But there's one part of the roller coaster ride in particular that I'm not as fond of. At the beginning of the ride, there's that climb up the tracks.
I hate that. Slow progress. Anticipation. The thought that maybe you shouldn't have gotten on this ride after all (is that noise normal?). A certain amount of not knowing (I also like to "know").
This past week has been nothing but that climb. As we have been working to put together the details of this week's trip, plan lessons for Holy Cross school, etc. it seemed that this trip was well planned for. Maybe more so than past trips. Until about a week ago, when it seemed like somehow we had fallen behind schedule. If I could have gotten an extra week or two, that would have made things easier.
But it doesn't really matter how much I prepare. Something will be forgotten. Something else will not go as smoothly as I had hoped for.
And the other side of the coin is that things come together, despite my lackluster efforts, and despite not having what I felt was enough time. Because we aren't doing this alone. And while this is the largest group Sound of Hope has brought to Belize, I'm not talking about group members.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
I've got one thing to ask of you for the next week. Would you pray for our team, Holy Cross school, and San Pedro?
If you aren't sure how to pray (maybe you like to "know" too :-) or you are just interested in what the team is up to this week, check back here.
We hope to post a daily blog update (with Belize picture instead of some coaster) and also place at least one prayer item at the end of each blog.