Thursday, October 23, 2008

Big Girls don’t cry

Oh wow. Its been forever since I came around these parts. Life has been showing me the best and worst it has to offer. You know the point where one part of your life is going so well while another part is completely falling apart? I am so there.

I have so much to talk about but I am trying not to make this a super long post. So I’ll summarize.

First, Mexico gist as I promised. I really have no words to describe what happened over there. We were on a humanitarian missions’ trip so our focus was on helping. We visited this place called shanti(sp?) It is actually a community of homeless people who decide live together in land abandoned by the government. They build houses with anything they can find: Sticks, tires, aluminum. The funny thing is there are many of these communities. One of the ones we visited was actually built on sewer water. Oh the stench!!!

The challenge was to show compassion and not pity because these people had self pride. You could almost hear them say,” don’t feel sorry for me, I have accepted my circumstances”. There were girls with their nails painted and everything.

It takes a lot to make me cry but mehn when I saw a baby with a trash bag as a diaper? Kai that was too much for me.

The Miracles: Our God is awesome, we thought we were going there to witness the transformation of people’s lives but He flipped the script on us. Not one member of our team came back untouched. Not to mention the salvation stories. Each person was asked to share their testimony at different times and after each time there would always be someone who would come up to us and say “what you just shared is exactly what I am going through” it was as if He handpicked us for this purpose.

I am not even going to go into the “little” things God did. I find it quite difficult to pray aloud with people and I am also absolutely terrified of dogs (my bf has a Chihuahua and I am scared of him, that’s how bad it is). So why was my first assignment in Mexico to pray with one lady at the shanti with HUGE dogs running around? I did it!!! I don’t know where the strength came from but it came. I didn’t even notice the dog until I felt the cold nose on my leg and I didn’t scream!!!

This post is already getting long so I’ll stop here.

In other news, I am not trying to take over omosewa's job but these are my personal people. I am so excited for their wedding (my second aso-ebi experience!)

Hope everyone is doing well, I am going to make the rounds soon. I wonder what I have missed :)

Each one should test his own actions.
Then he can take pride in himself,
without comparing himself to somebody else,
for each one should carry his own load.
Gal 6:4&5