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being content.

something i am really struggling with right now is being content. i feel like i struggle with this a lot. i try to not complain but when you are a daydreamer and stubborn like i am, it is really hard. i am always thinking of the future & what is going to happen next or i have a certain picture of what i want my life to look like. i get really sad when things are not shaping into the way i have planned. i get a little angry too. then i start to worry and wonder about all the what if’s.

  1. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matt 6:34 NIV
  2. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matt 6:25-27 NIV

what i am learning now is that i need to shift that focus onto being content with everything i have at this moment. bc everything i have at this moment is more than someone else has somewhere. its more than i ever deserved. i believe the lord has me where i am at right now for a purpose & even though i do not have a clue what that is i am learning to be happy.

Philippians 4:11-13

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Matthew 6:31-33

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

 

& then there are times when i feel restless and tired. i just need strength.

Isaiah 40:29-31

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

i just need to wait on the lord. stop worrying about the what if’s and realize he has everything in control. does this happen to you? do you ever feel like this? i feel like i am not the only one, but if someone out there is going through the same thing these verses really help  me.

James 4:1-5

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”?

preparing my heart for haiti and i feel so selfish even feeling like this.

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Cheers

Evanda

 

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11 days.

today marks 11 days until i will be in haiti again. what? the time has flown by. i am driving to carrollton today to turn in the last part of our money.

cannot wait to see this little guy.

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want to pray about our trip? here is what you can pray about.

1. for rain. they need it in a really bad way.

2. for our team- that the lord would work through us in whatever way he needs too.

3 that i don’t cry my eyes out when i leave- i did a really really great job last time holding it back. when i got home i spent the next few days crying in the shower. my heart was exploding. so many thoughts and emotions.

4. that whatever we do and say there show them jesus.

 

those are just a few.

ok- so here are some new things.

i got a jeep. really excited about that one.

the day we were leaving for our mini vacation to the mountains i cracked a tooth on a scooby snack. literally in the jeep fixing to back up and ate a scooby snack and bam. cracked. so. since we do not have dental insurance i found a doctor in carrollton that i am making an appointment with to see that has this plan called “complete smile”. you pay $250 and get exams, x rays, 2 teeth cleanings, and 20% off anything you need. which would mean getting my tooth fixed.

it is finally spring. which means more of this.

sandals.

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& of course sunday is easter. what an amazing celebration. behind the cotton ball tail and chocolate easter bunnies and egg hunts there is so much more. jesus.

i cannot say i don’t like the easter baskets & chocolate.  my mom was always good with these things. we had homemade baskets, she made the best peanut butter eggs, she would use all her fancy molds and make chocolate suckers, ect. my nanny would also get those little plastic grocery buggies and fill it with candy & everything else you could imagine. i miss her. holidays are never the same & will never be the same since she is no longer here.

cheers,

E

 

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a big ole’ sale & a bread maker

i have been going through my closet and bagging up stuff i need to get rid of for our sale. we are planning a big yard sale for our haiti trip. i had a friend drop by some stuff to add to it yesterday & i am so thankful. we are 1/2 way to our goal & it is so exciting to see the lord provide in amazing ways. i have a habit of when i buy something i get rid of something. i have been feeling like i need a wardrobe change- like my style is changing. we all get in these funks where we are wanting to change our hair, or how we dress or we just want something fresh. here are some looks i have my eyes on.

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seriously= overalls. they are making my  month. i have always loved them.

also, cory & i have started our lose some lbs and working out this week. i bought a scale so i can keep track- i have never owned a scale before. i eat pretty healthy, but i need to add my workout routine back into my life. not a diet, but a lifestyle change. healthy changes are good changes. we have decided to start making our own bread & this bread-maker was recommended to me.

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if any of you  have some good recipes let me know- or tips. i love tips!

one other thing. i finally watch the new hunger games. amazing. love these movies! the books were amazing too. i literally read them all in 5 days. i had no life, but on my couch reading those books. #peetaforlife

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80’s 4 haiti

last weekend we held a fundraiser #80s4haiti to raise  money for village kanes. we raised $600!!! that is more than enough to put a water tank in so they can have plenty of water. let me tell you, a little kid with chapped lips from thirst walking around with no clothes will change your perspective on a lot of things. at the fundraiser we all dressed up like we were from the 80’s we made all kinds of food and spent some time decorating.

