Friday, January 25, 2008

Leaving for Nicaragua

(I tried to post some pics with this, but blogger was having problems)

Well, the time has come. We leave for the airport in about 4 hours. I should be sleeping. But I'd rather stay up late and hope to sleep on the plane. I was busy today getting ready. I went to Target and got all my travel sized toiletries. Went to Goodwill to get some shorts (that way I don't care if they get ruined). I couldn't find shorts, but I found pants. So I came home cut them and hemmed them. Now I have shorts. Team 1 said they all wished they had brought more shorts. They also said they wished they had brought a journal and that the homemade cookies got eaten up quickly!

So I made journals out of .99 cent composition books for my hubby and I. They turned out pretty cute. (suppose to be a picture here)

Then I made 2 batches of cookies which I packed in with the suitcases. That will be a nice treat for the team and I put together a little bundle of them in a special package for our host and hostess at the house. (more pictures)

I'm a bit nervous about the trip. As you may have read in previous posts there is the spider issue. There apparently are also a lots of dogs. Stray dogs. I DO NOT like dogs and am easily frightened by them if they are aggressive at all. To top it off I just read the most recent post from team 1. They spent their fun day (as will we apparently) zip lining through the jungle. Have I ever mentioned that I'm totally afraid of heights!!! I can pretty much already see myself all hooked up, sitting on the edge of the platform with everyone telling me I can do it and crying while I pray and ask God to carry me (literally). I know I'm sounding like a total wimp here. But as I've said before this whole mission trip is very outside my box. But I do know that God called me to go. So I'm just going to have to really trust God and give my fears over to Him. Any prayers you can throw my way in these areas will be great. I'm sure I'm going to have a lot of stories to tell when this is all over!

Well, I'm off. I don't think I'll be post here while I'm gone. I will have net access, but I'll be posting on the SV Missions blog instead.

While I'm gone you can stay up to speed on the mission trip at www.svmissions.blogspot.com

8 comments:

  1. Good morning! You are probably gone as I speak, but I felt compelled to send you off with a nugget of truth on your mission trip. Do you think Jesus was not scared traveling from town to town spreading his word to non-believers? Do you think he was TERRIFIED that he would be tortured or killed because of who he was? YES! And now you are being asked by God to do the same thing, and with his power, you will be able to overcome your fears and spread the Good News because He is with you!!! Don't forget that! He is using this trip as a way to cause growth in you--take the opportunity and RUN!!!! (Not away, but into His open, protecting arms!!! You don't know me, but we're sisters in Christ and I wish you the best!

    Hugs,
    Amy

    Have fun!

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  2. Hey Shannon if Oprah and Gayle can do it, you can do it. Remember that one show where they did that zip line thing and stuff. Ha Ha! Most more importantly, you will have the strength of your saviour with you. Face your fears with courage. I love you and am very proud of you for going outside of your box. I can't say that I am quite ready to do that.

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  3. Amy,
    thank your for your comment. I love the family of Christ! Your words were very encouraging.

    yours too kimmy!

    (i'm in houston on a 5 hour layover right now)

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  4. I love what Amy had to say too.. it's so true! Kelli has shared with me about this trip and your teams. I will pray..

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  5. Amen, Amy. I honestly never thought of that. Thank you for sharing it.

    Shannon - I will be praying for you while you are gone. Enjoy this awesome opportunity!

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  6. SHANNON, I LOVE YOU, KNOW YOUR CHILDREN ARE IN (GREAT) HANDS WITH ALL YOUR FAMILY ENJOY ALL THE BLESSINGS GOD HAS FOR YOU AND ALL YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH. MOM THANKS FOR THE REMINDER OF GODS GOODNESS AND ALL HE IS TO US AMY.

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  7. Jesus did not live his life in fear. He was not terrified by life. He knew His mission and He knew when He would die. Did He want the burden to be released from Him -- the Bible says He did but He was willing to be in God's will -- "not my will but thine". God is asking us to be in His will -- even when we are afraid. We are always in the palm of God's hand.

    Good for you listening to God's call and reaching for more. God asks us to be up doing amazing things with Him and you will be amazed by what He does in your life because you answered the call. Not everything will be easy -- in fact it probably won't be. But the rewards are amazing. Blessings

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