Comitancillo --- Here we come!!!

We only have a few days to go. I feel like I have been unkowingly planning for this my whole life. My wife pretty much had our whole house packed away a month ago now. It is like a dream come true. 1:00 a.m March 30th, the plane leaves. If you could pray for anything for us at this moment, it is that God would grant each and every one of my family members; that is Becky, Kennedy, Nevaeh, Sophie and Me (Tyler), the gift of speaking in tongues - that is the Spanish tongue. We have been studying Spanish quite frequently but at least for me, I feel like I do not knowing anymore than when I first started. Most people say being immersed in the culture will change everything. My 8 yr. old, Nevaeh started crying a few days ago because she was afraid that after awhile she would forget how to speak english. I assured her, that I do not think she needs to worry about that. We have been slowly saying good bye and tears have been freely flowing. How you can be so excited about something, yet filled with so much sorrow at the same time is beyond me. We have grown quite close to our new grand daughter Akilah lately, it is going to be hard to leave her. We spent our last church service at Osseo Community Church yesterday. We are going to miss them and pray God keeps working in people's hearts there. We had dinner and lunch with family yesterday. My sister left my house with her kids and than about a half an hour later she showed up again because she said she had to pull over and turn around because they were crying so much, realizing, how much they were going to miss us. I will miss them, too. I am so grateful to see evidence of God, working in her life lately. Went fishing for the last time with my friend and neighbor, Bruce a couple days ago. Talked to my friend Bill on the phone today. I normally am down in Florida helping him with Bees about right now. Tomorrow we get to go to our friend's, Jose and Jewle's for dinner. Wednesday will be our last Bible study here. There are so many I will miss. I cannot name them all. Everything is kind of surreal. Sometimes, I know, God closes doors and opens new ones. But the glorious thing about those in the family of God, is that there are really no final 'goodbyes', just 'see you laters'. A whole new chapter seems to be opening. Adventure awaits. I do know and fully trust that by God's grace and only by His grace, He has opened my eyes to follow Him and I do know following Him, we do not always know where He is taking us, He doesn't always say, He just says have faith, yet I know the one I am following, owns the cattle on a thousand hills and I can fully trust Him, He is all powerful, nothing can thwart His plans and all His promises will be fulfilled. "For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together." (Colossians 1:16-17) He is a treasure greater than any other. Nothing even compares. He is a king that promises a kingdom. We are not waiting for Him to overcome the world. He has overcome the world, at the cross. We are gathering in His bride, so that He may come back and fulfill what He finshed. No sacrifice is to small, because no sacrifice is really a sacrifice because when we get Him, we actually get more.

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:8) By God's Grace, By His Means, For His Glory!!! Comitancillo, ready or not, here we come....

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