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Eric & Lisa Bauman

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  1. Greg permalink
    January 18, 2010 9:53 am

    Hey guys!
    Have a fantastic week! It will be life changing. Enjoy the scenery, and enjoy the “God sightings” around every corner.

  2. Karen permalink
    January 18, 2010 11:15 am

    I’m proud of you for going and giving in this way. Will be thinking of you all week.

  3. Abner permalink
    January 18, 2010 12:19 pm

    Hope you have had a safe trip; thought about you about 5 this morning before I went back to sleep. Have a good day. It is in the 70s here in Orlando; enjoying it.

  4. January 18, 2010 5:15 pm

    Hi Guys!
    Are you there yet? We are getting ready to have a taco dinner and the kids are having a blast! They all love the playtime and H and B just cleaned out their backpacks to get ready for homework. Enjoy every moment!

  5. Lisa and Eric permalink
    January 18, 2010 8:02 pm

    Hi Brett,Natalie and Stobels,
    We are here!!!! We thought about you many times today. Glad you had a great Monday.
    Brett and Hayden, we hope you do great on your test tomorrow.
    We will take many picutres because it will be hard to describe what we are seeing.
    Natalie you would love the colorful clothes they wear and Brett, we’ve seen some fun little cars and trucks. They drive kind of crazy around here. Our heads almost hit the roof of the van many times today on our drive to the base camp. Along the way we passed a few cows walking in the road, a few men on horseback, one young boy just flying down a hill on a yellow 10-speed bike, some of the craziest decorated buses you have ever seen nearly overflowing with people and women carrying baskets on their heads. There are three volcanoes quite near to where we are. They said one is often smoking and that there are mornings when you can see lava. Brett and Natalie you would be very proud of me. I spoke Spanish for almost 3 hours to Julio, a man from Guatemala sitting next to me on the plane. He was living in Texas for 4 months, working as a painter to make money for his family. His wife’s name is Natalie and he has two boys. He will be home to see them for a few months and then go back to Texas to work again. He gave me his address so we can write him. I told him my kids speak way better Spanish than I do!
    We are all going to bed soon. We have to be up by 5 a.m. so we can leave for the village by 6.
    It is a village of 30 families. We will be building 5 houses there.
    We love you so very much! Have a great Tuesday!
    Bob and Melanie, Thank you! We hope you are having a fun time. Only one more day with the boot! God bless you all! We love you!

  6. January 19, 2010 5:19 pm

    I hope you are having a good time in Guatemala. We woke up Monday to a power outage at our house and Mr. Strobel’s office. Grandpa took good care of us. We are having a good time at the Strobel’s. We found the notes in our suitcases! My cold is doing OK and Hayden and I did well on our test.
    Love you,
    Brett and Natalie

    All is good and it is so funny to have five kids. We are now off to den meeting and tumbling. The kids are amazing and we are so grateful for our time all together!!!

    Prayers for all of you from all of us.

  7. Lisa permalink
    January 19, 2010 7:36 pm

    Hi! We are glad you are all having fun! Of course we knew you would. Great job on our test! Natalie, how was tumbling? I am glad you found the notes so you know how much we love you. I don’t even know where to begin to tell you about today. The volcano was smoking as we drove past it at 6 am this morning. The roads are quite an adventure, the curves, holes, steep inclines and declines, absolutely crazy sometimes. The families and children we met today we amazing. The children very quickly realized that if we opened our backpacks we might be getting candy or toys out and they would crowd around us, their huge brown eyes looking up. They wanted to help with the building, giggling as they used a drill for the first time. It is amazing how hard they work. Children as young as three washing out their clothes in a basin, carrying bundles of wood on their heads. Life here is very hard for them, they have to work so hard for everything. And yet, their smiles are huge, they giggle and laugh when we talk to them. They wanted to learn some English words. This is truly the most amazing adventure and experience. Eric is giving me a hard time about writing a book here so I better cut it short. There is so much to tell you. As we are here we already think about when will we get to come back. We love you! Have a great day! Thank you Bob and Melanie and thank you Hayden, Carter and Owen for sharing your house and things. con mucho amor! Lisa and Eric

