Consecrated and Dedicated

On August 2, 2015 at 3pm, we participated in an event that we have been dreaming about for years. Sam and I have been coming on short-term mission trips to the Quimistan Valley since 1999 and 2002, respectfully.  We have been praying for missionaries to live and work in this area since then.  We resisted when God first asked us to be those missionaries but eventually being obedient to His call, we agreed.

The details of our ‘call’ can be read in the blog post, “How Did I Know”. (The sell of our home, the waiting through my mother’s terminal illness, and our eventual move here in January of 2013.)

Upon our move, we consecrated the land we had purchased for God because having studied God’s word, we knew the importance of “ setting it apart” for the His work. In the history of the Quimistan Valley, there has been much bloodshed with vigilante law, and the captivity of the nation by foreigners.  We formally rebuked all that was not of Jesus from our property as we circled it pouring out salted water along the periphery.  On many days, I have worked in the soil and walked the boundaries asking God to cleanse the land and to fill it with His Holy Spirit.

With the near completion of the first home, we wanted to “Dedicate and Consecrate” it as well.  We were hosting a mission team from our home church in Aiken, SC which included our pastor, Jake, and his wife, Jennifer thus we knew we wanted to have the ceremony during their visit so they could participate and lead in it.

God planned the service through His Spirit in us, aiding in the selection of scriptures (Isaiah 6: 1-8, Psalm 24 and Matt. 19:13-15); gifting Jake with the words to speak over Tranquilidad; utilizing Jennifer’s beautiful voice to lead us in bilingual worship songs (“Here I am, Lord” and ”How He Loves Us”); and the partaking of Holy Communion with our friends and family, about 150 in attendance.  The afternoon was lovely with a swift breeze blowing the hot air. Tired hands of our mission team had aided to complete the painting of furniture, interior painting, hanging of curtains, making a huge decorative cross from items found on the land, and decorated it all with fresh cut flowers. Sweet hands that belong to our Honduran friends and family had helped clean the home and prepare food for the reception to follow. 

It was wonderful!  No, it was not a “Grand Opening”.  There was no ribbon to cut.

It was worship!  Tranquilidad, Home for Children and Youth was dedicated - “Wholly committed to a particular course of thought or action; devoted” and it was consecrated –“ Dedicated to a sacred purpose; sanctified”. (Easton’s Bible Dictionary)

Many may wonder why this is so significant for us.  I hope I can explain.  Neither Sam nor I ever envisioned being missionaries in a foreign land but when we recognized our sin and admitted our need for a Savior and invited Jesus Christ into our hearts when 9 and 13, respectfully, we were sealed as belonging to Him.

“ And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13,14

When God brought us together in marriage in 1994, we still had no idea. Through 17 years of marriage that included three separations, God was molding and shaping us for His plan for our lives together, which was to move to Honduras as missionaries.

" For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord” Jeremiah 29:11-14a

Sam and I have fought, literally and figuratively, for our marriage; for the creation of Tranquilidad Foundation; for the ability and unity to move and live here in the Quimistan Valley of Honduras. I love this quote, “ God does not call the equipped.  He equips the called.” We continue to live this truth out daily knowing we know nothing about that which He called us to do, but trusting completely in He who has called us.

And we pray for each of you: 

 “Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13: 20-22

Amen y amen!