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  1. Ryan permalink
    January 18, 2010 5:09 pm

    Hello!

    My blog page is finally up. Just want to let everyone know that we arrived safely….well, at least most of us. The remaining 6 are en route. They missed the flight out of Detroit because of some check in problems and were delayed a few hours

    I’ll post more later, but it’s time for dinner now. I’m hungry!

    Bye!

    Love you guys.

  2. Lexi permalink
    January 18, 2010 7:46 pm

    Hi Daddy! We are so glad that you got there safely! We miss you bunches! We saw baby Connor today and he is super cute. Jenna and Gary are tired but doing well. We are about to head to bed ourselves. Have fun tomorrow!! We love you!

  3. Ryan permalink
    January 19, 2010 5:45 am

    Morning guys. We had a 5:00 wake up call this morning. Breakfast is done (eggs & potatoes) and now we’re just about to leave for work. It’s about a 1.5 hour drive to the village. It was so great to hear from you guys. Everybody else was getting messages but not me 😦 Just kidding. Sounds like you had a busy day. Well, I’ll write back when we return from the village. I miss you guys!

    Love,

    Me

  4. Lexi permalink
    January 19, 2010 8:06 am

    Good morning! I am glad that they are feeding you well! Sounds like you’re going to need it. We went to my mom’s last night and didn’t get back til 8:30 or else I would have written you sooner. I’m sorry! 😦 We’re trying to keep busy but we’ve got nothing planned for today. Maybe I’ll clean the house! 🙂 I hope that you had a good day at work. I can’t wait to hear back from you. We all miss you terribly. Kaden’s taking this man of the house business seriously! It’s pretty cute! We love you bunches! Stay safe!
    XXXXXOOOOOO
    Lexi and the boys

  5. Lexi permalink
    January 19, 2010 12:02 pm

    Hi again! Just thought that I would let you know that I paid the bill! You don’t have to worry anymore!! Love you!

  6. Jan Snip permalink
    January 19, 2010 2:36 pm

    I did a little internet searching and found your blog! Glad to hear you made it safely. It sounds like you went right to work. It’ll be fun to follow your trip this way. Enjoy your time- I’ll be praying for you and your group!

    Love, MOM

  7. Ryan permalink
    January 19, 2010 6:44 pm

    Hola mi familia! That means ‘hello my family’. Today was a great day. We left at 6:00 this morning to embark on 1.5 hour drive to the village. That was interesting to say the least. It was only about 15-20 miles away, but it’s up and down mountains most of the way. That last mile of the drive was very tricky. In fact, Dan (the paradise bound guy) said it was the steepest descent they have ever had to maneuver. Please pray that our travels throughout the rest of the week go just as well. Now on to the really exciting stuff…..My team and I framed and drywalled a house for a family today. I got to meet most of the kids (there were a lot), and they helped me measure and screw just like Kaden and Brennan do at home 🙂 These kids have never seen a drill before, so the experience was priceless. I worked a lot with a little boy named Misa. I think he was eight years old. It was a lot of fun. I also got to break out my four years of high school spanish. It was so much fun talking to the kids and families.

    Well, I’m showered and fed and it’s just about time for devotions. Then we get to do it all over again tomorrow.

    I have so much to tell you, but there are people waiting and I’m beginning to feel a bit guilty. I’ll try to write again later….maybe say goodnight!

    Lexi – thanks for paying the bill 🙂 Kaden – thanks for being the man of the house. Bren – thanks for making mommy smile today. Mom – thanks for praying. The power of prayer has been really amazing.

    I love you guys and miss you very much. Talk to you soon.

  8. Lexi permalink
    January 19, 2010 7:00 pm

    Wow! It sounds like a great experience! I am so glad that you are having fun! We stayed in tonight and I think that I am going to let the boys sleep with me tonight. We’ll see how that goes. 🙂 I told Brennan that he couldn’t snore and he denied that he snores. It was really funny. I have been checking your blog all day just in case you got back early. 🙂 I miss you tons. I hope that tomorrow goes as well as today. The boys both miss you and love you. Sweet dreams and I love you bunches!!! XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo
    Lexi

  9. Ryan permalink
    January 19, 2010 9:36 pm

    Hey hun.

