Tuesday, July 16, 2013

~packing with prayers

 the gospel and love of Jesus Christ in our hearts
plus 1100 +  pounds of blessings packed in 23 suitcases~
made the trip to Honduras

Our hearts were overflowing with gratitude as donations
were given from individuals and businesses.
Money to purchase food for food bags.
Tennis shoes (147 new pair)
Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
Clothes, Frisbees, Soccer Balls
 Bubbles, Bibles, Umbrellas,
Sewing Kits, Hair Accessories,
only begins the list of items packed

a few days before leaving
and after a lot of packing and repacking,
weighing luggage and reweighing luggage

my heart became burdened for our luggage-
YES, the luggage!
"Lord, we have all these wonderful things
and each item would be such a blessing to the ones
we are going to minister to, please deliver the luggage!"
This was my prayer.

I must say, the most stressful part of the whole trip,
is handling the baggage and having it checked.

But, worth it all, when you put shoes on feet
 who have on pink and blue socks.

The LORD was gracious and
 HE was our Shield and Protector.
Amazing stories could be told how we
 breezed through customs and
not one item taken out.
Everything arrived safely with us.
(our youngest showing off this little fellow's new shoes)

These two admiring their reusable shopping bags,
is one of those moments I framed forever.

They were able to place their food bags in them.
The food bags we packaged contained rice, beans,
sugar, lard, and spaghetti and tomato paste.

To attempt to weigh out blessings,
 the scripture comes quickly to mind,
found in Acts 20:35
 "it is more blessed to give than to receive"

-still laboring to share words from a heart
that is full of blessings.


S. Etole said...

That truly is a blessing that all arrived in good form.

Debbie said...

Oh how wonderful to read this post! My heart was so drawn to little Miss Pink and Blue socks. I'm so glad it all arrived and went exactly where God intended it to go.

Nancy said...

Oh Karen, tears flood my eyes as I read your post....What a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to be God's hands and feet to others less fortunate...

I would love to hear all about the trip....

Hugs to you sweet friend,

Jana Endris said...

Catching up on your blog after returning from our mission trip! I understand your heart and your lack of words! My heart is overflowing and it' s hard to explain to others! Can't wait to read more and see mor pics!