Today’s Workout: 

Ran outside- 5 miles

I am not training right now and it is the weirdest thing! I already miss it! I don’t start training for my marathon until June- after the wedding. I am SO excited to start!!!!!

Last week I talked a little bit about preparing for my missions trip to the Amazon River.

This week  I wanted to talk a little about what we did and what the Lord taught me on this trip. Honestly, it was such a blessing to be a part of the team that went. I didn’t really know what to expect or what the Lord had in store for me. We met up with a team of doctors and headed out onto this medical mission trip. Once we arrived in Brazil, we rode a bus for about 3 hours and arrived at our boat ( where we would be living for the next 11 days).

Every morning we would wake up usually when the sun was rising. It was so beautiful. I had never seen anything like it, I’m not sure if that is because a sunrise naturally looks better over the Amazon river or if I just never took the time to sit and watch the sunrise before this trip. It really just made me realize more and more how beautiful the Lord’s creation is.

We would get are assignment for that morning-which would be somewhere in the clinic working with the doctors or it would be  working with kids ministry. At each village we spent about 4 hours. Then we would pack up and get back on the boat for lunch and head to another village and start all over again. I’m not going to lie, it was draining and exhausting- parts of it was extremely sad and other parts were complete eye openers for me. I kept a journal of the trip and as I go back and read it, I start to remember the different feelings I got on this trip after each day of working with the people on the Amazon River. It was an unreal experience. The Lord was so faithful through it.

Working with the children was so rewarding. They were so anxious to learn more and they were so loving. The attention that we gave them meant the world to them I think. It was so fun!

The food was SO good. This is actually alligator meat. We went alligator hunting the night before and one of the missionaries cooked it up and we had it for dinner! It was my first time eating alligator- it tasted a lot like chicken but it was so good!

What the Lord taught me through this trip:

– Missions is real and more than necessary

– We are called to share the gospel to all nations

– There is a HUGE need for Jesus EVERYWHERE

-Supporting missionaries financially and prayerfully is more than important

– There is a huge different between a need and a want

– Wherever the Lords has me at this moment, I am still responsible to share the gospel of Jesus Christ

– The Lord is sovereign over ALL

– There is more than the American dream.

I am so thankful for the way that the Lord revealed himself to me through that trip. My heart is heavy for world missions. I may not be in a place where I can go right now but it is equally important to support those that can financially and prayerfully. i know that the Lord has me going into military missions for a reason and I know that He will be faithful in that. I am so excited for this next chapter of life and to see what the Lord leads Brian and I through!