    Not sure if you’ll get this yet tonight, but I wanted to say a quick good night. We had devotions tonight with the group – it was really great. You would have loved the songs we sang.

    If you get a chance tomorrow, check out the team page. We have a designated team blogger who is documenting our daily experiences. It’s really great.

    Have a great night. Good luck with Bren – we have many snorers here too!

    Love you bunches!

    Ryan
    xxxooo

  10. Ryan permalink
    January 20, 2010 5:38 am

    Good Morning!

    Up bright and early again this morning….well, not so bright yet, but definitely early. We just finished breakfast and we’re getting ready to head out to the village again. On the agenda today – more drywall and stucco. Looking forward to it. Please pray again for safe travels and that each of us makes it a point to work with god, and not for him – the theme of our devotions last night 🙂

    Lexi and boys, I hope you have a great day today. Have fun at school and WOW tonight! I love you guys and miss you a lot. Big hugs!!!!!

    Love,

    Ryan

    PS – check out the team home page – there are some pictures up now. If I get some time tonight, I’ll try to load some more.

  11. Chris Snedeker permalink
    January 20, 2010 6:36 am

    Hey Ryan!

    I should have written soon, but I have been checking the site all week! Glad you all made it safely and sounds like you guys are having a great time. What an awesome experience for all of you! Thanks for giving up your time to do this. We will continue to pray for you and for your team as well as all you families back home.
    Love you!

    Aunt Chris

  12. Jan Snip permalink
    January 20, 2010 7:47 am

    Good Morning!
    I think I am just a bit jealous! What an awesome opportunity. It sounds like you are enjoying the kids, but I bet it makes you just a bit homesick. I’m guessing the kids love you. I see the dirty faces and tattered clothes in the pictures and it just reminds me/us of how much we take for granted! I’ll continue to pray that you are able to accomplish even more than you set out to do, that God will watch over you and keep you safe and healthy!
    Love,
    MOM

  13. Lexi permalink
    January 20, 2010 8:00 am

    Hi honey! Wow! It sounds like you guys are having an awesome experience! The boys and I went to bed early last night and watched Jumanji. I thought they would fall asleep during the movie but at 10:10 they were still awake so I turned it off. Man are they bed hogs! Bren didn’t snore too much though so thats good. He’s just really wiggly at night. 🙂 How have you been sleeping? Are the pillows ok for you? Hoping to stay busy today. Church should help. The pics were really cool. It’s nice to be able to see what you are doing. The mountains are gorgeous. I don’t know that I would be able to ride through them though. I can’t even go over a bridge without my blood pressure going up! 🙂 It sounds like the kids like the candy huh? They are pretty cute! Well, the kids are starting to hit each other so I should get going. I will check again later! We are praying for you guys! I love you bunches and bunches and the kids do too. Miss you!!!!
    XXXXXOOOOOOO
    Love always,
    Lexi

  14. Ryan permalink
    January 20, 2010 7:36 pm

    Hey everybody!

    Thanks for the responses. I look forward to them every day 🙂

    Today was another great day. We plastered the outside walls and put up a canopy/porch thing. Tomorrow we have a few more things to do, then it will be time to dedicate the house to the family. From what I have heard, this tends to be the most exhausting day of the week. We will be presenting each family with their homes and gifts, and then pray over each house as hermano Jesus (brother Jesus – thjs is his real name 🙂 ) shares the gospel with these people. Should be very exciting!

    When we arrived today, all the kids were waiting on the side of the road for us. They were so excited to see us again. My buddy from yesterday, Misa, was there to greet me too. He helped me a lot today with the drywall and other things. We also had a lot of time to play – maybe I should have been working harder :o) I gave him a futbol americano (football as we know it) and played catch with him and many of his brothers, sisters, and cousins. I also cut a hole in the top of a 5-gallon bucket, screwed it to a tree, and played basketball with the kids. It was a lot of fun. When I wasn’t playing sports with them, I felt like a tree. Misa and his friends were always jumping on me and climbing me. I think there may be some pictures of this on the blog – check them out if you get a chance.

