We put our two daughters on our church bus at 5:00 a.m. this morning to travel down to Miami, where they caught a flight on TACA (the official airline of Central America) to Honduras. There they will be serving and ministering to women, youth, and children for about 2 weeks.
As a church family, the Lord has blessed us with 17 trips this year alone to Honduras. We have 16 acres in El Cerron on which we have completed a dorm that sleeps 40, with a home to be built in the next few months for our missionary family. Our precious family is George and Kara Maddox, who along with their almost 2 year old son Elias, left this morning along with our youth.
As I think about what I was doing when I was 16 and 19, the thought of leaving home for 2 weeks, to go on a mission trip never entered my swiss cheese brain. No, I had other things on my mind.
I was consumed with a boy, I was consumed with my friends, I was consumed with having as much fun as possible and I was consumed with being the life of the party...
I was consumed with myself.
So, as our girls waved goodbye this morning from the church bus, I'm so grateful that at 16 and 19, our girls are consumed with Christ...
Consumed with serving Him, consumed with knowing Him, consumed with glorifying Him.
And as I watched a Papa hop onto the church bus this morning, moments before it was to pull away, to get one last kiss from his 2 year old grandson, I'm so grateful for this young family, grateful for their willingness to go where He is asking them, grateful for their obedience and servanthood, grateful for the example they are setting for our church family and youth, grateful to be able to call them family.
If you would like to follow the Maddox family, please go to their blog:
And please remember to pray for the Maddox family and our youth, as they serve in the country of Honduras.