Attitude of Gratitude – Psalm 100

Psalm 100 is another joyful psalm! The psalmist encourages us to worship the Lord with joy and thanksgiving in our hearts.

Our worship must be focused on God and not ourselves. It’s not about my likes, preferences, insights I gain, how warmly I’m welcomed by others, worship is not about me at all!

Consider Psalm 100 and its emphasis on the Lord. In just five verses, the name, “Lord” or the pronouns referring to the Lord appear 15 times! The pronouns “we” or “us”, referring to human worshippers, appear just 4 times. Clearly, our worship must be focused on God and not us!

When we worship God we are involved in activity. Psalm 100 is sprinkled with action! Words such as “shout”, “worship”, “come”, “know”, “enter”, “give thanks”, ”praise” all appear. Worship is not passive, it’s very active! We must worship the Lord with joy and thanksgiving in our hearts! Worship of God is about actively involving ourselves in singing, praying, listening, reading the Word of God, responding in the giving of tithes and offerings and not about sitting back and expecting to be entertained.

Why should we worship with joy and thanksgiving in our hearts? Look in vs.5 “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever, his faithfulness continues through all generations”.  First, we worship the Lord because He is good. We must affirm this truth even when life seems unfair or harsh. Second, the Lord’s love endures forever. This is true even when we blow it and make big mistakes. Third, the Lord remains faithful to us throughout all times. This is true even when God seems distant and uncaring. May God help each of us to worship Him with joy and thanksgiving in our hearts at all times!



Thursday’s Report

We nearly finished the secure storage area inside the hospital today. The walls are built and most of the drywall is now hung. Amber helped deliver a baby at 6am this morning. It was her first on this trip. She was beaming when she arrived back at the house.

Tonight we have an early dinner, then church with the hospital team at 6pm.

A few photos of our progress today- (as always click on the thumbnail to see the full picture)

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Another Amber Update and More Photos from Mark.

My day started out with a call about a labor pt! She delivered a healthy 6# baby. Also got ready for my class that I’m teaching to the nurses tomorrow. It will be a review for some but new material for those that are just starting their social service. I’m teaching fetal monitoring and newborn assessments. Should be lots of fun. Kandee is going to come and help. Got to see more of the Honduran staff. They are so amazing in the progress they are making in L&D. You wouldn’t know that it only officially opened 3 years ago. I also have agreed to get up at 0550 to go swimming in the ocean in the morning. What is wrong with me???

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Our team is working on two construction projects, one at the hospital and one at staff housing.

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Busy Days in Honduras

The past two days have been busy here in Honduras. On Tuesday the construction crew began building the secure storage room in the bodaga. Amber is itching to deliver a couple of babies. She and Kandee took all of the donated medical supplies over to the hospital.

Today (Weds) the construction crew was moved over to the hospital to add a couple of new rooms inside of existing rooms. We were able to get the studs built for the wall. Amber was able to observe Dr. Jeff removing a woman’s gall bladder. Amber also put an IV into Richard for the first time as Richard was feeling weak and dizzy from dehydration. After 2000 ml of saline solution, Richard was feeling better and back at it again.

Kandee has been taking great care of us and cooking some amazing meals in the new kitchen.

Last night we found a Kinkajou (also known as the “honey bear”). Scott told us that it is not common to see them. We watched him for 10 minutes.

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Honduras Update from Amber

Honduras had their Independence Day today. Got to see my favorite little guy Aaron. Saw his mama Xiomara and his little bro Caleb as well. Lots of our Honduran friends and the missionaries were there to see the kids from the hospitals bilingual school and the kids from the children’s center in the parade.
Sorted out supplies that we brought down and got some into there places while the guys were starting on their project. They are building two storage rooms. One in the hospital and one in “Joes” bodega. I also was working on my materials for my class on fetal monitoring and the care of the newborn after delivery. Class should be on Friday. The hospital was closed today due to the holiday but they did have 2 deliveries today. They are doing so well and had low volume of patients in the hospital that they didn’t even need my help. I’ll take some pics of the new delivery rooms tomorrow. They turned out great!
Had more missionaries over for dinner. So good to catch up. Yummy chicken Caesar for dinner. Off to bed for an early day tomorrow.

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Kandee and I moved supplies in the hospital so that the guys can start on the new supply store room for the large equipment, got all our supplies that we brought down dispersed to where they belonged, and helped Marinajo in the eye glass clinic. I was going to do recoveries today but the patients didn’t show. Had more missionaries for dinner which is a blast! Off to bed for a early day. I now have my own radio to be on call for deliveries. Hope I get some sleep tonight

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Super day today. Richard wasn’t feeling great (day 3 always gets him) so I stared an IV on him, 2 bags of fluid later and he was feeling way better. Then I got to assist Dr Jeff in the OR. One umbilical hernia and an open chole that was packed with stones. I now got to see what a gallbladder and stones looked like. They wouldn’t show me mine.
Saw more of my nursing friends at the hospital. The guys are now working on the storage room in the hospital. You can see the 2 L&D rooms. They turned out amazing. Took a walk up the hill to see my awesome friend Marinajo Fields for a much needed girl time. You can see the sights that were along the way. Had to walk by John Alden and Penny Alden’s old house and reminisce. Tomorrow I may get to assist again. Still on call for L&D.

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New Song this Sunday (September 21)

This Sunday the worship team will introduce a new (to us) song. Check it out below to be ready to praise God in song.



Mark’s Honduras Photos

Some photos taken my team member Mark Offord (click thumbnail for larger view)

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Happy Independence Day from Honduras!

193 years ago Honduras broke away from Spain. We began our day with enjoying the parade in Belfante with Mike and Peggy Yost, Ian and the school kids.

After the parade Richard, Greg, Mark, Mike, and I dove into our first project. We cleared out years worth of medical storage from one side of the storage room and moved it to the other side. After moving it all we gave the room a good sweeping. Tomorrow we will build a wall to create a separate room. The hospital was closed today for the holiday so I think that tomorrow may be Amber’s first day working in the labor and delivery department.

I will add photos that show both the parade and today’s progress on the construction side as well as addition photos of the kitchen that my mom requested.

Blessings from Honduras! (Click on the Thumbnail for a larger view of the photo)

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Day 2 in Honduras

Day two report from Honduras 2014. We woke up feeling refreshed after 24 hours of travel. We headed for church at 8:30am.

The church was quite full this morning. Amber, Richard, Mike, Kandee and Mark were all reunited with old friends from their previous missions to Honduras. They were delighted to see everyone again.

After church we headed back to the hospital for lunch, devotions and orientation with Dave.

As the afternoon rains rolled in, Amber, Richard, Greg, Mark and myself headed down to the beach with Dave for a swim in the Caribbean. We enjoyed watching the blue crabs scurrying in the jungle. The water was warm and delightful.

This evening we will enjoy dinner and fellowship then prepare for a busy day tomorrow. The hospital is closed as tomorrow is Honduran Independence Day, but the construction crew will be hard at work as the days start to tick away and we have a lot to do.

Blessings from Honduras. Some photos from our time at church this morning- (Click on the thumbnail for a large view)

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More Photos from Honduras

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