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Janene Van Gorp

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  1. Valerie & Valerie permalink
    January 17, 2010 5:39 pm

    We will check throughout the week on the site to follow your team and see what you are going to be doing. Doug & I will add you to our prayer list and pray for your safety and that you may be God’s instruments on your mission.
    Keep Arlin out of trouble as best you can while you are away from home. 🙂
    Doug & Valerie

  2. Mindy Abendroth permalink
    January 17, 2010 8:29 pm

    Hope your flight went well, and that you got some sleep on the plane!!! Be safe and have fun!!

    We love you!!!!
    Jason, Mindy, and the girls 🙂

  3. Amanda Dykstra permalink
    January 18, 2010 3:52 pm

    Thinking of you guys this week. Praying that you will be a blessing to all those you come into contact with.

  4. Mindy Abendroth permalink
    January 18, 2010 8:16 pm

    I was lonely after school. 😦 No one to call on my way home. 😦
    Hope you have a very fun time! Glad you got there safely and it sounds like no trouble!!!
    Love you!

  5. Lou Ann Franken permalink
    January 18, 2010 8:48 pm

    Hi Arlin and Janene–

    Glad to see you made it safely. Looking forward to hearing about your service throughout the week. Praying that God will work through you this week and that it will be a blessing to you as well!

    Arlin and Lou Ann

  6. Shellie permalink
    January 18, 2010 9:39 pm

    Hey Janene…wouldn’t you know it…I finally recieved the PT email from church this afternoon….too funny. Did make some changes…good thing we’re all so flexible! 🙂 Have a wonderful time…can’t wait to hear all about it!

  7. Justin permalink
    January 18, 2010 10:54 pm

    Praying that you have a great time, and oh, be ready to help deliver that baby at the second medical clinic! HA


  8. Janene permalink
    January 19, 2010 9:35 pm

    Hi Family & Friends. Check out the home page comments to see a summary of our day. We are physically tired but spiritually charged. Thanks again for your prayers. Love you all

  9. Mindy Abendroth permalink
    January 20, 2010 6:23 am

    We have an ICE day!!!!! I think June 15th is our last day now! 😦 YUCK!

    It sounds like you’re having fun! Did you get to sleep on the way to Guatemala or are you completely sleep deprived?

    Have fun today…I agree with Justin…maybe you can help deliver a little Guatemalan baby at some point…. 😉

    Love you!!!

    Oh, and I hope you’re enjoying your food. I would be in bad shape! 🙂

  10. Denise V.S. permalink
    January 20, 2010 9:50 am

    I’ve been thinking of you all and praying that God will use you in a mighty way. I pray that he may renew you spiritually and that He may give you strength and health for each day. It sounds like you are having a wonderful time. God bless you real good.

  11. janene permalink
    January 20, 2010 6:28 pm

    Thanks again to all who responded. We had a busy day but very productive. We get to interact with the families a lot as we work. If we’re sanding, the kids love to help sand and when we stucco’d, the kids would run with the stucco material to us adults who were spreading it on. Today I was like the Pied Piper when handing out sunglasses–I thought just the girls would want them, but the little boys, mamas, grandmas were crowding around saying “to Me” (in Spanish). I even saw a papa put them on. If you open your backpack to hand out candy, you are quickly surrounded by all these kids, too. They are beautiful people and very grateful and eager to interact with us. One little girl just sat on my lap for over a half hour. They also love to see their photos on the digital camera.
    I did leave my camera at the village by mistake tonight, so pray that I get it back tomorrow. Dan feels quite confident that I will. Tonight we will get our gifts ready for the families of the house that our team built and tomorrow we paint the inside and present the gospel to the families as we diedicate our homes. Keep praying for safety and God to touch their hearts.

  12. Mindy Abendroth permalink
    January 21, 2010 6:45 am

    Oooh….i hope you get your camera back. I don’t think cameras like you.

