After much prayerful reflection and consideration, I have decided to return to Honduras for five weeks this summer. I am so excited about this challenging mission opportunity that God has presented to me. I cannot wait to share God’s love with those with whom I come in contact.
For the past nine years, spending time in Honduras has been a gift and bright spot in my life. I am so thankful to Calvary for giving me my first opportunity to travel to Honduras in 2006, and I will forever be grateful to Calvary for cultivating my heart for the Honduran people. I cherish the time I have spent in Honduras in the past, and I look forward to learning and growing during my time spent there this summer.
This past summer, the summer of 2014, I spent six weeks living in Honduras. The first week, I participated in a medical brigade, and the following four weeks, I lived in God’s Littlest Lamb’s Children’s home as an intern. As an intern, I alternated my time between working in the kitchen, the nursery, the on-site school, and the weekly mission construction groups. I also spent time with the children in their cabins, helping them get ready for school in the morning, and doing devotionals with them in the evening.
This year, from June 9 through July 13, I will be taking part in two separate missions in Honduras, both associated with the Latin American Missionary Bible Institute (LAMB). First, I will work alongside a medical mission team that I have worked with before, from All Saints Episcopal Church in Jackson, Tennessee. I plan to join their team in the middle of their week and serve with them for two days. We will set up “pop-up” medical clinics in several different poor villages and neighborhoods throughout Tegucigalpa. In the past, the doctors and dentists have been able to treat up to 200 patients per day. Since my college major is Nursing, I am thrilled to be able to assist doctors as they combine their medical knowledge with their serving hearts—a combination that one day, I hope to incorporate into my everyday life.
The second portion of my trip will be a four-week internship, during which I will serve as the head intern in “God’s Littlest Lambs Children’s Home,” founded by Suzy McCall of the LAMB Institute, located in the mountainous region of San Buena Ventura. This month-long internship’s focus is on immersing interns in a holistic mission, including a spiritual retreat, service to the children of “God’s Littlest Lambs Children’s Home,” life in community, and intentional guided spiritual formation. As the head intern, it will be my duty to create weekly schedules of duties for my fellow interns and myself. I will also be responsible for keeping track of all of our expenses, arranging transportation when necessary, and organizing our weekly outings. As I did last year, the other interns and I will spend our days helping in the kitchen, the nursery, the children’s cabins, and doing whatever else is asked of us.
The internship will require organization, patience, the ability to be a servant leader, and the willingness to work as a team. This missionary internship is specifically designed for those who have sensed that God might be calling them to a life of service to Him among “the least of these.” I am willing, and I am looking forward to serving as a genuine leader, working hard, living simply, and focusing on what it means to be a faithful follower of Jesus.
I look forward to representing Calvary during my mission, and I hope to spread Calvary’s love to the Honduran people while I am there. I am excited for this time of discernment, growth, and learning. I pray that this service will guide me to a closer relationship with Jesus, a greater knowledge of myself, and a deeper understanding of my calling to the mission field.