Life’s Journey . . . Reflections of our recent Cozumel mission experience–October 30, 2010

Ilene Kendrick WOW, what a great experience the October 2010 mission trip was. For the first time, Byron and I decided to take an extended trip and stay in Cozumel for 3 weeks, one which would be the actual mission trip. Little did we know that there would be so much to do and we needed those extra days to complete the projects.

Byron Kendrick scraping paintYes, Byron was the one who started the paint scraping at NUAFA, and even though we have teased him about this, we should be thanking him for finding this BEFORE we painted all of those walls. We began this project on the Saturday before the mission trip was to begin the following Friday. The day care was closed on Monday through Wednesday of the following week so the workers could attend “fire safety” training so we were able to complete the painting before the children returned on Thursday. If we had waited until the mission trip, this project would not have been completed before we left. God is good and has a plan…we had the easy part, just being faithful to His call.

A friend shared a quote with me a few days ago and this is exactly how I felt after this mission trip:

“Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘LORD’ what a ride!” (Altered George Carlin quote)

Life is what we make it. I feel so blessed that God has given me the opportunity to serve the people of Cozumel and have a small part in making someone’s life a little better than it was yesterday. Don’t pass up an opportunity to be blessed, join us in February!

Ilene Kendrick; Sherman, Texas

Mission Trip Co-Host

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