    The food down here has been pretty good, too. In the morning and at night, there has been a lot of american food (lasagna, spaghetti, pancakes, eggs), but there has been a lot of authentic guatemalan food too – spicy cabbage, rice, beans, and the best vegetables ever. So far, everybody has remained pretty healthy other than the motion sickness from the ride.

    There is a lot more for me to say, but I need to share! We are having devotions again at 8:00 and it should be a lot of fun. Oh, and I wanted to tell you about the guatemalan prayers we have been doing. During a guatemalan prayer, everybody prays there own prayer alout at the same time. It’s really cool! Maybe we can do this during dinner when I get home 🙂

    Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Pray for safe travels. Pray for the dedication tomorrow. Pray for our health. And pray for use to continue growing our relationship with God through this experience. Thanks so much!

    I hope you have a great night. Lexi, Kaden, & Bren – I miss you guys so much! I can’t wait to give you the biggest hug ever when I get home. I love you all!

    Love,

    Ryan

  15. Jan Snip permalink
    January 20, 2010 8:05 pm

    I think we look forward to your comments as much as you do ours. Love the pictures! I’m sure you’ll have lots of stories when you get back! Who’s preparing all your food for you? Is there a garden for the fresh vegetables? Are you able to communicate well with the people there? You know I will be praying for you every day – and for Lexi and the boys too! I know they miss you alot!
    Love, MOM

  16. Ashley Beckering permalink
    January 20, 2010 8:09 pm

    Hey Ryan – I am so glad that you made it there safely and seem to be enjoying yourself. Did you get to use your new passport holder? I sure hope so (If not then you can totally humor me and lie.) What an absolutely amazing experience for you! We are all so very proud of you and all that you are doing. I am praying for you every night and I know that god is smiling down on you for all your hard work. Take in everything you can because I want to hear every little detail when you get home (or at least as much as I can sit still through but I promise to try really hard. 😉

    I bet you are going to want to come home and eat a biggggg meal. Better let Lexi know what you are craving and the two of you can duke it out. You are getting home pretty late though arnt you? I got to play with the boys on Monday which was so much fun. I have found a way into Kadens heart (secret stash of candy) and Brennan and I pretty much just find it more entertaining to scream and beat each other…nothing new there. On Saturday I am taking Topher and Kaden to build a bear for there birthdays….Good times! Then hopefully spend the rest of the day with my sister. Well, we all miss you and love you so much! You and your team are in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Lexi permalink
    January 20, 2010 8:55 pm

    Hi honey! It is so good to hear from you! The boys and I just finished watching Jumanji and I suppose they should go to bed but we wanted to see if you had written first. It sounds like you are having a great time! I am glad that you are able to play sports with the kids. Must make it feel a little like home! And you should be used to kids using you as a tree! State beat Iowa today! Go green! And Kurt Aines (sp?) was the special speaker in sports at church today. Blake thought that was pretty cool. He got his autograph. 🙂 Apparently Bren is going to sleep with Kaden tonight. We’ll see how that goes. Everything is half off at DQ tomorrow so we are going to get ice cream. Apparently there is nothing too exciting to report. 🙂 I miss you terribly and I can’t wait for you to come home. I know that you are doing great things down there so that makes it a little better. I loved the picture of you with that little boy. The kids thought that was pretty cool too. They love seeing the pictures of you guys and hearing your updates. We look forward to it! We are going to see baby Connor again tomorrow and bring them some food. They are doing well but still trying to get used to no sleep. 🙂 I guess we get to do that again soon huh? Well, I suppose I should try to get some sleep. I love you bunches and can’t wait to see you. Sweet dreams!
    Love always,
    Lexi and the boys

  18. Lexi permalink
    January 20, 2010 8:59 pm

    Ok so I was just reading what Chrissy had to say in her site. She is sharing her milk? That is awesome and hilarious! I never would have thought! I guess she can’t really bring it home huh? Wow! Tell her she is amazing!

  19. Ryan permalink
    January 21, 2010 6:02 am

    I just wrote a message, but somehow it didn’t go through. Unfortunately, I need to wrap up. So I’m sorry it’s so short!

