We’ve completed the task that the Lord put before us almost a year ago. We’ve finished the ministry portion of our journey to Honduras for 2015. We’ve arrived safely in Roatan for a day of relaxation and reflection. We will use the day tomorrow talking about, praying about and digesting all that the Lord did this week. This day might look “vacationy” to some, but it’s a critical part of the journey to help us re-enter life in Florence, SC prepared to share the story of what God has done. Tomorrow I’ll blog one last time. In that blog I’ll share quotes from across the team and a full list of everything that happened in the clinics.
But tonight, I want to take a few moments to publicly say how blessed I am to be the husband of Ashley Ellis Neighbors. She and I have been partners in ministry for over 16 years of marriage. Being able to travel and be on mission together is always an extra special blessing. She’s not only the better half of our marriage, she’s so much more. She does so many things to minister along side me (or be a pastora as they say here in Honduras). I’m also grateful that we have family who understand our calling and care so well for the boys so we can be together.
Today Melissa Miller passed the Tuareg Cross to Ashley. She talked about Ashley’s personality, giving nature, smiles, hugs, laughter and her servant heart. I’m humbled to get to do life with my wife. This trip was particularly great. Ashley usually likes to play the background while I do the speaking. But on this trip she was asked at the last minute to stand in for Nancy Gatewood to lead the church group devotional times each morning. Let me tell you…being the stand in for Nancy is no small task. Nancy is a brilliant teacher. But Ashley wasn’t Just a stand in…she stepped out of her comfort zone, prepared well and made these lessons on the names of Jesus come alive for us each day. She used her heart for Jesus and her joyful personality to prepare us for each day of ministry. Thank you Ashley. Each day was awesome. I love you!