Sometimes I bump into God in the most unexpected places. You’d think that being a missionary would mean that I have some kind of special connection with God, or some “inside track.” A lot of times it’s quite the opposite. I feel lost in the daily things…the little negativities that crawl inside my mind and make their home there. I lose perspective, and I forget that in the middle of it all God deeply cares for us.
Then He makes a dream come true. Ever since I was a child if you asked me my dream place to live I would have answered that my dream is to be near the ocean and the mountains. I said this as a kid, but I never really dwelled on it. The other night I was on our terrace looking out over the city and it dawned on me, “I’m living my dream.” We live on a beautiful volcano about 25 miles from the ocean.
God did that. He brought me to a place where my dreams can come true. It’s something so little, but God reminded me that He is in this and that He cares. A big (if not the biggest) part of this whole missions thing is God working on my heart and bringing me closer to Him.
He loves our family and He wants to make our dreams come true even if we forget that in all those little doubts and big burdens that we drag around with us everyday. He’s not just in our big dreams, but He cares about the little insignificant, “oh, I really would love to do that but it will probably never happen” dreams too. He cares about that stuff, even though it’s so small.
Recently, Jon got to have one of his dreams come true. He loves hunting and fishing and all of those outdoor manly-type sports. The team from Canada that was here a few weeks ago had some guys in their group who love that stuff too, so they decided to spend their free day deep sea fishing. Jon has wanted to do this in El Salvador for a long time but it has never been able to happen before. These guys brought him along for the ride, and they had a great time fishing, watching dolphins, and even seeing a whale! They ended up bringing in 25 huge fish that we distributed among co-workers and friends. All of our life is impacted by God…He’s in deep sea fishing trips too.
Since coming to El Salvador we have faced some tough times, but we have also had some of the most beautiful, amazing, and thrilling times of our lives. God is a good God, and He loves us enough to even care about all of our little dreams too.
Here is a picture of Jon’s great day fishing with the team from Canada. Thanks guys…you are awesome!
Wrestling with a marlin
Got him! Al with the Catch of the Day
Hundreds of dolphins surrounded the boat all day
Jon with a tuna
Reel it in!
A dorado putting up a good fight
Nice catch Kelly!