People have asked me why I go to Belize on missions. There's so much that needs to be done here at home, why go all the way down there? And why would you keep going?
The truth...I don't know the reason. What I do know is there's a place, in my heart that only God can reach and speak to. A place where I can hear Him and have a converstaion about my feelings and my purpose. He doesn't give me all the answers but He helps me understand the things I do need to know presently. He has called me to serve abroad. Trust me, I have had the conversation of serving here at home. He has assured me that, when the time comes, I will be needed here but the things I am doing here (like Celebrate Recovery) are enough for now and my service is needed in Belize. When I have asked why, He has just asked me to trust Him. And I do.
And I am so glad I didn't choose to ignore Him, which can be so easy to do. And I have several excuses: too much $, leaving my kids, interference with school (which is another area I was told, by Him, to pursue so I could be equipped to serve in the future), potential risks to my health, etc. But when those thoughts come up, He patiently reminds me how He's always been there, right by my side, protecting me and loving me with every step I take.
So my answer is I go because I am being an obedient daughter and servant to our Father, the King.
I am so thankful and blessed to be able to say that I not only have an amazing network of family and friends that support me and love me here in the states, but I also have extended family in Belize.