This week’s ROOM contributor is Kellie Weed. You have heard from Kellie in her blogs Surrendering Perspective and Claire’s Story . Kellie and her husband, Joey, are serving with ROOM Honduras in pivotal roles strengthening and developing ROOM’s Orphanage Care and Orphan Prevention programs. In today’s blog, Kellie highlights the importance of coming together and supporting one another. We are so thankful for Kellie and all she does to support our ROOM team and the children and families of Honduras!
“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
I wrote out the details of “A Sunday to Remember” because I wanted to share about an awesome day of new cultural experiences; the Lord reminded me that the reason I was able to experience these special times is because He has surrounded me with a support system greater than I could have imagined. Recently the Lord is reminding me of His provision, even in ways I didn’t see necessary. I have my support system 1,500 miles away, but have realized the importance of friends in my life.
This past Sunday our family had the privilege of standing in unity with our friends as they professed their love for one another and committed their relationship and family to the Lord. This was not only our first Honduran wedding to attend, but we were chosen as the Padrinos (Best Man & Maid of Honor, and Connor was the Ring Bearer). The Padrinos are a couple to not only to be present as the witnesses, but also to provide emotional support and spiritual mentorship throughout the marriage. It was an honor to stand together with them on their wedding day and to truly call them friends as we walk alongside them in their marriage.
We were also invited to a 16th birthday party with some friends in our neighborhood. We enjoyed great food fellowship with friends. The evening ended with a live mariachi band! Watching my pale, blonde hair and blue eyed boy dance his heart out to Spanish mariachi music was not only beautiful, but hysterical. The very next day we were able to take a large group of new friends to Iglesia Restauracion so they could see all that God is doing in this church. While we were spending time with the kids and introducing pastors from the States to the pastors here in Honduras, Connor decided he needed a nap. Thankfully the same friends that make us part of their family through celebrations, cradle my baby (yes, he will always be my baby) as he sleeps while we do ministry.
As a child, some of your first friends are your cousins. I remember carving pumpkins, hunting Easter eggs and wearing matching dresses with my cousins. The Lord has not only given me a great family that loves and supports us, but He also called my cousin to Honduras a few years ago. She’s a few hours south of us, but makes it a priority to visit us, encourage us and serve alongside us. It’s great to have her and her best friend (who happens to be one of our best friends, too) sharing the Gospel with the children we love and serve.
Friendships make us stronger. Proverbs 27:17 tells us “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” The Lord has given me friends who invite me for coffee and listen as I pour out my heart. He’s provided friends that send me grand gifts like sunscreen from 1,500 miles away. He’s given me friends who volunteer to take us to the airport at four in the morning. He’s given me friends who encourage me, lift me up and most importantly stand with me in prayer. I am thankful for each experience, good and the bad, that the Lord gives me. But I am even more appreciative that He has given me a great support system through friendship near and far, new and old that carry me through.
Oftentimes the Lord reminds me of great things, such as the importance of friendship, to not only lift me up, but to challenge me to search my heart in the same area. Have I been the friend that others need? Have I reached out to encourage others when the Lord has prompted? Have I been the iron to sharpen someone else? My challenge to you is what the Lord has challenged me with, are you the friend the Lord has called you to be?
Joey and Kellie are heading home to North Carolina tomorrow for a month to advocate for their work and recruit others to come alongside as a source of encouragement and accountability. If you are interested in having coffee or joining them at their BBQ, please email email@example.com for a schedule of events.
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