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January 24, 2010

As for the 2nd half of yesterday’s blog–When we made it to the clinic, we could tell that these people had had a medical clinic before. The kids mobbed us the the families were excited to have us there. After a long night, showing the Jesus film and being invited to accept Christ, many people in the village accepted Christ or renewed their commitment. Some are still looking and have not yet accepted Him, but we will continue to pray. We finally made it home and were ready for bed.
Today is a shopping day and a little bit of recreation. We’ll let you know how it goes. Until later!
Pray that we all stay healthy and have a safe trip home tomorrow.

January 24, 2010

Today was full of life in Christ. We were able to sleep in until the whopping hour of 7 AM. We really did get our much needed rest. We all had a personal devotion time to prepare for the medical clinic. We then put meds in bags and prepared gifts to give to those in the village. After lunch we loaded up the vans are left for the village. Although we left on time, we ran into a little glitch when we found out that they were repaving the road. It was going to be a 4 hour wait. We decided to take a different route to the village, but were again stopped when one of the vans began to leak transmission fluid. Praying over Dan seemed the right thing to do, and after that, Dan was led to call a different truck and after about an hour and a half another truck was able to pick us up and we were on our way to the village. The truck happened to be an open rack and the men were all chivilrous and took a ride in the open air the rest of the way. We made it there at 5:30 PM. Those in the village were eagerly waiting for us. They were very friendly and we were able to break the ice by taking pictures of them and then showing them the pictures on our digital cameras. They giggled and giggled. We pulled out colors and coloring books for the kids and we found that the adults loved them just as much. And of course they liked the candy. This was a small village of about 15 families, and they all had the opportunity to get the medicine they needed. We showed them the Jesus film and Hermano Jesus delivered a powerful message. The call was made to accept Jesus and the entire village–including old, teenage and young accepted Christ. We gave them all a New Testament Bible as well as food care package consisting of beans, rice and oatmeal. We were so excited a blessed. They are such sweet people. Blessings until tomorrow.

January 23, 2010

Today was full of life in Christ. We were able to sleep in until the whopping hour of 7 AM. We really did get our much needed rest. We all had a personal devotion time to prepare for the medical clinic. We then put meds in bags and prepared gifts to give to those in the village. After lunch we loaded up the vans are left for the village. Although we left on time, we ran into a little glitch when we found out that they were repaving the road. It was going to be a 4 hour wait. We decided to take a different route to the village, but were again stopped when one of the vans began to leak transmission fluid. Praying over Dan seemed the right thing to do, and after that, Dan was led to call a different truck and after about an hour and a half another truck was able to pick us up and we were on our way to the village. The truck happened to be an open rack and the men were all chivilrous and took a ride in the open air the rest of the way. We made it there at 5:30 PM. Those in the village were eagerly waiting for us. They were very friendly and we were able to break the ice by taking pictures of them and then showing them the pictures on our digital cameras. They giggled and giggled. We pulled out colors and coloring books for the kids and we found that the adults loved them just as much. And of course they liked the candy. This was a small village of about 15 families, and they all had the opportunity to get the medicine they needed. We showed them the Jesus film and Hermano Jesus delivered a powerful message. The call was made to accept Jesus and the entire village–including old, teenage and young accepted Christ. We gave them all a New Testament Bible as well as food care package consisting of beans, rice and oatmeal. We were so excited a blessed. They are such sweet people. Blessings until tomorrow.

January 22, 2010

Words can not even begin to describe today. We started again at (you guessed it) 5AM. When we arrived at the village, all of the people were so happy to see us again and we were so excited to see them. We have really built a relationship with them-the need to speak the same language is irrelevant. We painted the homes and put on the roofs. We then personalized each home with a painting, scripture verse and handprints so that those we were there to serve would be able to feel the love of God each and every day in their home. We were able to surprise each family with a bed today too. The looks on their faces were priceless. The afternoon was all about dedicating the houses. We prepared for this already last night and this morning. We knew the devil would be at work and he was. When it came time to dedicate the homes, the entire group would surround the home and pray and sing and read scripture while the family who built the home and the Guatemalan family were inside having the gospel presented. It was spiritually exhaustaing yet exhilirating at the same time. Each and every family accepted Christ! Praise God! We saw new birth in Christ. We were so privileged to witness newborn Christians. It is an experience that is difficult to even process. Thank you for uplifting us with your prayers where you are. God worked in mighty ways today and we were privileged to be a part of it.

January 21, 2010

We wanted to share one God story from today. After stuccoing 3 homes, it looked as though we were going to run short of the material. We still had 2 homes to go. Well, after finishing all 5 homes, we had a whole wheelbarrow of stucco left. We felt like it was the feeding of the 5000. Praise God. He always provides!

January 21, 2010

We are starting to get our days confused now. Today (Wednesday) we were up again at the wonderful hour of 5AM. Supplies were loaded, breakfast consumed, and we were ready to go by 6 AM. Before departure, we offered a Guatemalan style prayer. That is when we all pray aloud at the same time. We know that God can sort it out. We also pray like this everytime we are going to travel. We need God’s protection! God is so faithful! We were able to complete the sanding, put on a 2nd coat of mud, sand again so that the inside of the homes are now ready for a coat of paint tomorrow. We worked together as an entire team to stucco the outsides of the homes after that. We then added a porch roof that will come in very handy during the rainy season here. The families were all very happy with the progress and are eager to move into their new homes. We had a lot of time to interact with the children of the village today. THey loved to play games such as “keep away”. The girls got their fingernails painted and they were all so eager to learn English. We taught them the song “God is Good” and Halleu/Praise Ye the Lord” They also learned how to say Hello and Good bye and how to count to 10. They were so proud. We arrived home at 5:30 and are now preparing to bring gifts to the family as well as dedicate the home to them tomorrow. Pray for health on our team. One of our members is not feeling well. She is having altitude sickness and hopes to be well as soon! Blessings until tomorrow.

January 19, 2010

It was an amazing first day in the village. We were up bright and early — at 5 AM and prepared to construst 5 homes. After a stimulating drive to the village, we carried our supplies down a fairly vertical incline. All of us did make it, and we were greeted by some very friendly Guatemalans. The children were so adorable and such excitement in their eyes as they watched us begin our service. We were split into 5 groups and started with instructions on how to construct the homes and began putting studs together and with pure faith and blissful ignorance. All 5 houses soon had the 4 walls up and together. At noon, we took a break and were blessed we a traditional Guatemalan meal of rice, beans, and corn tortillas for lunch. It was delicious. From there, we dry walled the interior of the home and put cement board on the exterior. Interacting with the people from the village was such a blessing to us all. We are really looking forward to seeing them again tomorrow. They love to help and be involved in the process in any way they can. The candy is a highlight too. We made it back to the base safely at about 6 PM. We had a wonderful meal and an amazing time of devotions, praising our Lord together and challenging each other to grow in Christ. We are so thankful for your prayers. We will be up again at 5 AM tomorrow and return to further complete the home. But more on that tomorrow.