This is April.
Looking back on the events and activities we’ve had over the past while it’s been pretty hard to know what to write here and what to wait on until I can tell it all in person because there has just been so much going on.
I do really want to say just how grateful I am for all the prayers and support of everyone back home because I can see how God is working through those prayers and strengthening me with them.
For those of you who may not know me so well I am a very fearful person 98% of the time.
Some of those fears include, but are not limited to, The unknown, People and what they think of me, Messing up, Letting down or disappointing people, and many, MANY, others.
The thing is, Mission Peru is a great chance to meet new people, learn more about God, and strengthen relationships with both God and the team.
However, it is also a really great chance to encounter every single fear of mine that I have been struggling with.
But this is where your prayers come in. My fears and anxieties have been the main prayer request I’ve had for my family and my small group. It’s been very clear to me that these fears have become an idol in my life. But the crazy thing is that this whole time I’ve been here I haven’t had that panic in my heart and mind. Things that would usually leave me in tears thinking of all the ways it could go wrong or how I would somehow ruin the whole mission if I messed up in the slightest suddenly had no effect on me.
I know that this is only because of the LORD and not any power or confidence that could come from me. Through letters and encouragement from family and friends I can see that others truly care for me and are praying for me back home. Letter after letter reminding to lean on and trust in God has showed me how much people love me and it is really incredible!
I don’t know where my mindset will be at when I return home. Maybe I’ll still be fearless or maybe I won’t but I know God will be with me regardless.
One other thing that meant so much to me was something a leader who I love very much, Esther Chew, said while we were doing construction work.
We were shovelling sand from a huge pile into wheelbarrows and using it to reinforce the compound walls.
As we were doing this Esther said, “Guys. We are literally moving mountains right now.”
That was incredibly encouraging to hear because we usually see moving mountains as something that happens fast. Getting from point A to Point B in an instant.
But sometimes, it happens slowly, gradually, with a lot of work and a lot of help.
We can’t do it on our own but with the strength and abilities God has given us and the help, love, and support of the people God has put in our lives, we can move these mountains.
It may take a long time but I have full confidence that God is both able and will to stay but my side as I battle fear, learn to trust, and slowly, one shovel and one wheelbarrow at a time make these mountains move.
I am so excited to see you all again and continue letting God use me to glorify him when I come home.
See you again soon!
On Saturday, March 17, 2018, Mindy Worrad said:
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With all my love and prayers, Aunt Karla
On Thursday, March 15, 2018, Liliana Lapierre said:
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On Thursday, March 15, 2018, Jude St. John said:
"But sometimes, it happens slowly, gradually, with a lot of work and a lot of help." I would say that this is usually the case. God generally works this way in our lives and your recognition of this truth will serve you well as you serve you King.
God will complete the work he began in you. God will conform you to the image of Christ. And he will, most likely, do it one shovel and one wheelbarrow at a time!
On Thursday, March 15, 2018, Nicole St John said:
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