One month…how is it possible that I only have one month left in Honduras? I will be honest and tell you that I am in serious burn-out mode right now. I’m guessing this must happen in any and every school setting, no matter the country. I wish that I could just spend the last month visiting people, doing ministry and just hanging out with my kids. I’m still trying to gather my thoughts on how I feel about leaving; some days I’m ready, other days I’m not.
The blessed part of all this is that God has made it very clear what my next move should be. I am a firm believer that God always wins out in the end and that you will ultimately end up doing what HE wants. I struggled with my decision on coming back to Honduras for another year or moving home. While I love this country, the people and my life here, God has boldly spoken and has shown me that I am to be in Haywood County. I truly believe there is work to be done there, especially with teens, and I pray God uses me in a mighty way.
For the last few months, there has been a certain “distraction” in my life. Unfortunately, it can be so easy to get caught-up in situations that may make you happy for a little while, but turn out to not be so great for you as a person. I felt like I wasn’t getting any answers about what I was supposed to do and God kept telling me to let this “distraction” go. Well, as God would have it, when I finally sat down and was honest with myself and decided to move past this area of my life, doors flew open in a matter of days. It is almost like God was/is just laying opportunity after opportunity in my lap. Isn’t it incredible how God works when we remove our selfish desires and just let him do the dirty work? I am still very guilty of (sometimes) thinking that I can do it better…ha, that’s a joke.
I encourage you to lay aside your distractions - let go and let God! I know it isn’t an easy task, but it’s a worthwhile one! As I am only one month out from leaving this part of my life, I want to say THANK YOU! I know it may be repetitive, but thank you for the prayers, financial support and unwavering love. I ask that you continue to pray for me and consider supporting this mission. There is still work to be done and areas I would like to bless, however, I cannot do this without you! Learning and accepting a life of relying on others for your financial needs has been one of the hardest but best experiences of this journey. There have been so many times when I had no money and needs that had to be provided for. I remember nights where I would just sit in my bed and cry because I didn’t know where the money would come from, but God has always provided! The money always came at the right time and in the right amount. Words of wisdom, love and encouragement always come when I need to hear them. God has proved over and over that He is a gracious God who wants so badly to bless us. I know God will send support during my last month here and I am grateful that He is speaking to so many of your hearts! Outside of God, you keep me going and I am forever grateful for your loving spirits and generous hearts.
Let’s make it a great last month! Let’s make our impression on Honduras!
If you would like to financially support Lauren and her mission in Honduras, you may send cash or check to:
Canton First Baptist Church
74 Academy Street
Canton, NC 28716
*please make checks payable to Canton First Baptist and write “Lauren Wood” in the memo line