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Brian & Cindy Klaver

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  1. Kurt Kunst permalink
    January 18, 2010 3:54 pm

    Well, sounds like a typical interesting first day! Hope you got all your luggage. Did you run into any issues at the airport in Guat? I assume you start building tomorrow right? Remember its not about building a house but building a relationship! Great reminder for the team as well… you are all building a spiritual home (Lord Willing) that will never be destroyed! Hope all your hassels are behind you and the Harvest is Grand!

    Let me know how everything is going! Praying for you daily!

  2. Linda permalink
    January 18, 2010 6:30 pm

    Everyone is tired here there as well Tell Brian the garage doors are great. Hi it’s me, Jon I’m having a OK time here at home. Grandma’s making us go to bed soon, and it’s only seven thirty. That’s why I said i’m having a OK time here. And thanks for the Wii game, I told you so! One of the only fun things we did today was go to chucky Cheese’s!!. See ya later.
    Jon

  3. Karen Holleman permalink
    January 18, 2010 7:14 pm

    I’m so excited to hear about your experience there. Guatemala has always been on my list of places that I’d love to see and know better. Cindy, ask the locals about their opinion of Rigoberta Menchu! See what responses you get upon simply asking them what they think of her. Just a little experiment that your sister wants you to do. It’s gray, gloomy and gross – so at least boost your vitamin D intake while you’re away. The kids will be fine, hopefully the grandmas survive. We’re praying for you – tonight Owen mumbled a little prayer about his friend Mireya and then something about Aun Cinny… too cute! Karen

  4. Cindy permalink
    January 18, 2010 7:58 pm

    Well it certainly was an interesting first day here. Thanks to good ole Detroit Metro six of us missed our first flight. We were only 2 hours later than everyone else but Brian, Don, and I got stuck in customs. After much explanation in Spanish we did get taxed for one of the eye glasses kit. In order for us to pay the tax we had to have a NIT number (which is basically a social security number). Well at the end of the day I got my own NIT number for Guatemala and after all the paper work I think Brian and I bought a time share in Guatemala. Hee hee hee. So now I not only am I Guatemalan tax payer but I now can vote over here too. What a crack up!! I am a bit afraid that if I return here some day I will have backed taxes on something. I love Central America!!!

    In all seriousness. Praise God that we got here safe and that we were able to get on a flight after we missed our first one. Tomorrow we go to a village of 30 families where we will be building 5 houses in the next 3 days. Tomorrow is our biggest building day. We will be up early and work a full day. This is a very remote village that has never really had any outside contact. I pray for God’s hands and voice to be heard by all of us tomorrow. Thanks for praying!!

  5. brian permalink
    January 18, 2010 8:02 pm

    What a day. very tired. Cindy said it all today so i will wait to tomorrow.

  6. Cindy permalink
    January 18, 2010 9:03 pm

    Could you please show my husband how to blog. πŸ™‚

  7. Cheri Stein permalink
    January 18, 2010 9:50 pm

    Hi Brian and Cindy –

    Glad you finally made it! We’re thinking of you and praying for you. Hope Craig’s electrical down in Guat is working well for you…and that his electrical at your house is still working when you get home πŸ™‚ Will’s praying for you every night before he goes to bed. Have a great trip!!

    Cheri

  8. Maria permalink
    January 18, 2010 10:10 pm

    Hi Cindy and Brian!
    We are very grateful that you all arived despite the delays. We will continue to pray for you and the whole group. For your safety, health, strength, and for open hearts that you may be blessed through the people you minister to.

    Stay safe,
    Maria

  9. brian permalink
    January 19, 2010 5:50 am

    Morning. Good night of sleep and we are off for some building today. Glad we are now past the details of getting here and can go out and serve. Just got the 5 min warning that we have to leave so i need to back a couple things in my backpack. Jon, Kate, Matt – ill write you tonight with a report!

  10. Karen Holleman permalink
    January 19, 2010 7:49 am

    It’s still gray, gross and gloomy. Cindy, I know you’re wondering about the weather here. It’s part of our DNA. Too funny about the tax that you had to pay. Hopefully it doesn’t detract from the resources that you brought down for the people. Satan is so sneaky about his road blocks he’ll place. We’ll pray for those nuances don’t wear you down and create distraction from the real reason you’re there. Take care and enjoy your experience. Karen

  11. Jody permalink
    January 19, 2010 7:51 am

    Brian & Cindy!!! Thanks for the update. We have just been praying and wondering how things are going for you guys. I’m glad that your day of travel is behind you and you are off to do what God has prepared for you guys. Have a great first day!!!

