Las fotos!

Ben —  July 17, 2011 — 8 Comments

2 weeks later…

…and I’ve finally gone through all of the photographs and picked the ones that:

  • Didn’t come out too blurry
  • Were appropriate
  • Were Kim approved (there may, or may not have been some incriminating dance moves on the Day 6 fiesta
  • Looked cool
  • Did not have me in it (‘cept a few)

Check ‘em out! Continue Reading…

Mission Trip Blues (part 2)

Ben —  July 14, 2011 — 17 Comments

If you’ve talked to Kim and I prior to visiting Venezuela, you would know that without a shadow of a doubt we were going to submit our formal application to adopt a little boy from outside of the US, and that the trip would help us understand more that what we are trying to do is the right thing, and God’s will.

However, if you talk to us now you would hear the voices of uncertainty. Continue Reading…

Letters to Venezuela

Ben —  July 12, 2011 — 11 Comments

On the 3rd day of our trip, I was inspired to get some of the readers here to write a letter or 2 to these boys, to give them some encouragement as they go through the program over at Project Jonas. You can read about it a little more here, and here.

To say you met our expectations with your response, would be a complete and utter lie. Although this project may have seemed a bit ambitious at first, that should not have given me the excuse to think that 1, not 40 people would write letters. You see I was once told to never underestimate your audience no matter the medium

This was definitely an example of that. Continue Reading…

Mission Trip Blues (part 1)

Ben —  July 11, 2011 — 13 Comments

Re-entry, or Mission Trip blues… I’ve got them.

I’ve been back work for a week now. Back to the daily grind and all I can think about is digging a ditch, eating plantains and power bombing 8-10 year olds in the swimming pool.

This trip to Venezuela marks the 4th short-term trip I’ve been on in the last 5 years, and every time I go I get this spiritual high, only to follow by the desire to want to “do more.” This trip was no different, in fact I believe this feeling was magnified, as both Kim and I felt this even more than ever before.

What’s weird is, I think I am “doing more” but what kind of difference am I actually making? Why do I need to see the long-term effects, is that selfish of me? Shouldn’t I learn to be content knowing that His work is being done, and that I’m actually doing what I need to be doing?

This, feeling… Continue Reading…

Venezuela ~ Day 8

Ben —  July 2, 2011 — 8 Comments

These last 2 nights have been nothing short of amazing. I really can’t even begin to explain all that I’m thinking right now, because as soon as I go down one train of thought for an idea I could do for these boys…

…another idea comes, and then another. It’s a hopeless, never-ending cycle that I never want to miss. A process in which makes me unique, but sometimes tortured inside because I end up wanting to tackle everything at once, but I know I can’t. This process also makes it a bit more difficult to stay motivated when “things” don’t go the way I expected.

For example, with the request put through to have y’all write a letter of encouragement to these boys at Project Jonas, I really wanted to see their reaction when each boy received about 3 letters each from complete strangers who have dedicated a small amount of time to pray specifically for them. This “want” was a selfish one, a desire that only pleased me so I let it go because I know they will get there eventually, and that’s ok.

It’s OK because I know who ultimately has the plan, and that plan and the timing is always perfect. Continue Reading…