  8. Eric permalink
    January 20, 2010 5:30 am

    We were up at 5 am too but didn’t get to go back to sleep. They are working on the road into here and want to be out of here before they start. If we don’t, we could wait 10 min. or 2 hrs. It is a 1-1/2 hour ride to the village. Difficult roads up in the mountains. Close to lake Aticlan (sp?)
    All is well here and I thought about you and your construction skills. They would come in handy here but it isn’t difficult for anyone.

    Brett and Natalie – It sounds like you are doing well. We love you and think of you often. It”s time for a little breakfast and off to work, serve, and look into some big brown eyes. You will love to play with these kids. I love you — Dad

  9. Amy permalink
    January 20, 2010 7:00 am

    I have been praying for you both. Your enote was a good reminder. I am praying that those you meet will see, hear, feel, and experience the love of Christ. I also am praying that you will both cherish all you see, hear, smell, and experience and that it remains with you for His glory.

    Have a blessed Week!

  10. Kir permalink
    January 20, 2010 1:28 pm

    Dearest Lisa & Eric,

    We’ve been thinking about you both. I’ve enjoyed reading about some of your adventures. The 5am wake ups, the crazy/scary bus rides, interesting people, the living conditions & all the sights and smells.

    What a terrific gift to be reminded how blessed we are. I know you both are making such a difference to the people you meet during this experience.

    God speed and much love,

  11. Eric permalink
    January 20, 2010 8:06 pm

    Hello All,
    Wow, what another great day! Up early again and hard at work. Thank you for all your prayers. Today was busy getting the houses stucco’ed, sanded for paint tomorrow, and steel put on the roof of the overhang. Tomorrow we will dedicate the houses to our family. Please continue to pray for us and our family. That they would see and know the love of Jesus Christ.
    We hope you are all well and good. I know Brett and Natalie are being well cared for and loved.
    We will write again soon. Love to all of you,


  12. Abner permalink
    January 21, 2010 8:04 pm

    Glad you had a good day and are looking fwd to tomorrow. We often think of you down there and are happy that you are enjoying the time. We will look forward to seeing your pictures.

    I had a great sleep last night after a pretty hard day; we laid over 3,000 sq. ft. of carpet squares – I was in charge of the crew of about six guys. There were some good guys on the team; although they didn’t have any experience laying carpet they caught on real fast. By noon today we finished the 2nd floor, then this afternoon prepped for beginning on the ground floor tomorrow.

    Thanks for keeping us up-to-date and letting us in on your adventure.


  13. January 21, 2010 9:09 pm

    Hello there and I must apologize for my delay in emailing. It has been one wild ride around here but a week we will forever cherish. So it was 100% God’s plan that I remain behind and not be a part of your team this trip. I just know that this week I have been right where I belong. Taking care of your children has been such a blessing to us. They are so respectful and very easy to please and all the kids have enjoyed the busy days but lots of play time. This morning they constructed a huge boat and a city all of recycled stuff and whatever pantry items we could find. I have pictures and Hayden and Brett have been painting it while Natalie and Carter really wanted to believe their boat would float. They are all too funny!

