WAIT! Did I say "VACATION?!!!"
If you call traveling for a few hours, sleeping on the floor, having a shower schedule, leading crafts, doing yard work, working in a soup kitchen and possibly building a porch, while chaperoning teenagers a VACATION, then WHY YES! BY GOLLY I"M VACATIONING!!!
Every year during Spring Break, the hubby plans a small event for the youth of our church. Sometimes it is missions, sometimes a conference. This year about 23 of us will be headed to another Arkansas town to help a good pastor friend with a few needed ministries around his church. We are suppose to help with a two night kid's camp, help a few of their elderly with yard work, building porches and repairing a few things and going into downtown to help with a soup kitchen ministry that they have.
My job? Crafts at the kid's camp and keeping tabs on some pretty special teenagers. I have to be honest, I haven't been too excited. I had the week off to spend with my family and then this mission project camp up. The thought of enjoying being home for a week, doing a little spring cleaning has been calling my name. I also wanted to wait and see how my nephew was doing. In other words, I wasn't going to go unless I was needed.
Well two other ladies are going, and I could stay home, but I am headed out on Sunday, anyway. WHY? Because my son really wants to go. Because the girls in the youth group really want me to go. Because the hubby wants me to go. Because I think God really wants me to go.
Although, the desire to stay home has been strong, there has been conviction mingled in there, telling me that there are more important things, telling me to set the example for my children, telling me that not everything is about ME.
So, I plan to leave on Sunday full of excitement over this little adventure and then come back with a camera full of pictures and plenty of wonderful stories to tell. God is so very good!
Pray for us please. Sometimes the little mission trips like these get forgotten and don't sound quite as exciting as if I was telling you I was going to Mexico or Africa. No, we are going to meet the needs of some individuals in our own state this trip. Every now and then you need to hug and minister to your own too!
I know many of you are wondering about my nephew Sawyer. Great news! Today, he is not in pain. The disk is no longer sitting on a nerve for now. . He is going to be monitored, having regular check ups. If it starts causing him pain again, he is to go immediately to the hospital and they will talk further about what can be done. He could have pain tomorrow or he may spend the rest of his life pain free. They just don't want to do major surgery if it is not necessary.
He is, however, to give up all contact sports, at least for now. His dream of playing football is now certainly out of the question. However, he is OK to play baseball for now.
We are thanking the Lord that he is a happy, little boy again. Thanks for the prayers.
*******************I have an urgent prayer request. My hubby is at the hospital now, with a family from our church. I am going to call her "Mary" for now. Mary was up at the church preparing for her daughter's wedding tomorrow, when she had what my husband called an "episode." They took her to the hospital and found a mass on her brain. I do not know more details than that right now. I do know that it doesn't look good. Please keep her in your prayers, as well as her family.
****************Thanks Friends! Happy Friday!