  12. Jan Dykema permalink
    January 19, 2010 8:34 am

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad you are there and not stuck in some bureaucrat’s office. Left for Bible study not knowing–so when the question of being in God’s waiting room came up-YUP! “there again”! So now you have 10 more praying partners!
    Brian-I told Tim when he called this AM and Maria doesn’t know this yet-BUT -Josh and Hannah were having discussions yesterday about marriage and Hanna announced that she was “going to marry Uncle Brian”. Josh, “You can’t marry your uncle.” Hanna, “You can get married two times.”
    Be safe, be happy, and spread God’s love. Know that I love you both.
    Mom Dykema

  13. Linda permalink
    January 19, 2010 12:38 pm

    This is from Mom, K typing.
    Actually, all of us went to bed at 9pm, Kate in the big bed. When Kate got up this morning, she said she felt 100 times better and said, “It’s all about the sleep isn’t it Grandma?”
    Glad you’re all finally there, hang on to each other. May the building rise and shine.

    Love,
    Mom

  14. alyssa permalink
    January 19, 2010 6:26 pm

    Hi Aunt Cindy and Uncle Brian!
    How was your day?
    Hope you are healthy!

    From,
    Peter,Deb,Kyle,Alyssa and Kelly

  15. Brian permalink
    January 19, 2010 6:35 pm

    Hey kids and others watching and praying for us. One day of building is done and it was a pretty long day but we got lots done. The houses are all up now we just have to stucco the outside, paint the inside, put on roofs, etc. That will come tomorrow than we dedicate the homes on Thur and move on to the medical village days.

    Grandpa is doing well. The ground is very uneven and hard to get around for him but he is hanging in there and we are pulling him around just fine. Pray with Grandma that his knee does not give away on the trip. This is a hard place to get around but he is keeping a good attitude and enjoying seeing so many very new and different things.

    Glad you guys have the Grandmas to take care of you. I am sure you are having fun and behaving yourselves. Have fun!

    Brian.

  16. Deb permalink
    January 19, 2010 10:49 pm

    Cindy,

    Now that you’re a tax paying Guatemalan maybe they’ll let you bring home one of those beautiful little children… ; )

    Am sure you’ll have a wonderfully productive week in so many ways!
    Deb

  17. Karen Holleman permalink
    January 20, 2010 7:33 am

    Que piensan los guatemaltecos de Rigoberta Menchu? Te escribo en espanol para que todos los otros que leen esto se pongan confundidos. Que risa, no? Espero que disfrutes tu tiempo con los ninitos. Me imagino que Brian y tu hablaran de adoptar a alguno. Podrias imaginar el arco de iris en nuestra familia si Uds. adoptaran a algun guatemalteco?

    Bueno, acabo de recibir un monton de emails de mis estudiantes. Se preocupan por que su instructor de drill sea de Mexico y no le entienden bien. Ay de mi – el trabajo de una profesora. Bueno, cuidate mucho y se que estoy alegre que estes alli. Karen

  18. brian permalink
    January 20, 2010 5:43 pm

    Hey all. Another good building day today. Homes are mostly done with some painting and final stuff to complete tomorrow. Than we dedicate the homes and the new home owners will here the gospel and an explanation on why we are here doing what we are doing and that God called us to this. That is different with every home – some receptive and some not so please be in prayer for them. Our building a home for them is not conditional on anything in return but at the same time we will certianly be sharing our faith with these people which is very powerful and is a day full of lots of prayer. Truly it will be the most tiring of all the days even though we won’t be doing as much physical labor as the past two days.

    My dad is doing well and pushing along. Gave him some good hiking shoes i wore down here but didn’t plan on using here. That has made a big difference for him and he is plugging right along and amazed by most everything he sees so it is pretty cool. Certianly a memory maker.

    Cindy is also having a wonderful time and making some amazing connections with the kids as have others. Loving these kids and adults through playing with them, spending time with them, working with them, etc. That is going very well and certainly the reason called us here. It is great to watch those relationships form.

    Until later. Miss you kids but will be home before you know it!

    Brian

  19. cindy permalink
    January 20, 2010 5:49 pm

    Millbrook kids: Just doing a test here…because my entry last night did not show up here.