    We’re heading back to the village for one last time today. Should be an amazing day – I’ll certainly have some great stories to share. We won’t be returning to camp until our work is done, so don’t be alarmed if I don’t write back until late.

    Thank you all for your prayers! I love you and miss you all!

    Lex, Kaden, and Bren – Hugs and Kisses 🙂

    Love,

    Me

  20. Chris Beckering permalink
    January 21, 2010 7:33 am

    Hey Ryan- Hope all is going well. Sounds like you’re doing the lord’s work. Keep it up!

  21. Lexi permalink
    January 21, 2010 8:04 am

    Good Morning! Sounds like you have a busy day. I hope that it all goes well. The kids are all going crazy so I should keep this short. We are praying for you and can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back. I will write again later. Love you bunches!!!
    Lex and the boys

  22. Lexi permalink
    January 21, 2010 2:55 pm

    Hi honey! I hope that your day went very well! We are going to head over to Chelseas parents house and hang out for a little bit tonight. I have a bad cold so I won’t be able to hang out with Jenna and the baby. 😦 I will write again when I get back. I love you bunches and bunches and miss you too!

  23. Ryan permalink
    January 21, 2010 7:48 pm

    Hey guys.

    We got back about a half hour ago and just finished dinner. Guess what was on the menu……Dominoes Pizza, fresh fruit, and Pepsi. Seriously! It was really nice to have a familiar meal. But don’t get me wrong, the food has been really good, especially the tostados and guacamole we had today. Lexi, you would have loved them.

    So today was really great. Once again, Misa was there to greet me as soon as we opened the doors. In fact, he chased the van down the road as we approached. They were all so excited to see us. In the morning, we finished up construction of the 5 homes, and then we dedicated them to the families in the afternoon. We dedicated each house one at a time. The mission team that built the house accompanied the Guatemalan family in the house and presented them with the gifts that we bought, included a new bed for each family. It was just like Christmas morning in our house, although none of the kids have ever seen such a thing. They were grinning from ear to ear. Then Dan and Hermano Jesus shared the gospel with the family in spanish. Although we couldn’t understand everything that was being said, we could definitely feel the power in the message. Hermano Jesus was full of passion. I don’t know how he kept this up all day! While this was going on inside the house, the rest of the mission teams were outside the house singing and praying for these families. It took 4-5 hours (I think….I have really lost my sense of time without a watch or cell phone!) to dedicate all the homes. The best news of all is that many people – moms, dads, and children – accepted Jesus! It was really an awesome experience, yet exhausting at the same time. After all was said and done, we had a fiesta with the entire village. We hung a pinata from the tree and all the kids were scrambling for candy. It was really a sight to see. The hardest part of the day was saying goodbye to the kids. Although we have only known them for 3 days, we have all grown to love them. I got a lot of hugs, but it really made me miss my family. I wish you all could have been here with me.

    Well, I need to hit the showers before the hot water is gone. Then I think were going to have a wrap-up of the past few days. After that, it’s off to bed. I think I’m going to sleep well tonight! And the good news is that we get to sleep in tomorrow……we don’t have to be up until 5:30 :o)

    Lexi, Kaden, and Bren – I miss you guys so much. I can’t wait to see you guys next week.

    Lexi, I hope you feel better. What’s wrong?

    We’re not leaving tomorrow until late morning/early afternoon, so I’ll be sure to write you before I leave.

    Love you bunches.

    Me

  24. Jan Snip permalink
    January 21, 2010 9:04 pm

    HI again! It’s great to hear how the people accepted Jesus! You all were instrumental in making this happen. You have shown His love through the work you have done and the relationships you have formed. We serve an amazing God and it’s wonderful you were able to share that with the people of the village! I read Lexi’s post and I hope she didn’t get that cold from me 😦 I was miserable for almost a week! I talked to her when she was on her way to supper tonight and she didn’t mention it. I asked her if I could talk to the “man of the house”, but he had fallen asleep- those late nights keeping mom company 🙂 I hope you enjoy your extra sleep and have a great couple of days. Can’t wait to hear your stories!

