Thursday, June 28, 2012

June self-portrait - I am...a servant

“We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us" (2 Corinthians 5:20).
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to be an ambassador for Christ by serving on a mission team to Nicaragua.  Our mission had multiple goals, including dispensing used eyeglasses, installing water purification filters in homes, teaching health & hygiene, installing “skylights” in homes, and of course, being ambassadors for God.  I was able to help a little bit in all those areas except the skylight installation.
The trip was not without it’s challenges.  We were ambushed our first day in Nicaragua and my camera was stolen from me.  For this reason, the only photos I have to share here are those taken with someone else’s camera.  On the evening of the 2nd day we received very sad news of the death of a good friend at home.  There were also circumstances that caused us to change our plans on very short notice nearly every day in the mission field.  But the team remained determined to do what we were there to do and the people we served were so very kind and appreciative.  One day during an activity called “community mapping” (part of the health & hygiene training) the women of the community were given an opportunity to say what they liked about their community and what they wish could be different.  Nearly all of them said they liked everything about it and didn’t wish for it to be different.  That really warmed my heart – they don’t have much in the way of material possessions but they’re happy and satisfied.

If you’d like to see photos and read more about our daily adventures on the trip, check out our mission blog at

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