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Day 318 - "Home"

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Our kids are pretty confused about home. They have started using the word home to describe our house in Dangriga, but they know it is temporary. When they say home home, they are talking about Phoenix; and just recently we added a new phrase:  home home home. This names the time when we are finished in Dangriga and moving back to Phoenix. The puzzled look and slight hesitation that happens when they use the word home these days is funny to watch. Right now, we are home home in Phoenix, AZ, and if we were sticking to our original plan, we would be home home for good. But I guess that plan wasn’t too sticky.

The Original Plan

The original plan was to go to Dangriga, Belize from September of 2014 through June of 2015. We planned to rent a house, listen to the Lord, launch some sort of worship night, and then come home home home. We did all four of those things, but we added some as well. We found and raised up leaders. We started a kids' night on Wednesday nights. Brit started a reading program, which started an after-school program, a Saturday girls' Bible study, lots of river trips, and a constant barrage of kids feeling the phrase, “Mi case es su casa.” I have linked up with some younger church leaders in Dangriga who are doing some wonderful ecumenical church work. (Ecumenical is a fancy/churchy way of saying that they are from different denominations working together to put God’s glory on display in Dangriga.) We did a great youth rally and are now making plans for what is next. At our Dangriga home we have hosted many different people who came to help out over the last ten months, and we also did homeschooling with our children. Homeschooling was by far the most challenging. There are other words I could use, but we’ll stick with challenging.

The New Plan

We also added one last thing: four months. After praying, soul searching, talking with family and our leaders at Living Streams, we have decided to keep at it until the end of this year. This decision was partially because we love it, partially because there didn’t seem to be any pressing need for us in Phoenix, and partially because we thought the ministry in Dangriga could use a little more transition time.

We are currently in Phoenix for a month to rest, regroup, and pray about what God has for us in our next little season in Dangriga. I am so happy to report that all the ministry stuff is continuing on in our absence. The leaders are stepping up. The Lord also brought us a family from Streams Church in Phoenix to continue the discipling and encouraging of those leaders. They are all working out the kinks and gaining valuable learning experiences that will serve them their whole lives. When we return, we will continue to encourage and build up these leaders and support the Remmings in their leadership role. Brit will get the reading program up and running again and, as always, be the “Liberator” of all the kids who don’t know how beautiful they are. I will try to encourage and build up the young church leaders, and I am praying about putting together a kids' retreat, a youth retreat, and a men’s retreat.

We are so thankful for all the support that we have received. Our family and friends, our church family (Living Streams, Streams, Lifepoint, and Living Streams Arcadia), and the extravagant kindness of our heavenly Father have been thoroughly consistent and at times overwhelmingly powerful.

A Final Thought

One final thought on the home situation. The Bible called Abraham a sojourner who was looking for city with foundations whose architect and builder was God. (Hebrews 10) The one whom we follow said of Himself, “Foxes have dens and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man has no place to rest His head.” To be a Christian is to be homeless in this life. We were made for heaven and heaven was made for us. There is coming a day when all that is temporal and man-made will be removed, revealing the eternal foundations and the city whose architect and builder is God. What a day of rejoicing that will be.

Here are the words of one of my all time favorite songs that speaks to this truth… (Let me know your favorite line):


Where I Belong

Feeling like a refugee
Like it don't belong to me
The colors flash across the sky

This air feels strange to me
Feeling like a tragedy
I take a deep breath and close my eyes
One last time
One last time

Storms on the wasteland
Dark clouds on the plains again
We were born into the fight

But I'm not sentimental
This skin and bones is a rental
And no one makes it out alive

Until I die I'll sing these songs
On the shores of Babylon
Still looking for a home
In a world where I belong
Where the weak are finally strong

Where the righteous right the wrongs
Still looking for a home
In a world where I belong

Feels like we're just waiting, waiting
While our hearts are just breaking, breaking
Feels like we've been fighting against the tide

I wanna see the earth start shaking
I wanna see a generation
Finally waking up inside

Until I die I'll sing these songs
On the shores of Babylon
Still looking for a home
In a world where I belong

Where the weak are finally strong
Where the righteous right the wrongs
Still looking for a home
In a world where I belong

This body's not my own
This world is not my own
But I still can hear the sound
Of my heart beating out
So let's go boys, play it loud

On the final day I die
I want to hold my head up high
I want to tell You that I tried
To live it like a song

And when I reach the other side
I want to look you in the eye
And know that I've arrived
In a world where I belong
In a world where I belong
In a world where I belong

Michael A. Elizondo, Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman
copyright: Rincon Ave Music, Publishing Shmublishing Publishing, Universal Music Corp.

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2 Comments

thanks Gina, we'll be back soon enough. All the best. david

i was so bummed to hear you all weren't coming back to stay. However, I am so proud of the work you have done. As I read further into this blog post that bummed feeling turned into joy and a grateful heart for all that your family is doing. God bless you all. My favorite line:
But I'm not sentimental
This skin and bones is a rental
And no one makes it out alive

Continued blessings,
Gina Baker

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