  20. cindy permalink
    January 20, 2010 6:09 pm

    Millbrook kids: Okay…the entry showed up. Well, let me say that it is truly amazing to see all the bridges being built over here in Guatemala. Yesterday we came to the village for the first time. When we started our treck down the slippery hill the first thing I noticed is that the children and the mothers looked worn out. Their skin is leather- like and they wear no shoes. They were excited to see us yet a little bit skeptical. It only tooks minutes though for us to truly realize that each of them is a special child of God with their distinct personalities, senses of humor, and laughter… tons of laughter!!

    We started out the first day by framing the houses and then putting up dry wall. You can see the pictures on the website as well. We had some time to connect with the children and they were so excited to learn some English. So I went with 8-10 children and they lead me to a 10 by 10 cement square and we sat down and said the alphabet together in Spanish. They I sang it to them in English. They giggled and giggled. Their minds are sponges just like yours (that’s what I meant when I called your brains mushy 4th graders πŸ™‚ and they sang it so well.

    They were soooo excited to sing songs in Spanish. I taught them “Tengo Gozo” and they laughed and laughed when they had to yell out “Donde?” By today, they yelled it out for the whole village to hear practically. Then I started to sing “Alabare” and they knew it. They sang and sang.

    It was amazing to think that just last week a group of American 4th graders were singing out “I will praise the Lord” in Grand Rapids Michigan. And yesterday and today….there was a group of Guatemalan 3-12 years singing out the same song thousands of mile away.

    Today, the boys wanted to play ball so I taught them how to play beisbol (baseball). These boys are amazing athletes because they have had to treck rocky terrain barefoot since they were babies. We used sticks that they cut from the corn fields and an old rubber ball. They cracked home run after home run and they loved to yell out “Streeek one” when they missed.

    Before we went to lunch today Mr. Klaver and I gave the kids about 6-7 coloring books and some boxes of crayons. The kids absolutely loved these. I will see if one of the guys can down load a picture tonight of them coloring in them. Their favorite thing though was for me to read the verse in Spanish to them and they absolutely loved trying to pronounce your american names. “Nick” was “Neeek” and “Jared” was “Harod” They giggled and giggled and after coloring a picture they would come up to me so proud to show what they did.

    You guys built a bridge to these kids for sure!!! We ended our day by having more English lessons and by singing praises to our Awesome God in Spanish and English. Hope you all are having a wonderful week and you are certainly touching lives here in Guatemala.

    With much love,

    Mrs. Klaver

  21. Kurt Kunst permalink
    January 20, 2010 8:36 pm

    Awesome pictures… looks like you guys have an amazing view… Man I love that place and really wish I was with you. Cindy, so great you are connecting with the kids! Tomorrow is a huge day and we will be praying for the families! Keep looking for “God Sightings”! You are in our prayers! Tell Dan and Heidi hello from my family.

  22. linda permalink
    January 21, 2010 7:48 am

    From Mom (K typing)
    This is Mom (k typing)
    Jolene and I went to hear DeVos speak Wednesday – fabulous. His 10 most powerful phrases are just what all of you are doing. The one thing he does wish, is that he would have witnessed more. The kids are getting prayed-out!
    Hoping for an awesome day on Thursday with great rewards.
    Mom

  23. carolyn zwiers permalink
    January 21, 2010 8:05 am

    We are enjoying all the updates and comments. Praying for all of you.

  24. Uncle John permalink
    January 21, 2010 9:01 am

    Cindy, thanks for your email and your prayers. All is well with me except no wheels and license but that will come. Our prayers are with you and Brian for a safe and productive trip.

  25. Brenna permalink
    January 21, 2010 1:16 pm

    Friends are good for friends, in all the world. I hope the kids will have fun playing with their new balls, toys, and soccer balls. I hope they have fun around uncle brian’s neck. I hope Grandpa will be home soon.
    I hope the kids will have fun in their new houses. I hope the 10 yr. old boy likes his new soccer sandals.
    (all of this is word for word from Brenna)
    Love,
    Brenna

  26. Jackie Noordewier and the Millbrook 4th grade students permalink
    January 21, 2010 1:42 pm

    Hi there,

    We just read your comments. Thank you so much!!!
    We are so glad they are enjoying the coloring books. We were wondering if the older kids like to color, too?

    Now, here’s Jon – hi Mom and Dad we read the very long e-mails at school for my friends. Today we had Spanish and had a subsitute teacher. It was awesome! I’m having a good day at school, and it’s going very well. A couple of days ago Matt and Grandma “snuck off to Chucky Cheese’s while kate and me were at School. I wasn’t real happy with that.
    Jon

  27. Karen Holleman permalink
    January 21, 2010 6:29 pm

    Dear Tia Cindy,
    This is from Annika: your pictures cute, especially the one w/ the little boy. You’re a good builder and I like your hat. When are you coming back? Is it sunny and warm? Do the kids speak English? I don’t know what else!

