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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Life lesson #12 on my trip to Honduras

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

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
I’ve been praying about a significant way to end this series.  So, I chose to write about something that happened toward the end of our trip, something that might be applicable to all of us.

Early on, as Luisa and I began to plan our trip to Honduras, we started talking about the possibility of taking a trip to the Island of Roatan.  With a full schedule, traveling to see Luisa’s family and friends and two conferences, we weren’t sure if or when it would work for us to go to the Island.  However, being hopeful things would fall into place, we continued to talk about the likelihood of the trip happening, and penciled it in for two full days at the end of our stay in Honduras.  


Because Luisa hadn’t been to Roatan since she was a child, she was excited about the prospects of making the trip and shared the plans with her mom; while staying with her in Santa Rosa.  As the two weeks of our trip were coming to an end, it became apparent we would be able to go to the Island.  So, we finalized our arrangements with friends living on the Island, and Luisa’s mom decided to join us.  Now, there were three of us with our hearts set on going to Roatan. 
 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Life lesson #11 on my trip to Honduras


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

Thursday - "About Relevant Women

by Pam Roth
Do you ever wish you could get off the merry go round of life?  Is your life anything like mine, where you find yourself pushing the envelope sometimes?  The weeks and months seem to fly by, your schedule is full all of the time; and the things you promised you would get around to never happen because you just keep pushing them out further and further.  

Perhaps secretly, most of us long for a simpler time.  A time when cell phones and text messages didn’t dictate our schedules.  When every home had a phone tethered to the wall, and when we were at work, we worked and when we came home, we got away from work and focused on our family and other interests in our lives.

While in Honduras, I had the opportunity to actually experience a “flashback in time.”  Mostly, driving through small and rural villages, we saw people on their horse or mule-drawn carts traveling down the roads.  Quietly and persistently, they would climb the hills while carrying a heavy load of wood, wares, or food.  

As we traveled, I paid particular attention to the horse-drawn carts. The dichotomy of carts alongside the vehicles on bustling roads allured me to thoughts of a simpler, more peaceful place.  It was easy to let my mind go there...to rest from other things going on around me.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Life lesson #10 on my trip to Honduras


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

Thursday - "About Relevant Women

by Pam Roth
Real or imagined...fear is a powerful emotion.  And faith...well, it is just the opposite of fear; that is why I love the definition of faith in the Bible, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NLT)

As soon as I accepted the offer to be a guest speaker and travel with Luisa to Honduras, friends and family began expressing their concerns.  One of my friends actually emailed asking me not to go because she was afraid.  Specifically, some of our friends and family were most concerned about Luisa and I flying in and out of San Pedro Sula; which, recently was herald “the world’s most violent city” (study by Mexico’s Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice).

Some would call it naivety, I would call it, “confidence in God.”  Instead of fear - and let me tell you, we had amble opportunities to be tested.  I had such an amazing sense of peace that everything was going to be alright. However, just being on the roads in Honduras with cars, trucks, horse or mule drawn carts and buses coming at you from every direction is scary enough; let alone never knowing when you might be approached by someone or flagged down by the local policia.  



Friday, May 9, 2014

Life lesson #9 on my trip to Honduras

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

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
How do you define true wealth?  Is it the things you possess? The financial investments you have made? 

The scripture (I Timothy 6:7-10), says that we came into this world with nothing and we will leave this world in the same manner.  It’s what we do with what we have in the in-between time that really matters. 

If you have had the opportunity to travel on a mission trip out of the United States, or perhaps on a vacation to another country, it doesn’t take long to see how wealthy we are as Americans compared to other societies in this world. 

While in Honduras, it was quite evident the stark difference between those that might be considered the “haves” and the “have nots.”  Houses contrasted from lean-tos in slum areas, to moderate concrete dwellings, to luxury homes surrounded with rod iron fences.  

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Life lesson #8 on my trip to Honduras

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

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
Come...come insisted Luisa’s mother as we walked down the long corridor of her house toward the back door.  I have something special I want to show you.  


As we stepped outside of the main house into the drizzling rain, mama, as I fondly called her, dashed out ahead of us into a small wooden dwelling.  Once inside, she immediately walked over to what she wanted to show us - an authentic clay oven.