Sunday, July 26, 2009

Big Gifts...

This past February we had a team visit from Northside Baptist Church, Syracuse, NY. On Wednesday Night - while they were here, we had a family vehicle stolen that belonged to members of our church. Edgar and Carmen Reyes, live in Pastores, they have at last count 8 kids (this number is a moving target as they take many children in as their own). They run a ministry for the children in several of the communities in Pastores. The team from Northside jumped in for this need and provided the $$ to replace the Reyes' vehicle. And while it has taken a bit longer than we had hoped - God provided the right vehicle. In the re-organization of Brazos de Jesus because of the loss of their directors, the right vehicle presented itself.

This is how great God is, that he would bring more vehicle than the resource should have allowed, and yet still large enough to carry the Reyes clan and other ministry uses. Attached is the translation of appreciation.

Guatemala July 28, 2009

To all who have collaborated,

We would like to thank you all for your valuable contribution used in the purchase of our vehicle (Dodge Durango) which serves to replace our last vehicle which was stolen from in front of the church. The automobile is of tremendous use to us as it facilitates our logistical movement among the various sites of "Los Ninos de Jesus" which we founded 11 years ago without ever receiving the type of monetary aid necessary to sustain the foundation.

We pray to god that your blessings are multiplied many times over in material as well as spiritual ways. You haven"t only blessed our family but rather each and every child and adult that are helped out by our foundation. We ask God that he insure we act as worthy administrators of the foundation in order to Impart the great love and salvation the he has gifted us with.

We love you all very much with the great love of god. We are especially thankful to Steve and Pastor Mike for their selfless collaboration in the process.

Familia Reyes Lopez

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Team Visit - Sarasota Baptist...

Sarasota Baptist showed up on our door step this week. Their work was centered around VBS opportunities - helping in the Malnutrition Center - and climbing a volcano so they could roast some marshmallows. A great week - a lot of help. God is good.

Obedience in Prayer...

Since March of this year, Antonio and I have been meeting with other Pastors from the Valley. This has been led by Pastor Robin Garcia from Rey de la Nación. Today, close to 12 Pastors and leaders from different churches came together at Cerra la Cruz to be obedient to what God told us to do. Even a couple of the police joined us...

For me it was the most charged two hours that I have experienced in some time. Yea God!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Nancy's race...again.

Yes, that is my wife completing yet another half marathon. Can a husband be anymore proud for his wife? I don't think so.

Also seen in this photo are Intern Ben, Jessica, Randy (the father of Intern Ben) and Manolo. All members of the running team that day.

Friday, July 17, 2009

FBCH Team Visit...

Florida Baptist Children's Home continues to make its presence known. During these last several weeks you can see more progress in their work at the Malnutrition Center in San Juan, Sacatepéquez. Their International Childcare as partnered with us, IDC in their work with the center.

With their direct help, massive changes in upgrades and renovations to the facilities have happened. with more painting, major strides in renovating the kitchen. Their continued work here in Guatemala is wonderful. They post a blog for their mission team participation - you can read more here!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mike in Florida...

God blessed me with an unexpected but needed break. I spent the past week in Florida. Pathways didn't make any commitments for me, hence I was free-er than normal. Great time to recharge with family and friends. In particular, spent a night with one of my long time friends since 5th grade Tom. His son schooled me on the finer elements X-Box shooter games.

Also, had a day at Busch Gardens, Tampa FL -payed a "2nd Mortgage" to enter the park - payed way too much for food and beverages - but time with the Amber?... Priceless. Yea God!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Team Visit - PCC-G22 Youth...

This week we were blessed once again with the presence of the Pathways Youth. They came again and managed to rock in several arenas. Their work consisted of The Malnutrition Center - VBS - Homeless Shelter - Facilitating a new fútbal (soccer) field - and rode the customary youth group in the police cruiser because Mike knows the Police. Way to be - Yea GOD!