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  1. Kelsey permalink
    January 18, 2010 9:57 am

    Hi Dad! I hope you guys had a safe trip down. Hope to hear from you soon!

  2. deb permalink
    January 18, 2010 10:28 am

    Hey Steve,
    It was really hard for me to say goodbye to you this morning!! My prayers go with you and your group. I know this will be an incredible experience, just like Honduras, for you and the people you are serving in Guatemala. I love you and will miss you. Take lots of pictures.

  3. Sondra permalink
    January 18, 2010 6:13 pm

    Hey Steve,
    Deb told us you were going on this trip and asked for our prayers. We’ll pray for safety and health for you and all of your group. Sondra

  4. Sherry Hoekwater permalink
    January 18, 2010 6:20 pm

    Hey Steve,
    what a great opportunity! Hope all is well for you and your team. I heard there was a 6.0 quake is Guatemala – is this true? It’s kinda scary since we are still trying to comprehend what’s going on in Haiti.
    We will be praying for you – for your safety and that God will accomplish great things through your willingness to serve Him. Can’t wait to hear about your experiences! Sherry

  5. helen dejonge permalink
    January 18, 2010 8:37 pm

    Hi Steve,

    You were in my prayers today. I asked the Lord to give you and your team a safe trip and that He will bless you in all that you do. I am so proud of you

  6. Nate DeHaan permalink
    January 18, 2010 9:01 pm

    hello father, I hope you made it safely to your destination. Good luck building homes!

  7. Kristi Slotsema permalink
    January 18, 2010 9:38 pm

    Hi, Steve!
    So glad you arrived safely! Good luck building homes and enjoy the work. Drink plenty of fluids and don’t get too hot! You are in our thoughts and prayers and we can’t wait to hear about your trip and see pictures.
    Kristi

  8. mary permalink
    January 18, 2010 10:09 pm

    steve,
    Hope it is an awesome time of service and spiritual growth for you as you work along side the people you are building a home for. May God bless you and your group richly. Went to bible study with Deb tonight and she said it was hard saying good-bye to you last night (this morning) Know that you are in thoughts and prayers of many that love and care for you back home.
    Your sister-

  9. mary permalink
    January 19, 2010 8:32 am

    Yo bro! Just thinkin about you and praying for your time as you serve others. Sounds like you made it down there okay. God bless and I will look forward to pics. I’ll write again.

  10. helen dejonge permalink
    January 19, 2010 9:17 am

    Hi Steve,

    Steph and I are leaving for Florida tomorrow and I just wanted to let you know that I will be thinking about you and will continue praying for you. Build some sweet homes for the people there and take some pictures of your handiwork and also a lot of fun pictures. Have a great time Steve, I know that God is looking down on you with a big smile. God bless you! Love you and looking forward to seeing you soon.

  11. deb permalink
    January 19, 2010 10:18 am

    Hey Steve,
    Day number two and I am sure you are all hard at work doing something so valuable for the people in the village you are in. Maybe you will be so experienced building homes that you can build a Pee Wee’s playhouse for us when you get back!! Hope you got some much needed rest when you got there. Tylenol PM and earplugs. That’s they way to go! My Bible study group will also be praying for you and your group. The sun finally came out today, just so you know. A small joy here, anyway! My guess is you are getting plenty of sunshine where you are. Two half days of school this week and professional development on Friday. Now that is what I call a relatively easy week. Can’t wait to hear how your week went when you get back. I miss you. I love you.

  12. Marijo Vaughan permalink
    January 19, 2010 4:58 pm

    Hi Steve,

    Glad you arrived safely. I have to say I wish I was down there too. Give all those cute little big brown eyed ones a hug for me. Have a great time and I pray God will keep you all healthy and well. Work hard and I hope you so enjoy being God’s hands and feet in such a deprived, poor country. What a privilege to be able to serve in this tangible way. And don’t forget, don’t drink the water!! I was wondering where you actually are in the country.

    Marijo

  13. January 19, 2010 9:10 pm

    Hey Steve,

    Okay okay, I take back the Pharisee remark I made the other night. Why didn’t you tell me you were going to Guatemala? That would’ve shut me up. And I second Marijo’s advice …. don’t drink the water!

    Take care of yourself. We can’t wait to hear all about it when you return. Be sure to make another photo album.

    Lots of prayers ….

