Author’s Note: We are normally blessed every year to have Libby and Doug Eaton with us on our mission trips. They work countless hours and have a genius for conveying what is happening on the mission trip through words and pictures. However this year, Doug and Libby are still in Nashville WAITing on the birth of their first grandchild, which is imminent. A great number of us are trying to fill in for them and we are rotating who will write the blog each day…or pieces of the blog. I made the mistake of asking who was writing it today and was immediately assigned the task for doing so.
This day reminds me of my favorite verse from the Bible,
“But they that WAIT upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31.
My sister, Jean (her first mission trip), and I arrived at the church in Nashville at 3:20 this morning to find Robert Brown already WAITing on our group despite the fact that Doug Nally told us we didn’t have to be there until 3:30 AM. Robert had come early to de-ice the buses and warm them up so that we wouldn’t freeze in our Honduras shorts, flip flops and light jackets. It was seven degrees when we left Nashville and no one wanted to drag their coats to warm Honduras. Thank you Robert! (We also had to WAIT on Doug Nally, our fearless leader, who didn’t arrive until 3:45 AM, but that’s another story!)
Our plane was late leaving Nashville because we had to WAIT while they de-iced it – something you want done so your plane doesn’t crash! However, the delay was not a problem as we had sufficient WAIT time in Miami to make our connection to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. We also were WAITing to meet up with three more of our team who were coming from various other parts of the country. All of them made it despite the fact that the airport monitors were full of flights that had been cancelled all across the country due to the fierce ice, snow and frigid temperatures that are sweeping across the U.S.
Our plane was an hour late departing Miami because we had to WAIT for the maintenance mechanics to put a new screw in the outside body of the plane. We never found out what needed to be reattached, but I wouldn’t want to take off in any plane for anywhere that is missing any part!
When we arrived in Honduras, there was a long WAIT to get our medical crates and a WAIT to clear customs. We were again blessed that everything arrived and is available for our first medical clinic in the morning. On a previous trip, our crates got held up and it is almost impossible to treat our patients without the medical supplies we bring with us. A nurse on our team, Janet Gerard, was flying from Oregon to meet us in Honduras. She managed to get to Houston before they closed the airport due to weather. Although she had to WAIT in Houston, she arrived at about the same time we did on one of the few flights to get out of Houston today! Losing any medical person on the trip limits the number of patients we can see so they are critical to how successful our mission will be. We have two more people coming tomorrow who had to WAIT to get off work to join us.
We are now 33 strong and ready to do the work that God has for us, laid out in accordance with his plan on his perfect time table. Tonight we will arrive in the compound at Cofradia and get everything organized for tomorrow. We are now WAITing for our first clinic day to definitely where we will eagerly aWAIT for our first patients. But most important of all, we will WAIT to see what blessings, and lessons, God has for each of us on this trip.
Daily Note from a Newbie: Jean Morford
Obviously being a newbie I have no idea what to expect. I can say that being with this caring and industrious group will be a blessing all on its own. The camaraderie is wonderful to observe and I look forward to whatever task is assigned me. The landing in Tegucigalpa was definitely exciting and got things started with a bang.