Camping? Woods? Jungle?

NO Way! That’s impossible! I can’t do it!

I was raised buying brand name clothes, brand name shoes, going on vacation was not camping it was going to a hotel with a pool and air condition, going out to eat at a restaurant and sleeping comfortably. I didn’t even cook!

Not only do I have to home-school my children but, Carlos tells me there is a possibility that we might have to camp until we find a place to rent. It was a lot to take in but I am reminded again that God knows best and has it all under control.  

  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Story of the Week:

We (Carlos and I and the team) did our 7 months missions training and the last few months were in Costa Rica. I think that Since I had two children at the time and was married the leaders thought that I knew how to cook. So from the beginning of my first mission experience they gave me the responsibility of cooking. Not only did I have to cook for about 14 of us ( I did get help) and the black beans were hard and dirty which I didn’t know we had to clean. OOPS! The worse was that I had to cook on a homemade wood burning stove. Where in the USA do we cook on a wood burning stove? I believe only when we are camping or grilling.

“Lord of all pots and pans and things… Make me a saint by getting meals And washing up the plates!” – Brother Lawrence

Thus Brother Lawrence was able to turn even the most commonplace and menial task into a living hymn to the glory of God.

I cooked, helped translate for the team during ministry, did the ministry dramas, clowning for the children ( Yes I was a clown) and took care of two little children in the jungles in a foreign country. All this was very, very new for me. God was preparing me for the future. He and only He knows what I need.

I am still learning to practice the presence of God at any moment and in any circumstance.

Recipe of the week: UnFried Sweet Plantains Raisa’s style

  1. Slice Platano Maduro (Sweet Plantains)
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  5. 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  6. Simmer everything in frying pan or pot for about 15 minutes or until the sauce evaperates.

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