Psalm 51:10-13

Having fun serving with the veterinary team!

This past month has gone by so fast! I have been extremely busy with a number of different things… and unfortunately I am still very busy and do not have time to give the kind of detailed update I would love to share with you!

July 4th weekend

This was the busiest, most stressful week that I have had here in Guatemala. This was the transition week in which Maurine handed over her responsibilities as summer staff coordinator to me, before her family moved back to the States on the 14th. This is also the week of transition from summer staff session 1 to summer staff session 2. Therefore we had a lot of interns to keep track of and supervise the debrief and exiting of session 1 staff and the orientation and entering of session 2 staff. I had been anticipating that week for sooo long for all of the work that it would be and for the huge landmark that it marked in my ministry. Up until that time, Maurine had been mentoring me and training me on how to do her job as summer staff supervisor. I knew I had HUGE shoes to fill and I was so overwhelmed when the time arrived to “hand off the baton.” Besides all of the additional stress from the extra work, I was so incredibly overwhelmed by the fact that the Bekaerts were leaving and this was one of their major steps in phasing out. I am very excited for this new opportunity I have in ministry, working with the summer staff. I think this is such a unique opportunity to disciple, support, and develop some amazing future Christian leaders. I remember what a formative experience it was for me when I was summer staff with SI and I can only hope to help our summer staff experience such a transformational summer.

Our 99 year old patient Raymunda CRACKS ME UP! She is such a blessing to me!

Our students led one of the women’s meetings.

Praise the Lord for my awesome summer staff, Amber Brown!

And things have not slowed down since then. I am still working as the clinic site director full time in the health clinic with students, but I have many more additional responsibilities that I am passionate about and put a lot of time into. Our staff meeting on the 11th, the last meeting with Nic and Maurine present, was incredibly emotional for me. The extra stress of the week and the dreaded goodbyes to Nic and Maurine made me quite emotional. Luckily I had the support and love of my good staff friends to just let me cry it off a little bit. I have been burning the candle at both ends and feeling quite burnt out. I know I am not the only SI staff who feels this way as the summer season is always extremely busy for us. This last week I worked 12 hours every day except on Thursday when I did not go home at all but did a night shift in the hospital NICU with two of our summer staff.

… and then I go and do something that takes up so much more time and energy on top of all that. I ran my first ever half marathon in Antigua on the 15th! I am happy I did it, but definitely still recovering my energy.

I would appreciate your prayers as I am feeling extremely exhausted. But praise God for sustaining me and giving me joy in all that I do here in Guatemala. I am so blessed.

Psalm 51:10-13 Create in me a pure heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.

I love you and miss you already, Bekaerts!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Maurine
    Jul 22, 2012 @ 23:06:09

    We love you & miss you too, Britney!! This post is making me tear-up now.

    Praying that you WILL be “sustained” through the Holy Spirit. May you rely fully on His strength (and that may mean asking for help from the Body).

    Especially thinking of you tmrw! Hope it’s a BLESSED day of rest and reflection. I’m glad that you were born 🙂

    with much affection,


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