    This is from tu hermana: I love the picture w/ you sitting on the porch w/ the little kid behind you. TOO CUTE!!! This appears to be such a wonderful experience for you and Brian – what a great way to serve together. I’ll be anxious to hear about your travels, spiritual journey and how God has used you. Karen

  28. Jon and Josh permalink
    January 21, 2010 7:02 pm

    Hi Mom and Dad, I’m at Grandma’s house right now, and guess what, Josh is sleeping over with me. Josh hav been saying wierd words tonght like “Stinky cheese”. Did you read Brenna’s e-mail yet? it’s pretty funny like, friends are good friends in all the world. It’s kinda odd! Here’s Hanna. Dear aunt Cindy and Uncle Brian I wish you have a nice day. You are the best Uncle and Aunt. A stinky Cheese is bad to eat. (she learned that from me)You are the beast ones I know. Here’s Josh with his crazy comments.I found Matt’s Crocs! I always come up with crazy sentences, so BEWARE! How rocky are those roads? Hanna doesn’t like girl stuff even Barbie’s. I also saw a bunch of my cousins today. I saw Jon who is typing this, i saw Hanna chasing Matt with a toy gun, and i saw Kate walking Maggie. Bye
    Jon,Josh,and Hanna

  29. Crazy monkeys (Jon and Josh) permalink
    January 21, 2010 7:23 pm

    Hi we are the crazy Monkeys. If you are not our Parents don’t read this, it’s PRIVET!!!!!!!!!!! This is what we are saying to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Itch your face. I now this might be wierd but take this very seriosly. Do it now!!! Good bye from all the Crazy Monkeys on Planet Earth.

  30. Cindy permalink
    January 21, 2010 7:47 pm

    Okay Jon and Josh..I don’t get it. It was so great to hear from you. I hope school is going well. We had a powerful day today. We dedicated the houses to the families. It was so powerful to see how God works. We are so tired though. Tomorrow we do a medical clinic in another pueblo. I’m not sure where this village is. It has been amazing to be with so many amazing people. It has been wonderful!!

    Karen I’ve not had the opportunity to ask about Rogoberto Menchu. No hay muchas personas que van a conocer a este hombre. Las personas en el pueblo donde trabajamos no saben sus fechas de cumpleanos.

    Well…Jon I am going to put in another entry to the Millbrook kids for tomorrow. I will try not to make it so long this time. πŸ™‚

    Love you all. Continue to pray.

  31. Brian Klaver permalink
    January 21, 2010 10:47 pm

    Pretty amazing day today! All 5 families we built for all accepted Christ today. Very powerful experience just to be there!

    Thanks mom for taking care of so much while we are gone and dealing with the mess at home. Tell drywall guy sorry for not installing the couple extra supports he asked me to install. I forgot.

    Missing you kids! Looking forward to seeing you soon. If any of you kids have any ideas of stuff you want from the market than let me know! I have only heard from Jon so far – Kate and Matt – are you there?

  32. Kate permalink
    January 22, 2010 5:53 am

    Hi mom and dad I can not think of anything for you to get me. Maybe a shirt. I love your big bed because it is cozy. Iam doing fine. Matt will write tonite. In choir the guy who leads us in singing in church came in and played us his trumpet. Love Kate

  33. Linda permalink
    January 22, 2010 7:23 am

    Brian I now have a new understanding of the word DRYWALL. Iam not smarter than a fourth grader in math. I asked Jon why we can’t just divide ? He said I wish!

  34. Linda permalink
    January 22, 2010 7:35 am

    I just found yesterdays story. Great is Your name oh Lord.

  35. Cindy permalink
    January 22, 2010 8:47 am

    Hello everyone…I tried to write earlier this morning but the power went out here temporarily and the message got lost. Thanks so much for all your messages and prayers. I will get back to everyone later on this evening most likely. We are packing pills right now and Dad Klaver is showing Esduardo how to make the reading glasses.

    Thanks Uncle John for the email and I am praying that all those little details that aren’t really little details for us Americans work out. It is so amazing to have family and again whenever I come to Spanish speaking countries I am reminded about the importance of family. I feel so privileged to be in a family that still makes it a priority to be together (as evidenced by our Thanksgiving turnout) What a blessing!!!

    I am going to write a quick message to the Millbrook kids right now as this is the last day of school for the week.

