One Year Later…

 

 

 

Dear Supporters,

Last week (on May 12th) I hit my one year mark of living and working with Students International in Guatemala. I have been here for ONE YEAR already! It is amazing how fast time flies; I feel like I was just at home, visiting all of you and telling you about how God was calling me to full time ministry in Guatemala. I very vividly remember visiting your homes or your small groups and presenting our ministry at SI with you. Thank you for letting me share my excitement with you and taking interest in what God is doing in other areas of the world! Having already interned with SI for three summers at that time, I thought I new exactly what I was getting myself into. I was so excited to get back to this place I loved because I knew that God was calling me to do big things here. I just didn’t realize how much my expectations would be blown away! He has blessed me in so many unanticipated ways over the past year with experiences that have amazed, encouraged, and challenged me. My first year of ministry has changed my life, who I am, and I am so thankful for how God has been growing me, stretching my heart, and revealing Himself more and more to me.

Some ways I have changed:

–         I am putting more priority on relationships. Remembering more peoples’ names, following up with people, becoming very invested in other peoples’ very messy, heartbreaking situations.

–         I have learned to live with things not being 100% efficient. I am still a person that really desires efficiency and effectiveness, but I have had to adjust to accept it when others show up late or don’t work in a completely effective way. That is just how life is here, and it is just fine.

–         I am an intense person. I think I became this way in my college years, but it has been amped up through my time here, and I realize that I am not like most others. I need to learn to be patient with others when they give me that “just simmer down” look because I may be super passionate about something, but that doesn’t mean that they have to be too. But I also enjoy sharing my passions with others and get them excited about new things too!

Some things I am learning about God

–         God is FAITHFUL. I am constantly blown away by the way God provides at the exact right time. Even when His provisions come in unexpected ways, I can see His hand covering all of our needs in the clinic and my personal needs.

–         God can redeem any situation. No matter how broken, corrupted, and horrific someone’s life is, God’s mercy can cover and renew it. His grace is sufficient. I have seen His miraculous redemption in the lives of so many of our patients.

–         I am starting to be able to see God more and more through new eyes, or at least realizing how my cultural lenses affect the way I see God. My perception of God from a different perspective is broadening my understanding so that He is not so limited by my US cultural ability to perceive. A diversified perspective allows us to receive a more complete view of God.

Thank you for your support over the past year! I praise God for your faithfulness and courage in your sacrificial giving and I pray that He would bless you in miraculous ways to recompense your faithful offering. I am so blessed to know that I have you guys back at home praying for me, thinking of me, and supporting me. I really could not do ministry without you!

I ask that you would join me in prayer as I continue to seek God’s direction for my life. I am praying over where He is leading me once I finish my initial two year commitment, one year from now. Before I came down toGuatemala, I knew that I was committing to serve at least two years. And I knew that I would need to feel it out, reevaluate after a while, and see if God is calling me to stay longer, or if He is using this experience to prepare me for something else. Please join me in prayer over discerning God’s will for my life and please pray over the possibility of extending your financial support if I continue in ministry beyond two years. I hope that you will intentionally lift this up in prayer and evaluate for yourselves if the sacrifices you have been making this past year to be able to support me are sustainable beyond a two year commitment. Or maybe you realize that your support is a little easier than expected and you feel that you could realistically increase your monthly amount! Please prayerfully consider the possibilities and let me know if God has given you any words to share with me in discerning His will. I would love to hear how God is speaking to you.

I am still the kind of person that really wants to be in control, but I have already learned that God’s plans for my life are always better than anything I concoct myself. So I have learned to take things slowly, waiting to hear God’s whisper and trusting in His guidance.

Thank you for your support in my first year of ministry. It has been a very blessed year for me. As difficult as it was for me at first to accept this undeniable call to missions, I can now easily see how God has always intended to bless me through His perfect plan.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Eva DeVore
    May 20, 2012 @ 11:57:37

    I can’t believe it’s been a year already. You are often in my thoughts and in my prayers. May God continue to watch over you and bless your ministry and work for Him in Guatemala or wherever He places you next.
    Eva

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