” So basically, what you do every day for work is what people pay to do in the states” said my new friend as we bounced and slid through the mud on the way to a village outreach. It’s true there are a lot of hard-core mudders in the States that would love to test out their jacked up trucks on what for us is an everyday road. And I will also admit that a lot of the time the boy in me enjoys my drive to work, but it has it’s limits. For instance last Tuesday,  there is a specific outreach we go to once a week that has a reputation for giving us travel difficulties. So much so the local decided to cut me a new road. However what someone who drives a ox cart considers a road and what I would rate as passable are two very different things. As I followed my “guide” I started to mutter questions of “where is this taking me?” especially when the road crosses about a two hundred meter section of water in the middle of what appears to be a 20 acre field. ” No tree to winch out on here if we get stuck” I acknowledge in dismay. ” Lord, Please get us through this hole!” We made it, however, just barely.   “Looks like we are looking for another road to come back on!”  We did eventually make it to the village and services on Moses leading the people out of Egypt went fairly well.  Little did I know I would have my own Red Sea to face on the way out.   After the service we were supposed to load up my trailer with palm branches to be taken to another village where they are building a grass roof church building.  Just for your information if you have never built a grass roof, that grass is heavy! After loading bundles of branches in and on top of both the truck and trailer we headed out. My one nemesis was a bog I knew we would have to cross. After surveying what seemed the most solid route I proceeded with caution, however to no avail. One of the trailer tires caught a rut which left it quite unbalanced and tilting.  All I heard was shouts and gasps.  One look in the side view mirror told me all I needed to know. There, in about shin to knee deep mud, lay trailer on its side and disconnected from the truck. That’s a bummer. Somehow four of us guys found the strength to right the trailer and get it attached again.  Back on the road I felt relieved knowing my biggest foe was behind me. I thought.  Just after sunset we approached the village where our load is to be deposited.  From listening to conversations, I glean the road is dry.  This is a good thing as the last time I was here it took me almost four hours to dig out of a mud hole.  The apparent dryness of the road was overestimated.  200 meters down the road and we are sunk to our axles… in the dark, no trees close. Bigger bummer.  No cell phone reception, repeat bigger bummer. At this point I am done, I don’t want to be a Pastor, don’t want to pray, don’t want to have faith, don’t want to be an example. I am wet and covered in mud from head to toe, just want to shower,Stuck in a hole eat and go to bed. But I am stuck in a hole.  Finally after a couple hours of work they were able to bury a log deep enough in the mud that we could use the winch to pull off it.  We dropped off our load of grass right there on the side of the mud hole and headed for home.  In the course of digging out I made a comment, ” man! Satan is fighting hard tonight!”  To which the young man I was working with replied, ” Satan has always been fighting this work”. It’s true, I’ve seen it first hand.  I’ve been exhausted by it, but God is not surprised.  He is still doing a work, he still has a plan, I just not always( in my humanity) thrilled with my role in it.   What is the great lesson from all of this? Still waiting to see, but I can tell you this, me and the four guys that worked  so hard to get through all of that mud definitely have a deeper bond! Oh yeah, back to my first point, though sometimes our life may seem glorious and fun(because that’s what we talk about at missions conferences:) which sometimes it is) a lot of missions is just getting through one day at a time and when “I’m done”, trusting God for strength .   Ok I am done now:)