An Interview with Dawn Bradley

June 10, 2016
Dawn (center) in Honduras this year.

Dawn (center) in Honduras this year.

Dawn has been on many mission trips with Orangewood. She provided these answers before leaving for Honduras this year. Thanks, Dawn!

How do you know more about the character of God after going to Honduras? 

The Honduras mission trip has two components: medical clinic and children’s ministry. It is known as a medical mission trip so I am not sure if people realize that there is a children’s ministry side of the trip. I am truly blessed to be part of the children’s ministry, but children’s ministry in Honduras scares me to death!

By the end of the week, we will have traveled to five remote villages and interacted with 350+ children. We usually have a room in the school house which is the most substantial building in the community. Once there wasn’t even a school house and we met under a tree.  Once the school house had only one usable room so a friendly neighbor lady let us meet in her chicken coop. Yes, I did say her chicken coop.

This year there will be four adults and a handful of returning students working with 50-150 kids each day.  Each day the gospel is clearly presented and there are fun activities that reinforce that good news message. All of this happens while one adult is fluent in Spanish and the rest of us are trying really hard.  Add to this a lot of noise, activity, and unpredictability.  Lots of opportunities for God to show up!

I know in my head that God is faithful and loves His children but when He shows up right in front of me, makes an impossible situation beautiful (and He does that every single day), I am astounded and my faith goes deeper. We can rely on Him when we are under great pressure, beyond our abilities. We can turn to Him and He delivers us and makes Himself known to us and to the kids. We really are broken vessels but He really is not limited by our brokenness. He shines anyway!  

So each morning in Honduras, before we set out, I confess my fears for they are many, give thanks that He is faithful to all His promises, and look for Him to show up is the crisis of the day… even if that crisis is only in my heart. He is faithful and His mercies are new every morning. Praise be to God.

 

Why are you going to Honduras?

People often ask, “How many times have you gone to Honduras?” or “What other mission trips have you been on?” But in all these years, only once have I been asked, “Why do you go?” 

The simple answer to “why?”  is that when He said to me, “I love you, Dawn,” He had me. I was hooked. There was no turning back. As those words have sunk into my heart I have wanted to go wherever He is.  As Ruth said to Naomi, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people.” Ruth 1:16.  As the Shulamite said in Song of Solomon 1:4, “Draw me after you; let us run. The king has brought me into his chambers.” So when Christ says to me, “Come away with me to Honduras. I want to show you who I am in ways you can never experience here at home. I want you to be with Me as I am with my people.” How can I not go? As He spoke to Peter, “Do you love me? …Then feed my sheep.” I am compelled to follow Him to the sheep in spite of all my fears and inadequacies because His is a love worth following after.

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 2 Corinthians 5:14, 15