Several years ago, in 2001, I was in my first year in Honduras and in Tegucigalpa. I was visiting at the house of a missionary friend and while I was there saw some pictures of the north coast area of Honduras that I later came to know as La Ceiba. As I looked at those pictures I felt the presence of God come over me very strongly. I left my friend’s house and drove around for a bit asking God why I was feeling this so strongly and what I was to do. All He said to me was that I was to collect and save things for a school. I had already begun to do that and it was confirmation of what was already in my heart. During the years since, I have collected wonderful things, boxes and boxes of curriculum, learning aides and books upon books, things for Science, Math, English, Spanish, Geography, etc. including Bible Curriculum. I have used these things again and again in schools I have taught in, where I was principal and those I’ve helped but I had never found the school where they were to be. I knew that there was a purposed place for them. I moved many times during all my 14 years in Honduras and each time all the very heavy boxes of books, and learning aides would be moved also. At times, I felt frustrated and wondered if I missed God and that is seemed silly to keep caring for all of those things. It required a lot of work and storage space to keep them from ruin in the humid, damp climate of Central America.
Then in the past year I came to know Iris Carranza and her school, the Anne Fowler Bilingual School. Actually this came through my friendship with Anne Fowler. I donated some things to the school and then God placed it in my heart to donate many English books, readers and some curriculum and learning aides. Last month I visited the school to see the library which we had made possible for the school. As I walked in I was amazed at how wonderful everything looked. For years I had the dream of making a wonderful library for a Honduran village and now I was looking at it. God spoke to me then and told me that it was for this school that I had been saving those things and moving them from one place to another for years. I cannot express how much joy this has given me. The vision that I had carried around for years came to reality before my eyes. I didn’t miss it and I have been so grateful that God gave me the grace to continue in what, many times, seemed to be a crazy waste of time. It wasn’t. So, now more than 2 more truck loads of books, curriculum and supplies have been donated to this school.
What are the things that God has placed in your heart? What desires has He given to you that may, at times, seem crazy or elusive? Don’t lay those aside. When they are from God and, at last, they become reality in front of you, they will bring much joy and fulfillment. For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13