Third Times a Charm

What's up everyone! I am excited to announce that I will be returning back home to the amazing country of Honduras this upcoming summer! My trips have progressively gotten longer and this one is no exception. Our team will be in Siguatepeque  for approx. 3 weeks this year...crazy. I am hoping to actually make this blog stick this year and keep posting things that I am either learning or assignments that have helped shape this year so far. First and foremost though...the letter. Enjoy and God bless! For the past two years, I have had the privilege of traveling to Siguatepeque, Honduras. In the summer of 2015, God will be sending me back for a third time. My heart has been left in Honduras; it is with strangers in the street, teachers and kids in a school, the community, and the country. To have an opportunity to go back a third time is indescribable. Throughout the past two years I have been transformed, renewed, and redeemed. God has made it a calling in my life to go out and spread the news of His great love. In 2015, our team will be working alongside La Providencia and the surrounding community by putting on camps, VBS’s and work projects. This will be our longest trip yet, approximately 3-4 weeks. We cannot do this by ourselves; we need the help and support from our family and friends. For those that know me well, Honduras is one of my favorite things to talk about. Please feel free to call, text, email, coffee, lunch, truly anything, if you have questions, concerns or just want to hear more about what God has been up to! Thank you so much for you continuous prayer and support in my life!

I cannot do this on my own. I need your help!

First: PRAYER. We are in constant need of prayer, not only for our team but for the people of Honduras as well.

Second: Financial Support.

This will be our longest trip yet, which means, raising more funds. If you would like to donate, there are multiple ways to help.

1) Green Slip – You can send, cash or check with this slip filled back to Jessup!

333 Sunset Blvd. #769 Rocklin, CA 95765

2) Online (credit/debit) – www.jessup.edu/missions

Honduras 2015 – Michelle Rompel

*Do not put my name anywhere on a check, all donations are tax deductible

Blessings,

Michelle Rompel

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Recruitment

Since I was in high school, I always had this amazing fascination with the military. I don't know where it came from or even how it sparked but it never went away. Maybe it was my grandpa that always talked about the Marine Core, or the other handful of uncles that decided to join some branch of the military. It seemed it was just a part of the family. I recently had an encounter with a recruit from the Army, we got to talking and next thing I know I was sitting in his office talking about the reserves and enlisting. That friday morning was probably one of the most terrifying yet exciting moments I have had in a while. I left the recruitment office in a chaotic mess with thoughts bouncing from one side of my brain to the other. This was an opportunity I had dreamed about, had prayed about, and it was finally here. However, my heart was crying. As much as I would have loved to be able to go and to serve with the Army and work with the soldiers, that was not where I belong. God is my recruiter, and he had the sweetest deal. I have been recruited to serve Gods children. "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6)

I have had such a privilege to get to know some pretty amazing people with my time here at Jessup so far. There has been one person in particular recently who has really made a big impact on my life. I have been able to watch her put so much commitment into her project over the last few weeks, that it has been a huge eyeopener for me to see someone so dedicated to finish something, as hard as it is to complete and push through. Her project has been about orphanages and adoption, and as I have been able to sit and drink coffee and sing Frozen and laugh till 2am, I have also been able to think about my future and where I am going to be when I am in her seat working on my own senior paper. I have found that God has really strange ways of talking to me. I have always struggled with the idea of being still, it's just not how I function. I see God through watching people and listening to people. Kind of creepy sounding I know. I have always had this passion to want to constantly know people, to understand them and hear their stories, it's through those that I am truly able to see and hear God. It's a strange and complicated mysterious way that I am still trying to grasp and understand. But I have never been more excited to continue to dig deeper and go further.

In approximately 29 days, I will be on a plane headed to Central American for the second time. I was recruited by God to serve on this mission team, I have made a commitment to follow and accept the plans God has for me.

Be sure to continue to check back for more updates and info!

Check out http://www.jessup.edu/missions/honduras-summer2014/ for more information as well or to make a donation!

A Good Suffering

These past few weeks have been a crazy journey. From unexpected situations, midterms, fighting off zombies, a tornado and even fighting off some serious spiritual warfare, all I can say is wow. How I am still managing to stand, breathe, talk, basically be a human, is all to the mighty mysterious glory of God. I first want to give a huge thank you to everyone that has continued to support me on this Honduras adventure, all donations and consistent praying has been an extreme not only privilege to see but as well as a gigantic blessing. I also want to give a shout out to my amazing teammates and friends who have been another huge support in this crazy time of life, I love you all dearly and love being able to share a life with you all! A week ago I experienced something so amazing, terrifying, exciting and confusing. It has been a few weeks and I still have trouble completely understanding what happened. I had heard of spiritual warfare before, but never though something so terrifying would happen to me. After experiencing some serious out-of-body, depersonalization, heaviness, and death, my friend I was with that night said I was surrounded by Jesus in what she called a "Jesus Bubble", and at that point, my confusion and frustration reached an all time high. After what seemed to be the longest night of my life, I woke up the next morning exhausted. And when I say exhausted, I mean felt like I ran 3 marathons back to back, and if you know me...I don't run. Needless to say, it was an interesting day trying to piece all the puzzles back together and figure out basically what in the world happened. The rest of the week after everything happened was probably one of the hardest, most amazing, weeks I have been able to experience. I have always been a fairly out going person, at least I like to think I am, and so everyday that week I had met with someone for a one-on-one just to talk life and get to know each other on a deeper level. However, there was one meeting in particular where I was challenged to look at God's goodness in a different light. This is how I realized God's goodness can come from our struggles.

What does God's good really mean to you?

