Thursday, April 29, 2010

Renovations "R" Rolling Along...

The back view...

The view towards the front...

Staff work day! The pictures say it all. Yea God! we have taken the renovations to a new level!


Too bad we couldn't have made a patio on top. This is the view toward La Merced...


The reminder of before and after...



Monday, April 26, 2010

Team Visit - Northside Baptist...

Still jazzin' from all that was accomplished. Our team this past week comes from New York - Northside Baptist. This church is a supporting church for one of our staff and then some.

This week included feeding the homeless - sharing the word with children - more renovation work at the IDC - holding babies - as the rain continued their first service project was to mop the floor before dinner. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, then here is another 4-5k.

A lot of energy and much to be thankful for. Thank you team and of course Yea God!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Team Visit - Dunwoody Baptist...

I want to give a shout out to the team from Dunwoody Baptist, Gainesville, GA. This team came and got it done.

We had a few last minute adjustment and they still managed to remove phase 1 of the new roof project in our grand hall - help feed the homeless - bring the message of "Daniel and the Lions Den" to children in Pastores and "The Oasis" girls home - washed babies - mopped the floor - painted "calc" in what will be the new offices - and built a house... are you tired yet?

Thank you Dunwoody and yea God!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Week of Diversity...

As I am sitting in the sudo-pastor's office listening to the the sound of workers making renovations to this "Old House" - It makes me reflect on this week's events. For reason that I cannot explain, I had documented with photos many of these times.
1 - A wonderful surprise was a team from Dunwoody Baptist, GA. One of their focus points was to begin the renovations for part of our roof over what we call the Grand Hall. Much demolition would be required and rainy season doesn't start for another three weeks. That sounds good we have then do that...

after removing the old false roof leaky gutters on Monday, it has rained everyday since Tuesday night. This 2:30am Wednesday morning after 3hrs of steady rain and no gutters to catch the rain.

2 - A brother in the church passed away Monday night - Armando Perez was 55 years old - he leaves his wife Marta and their 8 year old son Josue. He died from long term effects of mismanaged diabetes.

3 - The same rain flooding our Grand Hall brought in a unique cold front that iced the top of Volcano Acotenango.

4 - I got to build a shelving unit from this shipping crates for the home the team from Georgia built, . This is sequence from left to right and down... It first worked as a bench - was upside down - then I built what was to be painted.

5 - Because of the onset of the rainy season early we have ramped up the efforts fix the many leaks on the building.

6 - Friday I got to take the team to the Malnutrition Center and then to visit the Ruins of Ixmche. It was a full week and it is a good tired. Yea God!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A birthday Card from my Son...


It makes me laugh - especially living in Guatemala.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Gifts to Pastores...

This past week a fabulous gift to the City of Pastores was finalized with a shipment from Miami. Backpacks and schools supplies from Florida Baptist Children's Home and 40 Computers from St. Petersburg College.

Mayor Lopez was like a kid on Christmas day as he could see how much others cared to help his community. That is cool! Thank you Florida Baptist Children's Home! Thank you St. Petersburg College!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Blessings abound...

Today was rather unique to date - 354 in Sunday Services @ IDC...
'nuff said - Yea God!


Saturday, April 10, 2010

IDC Joven/Youth...

After many years of prayer and looking for when, God made it happen.

Yesterday, Friday - April the 9th, saw the birth of a new ministry for IDC. it is for our new youth ministry. Headed by new staff members Abner and Katie, along with Mark, Dayle and Clay, it has begun. Way cool. Yea God!

They have a Facebook Group if you would like to learn more and be a part of it.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter...

Easter Week – Another moment to sit and breath if only for a day holiday. Today was nothing but amazing. Simply starting with where God has brought us in the last 5 months since moving into the diggs...

Our first Sunday – December 6th, then, was sparse in context that we had no power in the sanctuary. God brought 150 to the worship then. The general condition of the new property was not preferred to be politically correct.


December 6th 2009 – before services:

April 4th 2010 before services:

Today – Easter Sunday – We have power, lights, projection, new paint for the sanctuary, powerful worship, people giving testimony to the reality of God alive and active in their lives and a total attendance of 273. Yea God!