Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Renovations continue...

Fernando painting with a smile...


Giovanni base coating the back wall...


Yes, they are still on going. We are however beginning to see the diamond from rough starting to polish out. This week we took a staff work day to attack different areas of the painting and continued work in the new offices.

The new door way for the "pastor's Office"...


April, Maria Dolores, and Ana - they would be queens of the beautification committee - if we had committees...



Julio, whose personal story of returning to his faith since working at the church, is finishing the new roof in the new office area...


Yea God!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Baptism w/ a Twist...

This past week we were blessed to add a new feature to the IDC services. prior to being this building, we had very little option but to rent a pool recreation facility and go have a church party. While this is certainly a good idea it is also expensive. With a little bit of creative thought from members of the church counsel and more so the wisdom of God, this is what we came up with.

1. Buy a 5,000 liter cistern...


2. Cut the top off - build some stairs to get in and out...


3. You have yourself a baptismal pool...


4 more made a public profession of faith in our first in service baptism.
Yea God!

Passing of a friend...

This week I said goodbye to good friend. Etty Gracia Guerra - an elegant lady with an odd connection to my family. First meeting her 4 years ago, she showed an incredible interest in the young church of Iglesia Del Camino. As conversations pursued we found out the connection that she had traveled to the United States as a young women and attended Bob Jones University at the same time my parents were there. Small world.

She is survived by her two daughters and three granddaughters who are a part of IDC.



Thursday, August 26, 2010

Pastores Housing...

Since our encounter with Tropical Storm Agatha, we have been working with the city of Pastores looking for solutions to provide opportunities to restart the lives of the 12 families that lost nearly everything. The help provided for the short term emergency was enormous, but after that time, the Mayor of Pastores approached the church to help with beds, stoves, homes - life stuff. The solutions have been presenting themselves.


We are helping to build a new "colonia" to house these families. We still find of the $60-65,000 estimated for the total project that we still need $25,000 to complete it. Since July, we have been blessed to have teams bringing support and manpower and this will continue on through to completion. But cash will be needed for the furnishings of the homes.

Should you wish to give assistance here is how to do so... Click Here - and follow the directions.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Happy Anniversary Baby...

So after 26 years of marriage, my wife still wants to do stuff with me. So we zipped down to the coast for a couple days to celebrate the anniversary. As it would happen when you go the the beach to unwind a tropical depression came to meet us. It rained more on than off for the majority of the time.

The exciting part was the fact we took the moto. This is both sweet and sour as it flooded and we would not have been able to leave had we had a car. The water was deep enough to flood the top of my boots. At one point the seat on the moto was covered with a wave.

As we were working to get home before sunset, we were hit with another thunderstorm. The good news is that we had the rain gear - as well we made it home safe.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Rockin' the PNC Academy...

Last night we spent the evening with about 700 or more of our new best friends. Members of the worship team, Antonio and myself and others took a trip up to the Academy Training Center in San Juan, Sacatepéquez. This is where they train approximately 1200 of the 1500 students/candidates for the National Police of Guatemala every year.

We were blessed to be able to share the word in praise and worship and the spoken word, followed-up with the 100-150 men that asked or personal prayer. Yea God!


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Intern Lindsey...

This is both a sweet and sour. This year we were blessed to have with us Intern Lindsey - who also happens to be mine and Nancy's niece - Lindsey Bandy from Elgin, Illinois. During her summer break from Hope College, she chose to come and spend some time with her favorite uncl... I mean Iglesia Del Camino working with our international missions program and also the social services of Pastores.

She is helping us to develop our internship program even farther. What a blessing. Unfortunately, her 6 weeks with us had to end so that she could go on with her life (or something like that). Be blessed Lindsey.


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

PNC Breakfasts in IDC...

Once again, God is opening doors that I never would have thought possible. A couple of weeks back we were asked to host Prayer Breakfasts for the National Police in Sacatepéquez. Working along side the leadership of ¨Valor y Servicio¨, we have approximately 75-100 men coming and hearing the word of God. Prayer is a good thing - please keep it coming.