Things aren't always what they seem, or even all what they are sometimes. The title for today's post comes from a practice phrase I was given trying to learn another language. Upon reading it, I was sure it meant something deeper. Search as I might...I think it is just a practice phrase for learning. But I like it nonetheless. Sometimes things that seem small might be big, and vice versa. I am speaking metaphorically, as usual, of course.
Talk about culture shock. People still ask how we are doing adjusting to the US. (Thanks for asking by the way if you were one of those people!) To be honest, I don't really think about it that often, we stay pretty busy and so I don't have a lot of down time to dwell on it, and I am also not quite sure how to answer the question.
But yesterday trying to get ready for school, Soren came upon a new (to him) type of milk jug, and when he tried to open it and came upon the pull tab instead of a screw lid...he lost it. Temporarily of course, but it was just a brief insight into the fact that although well adjusted...sometimes that bee can jump up out of the water and make a big splash. At that point, nothing made sense here, everything was weird or different, and it just was a brief melt down about a milk jug.
Sometimes I am not sure how to respond I guess just because things ultimately are just different. I can get used to things either way, but then...I am different as well. Cecilia wishes we had a Ford truck here in the US. Nonsense I say, in my US mindset, thinking that although they are popular, we certainly don't need one. And then, in my Honduras mind, I recognize why she thinks they are awesome and how cool it is to have one. There are many such things that are different, or different about myself being in one place or another. That can be...hard sometimes.
As you can see from the picture, Cecilia is still clearly identifying Honduran (that is the flag being painted on her face) but also very much adapting to living here, and likes especially that she can drive and have a job. Independence that isn't possible in Honduras, at least not for a while.
Negatives? Sure, there are some, but that is life everywhere really, why dwell on them? I will admit to noticing from time to time when I talk with the kids in Spanish in public, which we know probably seems a bit odd to some people but we enjoy, I can sometimes seemingly pick up a negative vibe from others, although no one has said anything straight to our face. Doesn't seem to stop us though, imagine that.
There will be some more adjusting to be sure, and hopefully reflection and growth. That is the idea at any rate, and hopefully making more Kingdom connections for the mission while we are here.
The picture below is something Cecilia made in Honduras, showing ties to family in Indiana. And then she added a caption to it when we got to the US and she hung it up right near the main door to house.
Ultimately it speaks to me in a big way, and also buzzes in my ear.
In September, while Dr. Darwin was in the US, we had occasion to tour the FAME (www.fameworld.org) warehouse again, looking at what they already have on hand that we could use in Honduras at the clinic for a year, or more, depending on whether supplies or equipment. For us, it was a little like Christmas shopping when you were a kid.
So, working with FAME, we are now looking to send a container full of supplies in the spring of 2019!
This is where you come in!
Although FAME has access to so many resources that we need, what they don't have, and what we also need to put on the container is the following:
1. Medicines (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, non-gummy children's vitamins, adult vitamins, prenatal vitamins)
2. Creams (anti fungal, anti itch, antibiotic)
3. Soaps, sanitizing gels
4. Hygiene items (travel sized shampoos, soaps, lotions)
You can help us fill this container! FAME has limited to no access to these types of items that we use absolutely every day in the clinic, and to some extent especially for the hygiene items, in rural areas when we go with groups.
From their warehouse, we will be able to fill quite a bit of the container's space, but there will still be plenty of room for sure for as many of these supplies as we can gather, especially since they can all be squeezed in and around other bigger items and such.
***The key for medicines and creams is that the expiration date needs to be at least June 2019, but the later the better for us to stretch the use of everything as long as possible.***
We have several months to prepare You can email, text, messenger, smoke signal or otherwise get in touch with us about how to get these items to FAME, or how we can pick them up for you and thank you in person, and then get them to FAME in time as well.
You can also donate funds to the ministry if you like, and we will scour and find the best prices to buy these things in bulk and put as much of them on the container as possible! You can do that here
This type of container we have done before, and they have been huge for moving the clinic, and work overall, forward. We are looking to be as strategic as possible with this container, to take advantage of FAME's huge offer of shipping this container, and getting as many things we need on it as possible. We don't want to waste any space if possible.
Please help us spread the word...everyone can help out on this, from one bottle of ibuprofen, to a case, to a pallet!
Also, if you know of good used or new equipment that you think the clinic or general mission could use, please let us know that as well. And pray...for how all of this will come together and be used to glorify God!
Hey, I'll admit it, I could really use your help!
We are looking for members of the group we are taking as a family to Honduras December 29th through January 5th. Have you been before and want to go back? Know someone that you think would be good to go? Think you should go but are scared?
Now is the time! This really will be a very cool, unique group. This time of year is perfect for a unique visit and some special treats. How about an entire town doing fireworks all within a twenty minute span and you get to see it all? How about special day events with the Milk Project kids off site? How about getting to see everyone from the mission together at once for a special Christmas party? All this and more...it really should be a great trip.
But we need more group members to pull off everything we are hoping to do! You can click here for more details, and always just write us to talk through it as well.
Also, part of our adventure serving in the US for these many months is finding ways to connect new partners to the mission, both Churches and individuals. Not just financial partners, although that is part of it, but prayer partners, and more groups throughout the rest of the year like we are doing in December. We need your help to make those connections...either with your Church, talking with us about maybe signing up to be a partner yourself, or even helping us by inviting us and hosting a one time fundraiser with your friends/family/life group?
We have been keeping busy this first month in the US, acclimating, and doing some visits already, but we have to keep striving to do more to get where we have the vision for the mission going, and we most certainly cannot do that alone. It is amazing how much God is doing in Honduras and so much of that through what He is doing in the USA, and we thank Him and you for that. Keep praying, there is still lots going on in Honduras in the mission and we will update more about that next month, but the work continues and almost busts at the seams sometimes for sure!
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