May 10th!Counting down to May 10th!!!

That is the day that I am flying down to Guatemala: The first one way ticket that I have ever purchased in my life! It is a bit later than I was hoping to get down there, but still before the summer excitement starts, so I’m pleased. I am very thankful for all of the wise counsel that I have received, keeping me grounded when my excitement impedes my rationality. It is so helpful to have people who have gone before me to advise me based off of their own experiences. (i.e. not being stingy in my fundraising, not rushing down prematurely, etc.) I am so blessed to have great support from my organization (SI) to make this transition as smooth as possible!

Thank you to all of you who have decided to commit alongside me as a financial partner! I truly would not be able to do this without you! I am currently 80% funded. However, with the amounts added in that my two churches have told me they are planning to support me at, I am 98% funded! God has been so faithful! I never imagined that I would get so far in my fundraising! That was the biggest fear for me when I made the decision to be a full time missionary. But my expectations have once again been blown out of the water and I have no fear in the area of finances as I begin ministry abroad. That is not to say that I don’t think I will still face many challenges. Quite the contrary! I know that what I have received is going to be used in ministry and drained out of me as I pour everything into my ministry. I wholly relate to these lyrics from Hillsong’s Desert Song:

“This is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I’m filled to be emptied again
The seed I’ve received I will sow.”

Thank you also to all of you who have committed to pray for me and the SI ministry in Guatemala. Though I am very excited to get down there and make my home in Guatemala with a staff and community that I love dearly, it is always sad to leave those I love in the US. I have already gone through a vigorous round of goodbyes this past week as my brother shipped out with the Army to be deployed to Afghanistan. That has been the hardest goodbye of my life thus far, and I can only imagine it being compounded as I continue to say goodbye to family when I “deploy” to Guatemala. Praise God I didn’t get my way and I’m not leaving for Guatemala this week as I had hoped. That would just be too much for my little heart to take! (not to mention my poor parents!) God’s timing is always better than our own. Please pray for continued grace and peace as I begin now to pack up my things and prepare to leave as well.

Another area of development in the past couple of weeks has been concerning my specific placement of ministry sites where I will be serving in Guatemala. I will still be in the same community with the same people; it’s just a matter of what my vocation will be. I am flexible to serve wherever I am needed by SI and I’m excited for the possibilities of where I may work. I could be working in either or both of the places where I have previously interned: the art site and the health clinic. I’ll keep you updated as I know more!

I am also beginning to get nervous about committing to full time ministry in Guatemala. As I get closer and closer to taking on the role of “missionary,” I begin to doubt myself and God’s equipping me to go. I know this is just the devil trying to fight against this work. Wherever there are great spiritual things happening, there will be great opposition from the devil. And what am I doing running head-on, full force into the heat of that spiritual battle!? All I can say is “God help!” because I know I can not do this on my own. God has already been working miraculously in my life to prepare me for this and I know that He will never leave me to fend for myself.

Thanks to everyone for all of your love and support. I am so grateful to have such a great team of people to carry me through this ministry. My next blog update will probably be after I have arrived in Guatemala. I welcome any messages or emails! It is such a blessing to me to know you are praying for me!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Maurine
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 18:01:44

    woo hoo! May 10th!?!! wow! that’s coming up.

    I’m so so happy for you, Britney. God has blessed you indeed.

    May the packing and prep go smoothly. Looking forward to seeing you face-to-face 🙂

    Countdown: 15 days!


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