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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Life lesson #3 learned on my trip to Honduras

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women

by Pam Roth
For an extravert, this may be one of the most difficult blog articles that I will ever write.  While I was experiencing it, this lesson was both challenging and beneficial. 

Jokingly, I said to my husband the other day - “Well, I’ve only written two blog articles about my trip to Honduras and the life lessons that I wrote about happened in the first two days.”  Then, I followed that comment up with this thought, “And my next blog article is about life lesson number three; which also happened in day two.”  It was at that very moment that I realized that the Lord was with me right from the get go of our trip and he had a divine plan in mind.  Two days and three life lessons...I must have needed this trip.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Life lesson #2 learned on my trip to Honduras

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
You know that sinking feeling that you get in the pit of your stomach when something doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would?  Especially, after planning, preparing and thinking you have a fail-safe plan.  Well, that’s exactly what happened to me the second day in Honduras.

After reading blog articles, researching the travel guide - Lonely Planet for Honduras, and getting advice from experienced travelers and missionary friends, I thought I was all set to go with a great financial plan that would keep me carrying just enough cash to get me through my two weeks in Honduras.   My husband, Nelson, had researched and found what he believed to be the best debit card to carry; and he had called the company to notify them of the dates that I would be traveling in Honduras.  I also had a small amount of cash with me for my flight from New Orleans to San Pedro, Honduras.  Once at the airport, the plan was for me to get cash from an ATM for the first week in Honduras and then get money on an as needed basis along the way.

Sounds like a perfect plan, right?  Wrong! 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Life lesson #1 learned on my trip to Honduras

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
We’ve all heard… “get rid of the extra baggage that weighs you down”… “you need to cut your losses” or we’ve read the scripture verse about “laying aside every weight that slows us down” (Hebrews 12:1 ESV).  Well, this was my very first life lesson learned from my trip to Honduras.

Everything was going well.  We arrived at the airport in New Orleans in good time and there was a short line to check in our luggage.  Well, until I heard the words – 10 pounds overweight.  Yes, it’s true, my suitcase was 10 pounds over the allowed weight for the plane.

After recovering from the shock of the announcement, I was on the floor with my suitcase wide open and reassessing what I had packed.  And so, the stress was on.  What would I eliminate?  What a painstaking process packing had been, so to think of what to eliminate in a matter of minutes was the last thing that I wanted to do.  With the help of my family, we began the process of pulling items out of my suitcase and then weighing the suitcase again to see if I had met the limit.  On the third trip to the scale, my suitcase finally qualified with an acceptable weight.