If you have been reading for a while, you know that my wife and I have taken a few trips to Nicaragua to provide medical aid, clean water, and in my case – to move rocks.  We have been doing this through a group called Highlands Mission Cooperative (  What you may not know is prior to accepting my position with the company for which I work; I was seriously considering doing some sort of medium to long term work in Nicaragua.  I was planning keeping my residence here in the States, but spending a fair amount of time in Nicaragua.

Here’s where it got tricky… I really felt led to work in Nicaragua, but I also felt led to accept the position at my company here in Georgia.  I wasn’t sure exactly how that would work out because I thought those two things were mutually exclusive, but I took a leap of faith by accepting the position here while looking for opportunities in Nicaragua. 

In my initial week with my new company, I was asked to be the chairperson of our Charitable Foundation.  It wasn’t Nicaragua, but I did have the opportunity to become involved with several nonprofit organizations and encourage associates to give their time, treasure, and talent to charitable causes.

While doing this, I still had the opportunity to go to Nicaragua outside of work and participate in the growing relief efforts there.  Things were starting to make sense.  I had a job where I could network with nonprofits, encourage charitable work, and make some money so I could be self-funded on my international trips.

A few weeks ago, it really started to make sense.  Our national foundation announced its Global Giving campaign.  A small group of associates from all over the country could apply for an international trip where they will assemble and distribute wheelchairs, work with World Vision on humanitarian efforts, and participate in a construction project.  Guess where this team is going… Nicaragua!  I applied for one of the slots and was selected.

I will be going to Nicaragua in August and our Foundation is paying my way.  In addition, I am expected to “share the story” when I return.  I will be asked to write blogs, do some YouTube videos, and speak to associates about our experience – which is precisely what I do with my other trips to Nicaragua.  I now see that there was plan all along, and I almost got in the way because I was tempted to place more weigh on my judgment than what I felt led to do.

I guess that’s the lesson learned here.  Sometimes the right thing doesn’t make the most sense logically.  I am very logical person and that’s hard for me to say, but my experience teaches me that it is true.  Rewards come to those who step out on faith.  It doesn’t take much faith to be logical.