The Banana Bread Blog15 Apr 2016, Posted by Blog in
Stepping out of the airplane in the Pucallpa jungle was like getting smacked in the face with a wet blanket. You could almost drink the air it was so humid, especially after spending three weeks in the desert city of Lima.
Craig and Dave, two missionaries with SAM Air in Pucallpa, Peru, met Cassie and I at the airport; introducing themselves with a laidback aura that we would come to recognize as the jungle vibe.
Tired and travel-weary, we finally drove out of town and eventually turned down the long dirt road that ends at Lake Cashibo and the SAM Air base. Along the road we saw a lady walking that Craig recognized, but hadn’t seen in a long time, so he stopped and rolled down the window to chat. You know, as good missionaries do.
It turned out she was selling banana bread, and Craig didn’t hesitate in buying a huge loaf, half of which he insisted on giving to us. Loving the generosity of the jungle vibe.
Now here I am eating this banana bread for breakfast, in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon, marveling at how God orchestrates every detail of our lives.
When this woman was baking this banana bread, there is no way she could have known that some gringo photographer would be enjoying it for breakfast the next day. But God knew.
He knew every ministry and missionary Cassie and I would serve when we joined the Silent Images team. He knew each one of the 20 people who attended our first photography and video workshop in Lima. He knew the impact Craig’s generosity would have on a weary couple.
And He definitely knew that after working some very long days consecutively and packing up all our things to head to the jungle for a month, that we would find rest and refuge in a beautiful jungle house with no internet.
I praise God for all the big blessings he’s given me and (maybe more importantly) every single small detail that He orchestrates. Man, this banana bread is good!
Amazed and Amused,