Monday, August 18, 2008

Roadtrip Visit...

Nancy and I took a couple of weeks to get back home with much to do.

The first week was dodging hurricane Faye - the nonevent that she was. It was great to see family and friends. And as a first I was given the opportunity to preach for Pathways for the weekend services. As well we had opportunity to be with Calvary Baptist, Winterhaven and 727Warehouse, St. Petersburg.

One of our many goals was to get Amber moved back so that she can finish her college education. As a part of that process, she has moved in with my sister. Also, God provided the resource for her to have a brand new ride. She was very excited.

The second week we kind of disappeared. We were given several days on the beach. A time that we very much needed. All in all it was a great two weeks. Thanks to all that made the time possible.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Suncoast Community Visit...

It is always a pleasure to bring in new groups. Suncoast Community is no exception. This group was very generous to allow us to experiment with a couple of new ventures. One of which is the Colonial Infantil - Malnutrition Center. An organization that you will probably be hearing much more about in the future.

There week also included a street outreach in Santa Maria de Jesus, feeding the homeless in a local shelter and a clothes distribution in a remote village, that is part of Pastores, and a few impromtu projects around the church.

I know it looks like Amber was a part of this group. Actually she went to high school with several of them. The team was led by John and Cheryl Watson good friends from several years back. In many ways it was old home week with friends and family.

Great job team.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Police Bathhouse...


June 2nd we broke ground for a new bathhouse facility for the Tourist Police of Antigua. These are the guys I work with alongside of Antonia Sandoval. This project was very aggressive to say the least. These facilities are a replacement for the very old construction that was placed as a temporary showers and toilets until better facilities could be built.

Old Toilet - New Toilet - Old Shower

Now that several years have passed and the number of men and women serving in this station have
increased, this was a near desperate need. We posted the need for different team participation and three churches signed up in support of this project.

In addition to the physical and financial support of these churches. Many others gave assistance. 1st Presbyterian Church - Corinth, MS construction team gave a day for final detailing, staff members of IDC helped to bridge the gap along with several officers, Inguat the Tourist agency for Guatemala and the Committee of Antigua (this is a group of several interests ranging from the political, financial, tourism and police organizations of the greater Antigua area).

It took longer than anticipated event but as of 12:00 o'clock today, the men and woman of this station have newer and cleaner facilities to help them take care of business. With as much festivity as we could muster in a 15 minute ceremony, most of the men and women that serve in this station, the staff of IDC, representatives of Inguat, and the press all gathered to present the facilities as open for business!

God did this. Thank you God!