  36. Cindy permalink
    January 22, 2010 9:03 am

    Millbrook kids: Good morning everyone. Just a brief update. To answer one of the questions…yes the older girls love to color here. (The older boys are in the fields working) What happens in these small villages is that the older girls are many times put in charge of the smaller children. This village has gone through some hard times. Some of these children have experienced the loss of a parent and therefore while the dads go and work in the field, the older girls are put in charge of taking care of the younger children. Not just their own family’s children but the children of the village. They know how to take care of each other. This has been another lesson I have been learning down here.

    So…with all of this said, they loved the chance to be like a girl again.

    Yesterday, we dedicated the homes to the 5 families and they were overwhelmed with emotion. We gave each family a bed and they were overwhelmed with this since they have never slept on a bed before (just the floor). We prayed with the families and an amazing Guatemalan pastor talked to them about Jesus Christ. Many of the children know about Jesus because a traveling pastor comes to their village every Saturday. But the parents do not know about HIM. When the Guatemalan pastor talked to the family about who Jesus Christ was they listened and listened and many of the parents were sooooo excited to accept HIM as their saviour.

    Last thing…I know I get long in these emails. In each house we drew a picture and wrote a verse to help represent that picture. The Guatemalan kids loved the verse Juan 14:6 and when I asked them they said that we should put that verse in our house. So that is just what we did: we wrote the verse on the wall of their new house and we drew a picture of a cross being used like a bridge..going from nothingness to life. It reminds me of the picture that is in the glass case as you walk in to school. Everytime you walk by that glass case with the picture of the cross going across the big gully remember that you guys have helped build a bridge for many families here in Guatemala to see Jesus and feel his love.

    We will be handing out more coloring books today. They love these and love seeing your faces!!!

    God bless you today. Sorry I wrote so much again Jon!! πŸ™‚

    Mrs. Klaver

  37. Karen Holleman permalink
    January 22, 2010 9:45 am

    Hola, Cindy. What a powerful experience. I’m so excited to hear about this adventure and all that you’ve seen and learned. I’ve been reading the emails that you’re sending Jon’s class to Sam and Annika and they’re kind of blown away about you…. building. Isn’t it weird w/ everything else that you’re teaching us… they’re stuck on – Is Aunt Cindy really help to build a house? Little Merlecito get’s stuck on something and can’t let it go!!! Too cute!

    P.S. Rigoberta Menchu is a woman who help to liberate the struggles of the indigenous peoples. Even though they don’t know their birthdays, they might know OF her b/c of all her recent work and Nobel Prize that she received. She’s solely responsible for getting the UN to investigate the crimes against the indigenous peoples in Guate. Anyway, I’ve got to go and get ready for class.

    Besitos y abrazitos. Karen

  38. Karen Holleman permalink
    January 22, 2010 9:48 am

    OOPS – one more thing that is so cool. I’m just floored about how your song and image of the bridge that you used at the chapel is reappearing in your journey in Guatemala. God truly is the perfect author of his story. Be safe!

  39. Alyssa permalink
    January 22, 2010 6:28 pm

    Hi Aunt Cindie and Uncle Brian,
    Kyle is waiting for a picture of a armadillo.
    We all hope you are felling well!
    Kelly wants to say hi to you too!!!!!!
    We are praying for you.
    Kyle and I went sking today because there was no school
    and because it was ski day at our school,lots of my friends were there!!!!!!!
    It was so fun!!!!!
    Hope you are having a good time.
    Love, Alyssa

  40. Jon permalink
    January 22, 2010 9:08 pm

    Hi Mom and Dad, I was just trying to be funny when I wrote with Josh “Crazy Monkeys”. Did you read Alyssa e-mail and when Kyle wrote he is waiting for a picture of a Armadillo. Are there really Armadillos in Guatemalla? Guess what,now i’m sleeping over at Josh’s house tonight. You might be asking why. Well, Kate was supposed sleep over at Grandma Dykema’s with Annika, and I was supposed sleep over at Sam’s house with Sam. But Annika was afraid that she was gonna get Home sick. So when Kate heard about that she started to cry. She didn’t want to sleep over at Annika’s. So we tryed to make a new plan. When we told Annika about that she started crying! So Aunt Karen called it all off. So when we went back to Grandma’s house to drop off Hanna because Aunt Maria and Josh were there. If your getting sick of this story stop reading, if your not keep on reading. So I asked Aunt Maria If I could sleep over at there house. And she said yes. And that’s where I’m typing write now, at Josh’s House.
    Jon

  41. Maria permalink
    January 22, 2010 9:14 pm

    Cindy,
    I am so happy for you guys that you had the opportunity and the willingness to go. YOu have beautiful stories to share! Jon and Joshua had fun this afternoon, we are glad to have him.

