Never fear, the title will be explained in due time. Cue the Von Trapp children on their way to bed if you don’t like pigs. Either will do just fine.
Gonna try to make the most of my last day here in Guatemala, and this will be my last blog post for this installment of the adventure. To those of you who stuck around or occasionally sent me a message with a “What’s up Doc?”, you have my most sincere thanks. To all those I told I owe cookies, I meant it, but it’s on you to remind me.
Give my heartfelt gratitude to all those who have kept me in prayer this summer.
You know, I want to write an incredibly eloquent blog post to wrap all this up, but I’m having some trouble doing it. Many of the things I’ve learned I’ve shared all along. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and sufferin’ succotash there’s a lot of good memories and lessons that I’ll take with me, but that’s not the whole point.
Up till now, the summer’s gone by faster than a skinny rooster whistling “Meep Meep!” on it’s way past, and I’ve got a lot of good memories. When I first walked into Dennis and Cindy’s house, I tot I taw a putty tat, but it was so scared of me that I wasn’t sure. Now the cat (Misha is her name) won’t leave me alone. I got to see a slice of the real world of mission work in the developing world and the need for biomedical technicians / engineers / educators here. I was blessed by relationships with some awesome people. I got to hike a sweet volcano and see some awesome scenery. The most important things I’ll take away from this summer, however, are a deeper appreciation and reverence for the Word of God and a little better understanding of Him as a sovereign God in control of all things.
Never going to forget getting to share my testimony with 16 young men at a local prison last Wednesday. It was one of the highlights of my summer. Medical and engineering work is good and nice, but there’s just something about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ that is thrilling and refreshing. I wish I could have taken pictures, but we weren’t allowed to have cameras.
Gonna go ahead and admit that this trip / co-op ultimately isn’t (wasn’t) about me. I’m nothing but thankful for it and for what it’s given me, but if all I can talk about is how cool the food was or how much fun I had or how I’m better off for it, I’ve missed something. How I’ve been affected is certainly worth noting, but I think primarily about myself much more than I should. My motives suck, remember? (Though God’s been working on them).
Let the questions shift towards “How did I serve those I was with?” and “How can I use what I’ve learned and been given?”, and the answers get harder to find. This isn’t my story, it’s God’s, and for some reason I’ve been blessed enough to enjoy wandering my way through it. As He writes the next chapter, I only hope and pray that I’ll have eyes and ears to follow Him onto the next great adventure He has planned. For now, it’s back home, then to Cincinnati. It’s going to be good to be home.
You all are incredible and an answer to prayer as well for supporting me in my trip to Guatemala. I can’t say what exactly the next step will be, but I’ve got some ideas I’d like to check out. I’ve got two more years till I’ll graduate from UC, and till then I’d like to continue to learn skills and knowledge that can apply well to the mission field. It would be awesome to find others at UC who are similarly motivated towards service and missions and possibly start a class, club, and / or trips to enable those who God is calling. After I graduate, I still can’t predict where I’ll be, whether working in business or ministry in the states, in the mission field, or somewhere else entirely new. After this summer, though, I can say that if God calls me to Guatemala or anywhere else, I’ll go gladly.
Down to the end here. Now, I want you to do something for me. Go back and read the first word of every paragraph of this blog post. And you thought the Looney Tunes were subtle.
Grace and Peace,