    It (again) sounds like you’re having fun. Do you want to take the kids home with you? 🙂 They sound super sweet!! Have fun today painting and dedicating the house. We’ll keep praying for good things!

    The girls are kicking this morning as I type this…so I think they’re saying “Hi Grandma.” 🙂 Speaking of the girls… long do you want to come down this summer….. 😦 We have ANOTHER day off school (power outages so they canceled), and we’re going ’til June 16th now I think!! This is RIDICULOUS!!! Okay….enough venting, but grrr…..

    Love you! Lots of prayers!!!!

  13. Mindy Abendroth permalink
    January 21, 2010 4:08 pm

    Uh-oh….is it you having altitude sickness? Love you!!!

  14. Priscilla Jansma permalink
    January 21, 2010 7:02 pm

    I’m wondering too, did you get your camera back? and are you having altitude sickness. Today a lot of the ice got cleared away, but more is on the way. Enjoy the sunshine while you can!!!!

  15. Suzanne permalink
    January 21, 2010 7:44 pm

    Hope you get your camera back. We are looking forward to seeing your photos. Hope you and everyone in the group is doing well. I have enjoyed reading about your experiences. Blessings as you complete the work you went there to do.

  16. Janene permalink
    January 21, 2010 8:12 pm

    Hi Mindy, & all my dear friends.
    Yes, I got my camera back –The mayor of the village found it exactly where I remembered using it last and I got it back today. Today was incredible! We had an awesome time giving each family their gifts and then Dan & Hermano explained the concept of grace & accepting Jesus as Savior. All 5 families knelt to recieve Jesus as Lord. We ended with a Pinata & hug fest. I wanted to take a bunch of them home, but I think customs might be a little bucky. Love you all!
    Mindy–Dad says Hi–he tried to write but don’t think it went out. He appreciates all the prayers, too.

  17. Janene permalink
    January 21, 2010 8:14 pm

    I took some anti-nausea this am & I felt much better today! Thanks

  18. Diana Dykstra permalink
    January 21, 2010 8:18 pm

    Sounds like you are right in the middle of God’s will. What a wonderful place to be. We pray your strength is as great as your love and willingless. Love you both
    Wes and Diana

  19. janene permalink
    January 23, 2010 12:17 am

    Great day, but it’s really late, so I’ll try to write more tomorrow. Even with road construction & van problems, God is good! We were able to get to our village for the medical clinic & show the Jesus film. When our Spanish pastor then preached and gave an altar call, all 15 families of the village came forward. It was a beautiful clear starry night and God answered prayers beyond what we can imagine! Good night!

  20. Mindy Abendroth permalink
    January 23, 2010 12:55 pm

    Hi! That sounds like a cool service. 🙂 That’s great you got to experience that!!!

    I got a present from you today! Can I open it? Jason doesn’t know if it’s bday or not. 🙂 I’ll wait ’til I hear from you!

    Jason & I miss you….we want you back in the country so I can call you!!!

    Oooh…and we took pregnancy pictures today! 🙂 So fun!!! 🙂

    Love you!!!!! Glad you’re feeling better…and that you have your camera!!

  21. Mom Obbink permalink
    January 23, 2010 1:43 pm

    Dear Janene, Looked at all the pictures, and they were great! So glad you had such a terrific turnout on your altar call. Mindy misses talking to you, and so do I. I also miss Coffee Break, Who is leading for you?
    My prayers are with both you and Arlin, and the whole gang. I pray for your safe return, but that your work was very effective there. The weather is finally nice here. The Lord is great!!! Love you much. Mom

  22. Sister Jude permalink
    January 23, 2010 3:04 pm

    Hi there! Better late than never I figure. 🙂 Been thinking about you though. I really enjoyed reading about your time there! I look forward to hearing more about it when you’re back. Even though we don’t talk much on the phone, it seems strange that I can’t talk on the phone to you. Praying for your safety. Relay my thoughts to Arlin as well. Love you!

