Sitting in our cabin, about 100 yards of coral rock away from the Caribbean. For the fifth straight year, we have arrived for a summer mission trip to the island of Roatan off the coast of Honduras. It’s not the only return to talk about, Some good, some bad, but more on that in a bit.
The hectic preparation has given way to the joy of reuniting with friends as close as family, and making new ones, with that timid look in their eyes, still not sure what they’re about to experience – just like we looked five short years ago.
Two weeks full of events, outreach and day camps to spread the good news, and share His love with those in need. For the second straight year, something close to my heart a soccer tournament for the boys. Last year, without saying a word, we had nearly 80 boys show up to kick it around. This year, I wouldn’t be surprised if that number doubles! There will be visits to the orphanage, the hospital, a clinic and this year the prison.
One of my duties in recent years has been to emcee some of the events, but I’m not sure if that will be possible, because of the second return I mentioned… Bell’s Palsy. Last night, while we were packing for the trip I felt a pain behind my right ear, turn into a tingle and then I started to feel it. If you’re not familiar, it’s a nerve inflammation likely caused by a viral infection that effectively paralyzes half of your face. It can be very scary to say the least.
I’m not as afraid as I was when I first got it about 10 years ago. Then, it took about six months to clear up to the point where it was barely noticeable. I’m praying it heals quicker this time, but there is also the rare possibility that it won’t go away. So there’s that.
I had doubts as to whether I should get on the plane, but after hearing His call weeks ago, I realized this was just another chance to bring Him glory. And if I would have stayed home, I’d likely just be sulking and feeling sorry for myself. He brought me through it once before, and I know He can do it again. And I’ve already seen that glory in the loving reaction and support of my family, and from my mission family’s prayers and actions. His love is evident, and He will be glorified.
I will try to share more of our experiences over the next two weeks, depending upon our busy schedule and the not always reliable island internet – and if it’s in you, prayers are ALWAYS appreciated. Thank you.
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3 thoughts on “The Return”
Phil, from the bottom of my heart I hope for the best. You have been a true gentleman since the first day I had the pleasure to meet you. Anything from my humble space on earth, do not hesitate.
Phil, So great to hear of what you are doing. In broadcasting, you were always one of my favorites, running away! In my prayers for a speedy recovery. All the very best on your mission trip and adventure! I echo my good friend Octavio’s sentiments as well.
Thank you, Wayne. For all you said.