Sunday, December 4, 2011

I have had a blast the past few days with a church who came to eagles nest for a church camp and invited our youth group to join them. I may not have understood much due to my limited Spanish, but I am thankful that laughs and smiles that are the same in every language. I am so thankful for the new friends I met, and the friends I grew closer to. I am so blessed.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Since living in Guatemala, my eyes have been opened to how blessed I am. I have so much to be thankful for. I pray that I take them time to say thank you everyday, not just on Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

“We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.” – Radical by David Platt.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Orphan Sunday

They are not just statics.

They are real.

I see them every day.

I play with them, I laugh with them, and I listen to their hope and dreams and goals.

Just like the ones you and I have.

They may live across the world from you...

Or next door...

Or maybe you're like me, and can hear their feet running on the floor above you as you type,

Wherever they are,

They are a person...

With hopes and dreams and goals.

Will you help bring them hope in Him?

By advocating, by giving, by going, by loving, by telling.

There's a need. What will you do to change it?

Orphan Sunday 2011 from Christian Alliance for Orphans on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

All around us..

I'm surrounded by poverty.

Yet all around me, there is evidence of Him.

Evidence that He loves us.
Evidence that he wants to spend eternity with us.
Sometimes I wonder how others don't see it, but then I remember that I didn't know until I was told either. That's why we're here- to tell them. And not just tell them, but walk alongside them, and teach them how to live it. Because they are important to God too. Just like me and you.

Monday, October 10, 2011

There are so many things about Guatemala that are very different from life in America. Some are more easy to get used to than others. One of the differences that has been hard for me to get used to is the pace of things. I wouldn't have thought that this was such a big deal, but it is more difficult that you would think.
In America, time is money. We rush to get things done, because we believe we have better things to do. We get annoyed when people waste our time, and if people don't move fast enough we get agitated. We judge the quality of someone's work by how fast they can get it done, because we don't want to have to wait around for someone.
In Guatemala, people don't think that way. They move at a slower pace, with the mindset of "it will be there tomorrow." They don't rush for anything. It doesn't matter if they're late, because nothing starts on time anyway. It's no big deal if the line is long at the market, and its OK to just sit and talk for a while.
I can't help but think that maybe, this is not such a bad thing. Sure it's bothersome at times, when I have something to do, but it leaves people without stress, and it makes for better relationships. And it is definitely teaching me patience!

Monday, October 3, 2011

This kid has stolen my heart...

Meet Lydia!
  Lydia is one of the many kids who come to the Manna Feeding Program. Her 3 brothers also come, and her mom is one of the cooks.

 Lydia's precious family allowed us the privilege of going to her house. As they showed us their humble home with dirt floors, a wood stove, and no glass on their windows, I couldn't help but think of how blessed I am.

 Even though they have nothing, they don't complain, they just thank God for what they do have, and know that they can rely on Him. That kind of faith is what we should all strive for.

 "God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs." -Matthew 5:3

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I have definitely fallen in love with these kids! They are all so precious, and very patient about helping us learn Spanish.  Here's a few pictures of the precious children of Guatemala. 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

We made it here safely, and are loving it! Our internet is down, but pictures will come soon!

Friday, August 12, 2011

I've been reading Radical Together by David Platt, as well as studying Ephesians, and one of the things Radical Together says is that "We are saved from work, to do work."

God sent His son to save us, so that we may be a living testimony of how awesome He is. By His grace, we have been saved, so that we may do our part in pointing others to Christ.

If we are not here to serve God, then what are we here for?

Our job is to spread the Good News. Never be afraid of telling a person because of what they might think. It will be far worse for them to spend eternity in Hell. You must do your job, and God will do His. Don't be afraid of getting fired, or losing a friend, because maybe God didn't want you at that job, or He didn't want you with that friend.

Paul was in Prison for spreading the Good News, yet in Ephesians, and in pretty much all of the other books that he wrote, he would say that he counted it as a blessing when he suffered. He considered it a privilege when he was able to do his part for God's glory.

And the cool thing is, you don't have to be a professional to do it. God doesn't just use the pastors of mega churches, or the people who have grown up growing to church, and know the bible from front to back. He doesn't just use adults either. Sometimes, the people Jesus used to do the work, were the people no one would expect.

You see, if we could do it on our own, then God wouldn't get the credit. It is when we know that we are not equipped that God can do miracles through us.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer isn't comlete without camps!

This summer, my church went to Student Life camp in Ruston, Louisiana.

We had a blast getting soaked in the water games!

We also had a great time worshiping with The Museum! (pictured with Paradise Baptist Church above)

It was really cool because the Geoffrey, the guitarist for The Museum was a missionary kid in Belize!

 I had so much fun, and learned a lot at Student life Camp, but I also had the privilege of  going to Super Summer. Super Summer is a church camp, but more intense, for the more devoted.

My summer has be great so far, but what I am really looking forward to is August 23rd, when we board the plane for Guatemala!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

 I thought I'd share with you some of what we will be doing in Guatemala...

We will be working with Eagles Nest Orphanage, where there are currently 24 kids. 
We will be working with the Manna Feeding Program. Which is where 60 children come to eat. For most of them, this is their only meal of the day.
We will be helping with Colegio Nuevo Dia (New Day School).
We be helping with the sports program, where the local kids play soccer and basketball as well as learn about God's love for them.
We will also be helping lead short term mission teams, and we hope you will join one!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

In 2007, I had the privilege of serving at Eagles Nest Orphanage for a week long mission trip. Little did I know that 4 years later I would be moving there!
I remember being so excited to go to a foreign country- not something many kids my age could brag about. I had no idea how much that trip would change me..

“We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.” – Radical by David Platt.

Before I went on that trip I knew that there were orphans, I even had adopted sisters. But did that change the way I lived? No. I still lived like the world was all about me. But, after I met child after child, who had nothing, I was no longer content to live like that. I was forever changed.

Funny how I thought I was going on the trip to change the lives of the Guatemalans, but instead they changed me.

"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:2 (NLT)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Hello and welcome to my little corner of Blogland!Let me tell you a little bit about myself.
My name is Addisyn. I am a homeschooled sophomore. I am sinner saved by the grace of God.
I love music, and I play the guitar. I play soccer. I am passionate about the least of these. I'm a Toms fan. I left my heart in Africa. I am the oldest daughter in a family of 11. 9 out of the 11 in my family will be moving to Guatemala this summer to serve the Lord as full-time missionaries. I would love for you to follow along as I blog about this journey!