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  1. Kristine permalink
    January 18, 2010 5:58 pm

    Hi Dad! How are your sleeping and eating quarters? I hope you got to eat dinner by now, and get a REALLY good nights sleep. I hear that by night #2, you will fall into bed. Looks like good weather the rest of the week, with no rain.
    I hope you got through customs ok.
    Love,
    K.

  2. Team NW IA /MI permalink
    January 18, 2010 6:15 pm

    Stlll very little sleep during the last 2 days. Hopefully tonight. Brian/Cindyand 4 others still not here at the base. Should be here very soon. Sleeping quarters are fine just didn’t sleep much at all on the plane. Tell Mom to send me a note and then I can comment. Not supposed to use our own address. Brian will probably add something when he gets here and eats first. Dad.

  3. Kristine permalink
    January 18, 2010 6:18 pm

    Mom is working on a note, with the problem being that she can’t type. You should see one from her soon, and then she’ll want to know that Brian got there and that you’re all going to bed!
    K.

  4. alyssa permalink
    January 18, 2010 7:28 pm

    Hello Grandpa. How are you doing? I hope you stay healthy. Have fun!!!!!!!!!!

    -Alyssa

  5. Linda permalink
    January 19, 2010 12:34 pm

    This is Mom, even though K is typing. No snow, no shoveling, but huge lunch, and no rice and beans. Fire Mountain. Anxious to hear about the looks on the faces of the people when you showed up. Did you get a house built today? Did you meet any kids that look like little peters and alyssa’s. Every morning Jolene says to God – show me your glory. Look for the rainbow,
    Love,
    L.

  6. John permalink
    January 19, 2010 10:15 pm

    Sorry it took so long to reply. Having problems with these laptops. All is well except my feet knee and back hurt.. Other than that, working very hard and hardly any free time. Everybody else is in bed, lights out @ 9:30. On the road to the village @ 6:00. Check out the reg. blog for some of the general info. I’m taking lots of pics .Love you all.
    Grandpa, Dad and John

  7. Deb permalink
    January 19, 2010 10:45 pm

    Dad,

    My Coffee Break leadership team is praying for you specifically to handle the physical aspects of this exciting mission. Hope you feel the prayers. Am sure God will renew your spirit in many different ways.
    Love,
    Deb

  8. John permalink
    January 20, 2010 5:02 am

    Well, it’s now 5:00, will have breakfast soon and then the 1.5 hr bumpy ride to the job site to finish the sanding of the dry wall and then putting on the outer stucco. Learning a lot about building relationships with these people. I borrowed a pair of shoes from Brian with a lot of tread to prevent slipping and hope that works better today.
    More later when we return late this P.M.

    Pray that my knee doesn’t go out
    Dad

  9. carolyn zwiers permalink
    January 20, 2010 10:13 am

    Hi John, we have been reading the info on the website and enjoying the pictures. Glad you arrived safe and sound. Sounds like quite an adventure. Hello to Brian and Cindy. We are praying for all of you.

    Bob and Carolyn

  10. Deb permalink
    January 20, 2010 8:20 pm

    From Peter: If you get good at this building stuff perhaps you can help us out on the job sites back here in the snow. Good job with all the work from all of you! Great photos, it looks like the kids like to help. God bless you all. Peter

  11. kristine permalink
    January 20, 2010 8:37 pm

    Love the updates, love the photos, looks and sounds like all is going great. Thursday will be a great day.
    The kids are adorable, and they are quick learners! I bet they went nuts over the candy.
    Stay healthy.
    Love,
    K.

  12. John Klaver permalink
    January 20, 2010 10:08 pm

    Thanks for your responses. Please read the new Team message for todays activities. Tomorrow will be huge. We will putting on the roof, painting the interior, positioning new beds, always previously sleeping on the ground. Then dedicating ea. of the 5 homes, and asking for their committments to follow Jesus. The dedication will be approx. 1 hr., while we ALL circle the home with prayers, being engaged. Each family member will also receive gifts previously purchased for ea. family member. More later.
    A Guatamalan evangelist will be then working with ea. Mom and Dad. More later
    Dad

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

    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.
    L.

  14. January 21, 2010 9:50 am

    Hi John,
    I have been praying for you and the rest of the team every day. It sounds like God is doing a mighty work through all of you. I am especially excited to pray for this afternoon when you share the gospel. I can’t wait to talk to you when you get back. I am asking God to put a super-natural brace on your knee to protect it, that He will sooth the aches and pains every night so you can get a good nights rest, that you will be able to see a multitude of ways His grace is being experienced by you and by the villagers.

    It was so good to be with Linda yesterday. You married one exceptional woman and I feel so honored that both of you are my friends. Go in God’s grace and know that is is pleased with you.

    In Him, Jolene

  15. Brenna permalink
    January 21, 2010 11:28 am

    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

  16. Jonathan permalink
    January 21, 2010 2:00 pm

    Hi Grandpa, how is going over there. Do the people like there new reading glasses? We got a new Wii game fom our Mom And Dad. I’m actually not typing at home right now, I’m typing at school!! I gotta go. Bye!!