    So I need to let you know that Stephen, Bob’s Mom’s husband passed away on Monday making this week a bit interesting but as I said before this week has worked out exactly as planned. It is sad that he is gone but we all feel so much relief that he is at peace and that now he can be free from all his many demons. There is much to tell about the whole story of course and I think after you are home for a bit we need an adult dinner out to make it through all the subjects we need to cover. 🙂 Of course today was the funeral but we were able to get our very favorite sitter and the kids had a great day. They have not been outdoors much due to the ice and wind but they did do crafts, practice piano, play rescue or something and so much more… We were able to top off a beautiful day with H and C’s soccer game and a pizza dinner out with all of us, Bob’s brother who flew in yesterday from CO and Bob’s Mom. It was a good distraction for her and the kids were as good as gold. Tonight they are sleeping in forts they built in each room today. 🙂

    Tomorrow I have another round of PT for my now bootless foot and then we are taking the gang bowling. More adventures tomorrow! We have all been praying this week for you to and the whole team to be the hands, feet and spirit of Jesus. Have fun and we can’t wait to hear all about it! Lots of Love,

  14. Mike and Leona permalink
    January 21, 2010 9:15 pm

    It was great to hear that you are out on an adventure like this and what a rewarding experience it will be for you. It’s amazing to read of the amount of work you can accomplish in one week. We are planning to be in the Dominican Republic for 2 weeks in Feb doing similar work. Hope everything continues to go well for you. God bless you.

    Mike and Leona

  15. Lisa permalink
    January 22, 2010 10:01 am

    hello family and friends,
    Thank you so much for your continued prayers and notes of encouragement. I have been thinking about how to respond when people ask “How was it?” Amazing, tiring, beautiful, challenging, inspiring, a glimps at God’s kingdom, physically and emotionally exhausting and exhilertating all at the same time. Yesterday we dedicated the houses. Most of us really did not know what to expect. I must admit I was skeptical, not really believing the God’s spirit would move in that way. Wow, God was ready to show all of us his glory, his power and that it is his will to claim souls for himself. We dedicted one house at time, with the team who built that house going inside with the family and presenting them some gifts. The gospel was then shared with them by Dan and Jesus (the Guatemalan pastor). They focus not on a religion, but on God calling them to a personal relationship where he can feed them, nuture them and cleanse them spiritually. The rest of us surrounded the house and prayed and read scripture. By the third house we said we all knew what it must have been like to be the disciples in the garden with Jesus. We felt so exhausted. There are some true prayer warriors in this group and it was a blessing to pray with them and by them and learn from them. I wish I could describe it for you.
    We all felt God’s spirit moving. All 5 families accepted Christ and Dan and the team will continue to do follow up ministry with them.
    We actually got to sleep in until 7 today, rather than the 5 am wake ups. We spent time in devotions and then packing and labeling drugs for the medical day.
    We are so thankful for the blessing of being able to be here. The others on our team are amazing people. I have found that when I am willing to leave my comfort God is waiting to reveal more of himself. Thank you again for your prayers. They are truly felt. Take care, Lisa and Eric

  16. Lisa permalink
    January 22, 2010 10:12 am

    Hi brett and natalie and strobel gang,

    I am so sorry to hear about Stephen. From what you have shared I know there is a sense of relief there, but it is never easy. Thank you for loving and caring for our children through all that you have going on.
    It sounds like fun over there and I am so glad you are who you are so that I know I will get to see it all documented 🙂
    The weather here is so beautiful. It feels nice to know we are missing a week of snow and ice.
    We have no sense of what day it is here.
    Brett and Natalie we love you very, very, very, very much (mucho!) We are glad you are having such fun! We will have so much to tell eachother. Have a great day and a fun weekend with grandpa too. We will see you soon! Love you!!!!! Lisa and Eric

