Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Team Visit - Winter Haven...

This past week we were blessed once again to have Calvary Baptist of Winter Haven with us. The support from this church has been amazing. The team this week came and rocked. Most of their activities included attending services with us on Sunday, house building 101, children outreaches, holding babies, teeing things from a new perspective - the works. If a picture is worth a thousand words here are about 6,000 of them.

Monday, September 28, 2009

A View of Note...

Growing up in Florida, grand sunsets were are part of life. Since coming to Antigua, grand vistas of many sorts are somewhat common, but not as often are grand sunsets. This one was certainly the exception. This photo was taken while standing in the courtyard of our sanctuary.

Monday, September 21, 2009

I am Lion...

Of the many surreal variables in my life, this past Saturday is certainly high ranking. As IDC (Iglesia Del Camino) has become more and more involved with the Colonial Infantil Centro de Malnutrición de San Juan, Sacatepéquez, my participation in the center's leadership. To help act in an advisory capacity, I was asked to become a member of the governing organization - El Club de Leones Internacional - Lion's Club International.

Saturday night Nancy and I, attended the official swearing in of myself and Florida Baptist Children Home's VP of International Childcare,Ron Gunter. This event was in an obscure Chinese Restaurant in Guatemala City. In addition to the Guatemalan Marimba Music playing in the background along with Michael Jackson's - Beat It. Officially we are now members of the International Lion's Club.

Left to Right - Ron Gunter/Florida Baptist Children's Home - Marco Livio Diaz Reyes/President of the Lions Club International, GUA - Myself

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The mind of children...

In never fails to make me laugh how children can find joy in any location. During the soccer match that we had at the Disetur Station this last week, Steve and Jessica's children were able to come and watch the event. As you can imagine the attention span required to watch a bunch of grown men running around on a field chasing after a ball is more than is available for young kids.

They went exploring in this "vast wasteland of the police station." Amidst the laughter and fun heard from the men watching the game, I hear across the field Shelby and Jack yelling - "Dad! Come see what we found. In the forest there's a castle - Nate is standing guard!" Being the dutiful father, loving his children I see Steve going off hand in hand with two of his children, disappearing into the unknown of a child's fantasy. Shortly thereafter, the Otto children could be heard declaring protection of their fortress demanding to know "Who goes there?!" I am not sure but I think I heard Jack yelling something about dragon tracks.

It made me laugh and celebrate that much more the uniqueness of the day.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dia de Independencia...

Back during the Day of Independence for the US, we had a group of students from Pathways Community - Largo. One of their impromptu projects became a soccer field for the Tourist Police.

That little project has become very valuable. Somewhat coincidental timing, on the Day of Independence, the field was host to what will hopefully be many mini-tournaments. Three police units showed up for the afternoon - Disetur Antigua, PoliMerc Antigua, Disetur Guatemala City.

Working to expose the locals to a taste of American July 4th celebrations, there were hot-dogs and pizza for everyone. Of course the accent for the dogs was a local delicacy - "Pico de Gallo". A really good salza.

What a great day! Watching and listening to the officers laughing and having fun. Having an opportunity to share the Word. Thanks to PCC-Largo for your help in adding to something good.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Ministering as Opportunity Surrounds us...

One of my favorite authors is Oswald Chambers. Probably his most familiar book is a collection from other teachings of his, compiled into a devotional book - "Utmost for His Highest". This particular thought challenged me as Nancy and I were preparing to come to GUA. Now three years later, I understand it even more. Whether you are going to another country to serve or you are continuing to serve where you are, may you be challenged to redirect how you function as well.

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher,
have washed your feet,
you also should wash one another’s feet.
- John 13:14.

Ministering as opportunity surrounds us does not mean selecting our surroundings, it means being very selectly God’s in any haphazard surroundings which He engineers for us. The characteristics we manifest in our immediate surroundings are indications of what we will be like in other surroundings.

The things that Jesus did were of the most menial and commonplace order, and this is an indication that it takes all God’s power in me to do the most commonplace things in His way. Can I use a towel as He did? Towels and dishes and sandals, all the ordinary sordid things of our lives, reveal more quickly than anything what we are made of. It takes God Almighty Incarnate in us to do the simplest duty as it ought to be done.

“I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” Watch the kind of people God brings around you, and you will be humiliated to find that this is His way of revealing to you the kind of person you have been to Him. Now, He says, exhibit to that one exactly what I have shown to you.

‘Oh,’ you say, ‘I will do all that when I get out into the foreign field.’ To talk in this way is like trying to produce the munitions of war in the trenches—you will be killed while you are doing it.

We have to go the ‘second mile’ with God. Some of us get played out in the first ten yards, because God compels us to go where we cannot see the way, and we say—‘I will wait till I get nearer the big crisis.’ If we do not do the running steadily in the little ways, we shall do nothing in the crisis.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Pastors Prayer...

This week we (Antonio and I) shared in a great day of prayer and praise for the Association of Pastors - Sacatepéquez in Alotenango. Great time with fellow leaders, good food, great view. Yea God!