This afternoon as I sat on the trampoline in front of the Micah house with Ian jumping circles around me, and the sun setting behind the mountains I started to get a bit sentimental. I started to reflect once again on how good God has been to us throughout our time here serving in Honduras. I was overwhelmed by the thought of how God has cared for us, and this verse popped into my head, “what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:4) I started to think again about how much I will miss this place and all of the people whose lives have intertwined with ours for so many years. We love this country. We love the Micah Project. We love the boys here and consider them like our own sons. I wish everyone I know could experience the beauty that is the Micah Project even if just for a couple of days. This place is a sacred place. It is a place of miracles. I cannot even count the number of miracles I have had the privilege of witnessing over the past seven and a half years here. Even as I write this I am getting a bit teary-eyed… again. Can I just tell you for a second, God is so good.
It is because we love this ministry so much that we must leave.
I still remember a conversation I had with Izzy way back when we were dating in 2010. We were talking about goals and dreams for our future. We talked about where we pictured ourselves in 5 or 10 years. I remember he said that he dreamed of someday opening a “Micah Project” elsewhere. Maybe in another part of Honduras. Maybe in neighboring Nicaragua or Guatemala or his home country of El Salvador. Maybe even in Africa or Asia. We talked about the possibilities, but at the time we were still in our infancy as a couple and as missionaries at Micah, and so we left that idea on the back burner as a potential part of our 10-year plan. Well, fast-forward a few years and God brought that dream back into focus, back into front-and-center. After much prayer and wisdom-seeking we believe that now is the time to pursue this dream. We are excited/nervous/hopeful/(insert every other emotion) to share with you that we are beginning the process of starting a new ministry with street children in El Salvador!
As Izzy says, we love Micah so much that it would be selfish of us not to share it with others.
So share it we will.
"What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him?" Lord, equip us to be Your hands and feet to the people of El Salvador, so that we can show them how You care for them, just as You have shown us in so many ways how You care for us?