The Small World of Connections

It is sometimes hard to say what makes the perfect team but it is easy to see when God brings a group of unlikely people together for a greater purpose. It happens often but still has that special sense of being a bit like a miracle. It is a small world of connections when the Creator is concerned.

Julie and Terry Hopkins just celebrated their first year of marriage. She's a social work professor at MTSU. He is a wildlife biologist and loves bats!
Julie and Terry Hopkins just celebrated their first year of marriage. She’s a social work professor at MTSU. He is a wildlife biologist and loves bats!

Julie and I met on a mission to Mountain Top when she was in middle school. It was her first mission as a youth; my first mission as a chaperone. We’ve come a long way since then and now we find ourselves together in Guatemala. She and Terry have a great love story.

We ventured out on Saturday night to the local Sarita’s…AKA… ICE CREAM. After a very hot and long day, much of the team was ready for a treat. I am personally not a big ice cream consumer but I’m pretty sure 99% of the world is…and so we did partake!

Julie, Robin and Abby. A fabulous team pulling teeth or eating ice cream!
Julie, Robin and Abby. A fabulous team pulling teeth or eating ice cream!

I met Dr. Robin Wilhite on my first mission in Guatemala in 2010. What an incredible man! A dentist in Columbia,TN who seems to use all of his spare time (like anyone has “spare time”) to help those who need dental care in other countries. Robin has been to Guatemala over 20 times…and also Honduras, Costa Rica….etc. etc.! On this particular mission he brought along a fabulous duo: Julie and Abby. Both dental assistants and instruments of grace…these three are pulling teeth and relieving the pain of many. They bring hope and care in the most basic and critical way. In my mom’s first career she was a dental assistant and later a hygienist. It’s nice to meet others who know the dental chair is a perfect opportunity to express the love of Christ. God works everywhere!

Angellie on her first overnight mission experience.
Angellie on her first week-long mission experience.

Angellie is Pastora Myriam’s daughter. This is her first international mission. She is an awesome soccer player in Nashville and she is great with the children of Guatemala! She just has a gift for making a quiet connection. One of her new friends is a young boy named Brian. He decorated her backpack so she will be taking home art from a child to carry on her back everyday:) Creative and filled with a beautiful spirit, Angellie is our youngest team member.
Laura Hood is an interior design professional with an incredible gift for art!
Laura Hood is an interior design professional with an incredible gift for art!

Laura and I have a connection that could only be the hand of God. When I moved to Tennessee in 1985 I worked at Baptist Hospital in the Pharmacy for a few months while I made the necessary steps to have my Kentucky Paramedic certification accepted in Tennessee. Laura’s mom, Cindy, was one of the Pharmacists at Baptist. Years later we landed in the same United Methodist Church in Franklin, Tennessee. About 3 years ago Cindy said to me, “my daughter really wants to go on a mission, can she call you?” Today as we were riding on the bus I was remembering those first conversations and just appreciating how perfect God’s timing is in bringing people together.

Well…that is about half of our team. I’ll write about others later. Who has God brought into your life as a clear and powerful sign that the one who created you is also sustaining and blessing you with just the right people at just the right time?

2 thoughts on “The Small World of Connections

  • There is such joy and peace about your posts! My heart is with you and I am sad not to be there for the first time in 15 years, but looking at all the creative energy and new direction with all the members of this wonderful team, I am thankful that God always has a plan and a vision! What absolute joy! Thank you for all you have done to be faithful to God’s calling! We so appreciate your posts! Please give my love to everyone, particularly Felix’s family! As it turned out, Hannah got one week off unexpectedly from her job in WV and is here this week (I would have missed her if I had gone) and Elizabeth and Jared sold their home the third day it was listed and she needs me this week to help them pack and put things in storage before they move in with us for the summer). Know that I am with you in spirit and praying for your work among our dear Guatemalan brothers and sisters! sarah

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