Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Otto Family Farewell...

This post is a difficult post to write.


This weekend we said the official goodbye to the Otto Family.  Steve, Jessica and their three children - Nate, Shelby and Jack - have been serving with us as volunteers for the past 4 years.  They came when our International Missions program for theIDC was small.  They helped to grow this critical component of our work here.  Many of our current successes that we enjoy are in no small part to their sacrifice to come with us and go beyond themselves.


As they have accomplished for us what was the primary goal it is time to return to the states and I am sad to have to say goodbye.



Monday, May 21, 2012

Amazing things to see in Guatemala...


While running, or should I say riding my moto while Nancy was running, we saw first hand the power of the volcano.  These images were shot with my iPhone several miles away.  Volcán Fuego is very active an should not be taken for granted simply because we do not always see or dismiss the evidence at hand.


This image was taken by an observer several weeks later when Volcán Fuego erupted again. He had the appropriate lens but was still less than 3 miles from the eruption.  Stunning, grace and beauty amidsts the trauma of the moment.



Saturday, May 19, 2012

El Mirador 2, Pastores pt2...


So this week Antonio and I had the opportunity to effect change once again for the small community of Mirador 2 in Pastores.  With the help this time from Operation Blessing here in Guatemala, we were able to distribute an additional 16 - PointOne Filter kits to a community withour running water.  This is a sharecropper community which carries their water from the closest source.  The source is either a faucet 2 kilometers round trip - or a drainage runoff of a water main that passes through the community.

It was fun to hear the antedotes from the community leader Franscesca Monroy as she told us about the impact the previous 16 filters had and how excited she was to be able to have filters for the remainder of the households in this place.  


This simple offering effects change.  Yea God!

Friday, May 18, 2012

To the coast...

These last couple of days Nancy and I were able to get down to the coast for a visit with our friends Brad and Cindy.  They let us share in their company get together.  They own and operate a billfishing company out of Puerto San Jose.  Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures - also on Facebook...


To see the the port is very impressive.  Especially the Iguanas that live in the shore rocks.  We were able to take Koko y Mita with us.  One morning while walking them in their neighborhood, an Iguana ran across the street.  Seeing the reaction from the dogs you would have thought is was a Mississippi Squirrel.  All of that running wore them out.


We are blessed to have friends that would share their home and life with us.  Thank you Brad and Cindy.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dia de Madre...

This week we, members of my team from theIDC and myself were blessed to participate in a "Dia de Madre" event in Santa Maria de Jesus. Pastor Gabriel, Mario and the SMdJ team coordinated a ribbon cutting for the new platform in one of the schools we are working with - Mariano Navarrete - along with 300 or so of our new best friends.


This was a fun time to share, laugh and of course consume the excellent local cuisine.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Taking the house...


This last September, after we had been operating the feeding program in Santa Maria de Jesus for about 4 months, a family involved and participating in the program offered his home to us.  He wanted to sell us the property as he had an opportunity to make another purchase.  We didn't have the cash.

It wasn't but 60 days later and God had provided the resource to make the purchase.  Due to process we couldn't begin to close the deal until December.  And due to more process it wasn't until January that we closed.  And as the family needed to time to build their new house it wasn't until this last week we took posession.

As a part of the celebration, we were able to bless the children with a little bit of Disney - all  8 of them.  They needed a bigger space.

Obed, Gabriel and Mike with Florencio and his family...
This family, while they have received payment for their property, gave us their home at less than fair market value.  They have uprooted and moved into their home, not yet finished.  They have sacrificed to make a future for the feeding program.  The new home for this center has been appropriately named - "Campo de Sueños, Jeremías 29:11" - "Field of Dreams, Jeremiah 29:11".



Wednesday, May 9, 2012

PNC Breakfast...


While we had several months off - they have come again.  Opportunities to share values with the National Police of Guatemala.  Yea God!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Wednesday Nights...


So we are at it again.  Wednesday nights sharing food for both the body and the soul.  Not complicated.  We meet to eat what comes to be shared.  Then we read a passage from the Bible, answer questions and learn what the Bible has to say for our lives.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Momentum, movement... passing it forward...

In the fall of 2009,  I had the priviledge of pitching a to a group from South Tulsa Baptist Church.  They are very intentional to be building churches.  I proposed that they should consider helping build a small church in Santa Maria de Jesus SMdJ, not by necessarily using brick and morter as much as empowering the young pastor serving in the church with a scholarship for seminary training and then as he grows more, the church will grow more, and the need to supliment the building will be proven or not.  Here is the progress to date. In addition to making a 3 year scholarship happen for astor Gabriel seen on the left in this photo, the building has gone from this... 


to this...


then to this...

 
and then to this...


And now the church members have stepped up to build the walls to accomodate the needed space for the over 100 children and youth that are now actively a part of this church 's weekly activities.

Momentum, movement...  passing it forward.  Yea God!