  17. John Klaver permalink
    January 21, 2010 7:37 pm

    Dear Kristine, Deb, Jolene, Carolyn. Thanks for the comments. However, would like to ask one of you to find out why I’m not getting any messages from Linda. (except the 1st day) Sure would seem like one of you could help her. I guess she needs it. Please read the general comment that will be left for all of you tonight. Everything going well here except my knee is very unstable. I will definitely be seeing my surgeon when I get home. Just trying very hard to favor the knee so I can complete this mission. Let me know what and when Mom will reply, ON HER OWN!!
    Thanks,
    John

  18. Linda permalink
    January 21, 2010 8:12 pm

    dear john (on my own) all is well here. kids have been very good . drywall man here again today—dust everywhere. was today great! waiting to hear, love and blessings linda

  19. Linda permalink
    January 22, 2010 5:44 am

    Kate and I woke up early to get our messages. Kate says Hi to mom and dad. We didn’t get any new pictures. Did the people like their gifts? Linda and Kate

  20. Bob Grussing permalink
    January 22, 2010 12:06 pm

    Hi John – I have been praying for you and the team. I know God has used you in an amazing way and look forward to hearing all about it when you return.

  21. peter permalink
    January 22, 2010 6:05 pm

    We are all checking the photos again. Kelly is looking for you and saying papa. We hope your knee holdong out. Are you getting enough rest? It looks like a full schedule. Alyssa and Kyle were off from school and went to Cannonsburg. We are getting our home ready for you & mom. Out kidswill help as you will be tired. Lover Peter, Deb, Kelly, Alyssa, Kyle.

  22. Alyssa permalink
    January 22, 2010 7:07 pm

    Hi Grandpa,
    I am getting ready for you to stay at our house.
    Kyle and I got to go sking at Cannonsburg today because it was ski day for
    our school. Alot of my friends were there. I think I am getting the hang of sking!!!!
    We are praying for you. Hope you are having a good time.
    Love, Alyssa

  23. Linda permalink
    January 23, 2010 8:03 am

    Do you get to see Cindys Email? I hope you enjoyed that amazing nite. Soon L

  24. kristine permalink
    January 23, 2010 8:22 am

    Hi Dad, sounds like yesterday morning you got a bit of a rest. Hopefully your knee is feeling better. Were you one of the guys to ride in the back of the open air truck? We haven’t seen any new pictures in a couple of days now.
    Hopefully you get a little down time today. Be safe.
    Kristine

  25. Cindy writing for dad permalink
    January 23, 2010 9:51 am

    Good morning everyone….dad is having some problems with the computer shutting down on him so he wanted me to write. I think he is wanting me to write because it might be hard for him to put in words how God used him and his new ministry. Like I alluded to, we got to the village a little bit later than we had wanted to so the day light was limited. We found the mayor of the small village and explained what dad was going to do. So after some explanation and some set up dad waited by his small little table (his little shop). He told me about his “inventory” that he had…though he was in a small village in the mountains of Guatemala you could tell he was right where he was supposed to be. He was comfortable and had a peace (even though he is such a detail man).

    So the medical clinic started. I know that dad wanted me to help him translate (and I did for the first bit of set up) but I really felt like God did not want me there next to him. I really wanted dad to feel empowered that he could do this and that God would speak through him and his ministry and that at times words just don’t have to be the bridge.

    I went off to play with some kids and hand out toothbrushes and toothpaste (reminding all the villagers that brushing 2 X / day es “muy importante”) I looked over and at first there was nobody at his table. My heart pounded a little bit and I was a little sad to see that no one was there yet. One of the girls from our group reassured me that the people had to go through the medical clinic line before going to the glasses.

    Before I knew it there were all kinds of elderly people around his table. I think it was the mayor who was helping people with the testing but Brian ended up helping with some of the distribution translation. I think it was meant to be that Brian and dad worked together in this. It was truly a success. I think dad gave away about 20-25 pairs of glasses which is amazing because all of those people accepted Christ as their saviour and the only Bibles that Dan had to hand out were these very small print editions. God is truly 10 steps ahead of us always, isn’t he?

    Today we go to another clinic and it is a bigger one so he will probably run out of glasses but Esduardo was taught by dad yesterday how to make them and I think it is evident to all now how important this ministry is.

    I think (I’m not him…just a perceptive woman) that dad was wondering his place on this trip the first few days…I think his purpose has become crystal clear now. God is so good. He wanted me to tell you guys too that his knee is stable. Yesterday’s village did not involve the kind of trecking that we needed to do the days before. I don’t think today will involve that either as we pretty much stay put in a central area.

    Oh and no…dad did not go in the open air truck. He was nice in comfy in the van with us.

    Cindy

  26. carolyn zwiers permalink
    January 23, 2010 10:14 am

    Hi John,

    I was just looking over the web site stuff and all the amazing things you have been doing. I’m sure those who got the glasses were so happy to be able to read better. I’m glad your knee is holding up. We will be anxious to hear all your stories when you get home. We will be praying for safe travel home for the team. I’m sure home is starting to sound good to all of you.

    Bob and Carolyn

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