Monday, November 16, 2009

From Belize to Honduras...

Hi All!

I have a bit of an update for everyone in regards to my DTS. Last week I found out that the location of the lecture phase has changed due to disagreements between government officials in Belize. It sounds like they cannot reach agreement on the specific paperwork that is required to keep the sailboats in their country. Therefore, the lecture portion of my DTS will now take place one country to the south of Belize, in the beautiful Bay Islands of Honduras. We will sail to the pristine beaches and crystal clear waters in and around Roatan, Utila and Guanaja, off the north coast of Honduras.

Apart from the fact that I can no longer use the line "Better Belize It," I am not overly disappointed by the change in plans. I know that anywhere anywhere in that part of the world is going to be beautiful, and most importantly God is going to move in us and use us no matter where we are! The location of the lecture phase is only a means to an end of learning and growing in Christ.

Many of you have asked me how you can specifically be praying for me as I prepare for the trip. One big thing right now is telling my work that I will be leaving in January. I plan to do this in the next week or so, and am feeling really nervous about it. I have been incredibly blessed to have worked for such a great company over the past 3 1/2 years and it's going to be extremely difficult to leave! I am nervous about letting my team down and really just want to leave on the best terms possible, so prayer is definitely needed that my co-workers will be understanding and that there will be peace in my heart about the situation.

Another thing to be praying about is raising the support necessary for this trip. So many of you have been so gracious and generous already with your time and resources and I can't thank you enough for that. As I move into the final few weeks before I leave, please continue to pray that the rest of the support will be raised. The Lord is so faithful and I am confident that He will continue to provide.

Finally, though I don't know all the details, I'm sure that there is a lot of work that is having to be done by the DTS staff and crew to prepare for the change in location/plans at the last minute. Please pray for those staff members who are currently working out the logistics to make this trip happen.

Thank you again for your love, prayers, and support!


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