Adventure Update 7/14

Tardes from Belize!

(Means “afternoon”).  I am sitting here in Belize and just thinking through what an amazing week it has been and how incredibly blessed Amy and I are to be part of such a dynamic and outstanding organization like Praying Pelican Missions.  I just can’t imagine the scope of the organization until I sit around and realize that we have so many moving parts and arms like an Octopus, reaching throughout Belize and all the countries we are in, desiring to see the local church built up so God can be glorified.
This past week there were so many oops moments (or some may say learning opportunities) and so many God moments that I just had to send the update with them.
Learning Opportunities:
  • Getting a flat tire on the backroads in Palmar Village…oops!
  • Not having any credit on my phone or money when I got to Belize and having to hitchhike from the airport to where I was staying…oops!
  • Getting lost who knows how many times…oops
  • Mixing up which bus driver’s company we were using for transportation during the week and calling the wrong bus driver asking for his competitor…oops!
  • Buying ammonia instead of bathroom cleaner to clean the bathrooms….oops!
Oops moments are both funny and frustrating but patience comes from God and Him alone.  I was not born with it.  This past week has taught me that God or my own oopsies will provide plenty of opportunity to gain patience.  Good thing I am enjoying to laugh at myself!
God Moments:
  • Worship service in Guinea Grass – Picture about 400 Belizeans and about 50 Americans worshiping with all the “american” worship songs but simultaneously in TWO langugages.  We were literally being led by the worship team simultaneously in Spanish and English. I just closed my eyes and imagined being around His throne crying out Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God Almighty with all the brothers and sisters across the world in our native tongues.  What a beautiful glimpse of Heaven the Lord allowed me to drink in!
  • Gospel Penetrating Homes – We held a block party at Pastor Ed’s house.   The same one that you all had been praying for…We were praying for a “fishes and loaves kind of night”  We spent the budget on what we thought would be just enough food and it turns out that everyone ate and we still had food leftover!  Fishes and loaves indeed.  Also, a budhist man came by and was digging the Christian Rap that Pastor was playing.  When he was leaving he asked pastor for the CD.  Of course Pastor gave him that CD and now the gospel through that CD has entered that man’s house because we grilled hotdogs and roasted marshmellows in Belize.  Life Transformation!
  • Relationships with Local Pastors: Sitting around and eating Tacos or Garnaches with Pastor Ed and hearing his heart, vision and care for Belize.  Pastor’s idea is to change Belize one child at a time.  It is not by accident that God has our family coming down to Belize.  We were chosen by God, like Esther, for such a time as this to come alongside Pastor and other mighty men of God to encourage, support, and develop life-changing ministries through the local Belizean church!
  • Playing with kids, hearing the joy of laughter, the silly-faces, the hugs.  All these things, the Belizean kids don’t usually get. Hugs are NOT every day life.  A kiss on the cheek is NOT every day life.  Joy is NOT every day life.  This week God blessed me to help teams love on children who receive no love.  This week the kids was smart, was beautiful and was important.  Praise God!
Update on the Home Front:

Amy is at home in Winston-Salem with my parents and the kids. Just today the Lord gave me some discernment or wisdom and we figured out a way to video chat with the IPAD.  That was a HUGE blessing to be able to both see and talk to Amy and the kids!  What a way to end a great week!  Amy and the kids are fine, ready for me to come home but they are fine!

Praises / Prayer Requests
  • Belize 
    • Just finished a great week in Belize at Pastor Ed’s church.  Pray for Pastor Ed that he would continue to be strong and bold for the Lord.  He is in my opinion on par with David and could be described as a man after God’s own heart.  Pray for the next 2 VBS programs that pastor and his teachers are putting on!
    • For all the teams down here right now.  Pray for open hearts and for the Word to fall on fertile soil.  Pray that lives would be changed and that Belizeans would come to know the Lord!
    • Pastor Mario and Life Ministries who we are partnering with this coming week.  Pray for life-change for the village of Sarteneja and for Him to receive all the glory!
  • Financial Support
    • Praise God we are over 100% supported!  Thank you to all of our supporters.
    • We ARE CURRENTLY LIVING OFF SUPPORT so if you haven’t started to give, now is the time to start please!
    • Also, we are fundraising for next year already. If you haven’t financially supported us yet and would like to, it is never too late. Message me for details!  
  • Personal 
    • Praise God – We FOUND AND SIGNED A LEASE ON A HOUSE IN BELIZE
    • Praise God – Tickets to Belize will be purchased in the next week!  Is this really happening??!!!??
    • Pray for Amy and her patience while I am away.  She is an amazing woman of God and I am incapable of doing ministry without her support and love.  Pray for her patience with me away.
    • Pray for Amy, Madeline and Joseph as I am gone in Belize.  Pray for Amy to pace herself and get some rest when the kids rest and for the kids to adjust easily to me being in Belize!
Thank you for all that you do for us.  Your prayers and notes of encouragement are priceless to us!  Please write when you can, your encouragement is nourishment to our souls!
Because they haven’t heard,
Edmonds Family!

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