Tuesday, July 26, 2011


It's days like this that just make you grumpy. We were out in Armenia Bonito, the village we work in, with a 20 person team. We were busily doing construction, I had a group in the clinic working with patients, when I get this phone call from Mike. He was on his way back to our house. We had just been robbed. Apparently someone scaled our fence, took a sledgehammer to our front door, stole Mike's computer, trashed the ENTIRE house, stole some cash, and took off. Our gardener had been near by and saw the fence wide open. He quickly went over to our team mates house to get our team mate and she called Mike. One thing we are meticulous about is safety. We live in Fort Knox, afterall. But bottom line is this - if someone wants in your house - they are getting in your house.

So Mike was giving me the update and I must have gone through the stages of grief in about 5 minutes. I was first shocked. Really?! How in the world did this happen? How was my dog? Then I started crying. Imagining what a mess my house was in. Then I got mad. Like really mad. Like narrow my focus down to seeing red kind of mad. Then I got to "acceptance". Acceptance because what can you do? We are getting a new front door, an additional security door in front of that, additional razor wire for the top of our fence. So that's where I sit...balanced between mad and acceptance. I find that being mad is helpful to me - a much better sense than feeling sad and depressed. Wednesday is when we start to get these new things - and I hope with it, a better sense of feeling more secure.

Our team has been riddled with things this summer. Two of the four ministry vehicles have been on the fritz, illness all around, and now this. We are busy doing God's work, and the enemy is NOT happy about it! So I rejoice in that - will continue the fight and see what's next :-)


Amanda Tippy said...

so, so, so, sorry. My sister-in-law said, while living in Ceiba. "I hope I get robbed at gun-point soon." I thought she was crazy but she had a good point - once it happens you can stop worrying about it - because you've, "been there - done that." I think you guys might be at the edge of "been there - done that" on everything. Hope it eventually brings a a sense of peace and confidence. But until then - it sucks - and I'll be praying.

OliveTree said...

So sorry to hear this. May the Lord surround you with his angels and give you peace.

I'm sure the enemy is not happy with what you're doing.

I lived in El Salvador for 5 years, very near you, on the global scale of things.

Julie Van Voorhis said...

I was reading these verses earlier this week and so thought of you guys - many prayers for your family and the work you're doing!!

2 Thessalonians 1:3-11

We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. All this is evidence that God's judgement is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well...

vs. 11 - With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.