January 2020 Conchshell Chronicles
As many of you know, our missionary and discipling efforts have largely been focused not only on our Project Ezra Miskito friends of 30 plus years, but now also in the last 10 years we have added efforts toward the communities we have been a part of via our Rio Coco Beans roasting and Café ministry. We still function as “Volunteer Missionaries” living our lives by faith even though we are instructed by our Boss to pay all of our Miskito Teachers, leaders, disciples, teammates and the rest of the workers that come alongside of us. We continue to be called to build community and relationships wherever we happen to be… here, there, everywhere, foreign or local…doesn’t matter….God is with us doing this no matter where and with who…It is something that happens as part of why we feel we are placed on this earth for.
December 2019 Conchshell Chronicles
We all are approaching one of the most intense times of the year- Christmas.
This is supposed to be a time of reflection and celebration, but the reality is that we are often stretched and strained during this holiday season by:
* Traffic jams at the shopping malls;
* Decisions on how far to financially stretch;
* Meeting the expectations of the children;
* Guilt over how much was eaten last night;
* The effort required to get into tighter clothes;
* Listening to endless renditions of “Tis the season to be jolly.”
What do we get for all our efforts and enduring?
- Loud toys that make noises unfit for your quiet home;
- Technical directions written in English by a Chinese for those new gadgets;
- Uncomfortable, tight clothing;
- Bills in January for those financial stretches in December;
- Wondering if we just somehow just missed the whole point.
November 2019 Conchshell Chronicles
I have been contemplating a few things about life, death, growth, relationships, and mostly God and his input into my heart and actions. I have also been contemplating why I get so angry about some things that hit me like a slap upside the head.
I heard it said, “Always respond, never just react.”
October 2019 Conchshell Chronicles
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July 2019 Conchshell Chronicles
Its rainy season on the Rio Coco and things are getting muddy. Muddy riverbanks slow down foot traffic between the eight villages of Seek The Lamb’s school district, which is educating over 1700 students this year, grades First through High School.
Our high school is located in Living Creek, and most of our secondary teachers live in Sawa, which is a 2-3 hour walk away. For much of the year, three teachers from Sawa, and two from Uran, along with many of the students, make this walk daily to attend classes.
That’s dedication to education!
June 2019 Conchshell Chronicles
God has given many of us biological sons and daughters. We are told to teach these children about God, His Love for us, His character, His standards of right and wrong, and His plans for our lives. We are to do this continually, in a very relational manner.
God has given all of us spiritual children. These are people who He brings into our Sphere who don’t know Him, or who do and need some encouragement, exhortation, and equipping. This is what “Loving your neighbor as yourself” is all about.