I’d like to begin this post by thanking God for my husband. Mr. E has to be one of the most patient, kind, level-headed people I know! It’s these, and other qualities about him, that made leading a mission trip together a great joy!
Like most travel experiences, we ran into a handful of “little hiccups” right off the bat. You know, the usual…the airline misplaced a student’s luggage that she needed to take her meds and they had to drop it off in Bithlo, someone dropped their cell phone on the plane after landing and had to find someone to go back through security to get it, another student laid down to take a little nap in the airport and lost his wallet, but didn’t realize he had lost it until we had left and were headed to our base in Bithlo. All the while, Mr. E helped me remain calm simply by being his patient, kind, level-headed self.
Unbeknownst to our team, this is not typically the way I’ve been known to respond to things outside of my organized plan (a.k.a. control). However, God proved to be faithful again, and again, and again… As we chose to trust God and respond calmly to each little “road bump” we were able to lead our team towards like attitudes and perspectives.
One thing I’ve learned after being lead and leading others is that more oftentimes than not, the team will eventually reflect the attitude and perspective of their leader. If they’re being lead towards trusting God they will typically follow suit. If they’re being led towards trusting in themselves, likewise. Trusting God leads us towards love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. On the flip side, trusting ourselves leads us towards things like idolatry, hatred, disunity, jealousy, fits of rage, selfishness, dissension, factions, envy, anxiety, etc., etc., etc.
I am excited to say that, overall, our time serving in the community of Bithlo, FL was marked by trusting God. We had plenty of opportunities to choose which path to take (trusting God or trusting self), but in the end nine times out of ten our team chose to trust God. This made for an incredible trip, filled with many testimonies; of which I’m looking forward to sharing with you!
For our first time leading a team on a missions trip, I’d have to say Mr. E and I were blessed with a wonderful team and an encouraging experience! As you’ll find out in our future Bithlo posts, we learned a lot and we’re thankful for each and every challenge. I leave you with this new spin on an old phrase: “Keep Calm
and Carry On because He who began a good work in you will carry it on into completion (Philippians 1:6).”
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
P.S. Happy 8 month-a-versary my Love!