ready to email you and ask all those questions, so I'm glad you beat me to it. I went to Mexico my junior year of college on a mission trip, and it was pretty eye opening. Amazing people. I can't wait to hear all about your trip!

Whitney said...

I love you Heather! Have an amazing trip.

Leslie Barton said...

Hey Heather: Here is a poem I thought you might identify with. I hope you are doing well. Love you!
~ Leslie Barton

Please Be Gentle
By Jill B. Englar

Please be gentle with me for I am grieving.

The sea I swim in is a lonely one
and the shore seems miles away.

Waves of despair numb my soul
as I struggle through each day.

My heart is heavy with sorrow.

I want to shout and scream
and repeatedly ask 'why?'
At times, my grief overwhelms me
and I weep bitterly,
so great is my loss.

Please don’t turn away
or tell me to move on with my life.

I must embrace my pain
before I can begin to heal.

Companion me through tears
and sit with me in loving silence.

Honor where I am in my journey,
not where you think I should be.

Listen patiently to my story,
I may need to tell it over and over again.

It’s how I begin to grasp the enormity of my loss.

Nurture me through the weeks and months ahead.

Forgive me when I seem distant and inconsolable.

A small flame still burns within my heart,
and shared memories may trigger
both laughter and tears.

I need your support and understanding.

There is no right or wrong way to grieve.

I must find my own path.

Please, will you walk beside me?