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my husband was in the 80’s cover band & they threw down! it was so fun & i am so thankful to all who came, donated, participated & to the ones that are praying for us.

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our team leaves april 28th- so close, yet so far away. if you would like to donate & help our team do some amazing things you can email me at evanda.estes@gmail.com

keep us all in your prayers please!!

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village kanes & haiti round 2

so excited. like you do not even have a clue. or maybe you do? we are going back to haiti april 28th. so happy. we are starting our fundraising again= if you guys have any tips on this i would love to have them to share with my team. i keep thinking of all these ideas and things we can do and my mind is full. it is a very humbling experience to put yourself out there and ask someone else to donate to something that you care so much about.

this is village kanes

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* these photos were taken by my beautiful friend Tracey- you can check her out here

to give you a picture, just think mud huts that are in need of repair. children with no clothes at all. there little chapped lips from being so thirsty, little dirty feet, and the biggest smiles. ronda had told us to be prepared for what we would see & we all have these visions in our minds of what it is going to be like, but it is completely different when you step off the bus and you see everything for yourself. you experience making a connection with a child that you cannot explain. you do not even know how to speak their language & yet there is this bond you have with them. i loved it. i instantly made this connection with this little boy who was playing peek a boo with me behind his mother. she eventually waved him over to me & i was hooked. him in just his little torn shirt was something so special to me. i gave him so many hugs and so many kisses.

my sweet little guy

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village kanes is surrounded by such beauty & i would love to help them in every way possible. we were able to pass out shoes & rice to these families & they were so so happy. for our trip in april we are raising an extra $400 to put a water tank in for the people of village kanes. if you would like to contribute please feel free to visit my page here

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cory & i were changed forever & are so excited to be going back!!!!!

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Haiti Part #2

i have many favorite memories in haiti like meeting all the HCM staff, all my talks with the girls, worship on the roof, going to village of faith and doing worship at night in the complete darkness, taking cold showers and not really caring bc your so excited to wake up another day in such a beautiful country, their coffee, their food- i really crave rice & beans, trying to scare megan on the porch, hanging out with all the kids, getting some of the best hugs, visiting all the orphanages and seeing all those sweet kids i wish i could bring home with me or stay there and hang out with them everyday.. you get the point. i loved all of it.

sarah & megan- loved getting to know these sweet girls.

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billy- one of our interpreters

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some kids from CAD (orphanage)

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they love love love to have their photo taken- or look at your photos you already have, or completely take over your phone and play all the games you have

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cory & three kids- it was so funny bc all the kids would call him jezi which means jesus.

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thanks to donations we were able to give CAD stuff they really needed!!

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Haiti Part 1

i have been back for a minute now, & have had time to collect some thoughts. every one says your life changes when you go on a mission trip & they were correct. they also say you go into it thinking your are going to help the people and make their lives better- & then you realize your life was made better by them. my heart left a piece of itself in haiti & i cannot wait to go back. i have been trying to put into words to describe to people what it was like & i can talk about the driving, the people, learning the language, all the wonderful kids, but when i try to talk about the deep stuff, matters of the heart it is really hard. i would say you would have to go yourself and have your own experience. here are some of the pictures- i took so many so i am going to break this up into a couple of posts.

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Christmas Wish List

i am one of those people that love to give. not just at christmas but all year around! i have been ordering my husband christmas gifts for months now and they have been wrapped up for a while. we have not gotten our tree yet, mainly bc it is 70 degrees outside and it really does not put this ga girl in the mood for tree shopping, but the other reason is we leave on the 14th which is next saturday and we will be gone on our mission trip. this year, however i have a wish list. the main thing is a dutch oven. i have hit another one of my house wife phases and have been buying cookbooks and dreaming up recipes in my little head all day at work. last week i bought this cook book called The Little Paris Kitchen – Rachel Khoo — i flipped through the pages at work dreaming of making all these wonderful things i cannot even pronounce. i even thought about learning french. so lets get to it!

#1- Dutch Oven- why? bc it is amazing for everything from soup to bread. 

