Friday, June 3, 2016
Honduras: Prayer Concerns
A few people have asked what to pray for while Jamie and I are in Honduras next month. This list is for your reference. If you are a praying person, please remember us throughout July.
Safety, of course, but also boldness - Something I noticed while reading Acts is that the apostles didn't pray for God to keep them safe. They prayed for the boldness to continue following Him and preaching in His name. I don't plan to do any preaching. I prefer my evangelism to be the kind without words, or without the "this is why you need to believe what I believe" kind of words. Still, I want to be in good physical condition for being bold and loving hard.
Health - Similar to the above, but specifically things like colds and nausea, etc... Food sickness was a problem for some on our last trip. Since I like trying new foods and being adventurous, this is a real concern for me. I am prone to motion sickness, and we will spend a lot of time on buses and curvy mountain roads. I don't want to travel to Honduras to help others and end up as a burden instead.
Transportation - As I said, we travel by bus. Please pray over the vehicles themselves and also the drivers and the cars, bikes, and other objects around us. Traffic in Honduras is a sight to behold. I hear they have things like lanes and speed limits but I haven't seen anything to suggest those items really exist.
Spiders - Go on and laugh. My husband found a very large snake in our yard last week. I went out to peek at him and felt almost no fear. He was beautiful. But a spider? I have gone nights without sleep because I killed a spider in the bathroom or someone posted a photo of a spider to Facebook and every time I closed my eyes, I saw eight furry legs. I didn't see any spiders in Honduras last year, but for some reason I have been worried about them this year. I know. Illogical fear. I don't deny it.
Strength & Skill - Last year, I very briefly wielded a chainsaw. If I end up needing to use one, pray for my focus and ability. Jamie and I will be swinging hammers and carrying wood when we are building homes. I am not sure what else we will do. Anything is possible. Please pray we can dig deep and discover capabilities we never knew we possessed.
Language - As most of you know, I have been learning Spanish. I worked my way through all of level one and most of level two in Rosetta Stone before getting hung up on grammar. I am a perfectionist, and I won't let myself move onto level three until I feel more on top of level two. I'm hoping a month in Honduras will greatly improve my Spanish. Pray that I get plenty of opportunities to use what I have learned and to learn more. Also pray I have the guts to speak and look stupid. That is hard for me. I hate sounding unintelligent, but learning a new language means saying the wrong thing and learning from my mistakes. I don't like making mistakes. So, pray I am both bold and humble in my attempts to speak Spanish.
Family - I am leaving my husband and kids for a whole month. This doesn't scare me. Corey is the best dad I know, and he's got this. My kids are pretty independent. Neither has expressed concern over my upcoming absence. Please pray life rolls along smoothly here without me.
Introvertedness - I am pretty intensely introverted. I love people, but I need to recharge in solitude and quiet. I am used to starting my days in a silent house, alone with my book and my breakfast and my coffee. I'm used to spending most of my days alone, as I am a writer. All of that is about to fly out the window. Please pray that I can either find pockets of solitude to refill my tank or that I will be miraculously made into an extravert for one month.
Being Present - My friend, Carrie, asked me about how I am able to be truly present in the experience of a trip like this. It wasn't a problem last year, but this year I will be there longer. I need to not be worried about my family here at home and other such things. I want to journal through the month, something I failed to do last year. Please pray that I can experience every moment of this trip and be open to whatever God is speaking over me each day.
Seeing the big picture but also the individual - I shared some thoughts on "voluntourism" last year, and that is basically what I am talking about here. I don't want to go to Honduras for my own good. There are good things I hope to take away from this trip (language acquisition, etc.) but if I am not making a difference, I am wasting time and money. I want Jesus to walk with me over the month I am in Honduras. I want to see the big picture of how I can truly be a help, and I also want to see the people I meet as individuals. I want to honor the humanity of each person I come into contact with, whether a fellow pilgrim or a native Honduran or anyone else.
Peace/Homesickness - I don't foresee this being a problem, but I've also never been away from my husband and children for this long all at the same time.
Mental Health - Whether you want to pray over this as spiritual warfare, holding off attacks from the enemy or simply as a health concern, I will take both kinds of prayer. I suffer from ADHD and Depression. I will have my meds with me, of course, but meds are not magic. I still have bad days, even bad weeks. As with my physical health, I don't want my mental health to make me a burden instead of a blessing to those around me.