    Joanella

  14. Kristi Slotsema permalink
    January 19, 2010 9:29 pm

    Hope you had a great day today! Enjoy interacting with your team and the people that live in the neighborhood. What a great way to let your light shine. Imagine how handy you’ll be when you get home!
    Kristi

  15. Steve permalink
    January 20, 2010 5:46 am

    Good morning on day 2-first day of building went well–we are building a house for Juan and his 4 kids–take a look at the photos–thank you all for your prayers–It is a 2 hour ride to the village that is very poor–today we stucco the outside of the house-more later-Steve

  16. mary permalink
    January 20, 2010 9:15 am

    Wow, just looked at the pics. My heart longs to be there! What an awesome opportunity. The sun is actually shining here today so that feels great. Book club tomorrow! I love our book club and I actually read the book this time:) God bless and till next time-
    Your little sis

  17. deb DeHaan permalink
    January 20, 2010 4:59 pm

    Hey Steve,
    How awesome to be able to see some pictures! I also love being able to keep in touch via the internet. I’m curious to hear how Guatemala compares with our trips to Honduras. Nate, Kels and I are grabbing a bite to eat tonight. Won’t be the same without you. Hope you are sleeping well, and enjoying the building projects as much as the people you are doing the building for. You are in my thoughts and prayers often. Say hi to Eric and Lisa for me. Love you!

  18. Steve permalink
    January 20, 2010 7:59 pm

    Hello—tomorrow we finish the house for Juan and his 3 kids–Juan’s wife died in November so he is a single parent-we dedicate his new house tomorrow so please pray for him and his family–we have a great group of people to work with -the trip to the village is 2 hours over rough roads- love you all and keep up the prayers–SteveDH

  19. Kels permalink
    January 20, 2010 8:46 pm

    You finished a house?! Nice work, Dad 🙂 Hopefully you took some Dramamine for the ride in; it also serves as a good nap inducer. I’m finally relaxing at home after going out to dinner with Mom and Nate. I hope you have a good, restful sleep tonight. Are there any crazy roosters or dogs waking you up at dawn like in Honduras?

  20. Arnulfo a.k.a. Ryan Vaughan permalink
    January 20, 2010 9:27 pm

    !Hola Esteban! Como estas en Honduras? Mi madre dice HOLA Esteban!

  21. Steve permalink
    January 20, 2010 10:06 pm

    we are working in a village of 30 famiies about 10 miles from Patzun near Lale Atalan SDH

  22. January 21, 2010 9:59 am

    Hey Steve,

    I’ve been following the progress through pictures and blogs and I have been in prayer for all of you. You are truly doing an amazing work for God. May His strength continue to fill you and may His grace flow through you – especially this afternoon as you encourage the villagers in their relationship with Christ.

    In Him, Jolene

  23. deb permalink
    January 21, 2010 2:39 pm

    Hey Steve,
    I love the story about the “shortage” of stucco. Amazing! We just got done reading that story in Matthew for my Bible study, so the point was driven home quite clearly. It’s hard to believe you are so far from home when it is so easy to keep in touch with everything that you are doing. It’s been fun! Tomorrow is a ridiculously long day of professional development. Super boring. I would much rather have a room full of kids all day. We are now officially 1/2 way through the school year. Another sunny day today – a small, but important, blessing. I can only imagine how grateful the people are whose homes you have built and how gratifying it must be for your group to have accomplished such a huge feat! God is working through all of you. Can’t wait until you are home. Adios.

  24. Kristi Slotsema permalink
    January 22, 2010 7:37 am

    Steve,
    Sounds like an amazing experience! It’s pretty neat that you get to interact with the neighbors and kids while you are working. I can’t wait to hear stories!
    Kristi

  25. Steve permalink
    January 22, 2010 10:36 am

    Hola mi Hermanos and hermanas en Jesu Christo–yesterday was an awesome day as we didicated the houses to God. We claimed the houses in God’s name as Holy Ground. We all cried as Juan accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. His children had smiles a mile wide as they played with their new toys. The Holy Spirit moved thru the entire village. Please pray for Juan and his 3 kids. Today is a medical clinic day in a new village. Man, I need to learn how totype -this is painful–I miss you Deb and I wish you were here to experience this youself-Say hi to Kels and Nate-Love Steve

  26. Bob Grussing permalink
    January 22, 2010 12:04 pm

    Glad to hear everything is going so well. Know that I have been praying for you and look forward to hearing about your great adventure. Kids are already asking if this is somehting they could do next year.