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#2 Doughnut Pan- Why? bc i need one= i have been seeing all these recipes for cute and healthy doughnuts- yes healthy and i want a pan super bad. you can see my “sweet tooth” pinterest board here

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#3 clothes- any of the ones on  my pinterest board. literally, but for all you guys out there that love pictures here are examples

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#4- anything to do with baking/cooking/eating- bc i want to make dishes like these below

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i know christmas is not about gifts and material things- it is about Jesus Birth and celebrating that. Celebrating family and what the word “family” truly means. I have been really struggling with family lately- so say a prayer that the Lord shows up. a lot of sad things happening in my family and i could use your prayers.

 

xoxo,

Mrs. Estes

 

 

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Passport

i never thought getting a passport would be such a hassle, but my experience has been horrible. the first time I tried to get my passport cory & i met up at the post office to walk to cvs and get our picture made ($26). while we were having our picture made the lady asked us what time our appointment was at the post office— what? an appointment? we didn’t have one- cory called them to see if they have anymore for the day since the post office stays open until 6:30 in decatur. no. the passport office closes at 4. the nice lady at cvs told us we could go to the court house and have them done there bc they close at 4:30. we run to the post office get in our car and drive to the court house (it is now 4:10)- get in line behind a family of 6. as we are waiting and it is now 4:45 cory sees a sign about payments. he steps out of line to ask the lady at the front desk and then waves for me to get out of line. (now i am angry)- at the courthouse you have to have cash for the application fee and a check or money order for the passport charge. we had a debit card. who doesn’t take debit cards?

second time we try to get them- i called and make an appointment on a wednesday for a 12:00 time spot= the lady lets me know the papers i need. i had two forms of birth certificate- i had the one the hospital gave me with my little foot prints on them and a certificate of live birth. we get to our appointment wait a really long time while the lady is trying to get a baby to wake up so she could take her picture ( i am on my lunch break) and then finally it is our turn. she looks at my birth certificate and says nope, these wont work you need to go to vital records and pay $25 for a copy of your birth certificate that has a little red stamp on the lower left corner. cory gets his (this make me angrier).

third after my second trip there, i get back to work and call and schedule an appointment for friday at 12:00 again. friday rolls around i leave work at 10:45 so i could go to vital records (7 miles from work) to pick up a copy of my birth certificate. i am on my way and i am about 1.3 miles away and i am going to be making a left hand turn and then the placed would be right there. a TREE fell in the road. yes. then comes a detour. my phone has like 10% at this time. so my the time i get to vital records it is 11:30. huge line of people and the place is like chaos. i text cory and tell him to call and cancel my passport appointment at 12:00 bc there is no way i will be back- on the way back to the office i get stuck in a neighborhood from the detour. i get back to my office at 1:30. whhattttt? while cory was canceling my appointment he rescheduled me for today at 12:00. 

 fourth time. was today. & i am happy to say. i will have my passport in 4 weeks. THANK GOD! 

P.S. what made me really made was the fact that the certificate of birth i paid $25 for was the EXACT same thing as my certificate of live birth- only with a special red stamp on it. 

So happy we are one step closer to haiti. we have a page where you can go to donate, or share so others can help send our group to haiti. cannot wait to see this country and experience the people that i have heard so much about. my heart is ready. 

http://myepidemic.com/projects/cestes/mission-haiti/

check our page out~ send us prayers!

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Off to Haiti we go

well after many years of thinking and wanting and almost going- it is finally time. cory & I are going to Haiti in December. i have always had a heart for missions & i am really excited we are doing this together. when i was a kid i would spend hours planning a way to get an airplane to take food  to all the hungry kids. i would plan to have lemonade stands, sell my toys whatever idea i came up with to help people in need. i still feel the same way today- you get busy in your everyday life at your everyday job and forget about the passions and desires God places on your hearts. when i hear my friend Ronda talk about her trips to Haiti and her heart about the country i almost feel like crying. that excited feeling you get when you can just burst into tears at any moment. i get happy at the thought of going anywhere to help people. part of what we do at the church we work at is manage a mission house for when kids come to atlanta to do mission work here. i have never been out of the country and everyone i talk to about going tells me, “your life will be forever changed”. i reallly am ready for this & i am so happy my husband is going along with me. together both of our lives will be changed and i cannot wait. 

we will be raising money to go & of course it is a tax write off if you donate! i will also be selling pies and goodies and i am planning a couple of things regarding music. please keep us in your prayers- pray for open hearts and that we can bring the love of Christ to a country i feel alot of people forget about.

 

xoxo

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