So, the birthday club was at it again yesterday!We went to Shiraz’ Grille for some great Persian foodand then came back to my house for presents, a tea partyand a birthday pie. (Cindi might be slightly older than 27, but that’s no concern to us at the Birthday Club on our outings…we go by how we feel.) 🙂Sometimes we hike together, sometimes we have long prayer times together, but the highlight this year was hearing all about Cindi’s short-term mission trip.She and Rex just returned from Honduras, where Rex did anesthesia so that the surgeon could perform some especially difficult cases.Despite Rex getting violently ill from food poisoning before they ever arrived at the mission compound, and despite very rustic conditions, Rex was able to be so helpful that they’ve asked if he could possibly come back every year, and as of now, he’s definitely positive toward the idea.Meanwhile, Ilsa took a week break from school and accompanied Cindi in helping out at the mission school.They ended up doing all sorts of organizational and practical jobs as well as working with the children and providing some craft times.Ilsa is highly artistic and worked with the kids on several art projects.They had a lot of unique experiences and saw some incredible sights, like these iridescent trees,and these fierce-looking bugs. Cindi got attacked by stinging ants and has one leg that is painfully itchy even now…but they’re all ready to go back! Aren’t they brave?It’s her love for the Lord and her desire to reach out to those less fortunate than she is that causes her to strike out beyond her “comfort zone” and travel to a country that is known for poverty and violence. How could you not love a heart like that?!
“Blessed is the man [and woman] that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he [and she—they] shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green: and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”