So, I’m headed off to Nicaragua on a mission trip. It will be my second one, my first was to Honduras nearly 6 years ago. I’m really looking forward to it for a variety of reasons. I was very hesitant to sign up because it’s strange to think about being away from the kids for a week, especially since I’m the only parent. This will be the longest I’ve been away from them since Wendy died.
I think it will do us all some good though. I know I will learn a great deal and hope that God will use me and teach me more about Him. I also think it’s a good example for my kids. L has already asked me close to 1,000 questions about why I am going and what it will be like. “What will your bed be like, will it be comfortable, how big will it be? Will you be in a hotel like a Holiday Inn or something? Will you be in the jungle, will it rain, will there be rivers, lakes, and ponds? Will there be jungle animals like mountain lions or pumas? Will there be snakes?” She hasn’t liked my answers; that I don’t know what it will be like and I’m going because God tells us to go and tell others about Him. She said she wants to go with me, but first would have to see a lot of pictures. I told her I’d do my best to take a lot of pictures and that I’d love for her to go sometime.
So, back to why I’m going and leaving the kids for a week. First, I’ve recently re-learned that we are commanded to go in the verses known as “The Great Commission”. Matthew 28:19 “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…” I mentioned the book Radical by David Platt a couple of posts ago and he really hit home with that one. In the church today we’ve made it about “feeling called or lead” to do this or that. But, that’s not biblical. Biblically we’re commanded to go. So, I signed up and said let’s go.
From what I know we’ll be building a church during the day and leading some discipleship groups at night. It may end up being just that or something completely different depending on circumstances and conditions. All I know is that I’m looking forward to seeing what God has in store and am willing whatever that may be.