Most of you have been keeping up with our journey from Guatemala back to the States both by our driving to the States as well as our transition in ministries. First off, we would like to thank you all for your prayers, additional support and encouragement during this time. Thankfully our drive from Guatemala to Louisiana was a wonderfully, stressful, beautiful, boring, adventurous and scenic trip; we encountered friendly and helpful police and military agents with only questions about gringo's driving a Guatemalan car back to the United States. Most agents, after we began speaking Spanish, wished us well on our journey with a smile and a wave. During our many miles, 2087 to be exact (minus Sarah's route), we found ourselves on great toll roads, wide open gas stations with areas for our dogs to mark their territories, and familiar places to get lunch (when lunch meat sandwiches got old). We could not have asked for a better road trip and thank you all for your prayers each day, we definitely felt them and God's guidance every mile of the way.
Our transition back to live in the States is not without stresses as we now find ourselves in supermarkets with more options than could be imagined and while we have visited and experienced this before, it is a strange feeling to know this is our new normal and that we can't just deal with it for a short while. But the transition also has many bright spots as well; having holiday celebrations with family, and seeing friends. As it stands we are asking that you continue to support us as this transition has proved more difficult than expected. Our job situation which we thought was set is less than set and while there are opportunities the opportunities are not paying what we expected. Getting Coleman enrolled into school is proving just as difficult as we encounter roadblocks and hurdles. We know God has brought us back to the States, we know God walked us through every step of our decision, we know God has a plan and a solution for our anxieties and fears.
The button below is a link to a youtube video of a song that God put on my heart the entire drive from the Western border of Guatemala with Mexico to Sarah's parents driveway. The lyrics kept resonating over and over in my mind with every mile we passed, with every feeling of anxiety, with every strange sound from the car; the chorus states, "My God is bigger, better, stronger, greater than you" and that is what we must still cling to as we negotiate so many new situations. Our God is bigger, better, stronger, greater than all the detours and roadblocks we find in the path God has set us on. We are so thankful for all your prayers and ask that you continue to pray for us as we navigate this new journey of learning how to live in the United States again. Recently we have found ourselves feeling like we did when we moved to Guatemala; lost, confused, in familiar yet not familiar settings and learning the culture...all in a place we have lived before. We truly could not have done what we did in Guatemala without you or your prayers and so we ask that you continue to pray for us as we transition and that we give ourselves grace during this process. Thank you and Peace of Christ to You.
Gerald and Sarah Lastrapes
Along with their two children are missionaries in Guatemala. They will be sharing stories of discipleship through prison and shelter ministries.