  23. Priscilla Jansma permalink
    January 24, 2010 9:27 am

    Hope your last day in Gautemala is a good one. I don’t imagine you will be able to watch the football game. I’m sure there will be lots of cheering in the US for the Vikings. Have a good trip home tomorrow, and may the memories of your week in Gautemala always bring a smile to your face.

  24. January 24, 2010 10:38 am

    From Janene
    I typed a message earlier & the satellite wasn’t on electricity so I lost it. We’ll try again!
    Mindy–the message was from Dad, he just typed it under my account name. The present is for your birthday–Hope you like & have a great day. Can’t wait to see pregnancy photos!
    Mom–sounds like you’re doing well. Glad the sun is shining. Keep busy & have fun with your friends. Thanks for all the encouragement.
    Judy! Thanks so much. It is wierd to be cut off from cell phone, land line & personal e-mails. But, the world gets along just fine & it is much less distracting down here.
    Priscillla & all my fellow Vikings fans GO VIKINGS! Cheer for me! Thanks for thinking of me.

    Our clinic yesterday was up the most un-imaginable rough “road” Back home, we have level B roads–this must have been a “Z” It was steep & curvy and had holes & ruts big enough to put a wheelbarrow. The bottow of our van dragged over the rocks & a few times, we all had to bail out to get over the next rut. But, God gave us safety & we made it both up to 1800 ft & back down.

    I especially enjoyed the medical clinic. I stood next to Dan Smith (our director) and helped fill the meds that he had determined the patient needed. We’d fill a bag for each member of the family. We had 270 people and 72 families. We distributed lots of vitamins, antibiotics, creams, and eye drops. I got to deal with a little girl with a dislocated finger. I’ll tell you more later.

    Today we go to Antigua to the market. It should be a lot of fun.
    Continue to pray for safety as we travel home. Love you all,

  25. Janene permalink
    January 25, 2010 5:17 pm

    Team Maurice made it to Omaha by 2:30 pm only to discover that there is a ground blizzard at home with ice, wind gusts to 50 mph & 2 inches of snow. The interstate between Omaha & Sx City is closed & the plows have been pulled off the road. We found a nice motel in Council Bluffs & hope to get home tomorrow. The bumpy roads of Guatemala with 60-70 degrees sounds pretty good again. Actually, we had a wonderful trip and many people responded to the altar. Janene

  26. MarkChad permalink
    January 25, 2010 9:01 pm

    Just wanted to say “hi” and hope that you all make it home safely tomorrow. Also hoping you have more than tshirts and flip flops to weather the storm.
    Rachel & MarkChad

  27. Meggan De Jong permalink
    January 26, 2010 8:02 am

    Hi JANENE!!!
    I just finished reading the team’s blog and all your posts here… and… am now hoping that you have safely arrived back in Maurice, Iowa!!!

    I am leaving for Iowa NEXT WEEK!!! And I absolutely can’t wait to see you…
    I will have to hear more stories and pictures from your trip.. and I’ll have to share some about my year. 🙂 🙂

    AND.. miss MINDY.. oh my goodness… you’re pregnant with twin girls?? Did I read this correctly????? AH… WOW… I did… I just went to check facebook…

    I also think I’m insane for leaving Greece (which is quite cold right now too) for CRAZY iowa snow, etc…

    Okay… I have to end this post for now unfortunately.. but I really really really am looking forward to seeing you guys!!! 🙂

    May the Lord continue blessing you to be a blessing in all you do. 🙂



  28. Chrissy permalink
    January 26, 2010 8:59 am

    Janene and Arlin. I hope you have made it home by now. I already miss hearing your voices. I am so thankful to have met you on this trip. Your love of others, eachother and most importantly for Christ is so evident. You two are amazing and I look forward to seeing you again. You will forever be in my heart. Thanks for the many hugs. Have a great week and pray that it is an easy transition back to “normal” life for you. Until we see eachother again. Hopefully sooner than later!
    Chrissy Boerman (

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