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Friday, May 16, 2014

Life lesson #10 on my trip to Honduras

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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.  

Two situations that immediately come to mind could have caused fear to rise up in the bravest of people.  One day, we were driving quite a distance.  On this occasion, we were not alone.  Luisa and I were in the front seat while a family member of Luisa’s and her three children were sharing half of the back seat with luggage they were carrying.  The trunk was full with luggage and gifts that had been collected along the way.  We hadn’t driven far when we were flagged over by the policia.  Dressed in his uniform and carrying an armed weapon, he approached the car, looked inside and then asked Luisa to show papers for the rental car.   Without delay, we both began looking for the rental contract.  We knew the documents were in a folder somewhere in the car; but, where had we put them?  Immediately, Luisa began rummaging through her purse because that seemed like the most logical place to put them; but, the papers were not in her purse.

Unable to find the papers inside the car and knowing that we had to prove we had rented the car, Luisa and I got out of the car and headed to the trunk.  Luisa unlocked the trunk and we began the tedious process of going through our luggage one piece at a time while the policeman hovered over us.  It was at that moment, I had these fleeting thoughts … “What if he has stopped us for other reasons or just to intimidate us?  What happens if we can’t find the papers?  Prayerfully, he is not going to harm us in anyway and hopefully, we will locate the papers, so we can be on our way.” 

It was after that prayer that I asked Luisa, “Did you happen to look in the glovebox?”  While I was asking, I hurried back to the car, opened the front door, and looked in the glovebox.  Sure enough, the rental agreement had been placed inside the glovebox.  You’ll never know how relieved we were to be cleared by the policeman and sent along our way.

That same day, we were traveling hilly and winding roads, never knowing what we may come upon - debris in the road, part of the road washed away or potholes.  We had just come around a corner and was approaching a village when we saw people stretched across the road, blocking cars from passing through.  As we got closer, we could see an older woman, some children and a young man.  All of them had shovels in their hands and buckets; and appeared to be repairing a section of the road.  Repeatedly, they would just scrape the surface with their shovels, not really accomplishing much at all. 

As we slowed down, they approached us.  Luisa began to roll her window down when the relative in the backseat began explaining, “they want us to pay before we can go any further.”  So there we sat surrounded by people with shovels expecting some kind of reward in order for us to continue our trip through their village.

Why did I share these two stories with you?  Because things happen...unexpected things that cause us to have some sense of fear - real or imagined.  Now, here are some questions to ponder:

How do you typically respond when you are afraid?

What has worked for you in the past to overcome your fear?

Fear and faith can not dwell in the same place.  What steps are you taking to increase your faith?

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Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
•Building significant relationships
•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
•Developing our personal ministry

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