    Love, MOM

  25. Lexi permalink
    January 21, 2010 10:26 pm

    Hi honey! I am so glad that this is going so well! I can’t wait to hear it directly from you and see pics! Just to think that you were a part of this has to be an amazing feeling. I can feel God working through you guys from here!
    Things here are going ok. I just have a cold. Stuffed up and coughing. Nothing thats going to stop me though! We went to Chelsea’s mom’s house tonight and had dinner and played Peanuts! I lost. Go figure! I have been keeping the kids up too late though. They keep me company so I dont want them to go to bed! 🙂 We’ll get back on track when you get home. Which I can’t wait for. This week has been sooooo long! But it is so worth it when I get to hear your stories. They are truly amazing! Well, I suppose I should get to bed. I love you bunches and hope that you had a great night sleep!!!
    Love always,
    Lexi

  26. Mom permalink
    January 22, 2010 7:12 am

    Hi Honey,
    Lexi told me how to track you down when I talked to her Wed. night. However, we spoke while I was working and I wrote it on one of my work papers. Needless to say, after packing up work for the night, I was totally clueless as to where it went. I swore I wrote it on my note pad, even accused Abby of walking off with it. I looked on every page of every one of my little note pads, as I was POSITIVE that’s where I put it.. or so I thought…. It was amazing how when I started working from a certain list of clients last night, it just appeared out of the blue at the bottom…..I tell you, it was a miracle…. :o) Anyhow, now that I’ve made you chuckle a bit at your scatterbrained Mom in law, how are things going down there. From the sound of things, although it’s hard work, it must be very rewarding. I am so proud of you for your strength and ability to say goodbye to Lexi, the boys and your comfort zone, to go to a different country and into something so unknown to you, in order to help those so less fortunate and do Gods work, I can’t even imagine how proud you are of yourself. I can’t wait to hear all about it when you get home. Be safe an know that you are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

    I love you!!! Mom

  27. Lexi permalink
    January 22, 2010 8:04 am

    Good morning honey! I hope that you slept well last night. We have a busy day planned and I am so looking forward to it. Kaden doesn’t have school so we are going to get bagels, go to playworld, go to chelseas, and then finish off at Mimis. I think that Kaden decided that he wants to do Tball so that is a good thing. He wants you to coach though so I told him to take that up with you when you get home. 🙂 Well, I hope that you have a great day and I can’t wait to hear from you. I will check when I get to my mom’s house. I love you bunches and miss you a ton!!!
    Love always,
    Lexi

  28. Ryan permalink
    January 22, 2010 9:29 am

    Good Morning.

    We got to sleep in a bit this morning…yeah! It was very much needed. Sleeping in isn’t what you’d think, though. We were all up by 6:30, and were working by 8:00. Today we are heading to another village to hand out medical supplies to people in need. We have spent much of the morning thus far pretending to be pharmacists. I think I could do this job when I get home – you just need to know how to count to 21. And with those big salaries, I’m thinking a career change may be in order! Just kidding. We have been packing a lot of basic things like antacids, penicillin, and stuff to kill parasites. Everybody in Guatemala has parasites from the water. From what I understand, a person could live with parasites, but if he should get sick, his body might not be able to recover. Pretty sad to think about!

    I think we’re leaving around noon today, and we might not be back until midnight-ish. If that’s the case, this may be my last post today (unless I get another chance to write back before we leave). I want to let you all know how much I look forward to reading your responses each day. And we all appreciate your prayers. Keep ’em coming :0)

    Lexi, Kaden, & Brennan – I miss you guys a lot. I looked at some pictures of you guys before I went to bed last night and it brought a smile to my face. You guys are so funny :o) Sounds like you have a busy today ahead. Have fun at playworld and mimi’s. Wish I could be there.

    Love,

    Me

  29. Ryan permalink
    January 22, 2010 11:38 am

    We had a little time to relax this morning after our work was done. Many of us sat outside in the beautiful sunshine…..just wanted to rub that in a little. Were getting ready to head out now to the village. Talk to you later.

