I arrived back in Honduras on January 2 after a 7-week furlough in the USA. Being back in a routine has been refreshing. The first few weeks were extremely busy with my sister’s wedding, fundraising, and Thanksgiving (blog about it here). Once December arrived I was able to focus more on reaching my monthly support goal.
When God first called me to the mission field I knew I didn’t have to worry about money (but that didn’t excuse me from putting in effort). I felt peace in my spirit regarding finances and that the Lord would ultimately provide. In a matter of 3 months I was fully funded for a year when I departed for Honduras in August 2014! At that time I thought it was amazing and that I was clearly following the right path. Yet, during this recent 7-week furlough, as I focused on fundraising for the next two years, the Lord provided more in the 4 weeks I devoted to it than was provided in the initial 3 months! I can’t explain this feeling of knowing, once again, that I am on the path the Lord has made for me.
Recently, new housing has opened up and I was given the opportunity to move into a casita (little house) at the top of the hill. So, I haved moved into my new casita since returning to Honduras. The casita has been furnished with the help and support of many people. It is a cute little house and I feel more at home than I ever have in Honduras (see below for pics). I tweeted this week how I am “#nesting” in my new casita. Out of curiosity, I looked up the #nesting hashtag and saw babies and birds. That is not the nesting I am talking about!! Can a single girl #nest and enjoy a new house? This one is!
I have two updates that are not necessarily new, but I haven’t publicly shared about them. First, I am pursuing my Master’s online at the University of Denver. I should graduate in 2017 with a Master’s degree in Organizational Communication with an emphasis in PR and Marketing. I started my first quarter last September, and I am sharing about it now because it was more of a trial at the beginning. I wanted to make sure this was something I could handle while working in ministry. It has proven itself challenging, but worth it. One of the reason’s I couldn’t pass up this opportunity is because my dad transferred 2 years of his GI Bill to me (which is basically two years of free education). These benefits expire when I turn 26, so I have exactly two years to make the most of them!
Now, for my second update: Next month I am going on a 12-day trip to Israel with a group from my church. This has been in the works since even before I became a missionary. So if you spot me in Smyrna in February- this is why. I am excited about the bonding time with the group as we visit the holy sites. My step dad joined the trip too!
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