Thursday, September 15, 2011

Kids and the Police...

Yet another example of the surreality of my life...

As blessed as I am to work with the National Police of Guatemala, I am just as blessed to know and work with other pastors here in the Panchoy Valley.  Of these pastors, Apóstal Robin García and I share a love of God and purpose.  As a part of his church, Misiónes Cristiana Rey de las Nacion, there is a school.

Twice this year, we have been able to combine the monthly (or so) police motivational breakfast with activities in the school.  Being able to demonstrate that not every officer in the National Police of Guatemala (PNC) is bad.  No in fact, for whatever difficulties the system of the PNC is working through, I can attest there are hard working men and woman seeking to serve their country with honor and integrity.

What a priviledge it is to serve.  Yea God!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Opportunities abound...

In a passing conversation with the Valor and Service team member...  this is the group I work with for the National Police of Guatemala, I learned of a crazy idea to help officers and family members that are faced with physical limitations because of job hazards and such.

So I thought to myself, "Self, you should contact your buddies over at Bethel Ministries and Hope Haven International.  They have all kinds of stuff that might just meet the need."  After listening to myself, that is exactly what happened and my friends, Chris Mooney - Bethel Ministries and Mark Richards - Hope Haven International both had their organizations do what they could to meet the need.  So we went to the respective warehouses, we collected and then gave them all away.

The pictures just say it.  I didn't do anything but follow the urge to send an email and help came.   If you want to help, the PNC still needs several wheelchairs.  So the real question is this - What will you do next time the opportunity presents itself to go beyond yourself?

Meet ChiWilly - my translator.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Moringa Update...

About 3 weeks we were exploring viable options for the next phase of the Moringa Initiative.  While out and about, we met one Gregorio Prem.  A sugar cane farmer and landowner that is about a year ahead of us in the Moringa learning curve.  He has taken a small piece of his land options and turned it into Moringa growth.  Not only on his farm in Esquintla where we are looking but also in Peten, the lowlands in the northern region of the country.

While we still hope to be putting some plants into the ground in the next months, which is the 2nd phase to the Moringa Initiative, Gregorio has agreed to provide us the necessary Moringa powder to start with the phase 3 at a reasonable cost.  We'll keep you posted as this unfolds.