Wednesday, March 8, 2017

From Honduras via US back to Brussels

I thank the Lord for my safe arrival here in Brussels yesterday morning. Because of my departure from the US on Monday, I needed to leave Honduras a few days earlier than the others. So I stayed a short time at Uchee Pines, basically just to say hello and good-bye and get organized, as I'm scheduled to return mid-April to volunteer until the end of June.

The second part of our Honduras mission was intense, yet very rewarding. As mentioned in my last post, we had a rather large group during our 10-day lifestyle session. It was a lot of work, and the fact that this was a pilot project (and the treatment facilities not originally being designed to host such a program), made it challenging in many ways. In addition, some of us (including me) were stricken by a stomach bug along the way, but it thankfully didn't last long, and the Lord gave us all the strength we needed. Overall, all our efforts were worthwhile, having seen lives changed spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

I'm going to be in Europe for another six weeks. At the end of this month, I'll be headed to Germany and from there to Switzerland. I'm going to write more about that later.

Today, after having slept for about ten hours, I'm feeling much better. The weather here is not very conducive to overcoming jet lag though; yet in spite of the rain and cloudyness, I went for a refreshing walk on the nearby university premises. Unfortunately, they have been working on some building projects there, and thus, some of the trees and green spots had to be sacrificed. But I'm thankful that there are still some other nature places nearby; so in the future, I might go there more often, even though they are a little further away. This teaches me that there are things in life we cannot hold on to forever. Well, this applies to most things in our lives, doesn't it? And this again reminds me of a famous quote of Martin Luther:

“Feelings come and feelings go, And feelings are deceiving; My warrant is the Word of God-- Naught else is worth believing.
Though all my heart should feel condemned For want of some sweet token, There is One greater than my heart Whose Word cannot be broken.
I'll trust in God's unchanging Word Till soul and body sever, For, though all things shall pass away, HIS WORD SHALL STAND FOREVER!”

May the Lord bless you as you feed on His Word today!

Still some nature spots near my home

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