March Madness 2014

It’s here. The busiest weekend in Mission of Hope’s history is HERE! More people arriving in this one weekend than ever before (including my family & church family Grace Fellowship!)

This is March Madness at it’s finest.

And let me tell you. It’s been humorous/humbling to see how the Lord lovingly reminds me His sovereignty, faithfulness, & my complete dependence on nothing but Him.

  • This “craziest weekend of the year” falls on time-change weekend. An hour of sleep literally disappears from the clock. GONE. I always think Spring Forward is a cruel joke made by people who function with 3 hours of sleep – which is NOT me.
  • My home church is bringing a team down! My mom, step-dad, brother, & sister-in-law are a part of that trip, which is SO exciting. I am eager for them to experience what the Lord is doing here. However, this is an entirely different dynamic of exhausting – because it will literally be 24/7 with wanting to spend as much time as possible with my family & church family. It also is exciting because they are bringing lots of treats from back home (& hair color!). ha. which leads me to my next point…
  • I ran out of Starbucks Vias this week. Yep. You read that correctly. I. RAN. OUT. OF. INSTANT. COFFEE. 2. DAYS. BEFORE. THE. BUSIEST. WEEKEND. OF. THE YEAR. (I can’t make this stuff up.)
  • Both of our campuses are open for March, which means that all of our staff is split between the 2 campuses. Which means 2 sets of everything – Orientations, Schedules, Debriefs, Tours, etc.
  • Carnival (best described as Haitian Mardi Gras). This was March 3, 4, & 5. The entire country basically shut down for this massive holiday. How does this affect us? Banks, offices, stores (read: everything) was closed 3 days this week while we were finalizing details for this weekend. Thankfully, I work with brilliant people (EBill & Drew) who thought of this ahead of time, and all is well.

These are a few examples that the Lord has used to remind me that HE IS SUFFICIENT. Eternally, nothing else matters but Him. He goes before us. He ordained this weekend before the foundation of the world was laid. The breath that I am breathing is grace – I am walking in His grace. Teams are going into villages in order that more people would come to know Jesus. I’m unbelievably grateful for the team I get to work with. We are praying that every man, woman, & child we come in contact with (North American & Haitian) will hear, feel, & see the Gospel of Jesus & experience life transformation.

It’s a JOY to serve here. The Lord continually reminds me that we are all ordinary people that He graciously uses to accomplish an ETERNAL & extraordinary vision. He allows us to be a part. He delights in bringing joy to His children. He is joy, friends. He is hope. He is changing the world through His church.

Would you pray?
Pray that we intentionally invest in the men & women that step foot onto our campus. Pray that we (staff) are aware of the needs around us – both in the North American team members & the Haitians that we serve alongside & in their villages. Pray that hours on the clock expand – that God would accomplish a crazy amount of things in a crazy amount of time. Pray that the only thing people can walk away saying is, “God did it.” God gets all of the glory for the redemption of His people. He gets the glory for the changing of a nation. He gets the glory in the softening of the human heart. Pray for holy energy & endurance – that we would carve out time to be with the Lord before we meet with men & women. Pray that the posture & the focus of our heart would be on Jesus, above all. Pray that as team members leave Haiti, they would not view this as a “week long” experience…but that it would be a catalyst of change in their lives & that they would take the intentionality of living life Gospel centered back home with them if this is new to them. For people who may be doing this already back home, pray that they would be encouraged. That they would be refreshed, renewed, & rejuvenated here. That they would see the beauty of Christ’s church around the world & be encouraged.

LET’S DO THIS!

You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:11

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