Featured image photo cred: Katie Horst
“Welcome once, welcome twice, welcome three times in the house of the Lord”
– Miss LaVern aka the Pastor’s lovely wife
As the month swiftly comes to a close, I thought I would share what my life looked like this month in San Mateo on the island of San Pedro in schedule form 🙂
6AM: alarm goes off (unless I’m already awake because of the barking dogs, crowing roosters, and/or loud music)
6:30AM: Insanity on the basketball court in the park with Morgan and Katie
7ishAM: make the trek back to San Mateo to rinse off. Belize is SO hot currently. But Praise the Lord for the cool, ocean breeze
9AM: morning devotion
9:30ishAM: head out into the community to prayer walk, pray for people, and/or hand out tracks
11AM: prep for Vacation Bible School, team devotion, and team time
12:30ish/1PM: explore the island, eat lunch, talk to people, swim etc.
4:30PM: VBS! Aka singing songs, acting out bible stories, playing games, & dancing
7:30ishPM: SHOWER. YAY.
8/8:30ish: BED #grandmas
Exploring this island has been a blast. It’s been really cool living like a local. Most people only see what the tourist side looks like and stop venturing once the line of resorts end. However it’s also been cool living some moments like a tourist. So many people have asked us what we’re doing and through those conversations we’ve been able to talk about our trip and what the Lord’s done.
Thoughts On Coming Home…
As for coming home… I’m still in disbelief. This trip has been absolutely incredible and I can’t believe it’s actually coming to an end! However the race doesn’t actually end once the World Race ends. Living missionally and sharing the love of Christ will forever continue.
Even though I don’t have a clue where God wants me when I arrive home, I trust in His plan for my life and His guidance for my path.
One theme for me this month has been God’s peace. My teammate did a really cool devotional about this a few days ago and it hit me just how much the Lord has covered me with peace this whole year. Up until this point, I’ve had a lot of my life planned out. High school –> College –> World Race –> ?? This is the first time I haven’t had a “next.” Pre World Race Hannah would have been in freakout mode. Because of the Lord’s peace, He’s given me eyes to see that this is a chance to trust Him; to dwell with Him in this time with ruthless trust that He will provide what’s next for me. Satan likes to put thoughts of concern in my mind quite often but the Lord has allowed me to fight them with truth. I’m constantly repeating to myself that the Lord’s peace guards my heart like Philippians chapter 4 talks about:
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Philippians 4:4-9 ESV
That’s pretty much the gist of this month and my thoughts on coming home. My team heads to yet another island of Belize tomorrow for FINAL DEBRIEF. I’m still in disbelief that the end is so near. I’m not sure how to feel about not being with people literally 24/7 haha.
I head to the US of A June 23rd (HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEOFF). I fly into Miami and will spend a few days there then head to Indiana the 27th.
Thanks again to everyone who made this trip possible. Thanks for the constant prayers and encouragement. Thanks for giving me the chance of a lifetime to share the love of Christ around the world. May the Lord bless you in ways you can’t fathom.