    Love,

    Me

  30. Jan Snip permalink
    January 22, 2010 1:07 pm

    You may not see this before you leave, but I wanted you to know we are all excited for you to come home and will be praying for safe travels. What an amazing adventure! Can’t wait to see pictures and hear all about it. I met Lexi and the boys this morning for bagels, then I went on to the gym and groceries and she went to Playworld- not sure who got the best end of that deal! You have a great family, but I’m sure you realize that especially after being away from them for a week. You really appreciate what you have when you get home! We talked about your stories and the pictures that have been posted. Even Kaden mentioned the kids were using you for a jungle gym! Hope you are able to enjoy the country and relax a bit before you begin your trip home.

    Love, MOM

  31. Lexi permalink
    January 22, 2010 5:37 pm

    Hi honey! I hope that your day went well. I am interested to see what all was involved in this. We are at my mom’s house right now and she is making us sausage gravy! Kaden is pretty pumped. Playworld was interesting. Apparently everyone had the same idea as me cuz it was packed! It was hard keeping track of all three boys. Chelseas was fun but neither of the boys took a nap and they are so tired right now! We should probably get to bed a little earlier tonight. 🙂 I love looking at the pictures. The ones of you and the kids are too cute! I am assuming that the little boy that is usually attached to one of your limbs was Misa. 🙂 Well, I should go help mom with dinner but I will check again before I go to bed. I love you bunches and miss you even more!
    Love always,
    Lexi

  32. Lexi permalink
    January 22, 2010 9:54 pm

    Good night honey! I love you!

  33. Ryan permalink
    January 23, 2010 12:01 am

    Hello.

    I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know that we made it home safely. Today was a crazy day, but God’s will prevailed! My fingers are numb right now, so I can’t type real well. On top of that, I’m tired!

    Stay tuned. I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow.

    Love you and miss you tons!

    Me

  34. Lexi permalink
    January 23, 2010 6:15 am

    Good morning honey! Did you get to sleep a little later today? Whats on the agenda for today and tomorrow? Tball registration, bowling, mall and then my sisters for us. Trying so hard to stay busy!!!! Love you tons and miss you!
    Love always,
    Lexi

  35. Ryan permalink
    January 23, 2010 8:22 am

    Good Morning.

    So, here’s the rest of the story from yesterday……

    We left the base around 12:00. The drive to the village was supposed to take about 1.5 to 2.0 hours. At first, it seemed like it was going to be a great trip. The roads were paved (many roads are dirt and BUMPY) and traffic was moving well. All of a sudden we came to a complete stop. As it turns out, there was road contruction going on and it was going to be a 4 hour wait (in Guatemala, it is typical for them to shut down the entire road for a period of time while they are doing construction, and then open it up for 20 minutes to let cars pass). So, we decided to turn around and take an alternate route. By this time, we had already wasted an hour, and on top of that, the new route was going to take an extra hour! The new route was not nearly as comfortable. The roads were dirt, and it was very bumpy and dusty. As we approached the top of the mountain, someone noticed some fluid leaking out of one of the vans. We all pulled over to the side of the road and checked it out. The van was leaking transmission fluid, and there was no way that van could go on. And there was no way all the people and supplies from that van were going to fit in the other two vehicles. At that point, the plan for the day was uncertain. Do we go back to the base, do we reschedule for another day, do we skip our leisure day and go back to the village? After many phone calls (I have to tell you about cell phones sometime, too) and a lot of praying, we decided to go on. Dan was able to locate a truck that we could use to get us the rest of the way. This truck was an old flat bed with wood walls on the back. Ohhhhh, but this wasn’t for the tools and supplies. The truck was for the guys! After an hour of waiting (now almost 3 hours behind schedule), it arrived. Several of the guys jumped in and off we were. I was a bit nervous to say the least….ok, I was a lot nervous. For someone who always wants to be in control of things, this was difficult. At the same time, this was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. We weaved our way up and down the mountain on the dirt roads. It seemed like we could see for miles – it was truly amazing. I’ll show you pictures when I get home. After another hour and a half, we arrived at the village. We were supposed to arrive about 1:00, but we didn’t get there until 5:00. Some people set up the medical unit inside the school, and the rest of us played with the kids. I played soccer for quite a while – what a blast. When dusk came, I colored with some kids (they loved coloring just like Kaden and Bren). I also gave away some of the trucks and cars that the kids gave me. I explained to the kids as best I could that these came from my kids, and I showed them pictures of you guys. I took some pictures of these kids too. The kids in this village were probably the most gracious and polite people I have ever seen. They went out of there way to say ‘muchas gracias’ and give hugs when we gave them something. After the medical work was done, there a was a movie about Jesus. Everyone in the village was there to watch. After that, we got up in front and sang a few songs. I remember this one old lady who sat there with a great big smile on her face clapping along with the song – it was great. Then there were a few people who gave their testimony, and it was translated for the people. Following this, pastor Hermano Jesus preached to the people, and many of them came to Christ. Too cool! Around 10:00, we packed up and headed back to camp….in the pitch black of night. I thought this was going to be scary, but the fact that I couldn’t see the drop off on the side of the road in the dark made it a little better. It was a long, cold ride back to camp but we made it safely.

