Spirit of GREAT Expectations!

This morning I woke up, saw my wife beside me, Praise God, gave her a kiss and started my day.  Today started just like any other today, but almost yes almost it could have been very very different.

So yesterday I get “the call”…you know the call that you never want to get because there’s been an accident.  Amy had left to go take Madeline to school and was on her way to Belmopan for Bible study.  Jojo and I were hanging out and coloring, which usually involves Jojo eating A LOT of crayons. Then the phone rings.

Me: “Hello”
Amy: Help, I’ve been in an accident. I am hurt. Come fast”

This is where the story gets interesting.  You see we only had one car and Amy was 25 miles away from my house.  And I had Jojo.  So here were my thoughts in order.

Thought 1 – Amy’s alive – because she called me
Thought 2 – How is the baby….this resulted in another phone call to Amy that went something like “Are you in Labor? No?  Ok great!  Is the baby moving? Yes?  Great!  Moving like going into labor?  No?  Great!  Call you back.
Thought 3 – Baby is ok
Thought 4 – Get someone to Amy immediately
Thought 5 – Get a babysitter to the house immediately.
Thought 6 – Get Madeline from School and get to Amy

So I got on the phone and arranged all of these things.  Pastor Mark’s baby sitter came over, I jumped on her bike, biked 4 miles to get Madeline from school put her on the handle bars of the bike and road back (Side Note: Biking and Running take TOTALLY DIFFERENT MUSCLES).  With my legs like Jello, I introduced our baby sitter who I just met to Jojo and Madeline pointed her to the fridge and bedrooms and said good luck! (more on this later).

Burt picks me up and we are going to see Amy….(note: about every 2 seconds I am calling her to see what’s going on).  And we start out and get a flat. Seriously!!??!  You couldn’t make this stuff up.  We change the flat, patch the tire, and are off and running when Amy calls and says she is at the market in Hattieville.

So this is where I get to hear what happened.  Amy was traveling on the Western Highway, hit a particularly bad patch of road, hydroplaned, did 360’s into on coming traffic (Praise God no cars were coming) and then went off the side of the road, and then the truck proceeded to flip 4 – 5 times.  It ended up landing on the driver side.  Blood was pouring from Amy’s nose and head. Some people came to her aid immediately.  She unbuckled her seat belt, stepped down on the arm rest and climbed out of the car (all at 35 weeks pregnant!).  So she sat on the side of the road, a missionary friend came to get her and they raced to get me and us to the doctor).  Apparently, in the midst of the spinning and flipping, Amy was praying….and it wasn’t some prayer like “Dear Gracious God….” it was way more “OH GOD HELP NOW. GOD HELP.  HHHHHEEEEELLLLLPPPPP!”  Fortunately, God listens to all prayers….even when they are slightly expletive filled.

Anyway, I see Amy, she is alert, awake, alive.  And we go to the OB. He checks her out.  We get an immediate ultrasound and X-rays of her head (she is thinking that she has a broken nose).  After the end of it, it turns out the Baby (triple confirmed now it is a Boy….Elijah James!) is happy, healthy, normal.  No ill harm from the accident at all.  Amy has not a single broken bone, and really only one small scratch on her head (no stitches required).

So our day is finished with getting some good, going to rest in AC at the hotel we use for our base during the summer, and renting a car.  We came home to find out what happened with the kids.

Babysitting story – Well no kids took a nap (no big deal).  But I failed to mention to the babysitter where the diapers were.  They were under the sink.  AND we cloth diaper Jojo, so it isn’t intuitive to anyone much less to a Belizean baby sitter.  So we come home and really scratch our heads on what happened while we were gone especially with diapering and we see Jojo underwear in the diaper pail, a swim diaper, the towel out and bath water in the tub.  We also see poop all over the furniture.  Amy looks at me and says “Next time show them where the diapers are”.  I laugh and say sure!  We are lucky that I just didn’t open the fridge turn on the TV and leave them there alone!!

 
So we put the kids to bed then Amy and I look at each other and go to bed at 8:30 last night.  We woke up at 6:30 this morning and I was laying beside my wonderful…albeit sore wife.

Yesterday, could have changed my life.  I could be a single parent today.  Madeline, Jojo could have been without a mommy.  The gravity of the situation is not lost on me.  However, I am not going to mourn and be talking about what could have been.  Instead I am celebrating what is.  The Lord miraculously protected my wife.  Surrounded her with a pillow of angels!  And we are celebrating that!  Praise God for HIS protection.  It is going to take more than a scary car wreck to get us out of Belize!!  The Lord has GREATER plans here for us and we CAN”T WAIT to see what this summer brings!

Take a moment and thank GOD and CELEBRATE this miracle.  And join us in praying for the other miracles of LIFE CHANGE that the Lord is going to perform this summer in Belize!  We can’t wait to see Him move and share with you all!!  Praise GOD!
Front View of Car

Front View of Car

Notice how far Amy flipped from Road

Notice how far Amy flipped from Road

Front view

Where’s my blessing, God….Oh, there!

