I’ve been here what, not even a week? I flew down on Monday and got here really early Tuesday morning, and ever since then I literally haven’t known what day it is.
And I’ve already got a lot to say. But I’ll start with traveling.
It was so super sad to say goodbye to my family, usually I’m traveling with my flock lol! Not by myself. So I couldn’t just follow them. I had to look out for my gate, see where to go, ask for directions.
Waiting at Indy at my gate, and got to talking to a family who was waiting too, and they told me they would be praying for me. Total strangers. But it meant a lot.
But once I got to Atlanta, it was absolutely crazy because our flight was delayed a tad, so everyone is rushing etc.
I had to take a train to my next gate, and met a girl who was going to the gate next to mine. So I asked if I could just kinda follow her because this was my first time in the airport. She agreed and even asked if I wanted her to take me all the way to my gate, and two other girls overheard and were like “oh, we are going to E. So she can come with us!”
Literally a life saver. Because I would’ve been lost without them.
My flight from Atlanta to Guatemala was delayed quite a bit. And so I just sat down and cried. My friend Allison facetimed me and I told her “I don’t even know why i’m crying!” emotions I guess! lol. And met a group of missionaries who were headed there (Guatemala) too.
It is one of the coolest things to be able to just talk about Jesus with random strangers!
On the plane, the lady next to me asked if I would trade seats with her husband because they had two little kids.
At first, I was a little disappointed because I’d be in a middle seat. Not next to the window. But quite thankful I did trade, because I was able to meet another missionary and a Guatemalan guy. That was really cool to be able to talk to him about Guatemala or what he liked in the states or just family! 🙂
But then once we got to the airport, he helped me through the airport and getting my stuff. It’s nice to have a Guatemalan help you through the Guatemalan airport 😉 He asked if I was nervous, and honestly, I wasn’t. The entire trip I wasn’t nervous at all. And when I got here, I was just so happy to be home. It really and truly feels like home!
But I’m just super super thankful for those people God put in my path, and that was just with traveling! I’ve gotten to meet so many other cool people that are here too.
Only part of my walk everyday. 110 stairs.
And the days can be so hard. It taxes you if you don’t fill up on the right stuff. And I wasn’t filling up on Jesus the first few days, and I finally took the time to just sit down, and it was so. much. better. Joshua 1:9 keeps coming up in random places.
“This is my command: be strong and courageous. Never be afraid or discouraged because I am your God, the Eternal One, and I will remain with you wherever you go.”
Or Isaiah 40:31 has a whole new meaning to it.
“But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles. They will run-never winded, never weary. They will walk-never tired, never faint”
And when the time gets tough, like when the kids are either asking you to play “caballo” again for the 10th time or your scrubbing poop from pants, or when almost every kids is crying/yelling, I remember Acceptance with joy. Accepting where God has put me, even when I don’t understand a lot of it, and serving Him with the joy in my heart that only He can give me. I’m empty and worthless without Him.
And I have gone to my room and just cried. But. It has had its really good days! Days when you all are in a silly playful mood and there’s so much laughter, or when you put the kids to bed and they all give you a kiss. Right before you head out the door, you hear about 3 or 4 more “uno mas! Uno mas!” (one more, one more!)
God is good. All the time!
Thank you all so much for praying for me, for this trip. It has been absolutely so humbling to see and hear of just how many people are praying for me. I’m honored. And so thankful!