    As we look back on this, we realized that Satan was trying to derail our plans. However, as always, God was more powerful. He wanted us to reach these people, and nothing was going to stop him. Not a 4 hour traffic jam, and not a broken down van!

    Today is going to be similar to yesterday – but hopefully without the roadblocks 🙂 We will be leaving this afternoon to go to another village along the coast. Some people will hand out medical supplies, and others (me 🙂 ) will be playing with the kids. Should be another fun day.

    Kaden and Brennan, the little boys and girls LOVED the cars and candy that you gave me! That was such a nice thing that you did.

    I hope you guys have a great day too. Have fun at bowling and Ashley’s. I wish I could be there too!

    I love you guys!

    Me
    xxx000

  36. Lexi permalink
    January 23, 2010 2:41 pm

    Hey babe! Wow! It sounds like you had a crazy day! Amazing though. I can’t believe that you guys have led 2 entire villages to Jesus! That is unbelievable and amazing! It’s been pretty normal here. We signed up for tball this morning so that’s exciting stuff. Bowling was fun. Kaden got a 97 and had a strike without hitting the bumpers. He was super excited. He got a bear with Ash and a Darth Vader costume for him. Go figure! He loves it. I broke down and bought Bren and tigger phone at disney. He was just so cute!!! Now we are chillin’ at Ashleys. She is having Tophs bday party tomorrow so she is going to clean while I do nothing! 🙂 I won’t be able to just sit though so I am sure that I will help her with some stuff. Well, I hope that you have a great time today and I can’t wait to hear back with more details! 2 more days! I absolutely can’t wait to see you! I love you bunches and miss you!
    Love always,
    Lexi

  37. January 24, 2010 10:26 am

    Good Morning.

    Sorry it’s taken so long to respond. We didn’t get back until 1:30 last night, and the internet has been down all morning. I hope you won’t worried.

    Last night was another intersting night! I’d love to tell you about it, but we are leaving for Antigua in 5 minutes. I’ll tell you all about it when I get back.

    I hope you have a great day today. I wish I was there to watch AFV and eat pizza with you :o) I miss you guys very much and I can’t wait to see you tomorrow night.

    Love,

    Me

    xxx000

  38. Lexi permalink
    January 24, 2010 11:44 am

    Hi there! I am so glad to hear from you. I wasn’t worried I just miss you and look forward to hearing from you. I hope that you have fun today. AFV and pizza definitely won’t be the same without you. 🙂 Church was nice today. It was about running! We are at Ashleys again. She is having Tophers party today so that should be fun. I am hoping to get back home by 4 to pray for Emily. Who knows. I saw Jody Tubergen at church and we chatted for a bit. She hasn’t heard from Scott in a few days and is kinda sad about that. She is having just as hard a time as I am. I wish that I would have been able to talk to her earlier. It made me feel a little better. We need a support group next time you leave! 🙂 Well I am going to help Ash get ready but I will check when I get home! I miss you bunches and can’t wait to just hear your voice tomorrow! I love you!
    Love always,
    Lexi

  39. Ryan Snip permalink
    January 24, 2010 6:32 pm

    Hey there.

