Tuesday, January 27, 2009

God is Big

Disclaimer: Writing on a blog is very intimidating. There are people in this world who are incredibly witty and articulate in their writing (Noel - I secretly hate you!), but alas, I am not one of them. So, if I am honest, posting on the blog is a bit nerve racking. However, I am sitting at my computer, so completely blown away by God, that I had to write something.

God is Big.

I know this is not a complex sentence or even a new idea - but it's the best set of words I can find to explain my feelings about God tonight. 18 months ago, I sat at the Medical Teams International auction and God gently told me, "You need to go on a trip." After 6 months of ignoring that subtle nudge, I signed up and in December 2007 I went to Mexico. It was incredible...I was invited back this year, but this time, I felt God tell me - "Now it's time for you to lead."

In 25 days, a team of people from EastLake will be traveling to Honduras to build 36 latrines in 5 days...and even as I write this sentence I am tempted to ask God if He's sure He meant me to lead this team. :) Then, I have days like today....where I am completely humbled and reminded that God is BIG and everything good about this trip (and my life) is coming directly from Him.

Here's a sample of how God is providing for the team (And literally, all of this happened today!!)
  • A new member signed up to go on the trip...a 17 year old kid who is pumped to go and serve with a team of people up to twice his age.
  • The new team member is filling the spots of two people who had to cancel their trip due to injury - which means we can still build the original number of latrines we were planning
  • A member of EastLake approached me and literally planned in one day a fundraiser for the trip that will raise between $4,000 - $5,000
  • I personally received three individual notes of support and encouragement for the trip
Pretty cool, uh?

I don't understand why I can experience God so clearly working in the planning and preparation for this trip and in the same day, I can grieve with friends who feel that God is totally absent. I honestly don't think I will understand, this side of eternity, why God can feel so present and so absent at the same time...but I know that regardless of how I am feeling, God is present, He is working and He loves us so much.

I believe God is my heavenly Father and I'm His kid...and as any parent will tell you - kids think their primary job is to ask for candy and the parents job is to decide when and how much candy is good for their kids. Well, I'm asking God for a lot of candy and right now and I feel like He's giving me so much that I might get a permanent sweet tooth...but that's not going to stop me from asking!

You are invited to join in asking God for more "candy". I'm praying for: safety for the team, for wisdom for me as the team leader, for the people in rural communities in Honduras who will be using the latrines.

If you are still reading this....Thanks.

Thank you for caring enough about this trip, the team and me to spend a few minutes reading this note.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Get Your Shots and Sleeping Bags!

Hey All -

Three important reminders:

1. I would strongly encourage you to make an appointment at a Travel Medicine center to ensure you are all up to date on your vaccinations, etc. for traveling to Honduras! I went this morning and it took less than 30 minutes and I'm all ready to go! I went to the UW Travel Medical Clinic (206.598.4888). Give them a call and make an appointment! :)

2. Sleeping Bag - You're gonna need one!

3. Next Meeting: February 16th. Can't wait to see you then!

- Jenn

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Things to Remember!

Hey Team!

I can't believe we leave in just a few short weeks. I was reading through the logistics information and wanted to make sure everyone saw a few key details:

1. Each person should bring their own work gloves - leather work gloves are great and/or blue rubber gloves (which are good for pouring cement).
2. Each person should bring their own sleeping bag! We'll need it for the nights we are staying in the community.
3. Get Shots! Make sure to go to a Travel Health Center and get necessary shots: We recommend Hepatitis A and B as well as a Tetanus shot.
4. Bring toilet paper and hand sanitizer
5. Plan to carry your money and passport on your person at all times! Bring a money belt.

If you have any questions about any of these items - give me a call or drop me an email. I booked my appointment at the UW Travel Medical Center for next Monday to ensure all my vaccinations are up to speed!

See you on February 16th for our packing party!
Thanks - Jenn

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

CPR and Latrines

Thanks to everyone who attended the CPR class @ the Brekke's tonight. I'm happy to report that we raised over $575 for the Honduras team! That's fantastic!

I also learned about all the First Aid and medical supplies I need to bring for the team going on this crazy adventure. Thanks to all for your support of this trip and God's work in and through the lives of people...from Kirkland to Honduras.


Monday, January 12, 2009


It is my understanding(Nigel) that the latrines will look a bit similar to this, but not exactly:

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Welcome to the Blog!

Welcome to the Honduras Team Blog!
This site is for everyone interested in learning about the Honduras mission trip and the awesome team who is going! You can check out some of our older posts to see how we've been preparing for the trip and check back to this site often to see updates on our plans and then updates during the adventure!

I'm pumped that we've got 18 people heading to Honduras to make a difference by building Latrines. If you don't know what a Latrine is...join the club! I'm working on finding a picture of one, but for now...I'll just explain. Latrines are basically big cement out-houses. We'll be providing the first restroom facilities these communities have ever seen. Pretty crazy, uh? Makes you re-think your next trip to the porcelain seat.... :)

Dennis, Judi, Jessica, Dani, Amber, KC, Justin, Heather, Nathaniel, Patrick, Jeff, Ian, Trevor, Tommy, Chris, Nigel and JR - I am so excited to head out on this adventure with you! Oh, and I want to know why you want to go...so start blogging! Share your story!

Lastly, several people have asked how they can support the team. There are three primary ways you can support us:

1. PRAY! Pray for the team - that final preparations will go smoothly, we will have safe travel and be safe while working. Pray for the community we will be working in and for - that lives will be changed...through toilets!

2. Donations! We are looking for kids toys, pencils, crayons, notebooks, etc. to take with us to share with the kids in the local communities. If you want to contribute these supplies, contact Jessica (v-jess@microsoft.com).

3. Financial Support: If you are interested in supporting the team financially, you can make checks payable to Medical Teams International and send them to:

Medical Teams International

C/O Emily Hill

PO Box 10

Portland, OR 97207

In the note portion of the check, please include: Honduras Trip ID #090221HOWK

What else do you want to know? Tell us and we'll do our best to answer!