This may seem like a simple question to some people, obviously bringing out the basic definitions of good such as showing kindness, or something that is pleasing. Now don't get me wrong, these are amazing things but I am talking about a different "good". I'm talking about the hard "good" that nobody seems to want to talk about too often. In Psalm 73 we can see how these two ideas of "good" come in to play. In the beginning, Asaph compares good with being perfect, he believed that as long as he was righteous nothing bad would happen to him. As we get to the end of the Psalm however, we see a complete change in Asaph, he realizes that his suffering was what brought him closer to God. "But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do." (Psalm 73:28) Whatever draws us in to a deeper fellowship and relationship with God is actually "good".  For myself this has come during some of the darkest moments in my life. It was in those places that I realized the suffering and pain I was enduring was not only helping me grow as a person, but growing my faith in learning to trust God and literally surrender my life. Because at those points, I couldn't do anything else except be still, and let God take over.

 

My prayers for a while now have been asking God to give me a word, just one word that He wants me to use for this year. The same word had come up in almost every prayer that was prayed over me, the word Warrior. This was extremely strange to me when I first was realizing that this was the word God had given to me. Warrior? God, do you see me right now? I am a wreck, a mess, there is no part of me that is a warrior or even close to that. Until I finally understood that through every painful event, every struggle, every bad though that entered my mind, I fought, and I fought hard. I am a Warrior, and not just any warrior, but a beautifully broken, hardheaded warrior for God.

 

To Support check out: jessup.edu/missions

Continue to check back for more updates, I am officially half-way to my goal of $2500! We leave in 2 months!

 

Moving Forward

It has been about two weeks since I had lasted posted. I challenged myself with putting complete trust in God. Needless to say, these last couple of weeks have been draining, empowering, and most importantly educational. Much has happened over the two weeks, more than I would have hoped would have, however, I am still standing. For the past few months, I have been extremely engaged in trying to find out who I am. The truth is...I still have no idea. I don't know who I am because I'm not completed. I recently went on a tour of my future school William Jessup University and was blown away with how focused and friendly everyone was up there. But what really got to me was that when I got to talk with some of the students, they were in the same boat as myself with figuring things out. Okay guys, confession time...I have cried more these last couple weeks than I want to admit, but it's true. The fact of the matter is that when I think God is doing nothing and he's left, just the opposite has happened. I have a huge praise this week involving Honduras, I have reached my halfway mark with fundraising and have also gotten the chance to talk to multiple people about the trip and what God has been doing. I also got the chance to share a bit of my testimony with a friend who recently moved back and can't wait to expand. A huge thank you to everyone that has partnered with me and to everyone that is constantly praying for our trip and our team. Support is always needed and welcomed, please feel free to contact me in any way you please if you have questions or interested in whats been going on. 

Let your faith be bigger than your fear.

The Beginning

Dear friends, family and fellow readers, Did you start your morning with a nice, hot cup of coffee? Ever think about where that coffee came from…I mean, before it landed on a shelf at your grocery store? Ever think about the person who grew those coffee beans and picked them by hand?

Coffee represents the largest cash crop and agricultural revenue stream in the world, yet the small indigenous coffee growers receive a disproportionately low percentage of this revenue. The result: coffee growers and their families struggle in a life of poverty and constant need.

I’m excited to tell you that on June 15th-22nd, I will be traveling with a team to the mountains of central Honduras to build and strengthen relationships with the region’s indigenous coffee farmers as well as work with local churches to run a Vacation Bible School strengthening the spiritual health of the community. We are privileged to have the opportunity of serving with Growers First, an organization that equips indigenous small-plot coffee growers with a dignified, sustainable way to provide for their families and communities.

Growers First isn’t about giving money to poor farmers – it’s about something more. Through training, education and collaborative efforts, Growers First helps to break the cycle of poverty. By improving farming practices and keeping the farmer at the center of the supply chain, the annual income of small coffee growers typically increases from 300% to 500% – lifting them out of poverty.

This is accomplished by establishing real, lasting relationships with the coffee growers and addressing other needs in the community from education, to health and wellness, to working with local faith leaders regarding the community’s spiritual well-being. Our team will be primarily working at Ebenezer Church and various churches in the villages of the mountains of central Honduras. We will be putting on a Vacation Bible School program as a way of partnering with these local faith communities in building up the spiritual well being in that area.

Would you consider partnering with me in this endeavor by either prayer support or by helping me raise the funds needed to attend? I need to raise $1,700.00 for my portion of this trip. If you decide to provide financial support, any amount would be very much appreciated. All money donated to this mission is tax deductible.

If you would like to help with fundraising, please send a check to either the church directly at 2659 First Street, Napa, CA 94558 or to 3549 Meadowbrook Dr, Napa, CA 94558. To ensure that you receive a tax deduction, please make the check payable to First Christian Church. On the memo line please write “Honduras” only. Please do not include my name on the check for IRS purposes, but attach this letter so the church will know whom the donation is for. Any amount is amazing, every bit helps!

Prayers for our team, the people we will serve, and for the work of Growers First are also greatly appreciated. If you want to find out more about Growers First, check out their website at these links:  http://www.growersfirst.org/  and http://www.growersfirstcoffee.com/

**If more funds are raised than are needed, the excess funds will be used for other mission endeavors and that there will be no refunds, even in the event that a participant cannot go or the trip is cancelled.  Funds may be held over for a rescheduled trip.**

Thank you for your consideration of support. Looking forward to sharing with you how God is working in Honduras!

If you would like to know more about this trip and what God is doing please feel free to shoot me an email at michelle.rompel@yahoo.com would love to share! Stayed tuned for more updates as well and how the trip is coming along, can't wait.

Michelle Rompel