Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Eve in theIDC...


Christmas Eve in always a great time of year and time for great events... especially in theIDC.  Of course what makes these events even more interesting are the youth handle the music, the children present the gospel message and we have close to 200 in attendance all with continual power outages - well continual in that we had power then not... several times.  

Good thing that it was a candle light service.



Friday, December 23, 2011

It´s only 30-45 minutes...


This week amongst the prechristmas preparations, I was priviliged with the opportunity to travel again to the community of San Pedro Cerra.  A small community of around 200 hundred homes on the extended mountain range towards the SE of Volcano Agua.  The above photo is looking west towards Agua - Santa Maria de Jesus - and Antigua beyond the visible ridge.

What is a 3 hour drive around the base of the volacano or a 2.5 - 3 hour hike over the mountain was supposed to be a 30-45 minute ride with motorcycles.  This gave the inspiration to take some Bibles on a scouting trip in preparation for an upcoming team visit from South Tulsa Baptist Church and their desire to bring more help to the village church when they arrive this coming February.


The truth was in there somewhere.  The trail was not a quick ride.  Actually, it was one of the most advanced rides I have ever been on.  So, after several spills for the irregular terrain, 6 miles of trenches (some taller and/or narrower than my KLR650), a couple of fractured toes, dehydration and some roadside vomiting, we made it.


Since when nothing is ventured - nothing is gained, we anticipate that God is going to so something very special in our relationship with Pastor Gilberto Gonzalez and the Iglesia Pentecostes Evangelio Extendido.


FYI - We made it back via the highway - we called for a ride and Obed and Luis came to the rescue with the church´s KIA worktruck.  Yea God!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Beautiful View...

This is just fun.  As I often have the opportunity to get out and about while Nancy is running, I get to see the beauty of God´s handy work.  Yea God!



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Police at Christmas...

As always an absolute blessing is our work with the various police in the Panchoy Valley.  A perk of this is that when there is a party, we often get invited.  On this date, we had a two-for night.  

It began with the Civil Police of Pastores children´s event.  A time of presence, tamales and saying Feliz Navidad by beating the candy out of several piñadas...


We then continued to San Juan Alatenango with dinner for National Police units of the southern region of our valley.


This was a great day.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Changes in SMdJ...


As part of our the expansions for the the Feeding Program in Santa Maria de Jesus, we are making modest improvements for the church.  This includes an expansion of a second level for their education area.  This is how it is done.  Build a platform then poor more concrete.


I personally love the dog and chicken just a normal part of the renovation...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Staff Christmas Party...

Over 40 persons staff and families...
Dinner provided by our friends at La Posada Antaños...
A White Elephant Gift Exchange...
Time with dear friends that we get to serve God with...


Yea God!

Thursday, December 8, 2011