Tomorrow morning at 4:45am, Will and I will be greeting our team of 18 adults and students at the airport. We will have 40 suitcases + 1 guitar, and 18 hearts ready to serve. We hope to return with 18 half-empty suitcases, 1 guitar, and 18 full hearts. We will be :
– teaching in local schools
– feeding impoverished children
– painting and cleaning church and school facilities
– encouraging new church plants with music, scripture, and testimonies
– ministering house-to-house in poorer neighborhoods
– giving away clothing and hygiene kits and praying for families
We are thrilled to have a chance to lead another trip, and we are expecting God to do more incredible things. (You can read a little about last year’s trip here.) We ask that you please mark these dates (July 31 – August 7) on your calendar, and commit to pray for both of us, as well as our team and the people we will be serving in Nicaragua. Will is going to be preaching 3 times with a translator, so please keep him in your prayers especially!
To all of our wonderful clients, thank you for your patience with our emails and correspondence. We will have no access to emails while we are away, but Callie will be running the studio while I am gone. (If you have a question, feel free to email her directly : Callie(at)nancyrayphotography(dot)com.) I will be in touch as soon as I can when I return, but I appreciate your patience as emails will certainly build up while I am away! (And thank you, Callie! Sending you a big hug for your hard work! You keep me sane.)
This, friends, is the real reason why I love my work. I can take off a week to serve and to love others who are hurting. I have clients who are wonderful, supportive, and understanding. I am able to connect with people who speak another language and have a completely different way of living life, and I can hopefully impact them by showing them the love of Jesus that changed my heart.
And to all of my friends who own their own business like myself, I encourage you – do what matters! Thank you so much for your generous support – so many of my wonderful friends in the wedding industry have sent donations and prayers on our behalf. I am so thankful for you! And I want to remind you today : don’t live to work, but work to live. It’s worth it.
Don’t be a stranger to this blog – we have so many beautiful posts coming your way while I we are traveling!
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