Jessica and I went to Santa Rosa de Copán on an LST Young Friends project (a version of LST for teenagers). We originally signed up for a mission trip to The Dominican Republic, but God directed us to Honduras instead!
Jessica and I had a desire to go back to Honduras, so we began discussing various possibilities with the Waldrons.
God had closed several doors and opened others, and over time we had come to suspect He might be guiding us to work on an LST project in Santa Rosa.
After much prayer and agonizing over the decision, Jessica and I made the commitment to LST. We were terrified because we didn't have a team or the funds to go. We needed a team of about seven and $4400.
I began sending fund-raising letters and a prayer list as soon as I could. I actually sent the first batch during a city-paralyzing snowstorm, having to drive to a mailbox since we weren't receiving mail!
By the beginning of March we had over half our funds raised and a team of ten! We believe God used this as a powerful confirmation that He wanted us to return to Santa Rosa on an LST team because He answered these prayers so quickly.
In late March we started our weekly LST training, which lasted about eight weeks.
We finished our fund-raising two months ahead of schedule, thanks to God and the generosity of our family and friends!
We went to Dallas for additional LST training. We spent the weekend getting to know the other team members and learning more about the LST materials and methods.
May and June 2011
We finished our training in May and started making final preparations and plans for our trip!
We leave July 9, 2011!