  17. Eric permalink
    January 23, 2010 12:47 am

    What a day it has been. It’s 12:30 am and we arrived back at the base just a bit ago. We are all exhausted. I am listening to snooring all around me. Today we were surely held up by forces beyond our human control. We left for the medical clinic around noon but on our way we were turned back because of construction. There was to be a 4 hour delay so we turned around to go around the mountain a different way. As we were climbing through the hills, one of the guys noticed fluid coming from our van. Transmission fluid was leaking pretty bad. We stopped in the middle of nowhere and assessed the situation. Dan decided to call for a truck to take us the rest of the way and the van would limp back home down the mountain. With one van and car still good, the guys drove Guatemalan style in the back of an open truck. It turned out to be quite an experience. I’m sure they will post pictures of it soon. So, we arrived at our medical clinic about 3 hours late but right on God’s time. Fortunately it was a small village. The people were happy to see us. We played some soccer, the smaller kids loved coloring in the coloring books. Actually the older ladies liked coloring too. The spirit of the Lord was evident today. There is a purpose in everything we are doing. Helping others know the love of Christ. Showing the Jesus film. Thank you for praying for us. They were needed today and helped turn the tide in our favor. Praise the Lord, Good Night.

  18. lisa permalink
    January 24, 2010 6:30 pm

    In ways it seems like we have been here for weeks and yet it also seems surprising that we go home tomorrow. Today was a relaxing day after another adventure yesterday. We are all beginning to anticipate and realize that pretty much everyday is an adventure here in Guatemala, the roads usually create the biggest adventure, Guatemala traffic, wondering where, what type or if there will be bathrooms in each new village we go to, just to name a few. Yesterday’s village was south, toward the coast and took about 2 and a half hours to get there. The final road to the village was more holes than road. One van couldn’t make it so several of us walked in, thinking the village was closer than it really was and realized why Guatemalans walk at a slow steady pace. This village was the biggest we had been to and we were surprised at how many had cell phones. The kids were expecting us and were expecting the candy and gifts we brought. We were not prepared for their greediness, grabbing and pulling things out of our hands, calling out “Es miyo” (Its mine). We soon realized how like the disciples we were, wanting our ministry to be controlled and orderly, not letting the mobs press in, being worried there would be enough loaves and fishes (in our case candy and toys). Amdist the only slightly controlled chaos were several precious smiles and faces, children wanting to sing for us, with us, wanting to learn songs and words in English, asking our names, where we were from, wanting to be held or just to hold a hand. We served over 70 families that night in the medical clinic and gave away all the glasses John Klaver had made. I helded for quite awhile with the glasses and it was so fun to see the smiles of joy when suddenly they would say “Es mas claro, si, si, yo veo” (Its clear, yes, yes I can see it). Many families accepted Christ that night. To hear Hermano Jesus, the Guatemalan pastor speak is quite amazing, truly something you can’t describe, you have to experience. Their prayers for acceptance are so passionate and sincere, it is amazing how faith and the spirit transcends language.
    Today was sleeping in (7), our lagrave group (lisa, steve, rachel and chad) did some climbing and some hiking. Chad and steve kept saying they knew where we were, that this must connect to a road, after a bit of wandering we did finally find the path home. We discovered later in the day that both Chad and Steve are known as the “wanderers.” We spent the afternoon in Antiqua, a very touristy city. It was interesting to see another side of Guatemala, but I think I like the villages better.
    Tonight we pack up our things and rise very early to catch our plane. Part of me is ready and part of doesn’t want to leave the wonderful simplicity of here. We all said we might actually have to drive over a few potholes on purpose, just to bring back the feel of Guatemala.
    Our love to you all. Thank you for supporting us and lifting us up in prayer. If we told you all the amazing stories and adventures of this week you would know how much your prayers were heard and God’s care was over us. Thank you! Love, amor, see you soon. Lisa and Eric

  19. January 25, 2010 12:19 am

    Love your post and love knowing that both you and Eric were in Guatemala with such purpose. Sounds like you were in the palm of God’s hand and willing to know his timing throughout the week. The simplicity and hard work sound so rewarding and it is wonderful to hear that you are helping those with such need both mentally, physically and spiritually.
    I cannot wait to hear every detail. Wish I could hear the pastor you describe. He sounds so inspiring. Safe travels back to the USA. Your kids were remarkable and our week was one of the best! Grandpa was happy to pick them up yesterday morning and Brett was eager for Sunday morning donuts. Peace and Love.

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