    May God keep you and protect you all. Strength and joy for your remaining time.
    Maria

  42. Cindy permalink
    January 23, 2010 7:43 am

    Good morning everyone!! It is great to hear from all of you. Yesterday was again a pretty amazing day. We had a nice morning around the base. We took time to do personal devotions and then we helped prepare for the medical clinic. We had about an hour too just to relax and get to know everyone a bit more.

    We left for the medical clinic around 12:00 with the expectation of driving 1 1/2 hours BUT we first hit road construction and found out that the delay would be 4 hours. SOOOO we turned around and decided to take a detour that would add an hour to the trip. Well half way through the detour our van started leaking transmission fluid. We have so many talented men on this trip (farmers, mechanics) who tried to fix the leak but it was determined that we had to call up another truck from the base. SOOOOO we waited for a Guatemalan hour (1 1/2) for the truck. This is one of the best parts…the truck came and all the guys (minus a few) got in the back of the open-air truck and road the rest of the way Guatemalan style (hanging on) The guys all concluded that this was the best way to travel and that in any other city they would have paid 100 dollars for a ride like that. We have some great pictures that I am sure will be shared later.

    When we finally arrived to the village you can tell that this village was a bit better off than the last one we were in. You could tell though that there was this economic strata in even this tiny village because there were a couple of families who were severely poor. We had a great time with all the kids. We colored and colored in the books that the Millbrook kids gave. Jon I have a picture of the little boy who received your book. He was so proud that he got the book of my son. He held it so tight. His dad was so proud because his little boy was going to be starting school next week and he told me how smart his little boy is. It was a precious moment to see the pride of a father.

    Later in the evening they showed the Jesus film in Spanish and afterwards Hermano Jesus, the local pastor, preached an amazing sermon off of the verse…..John 14:6. After that it was one of the most surreal experiences that I have had in my life…but all of us Americans got in front of this little village and we sang three praise songs in English. We were a bit out of tune but truly it did not matter. We sang these songs under the most gorgeous moon and stars while these sweet people just took it in.

    It was an amazing night for sure!!! The whole entire village (about 40 people) came forward to accept Christ. It was amazing because the first two to come forward were these 2 teenage boys who in all my human judgement I thought they were being synnical during the film.

    Talk to you guys later!

    Cindy

  43. cindy permalink
    January 23, 2010 11:49 am

    Cindy updates you all so well that i dont have to write much. plus the computers here are so small that i can not type on them well.

    No there are not armidillos that i am aware of. frankly other than dogs there are many wild animals at all because they have all been killed and eaten. I don’t blame them – i probably would have done the same but that just leaves lots of dogs. I mean LOTS of dogs.

    Last night was great. Nearly the whole village accepted the invitation to accept Christ which was a moving experience. Dad has really found his place with this glasses project and that was really successful last night. Hopefully tonight is as amazing as last night in all ways. Pretty exciting to be part of a night like that!

    Brian.

    Missing you kids! Be home soon. Glad to hear you are getting the chance to hang out with family and stay at some other places during the week. Sounds like fun and thanks to all who are helping out!

  44. Jon, Hanna, Josh, Kate permalink
    January 23, 2010 11:54 am

    Hola, mama and papa, it’s Jon. Josh, Hanna, Kate, and me just got inside from playing snow kickball and having a snowball fight. I played drums in Chapel this Friday and was a little late for it. this mornig while I was at Josh’s house we traded baseball cards and Josh got a Mickey Mantle card from me. uncle Tim just got home last night around 10:00. In the morning we traded more baseball cards. When we were all up from bed Josh, Uncle Tim, and me played football in his basement. Uncle Tim was saying crazy things like “24 divided by equals hut”. It was really fun! Hanna: Dear Aunt Cindy and Uncle brian, you are so sweet. I hope you enjoy it in Guatemala. Josh: When i slept over at Grandma’s with jon a few night’s ago we scared Hanna with a paper ghost Jon and me made. This spring my Dad is going to buy me a big lego, it may be expencive. Good bye my Aunt and Uncle in Guatemala.
    kate

  45. Darren and Jil permalink
    January 24, 2010 1:54 pm

    We are so glad you guys have had an amazing week! Can’t wait to get together and share stories!
    Love,
    Darren and Jill

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