Tuesday, February 3, 2015

bvsa travesia - the beginning

so much happened in the last couple of weeks. i think i'll try to consolidate several blogs into one, and just touch on the highlights.  so many details are carved permanently into my mind and heart.

the goodbyes...
its been 10 days of goodbyes with the davis family and axel.  first, with all of the missionary families here in the area. we got together and shared, worshipped, and prayed.

then the rhinos party.  ugghh.  it was a tough night, but a sweet thing to witness.  one by one, the boys stood up and poured out their hearts to both the davis family as well as axel.  i can't even attempt to delve into it and do it any justice.  imagine 30 kids trying to say goodbye to people they love like their own family, who are moving to another country. people who have opened their home and their hearts in the most real and genuine way.  all i can say is there was kleenex everywhere.

boys saying goodbye to the davis family, the night before departure
and some of the things that were said to axel - as tears rolled - were absolutely precious.  (for those that don't know, axel graduated from the academy a couple years ago, and has been working full time with us as an assistant coach). allan said "man, you'll never know how much i look up to you. you've always been different, and i've always admired you for it.  you don't care what people think.  i actually want to be just like you."  julio said something very similar.  my son jake said "i'm going to miss you so much. thanks for being such a good example to all of us.  you've been like a big brother to me."  axel's little cousin melsar, who he shares a home and bed with, said in tears, "i can't believe you are leaving, and i don't know what i'll do without you."

the move...
you never know what to expect when crossing borders.  throw in the fact that this particular border divides two of the most dangerous and corrupt countries in the world, and you have to be prepared for anything.

before loading up the davis belongings in buena vista
i'm going to spare you the details, as they are long and frustrating!  but 36 hours after arriving at the border, and $2,600 more in expenses, the davis' belongings finally made it to their home.  at around 11pm the next day, a truck that typically transports animals (wood-fence style sides and gate) arrived at their home with me, paul, mynor, axel, jake, and josue standing there ready to unload.

moving truck finally arrives
(if you're wondering why their belongings were no longer in the bus we originally rented and loaded, i'm going to leave you hanging on that one... its too long of a saga to try to sum up.)

the final goodbye...
there were teary goodbyes at breakfast in the hotel sunday morning.  hugging those davis girls just about broke me. then watching josue cry his eyes out just about broke me again.  final goodbyes with paul and jess were no easier. but the last thing i remember is from the night before, when we said goodbye to axel.  he stayed the night at the house with the bus drivers, so they wouldn't have to pay for hotel rooms. it was somewhere after midnight, and he stood on the front porch of their home waving.  with tears running down his face, he screamed "i love you guys" as we pulled away.

the significance...
a family who has been immersed in buena vista, and in the ins and outs of the boys academy for the last 2 years, has taken that experience and headed out on a mission to reproduce it in a new country.  a dangerous central american country full of gang violence and drug trafficking.  they will minister specifically to a small people-group called the garifunas, who have been discriminated against and ostracized for generations.  the davis' do this with their 4 precious (blonde) daughters, and with jessica's struggling health.  sacrificial and beautiful.  may He receive all the glory!

and a young man from the little village of buena vista who spent 4 years in the academy, is taking what he learned and moving away to start another one.  no one leaves buena vista.  much less by faith, with a gringo family, to go serve another community as a missionary!  there is nothing more i can say to capture how amazing that is.

axel and the davis fam on their new front porch
God chose the village of travesia, just like he chose buena vista - that much we know for sure.  he was blatantly clear on that part.  we prayed through and created a "bvsa planting strategy" and will stick to it as best we can.  but much of the rest remains uncertain.  when will the new academy start?  what will it look like?  how will God provide for it? all a beautiful mystery.

one thing that is not a mystery, however, is that the rhinos of travesia, honduras, will learn about Jesus.  they will be loved on and taught how to become godly men, husbands, and fathers.

one thing that is not uncertain...  is that LOVE has arrived in travesia, honduras.

1 comment:

Lance said...

Rejoiced and praised God at the touching news and move of the Holy Ghost to keep spreading His love and glorious salvation through the complete yielding of your team to His will. He blesses faith like this so we are excited to see what will unfold!