August 20, 2010

Summer is over and school has begun!

Summer is over?  Where did it go?  We have been so busy that when we finally look up and see that we are entering the end of August, it is a little mind boggling....Our last visitor, Lat Nichols - 14, just left last weekend and completed a week of serving the community and doing lots of fun island stuff, Anna and Wiley have started school at the bilingual school here in Sandy Bay and we are beginning to prepare for the many fall outreaches with the church as well as baseball season kicking off.  Never a dull moment here in Roatan!

We are also in the midst of thinking about what we will be doing when we return to the states at the end of the year.  So strange to actually talk about that and even more strange to know that this fall will fly by and we had better be prepared for all that God has ready for us.  Our flights have to be booked by January 17th or we will lose them, so we now have to decide where in the world will the Vick family land next?  We have a couple of different ideas as to what we might want to do, however, we are truly waiting to see where God leads us and what doors HE opens.  Talk about dropping to our knees and letting HIM take control; faith in its most true form.  This not the easiest thing to do, but we know that our needs will be met and that God has awesome things planned for our family.

Please continue to keep in touch and let us know what is going on in your lives!  We love you guys and thank you for following our journey.

Take care and God bless,
Connie and family


August 04, 2010

The half way mark!

So it has been six months now that we have been here in Roatan, Honduras.  That's all???

Seriously though, it has flown by so quickly and we cannot even imagine how fast the next six will go by.  After hosting many different families in our home as well as two teenagers, not to mention helping out lw4r with their short term mission teams; we will be ready for some down time to possibly get off island and perhaps hit the mainland for some regular ol family time.  But it isn't over yet....

This fall we have a family from Michigan, the Corwins, that will be returning to Roatan, with their church this time, to help build a home for a needy family.  We are so excited to have them on the island again because they are such an amazing family and we miss them like crazy.  It will be very rewarding to stand beside them and serve in such a way for a family in need of a headstart to a better life.

Trey and his buddy Mike Tiche are getting the colonia baseball team ready to compete in the fall as well.  These kids are amazing and have grown like you wouldn't believe in their skills and eagarness to learn.  Each kid is so unique and has such potential to anything they want in life; maybe being part of this baseball team will help them get ready for all that God has planned for them.

Anna and Wiley will be starting school in a couple of weeks and we still have not decided whether we will take the traditional route and put them at the bilingual school or try our hands at home school again....hmmm, there are pros and cons to both choices and we just want to enable our children to flourish in whatever environment they are in.  Either way, we will be very busy making sure they have a great education while taking time to serve during our last few months here on the island.

We look forward to hearing from everyone, drop us a line if you get a chance!

Take Care and God Bless,
Connie and Family

Short Term Missions, House Builds and More Goodbyes...

The last two months have been so much work but so rewarding all at the same time.  We had five weeks straight of short term mission teams with lw4r.  This was an opportunity for us to help shuttle people, participate in VBS, take rice and beans to families and really just a way for us to help enable people with an abundance to give to others in need.  So much more to be said about all that occurred during the past few weeks, so many milestones and revelations about what our time here means and what it can mean to others that may not be able to actually be here in person but can participate from home.

We are in our last week of two with our dear friend's 16-year-old daughter, Taylor.  She has gotten to participate in much of what the short term mission teams do in the colonia as well as practice with the colonia baseball team, working at Gumbalimba Park as a photographer and guide, hanging out with our church youth group and surviving two whole weeks with three other children in the house!  Did I mention that she is an only child?  She cannot wait for some peace and quiet, God bless her!  We can honestly say that Taylor got to see almost all of the island because we went all the way to Camp Bay on the east end of the island on a cloudy, rainy day this past week.  What a trip that was, a fun little adventure that we had not yet taken in our past six months.  

So, this Sunday we will be dropping off Taylor and picking up Anna...we will miss Taylor and we have definitely missed Anna!  So looking forward to catching up with our Anna and her adventures while in the states the past two and a half weeks.

Take Care and God Bless,