When I think about what it means to be home, my mind starts to wander a bit. My definition of what ‘home’ looks like has changed so much. But, what I’m certain of is that my heart has multiple homes.
One of them is Guatemala.
This is one of the last visuals I have when we left there in 2014 and it’s funny because my experience in Guatemala was 100% made by the people I encountered. (Robin, on the left, became a soul sister for life).
Not very long ago, Mike (man friend, if you’ve followed along) said a group at his church was planning a trip in February 2017 (soon!) and immediately my heart leapt and I said, ‘yes. duh.’
It’s way more complicated than that. Or maybe it isn’t. I don’t know. Mike and I both have lives to manage here. We have our kiddos to worry about. And we have jobs we need to be at. But, as I told Connor when I shared with him the opportunity I have to go back, sometimes we have to do the things we feel called to do. Even when it’s hard. And even when all reason says not to. I also told him that if he gets that opportunity someday to do the same that I would urge him to do the same.
So, we depart February 25 for a week-long adventure with 8 other people to work with a ministry known as Hope for Home.
Hope for Home Ministries exists to bring glory to Jesus by caring for orphans and children with special needs in developing countries. Our multi-faceted approach to needs provides support to families who want to care for their children and provide homes when that is not possible
The reality is that this trip will be costly and our fundraising time and options are limited. Mike and I have a page we’ve created over at Give Forward that includes some more detail about our hearts for this trip. We hope that you’ll take the time to prayerfully consider a donation. But mostly? Please just pray with us as we prepare our hearts fully for the Lord to use us in a powerful way in the lives of these children.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27
And if you have any interest at all in reading about my former adventure, just search ‘guatemala’ at the top of the page there. Grab a blanket and some cocoa and enjoy!
The “saying goodbye” pic brought instant tears. Such an amazing experience. So happy I got to share that first trip with you and even more excited you get to go back to Guatemala. May God bless you and Mike and I pray He shows you even more than he did in 2014. PLEASE PEOPLE invest in Staci. SHE is so worth it!!!