    We just got back from Antigua. It was a lot of fun. It wasn’t quite a resort – except for the McDonalds (no joke!) – but it was much nicer than what we have gotten acustomed to. I did some shopping at the market and picked up some fun things for you guys. I can’t wait to show you. The way home, though……another adventure. I would expect nothing less after the week we’ve had. We stopped to get some gas on the way back, and one of the vans got in a small fender bender as it was pulling. No big deal in America, but we were just a bunch of gringos. It could have been a bad situation, but fortunately our driver and his wife were with us. If they weren’t with us, who knows what could have happened – jail, bribery, or worse! The kids in the other car called the police, and four of them showed up with machine guns. Yeah, it was a bit intimidating to say the least. Fortunately, everything worked out, and we were able leave without getting a ticket. Shortly after that, we witnessed two drunks fighting in the street, and then another drunk punched our van as we drove past. Ahhh, nice to be back at the camp now!

    Before we wen to Antigua this morning, some of us went on a short hike down the mountain by the camp. It was pretty fun. We also had some time to soak up the sun a little. I’m definitely going to miss this weather!

    So, I should finish my story about last night. Dan said we were going to be by the coast. I was thinking cabanas, oceans, and drinks with little umbrellas. Not so! 95% of the drive went well, but the last 5% was probably the worst drive of the week. The paths were very treacherous. The van was bottoming out on almost every bump. Our van got stuck for a moment as we crossed a stream that was going across the road. One of the vans could not make it and had to be left behind. On top of that, our van was running hot and we had to turn on the heat. That was just what we needed in 85 degree weather 🙂 Finally, we made it to the village. From the get go, it was very overwhelming. There were so many people. I think there were 70-80 families plus kids; the night before was only 12 families. The kids were not nearly as well behaved as the night before. The kept saying ‘give me candy’ (in spanish of course), and it was much like a mob scene. The kids fought a lot (but that’s what kids do I guess 🙂 ), and some girl even hit me when I said no more. Everyone on our team was frustrated, but we kept at it. At dusk, we sat down to watch the film and a beautiful shooting star went across the sky. That just might have been the holy spirit! Some of the kids got rambunctious during the film, but we made it. After the sermon, some people (not all) gave their lift to the Lord. These people were VERY emotional about it. I was praying over a guy who was praying out loud to Dios (God). It was like nothing I have ever experienced. When all was said and done, the people just left. Literally, it was just us in an unlit village. That was total opposite of the night before when the whole village lined the street to wave good by and say thanks. The way home took 3 hours, and we were doing everything we could to keep Brian awake. We got home around 1:30, I showered, and finally got to bed around 2:00. What a day!

    Anywho, I need to back and shower and eat by 7:30, so I must get going. Please pray for a safe trip home. I’ll call as soon as I land in Houston – I think it will be around 10 or 11. Have a great night. Eat some pizza for me. Love you and can’t wait to see you!

    Love,

    Me
    XXXOOO

  40. Lexi permalink
    January 24, 2010 7:13 pm

    Oh honey! That sounds awful! How scary! I am sorry that the people weren’t as gracious as they were the last time. That kind of stinks. But still you brought people to Jesus. That has got to be an amazing feeling. I am trying to picture you doing all of this stuff and it seems surreal. I have never seen you pray over someone before or pray out loud in a large group. I can’t wait to hear more about it and for you to teach me some stuff. 🙂 I absolutely cannot wait to hear your voice tomorrow. I have missed you more than I have missed anything in my whole life. I know that it’s good for both of us but man has it been hard. Harder than when you went to China even! I think that Satan has been at work though. Jody and I both agreed on that. Which actually reassures me that you must be doing some awesome work down there. Anyways, I think that the boys are trying to drown each other in the bath tub so I should get going! I just want you to know how proud I am of you and how excited I am to see you tomorrow. Sleep tight and enjoy your last night there! Love you bunches!!!
    Lexi and the boys

  41. Ryan permalink
    January 26, 2010 9:38 am

    We made it back home safely last night! Thanks everybody for your thoughts and prayers.

    Ryan

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