Thursday, August 24, 2006

Brett doing Father Abraham with Franklin

Judy & Eric,Carmen y Evelyn

A Heart for Missions

If God has given you a heart for missions, you will understand what I am about to say, even though my words will be inadequate.
Please, please, please pray for our friends in Honduras. They fight a fight every day that we will never understand or truly realize just to meet their basic needs. It is a wonder to me how anyone can know that situations like this exist in the world and are able to turn a blind eye to it. How can human suffering not touch you and weigh on you without you realizing you need to help? God needs you to reach out and be His hands, His feet, and His love to these people. If you are reading this blog and you know Brett and I, you know that He has pierced our hearts for the people of Honduras, our friends.
To read a touching story that is written better than I could ever put together, please go the Kluge's blog (link to right) and read Melissa's entry dated August 21. Several of you may find the faces in the pictures familiar. This is just one of many, many families we met and fell in love with while serving in San Miguel this summer. Jenny & Karen's blogs also journal their lives while they live and serve God in Honduras.
And I urge you to prayerfully consider the ministry God is calling you to and to boldly serve Him there, wherever it is!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The Grand Paradox

Money stinks.

Nothing else makes me cry like money.

Nothing else stresses me out more than money (although standing in line waiting to take a lab practical and the anxiety of the upcoming boards come in a very close second and third place).

So, why do I need to have money to survive? Why can't it be more like, oh I don't know, say meat? If the fact that an animal has died so that I can enjoy my delicious prime rib dinner stresses me out, then all I have to do is stop eating meat. Can't I just ignore money and cut it out my life rather than deal with all the make-me-want-to-pull-my-hair-out-and-its-just-growing-back-after-the-hair-massacre-of-2006-incident???

No wonder Jesus said that money is the root of all evil.
(Or was it truth is the fruit of all evil...? :)

At any rate, money bites the big one...

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The most recent Mitchell adventure

After already sending out a million emails, I'll try not to bore you all again with more pictures of my graduation, but what can I say? If getting my doctorate isn't a testimony that God exists, I don't know what is. I would have never made it without Him. He listened to me complain about not being smart enough and my countless pleas to place a different burden on my heart instead. He answered me with a hearty "Get over it" (often vocalized by others) and somehow allowed my brain to absorb enough to get my diploma before someone found out they let me in the program by accident! :)

Brett & I with my family

Anna, Kristen, Dinah, and I

Ralph, Brett, Lynn and I

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

And we're on the blogging bandwagon...

Yes, it's true. After months of being hassled by the rest of our friends about joining them in the blogging world, I have finally surrendered. As Brett keeps pointing out to me, it seems like a great way to keep in touch with friends and family without all of those mass emails, and forgetting someone's address.
So, blogging world, here we are. I'm not promising to be as insightful as Jenny, as funny as Ashley, or as entertaining as Anna, but I will make every effort to post more regularly than Nate. :)