A month or two before we moved back to the US, we had our yard sales and set aside our treasures to ship. Each child got a plastic storage crate for their special toys, books, and keepsakes. We had our hammocks, our Honduran carved entry table, my guitar, special paintings, my husband’s grandma’s silverware – mainly things we couldn’t replace. Most of the items we shipped reminded us of special places and people, not only of Honduras but also of other seasons past.
A week before we left, we arranged all those treasures carefully on a pallet just like the one on this picture.
We were told that two weeks later, it would arrive at our front door. But it didn’t; and after over three months, we continue to wait. After countless emails and calls to Dip Shipping, the answer continues to be the same: “Lo siento. Está fuera de nuestras manos.” We want the truth. Is it all lost? Will it ever arrive? As in many parts of the developing world, “It’s who you know that gets things done.” So, if you know anyone from the Dip family, put in a word for us.
And when I feel impatient and powerless to do something – and many times I am – this scripture comes to mind:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
I will be sad and disappointed if our treasures don’t make it. Some feelings are just unavoidable; but I’ll remember that I have everything I need and more. God will continue to provide.
So, while I wait for my treasures, rather than complaining, I’m reminded of two groups who have left and lost almost all their possessions, except perhaps the clothes on their backs:
- Refugees: victims of war, persecution, famine. Click on this story about a Syrian Refugee.
- Women and children victims of domestic violence and other types of abuse. Here is a link to a Women’s Shelter Directory.
Both groups are in constant transition. Do you have any experience working with any of these two groups? What are some practical ways to bless them?