Some of you may remember a post some time in early April of a story I shared.  Amy was literally standing at the front door as I was leaving to pick up a team and sobbing saying, “why do I have to be the one to be obedient?  Why do we have to follow God’s call?  When is the Lord going to show me my blessing for this?”  At the time I hugged her, told her I loved her, and told her I had no idea.  I told her I believe that the Lord will reward our obedience but that I haven’t the slightest idea what it will look like.

Fast forward to last week and I felt the same way.  I hadn’t led a team in over 6 weeks.  I hadn’t done “mission ministry.”  I had really spent the time preparing for the 50 Praying Pelican Missions teams that are serving this summer in Belize.  I was meeting with pastors, reviewing itineraries, preparing our base of operations, delivering meal money and ministry money and coming back each night and typing my notes.

On top of all of those logistic items, I was working on fixing our staff cars for the summer, which if you remember the last post….well is something to say the least.  Let’s just say after 20 hours sitting at a mechanic shop and realizing no progress that car mechanics in Belize now occupy the number one spot of things that I don’t like about being here!

Anyway, one day last week I lost it as I watched coolant pour from the radiator of one of our cars after just getting it back from the mechanic the day before!!!!  I literally sat in silence for the entire day and was thinking to myself….when is the Lord going to show me my blessing?  Why am I doing this?  Does this add any value to Praying Pelican Missions?  Does this add any value to the Kingdom?

Fast forward to last night when I read the following from a trip in San Ignacio Belize

“In the evening we had the opportunity to lead the church service! Several people were able to give their testimonies and Ben gave a sermon. One woman visiting the church was convicted during the service and prayed through tears to accept Christ!”

One more to God’s kingdom through this trip!  I cried.  I met this pastor in October.  We talked again 2 days before the team arrived at his church.  The Lord used me to plan some logistics, organize meal money, prepare the team to then allow the team to focus worry free, present the Gospel and have this woman respond.  Would this woman have responded to the Gospel without a mission team?  Who knows, maybe?  I don’t dare say that I was instrumental in seeing this woman come to know the Lord.  I am saying that oh I see that blessing right there Lord and I am going to Celebrate it!  Praise Jesus for using me!

 

On the home front

  • It’s hot and Amy is VERY pregnant.  About 5 weeks left before due date!  We are excited.
  • Madeline is enjoying imaginary play (see blocks picture below) and reading.
  • Joseph is just Jojo..
  • Did we mention that it’s hot.  It’s also rainy so mosquitoes are really bad (why did God make them?).
  • Madeline is recovering from a mild case of dengue fever!

On the work front

  • Our first trip was a huge success in Corozal and now we have teams serving in San Ignacio and Benque.
  • We partnered with a new ministry partner, Omega, where the team saw 160 kids come out to the FIRST DAY of VBS!  Praise God!
  • I am preparing to lead two trips, one to a Mayan village, Armenia and one to Dangriga!

Praises / Prayer Requests – Belize

  • Praise for the woman in San Ignacio who accepted Christ on Sunday night!
  • Continue lifting up our two trips currently and pray for the Pastors Perez and Werner
  • Pray for my upcoming trip to Armenia and Pastor Jesus Garcia.  Pray for team unity and for radical life change among team members and for the Pastor to feel encouraged.  The church we are serving has never had any help from any missions organization so pray we can communicate to the church that Jesus has not forgotten about them!
  • Continue praying for 100 people to come to know the Lord this summer in Belize!

Praises /Prayer Requests – Personal

  • Madeline continued recovery from dengue fever
  • Pain free labor for Amy
  • Healthy / Happy / Normal Baby Elijah
  • Pray for the family while I am leading trips the next two weeks
  • Fundraising – we are at an OK point right now.  I would ask that if you have committed to give that you please go ahead and do that, as we are counting on those gifts currently.  Also, if you haven’t given yet, it’s never too late.  Go ahead to http://www.prayingpelicanmissions.org/donate and scroll to find “Josh and Amy Edmonds”

For those of you who don’t get to do the “sexy” or high – profile ministry, do not fret or frown. For every greeter, children’s ministry worker, bulletin stuffer, etc. You play a pivotal role in seeing people come into the kingdom.  You might not be the one presenting the Gospel or leading the team or whatever you think is glamorous but you are using your skills and talents to serve God and bring people into a relationship with Him!  Why does this matter?  Because we need to be keenly aware of EVERY blessing that WE have a part in and CELEBRATE!  All of you who receive this update or read this post take a minute and celebrate the woman coming to know HIM this past week in Belize.  BECAUSE YOU PLAYED A KEY ROLE!

Thank you for loving our family and supporting our ministry in prayers and financially!  We can’t wait to share more life change from this summer!

Madeline teaching her brother about the Bible!

Madeline teaching her brother about the Bible!

Block time with Madeline!

Block time with Madeline!

This guy was in my shirt when I put it on

This guy was in my shirt when I put it on

Planning an August trip with Pastor Tulio

Planning an August trip with Pastor Tulio

Mobile office expense reporting with Denny!

Mobile office expense reporting with Denny!

5 weeks left!

5 weeks left!