  27. deb DeHaan permalink
    January 22, 2010 6:56 pm

    Hey Steve, Your story about Juan and his three kids brought tears to my eyes. You and your group have so many people praying for you that it is not surprising that the Holy Spirit is at work in the village where you are working. Now that the house building efforts are completed, you can take a bit of a rest from manual labor and work in a new clinic. I feel that you have been gone longer than a week, but I know God needs you to be right where you are! Professional development day is thankfully over, but I don’t feel very professionally developed. I got a birthday card off to your mom this morning, so hopefully she gets it on her birthday. Since Kelsey’s spring break plans will probably not happen, she is making plans to go and see your mom and dad for a few days. Your mom will love it! It’s nearly 8 p.m. and the Pistons are on. Yep, when you aren’t here, I am probably one of the most boring people I know! I love you. Stay safe. My prayers go with you wherever you go and whatever you do.
    Deb

  28. Jim and Diane permalink
    January 22, 2010 8:44 pm

    Hey Steve,
    It’s great to read about all you’ve done and the way God has been using all of you to make a difference in the lives of the people that you have been working with this week! We hope and pray that your finishing work will go well and that you have safety in your travels home. We look forward to seeing you and hearing the great stories.

  29. mary permalink
    January 23, 2010 11:18 am

    Hey Steve, Just got back from working out with Kels! We are trying to get Deb to join us too. Heading out to lunch with the DeHann/De Jonge gang. Sermon last week was about God sees God knows, God cares. He knew I had not sister so God gave me Deb!! He is so good. Really wish I was with you though. Sounds like an awesome trip. what an honor and privelidge to watch someone give their life to Christ! Awesome work you are all doing in the name of Jesus. See you soon. Love ya-
    mary

  30. Mark Vaughan permalink
    January 23, 2010 2:53 pm

    Hola El SteveO. Wow, what a wonderful experience. Thank you for bring God to all you encounter. Hey the person we are renting the house from in Salt Lake called and wants to know if you are going to stay in the house the night of Thursday the 11th. See has a group that wants to arrive on Thursday. Ryan and I plan on staying with you in the house on Monday night the 8th and we are flying home on Tuesday the 9th. Sorry to bother you with this while you are gone but the owner is calling.

  31. deb DeHaan permalink
    January 23, 2010 3:57 pm

    Hey Steve, Just a couple more days and you will be saying goodbye to a place that has been home for a week. I bet it will be a bit bittersweet to leave, but your family is glad you will be home soon. My Saturday was probably quite different from yours: lunch with Mary, Shannon, Kristi, Lucas and Kels and now church tonight. I had to chop up the Christmas tree since no one wants to recycle it anymore. I felt like I was butchering the poor thing since it was still in really nice condition. Hope you have been having a great experience working in medical clinics. Can’t wait to hear your stories when you get home. Sending you my love.

  32. Kels permalink
    January 24, 2010 10:51 am

    Hi Dad. I’m excited for you to get back! Mom and I are eating another feast today (like last Sunday). She has lunch and dinner planned out. Hahah. Mary, Shannon and I convinced mom to go to the workout classes with us today; Body Flow and Body Step. It should be fun. Enjoy your last days. See you soon.

  33. Kristi Slotsema permalink
    January 24, 2010 3:55 pm

    Steve,
    It sounds like your time was rewarding in a lot of ways! I’m so glad the people you meet are so eager to hear about the gospel and that many are accepting Christ. What an incredible thing to see! I’ll be praying for safe travels for you as you come home. Deb will be soooo happy to see you! We all can’t wait to see more pictures and hear stories.
    Kristi

  34. steve permalink
    January 24, 2010 7:12 pm

    Deb–Today was the last day-I am definitely looking forward to coming home to see everyone-I will be home late Monday night–see you real soon-Love SDH aka Stevo

  35. deb DeHaan permalink
    January 24, 2010 9:05 pm

    Yahoo! Nearly home at last. Can’t wait to see you in the flesh. Safe travels. God Bless!!

  36. rachel Versluis permalink
    January 26, 2010 1:17 pm

    Hola Stevo.
    We hope team MI made it home safe and soundo. We sure were blessed to have taken this tripo with you, Eric, Lisa and John (and everyone elso too). Looking forward to continuing the friendship and to you teaching us some more Spanglish.
    Hasta Luego!
    Chad & Rachel

  37. Nancy Breuker permalink
    February 8, 2010 10:29 am

    Hey Steve,
    I am John Van Zee’s sister, Nancy. I stumbled upon your name as I was looking through team photos. I hope your time there was amazing. I have been to Guate twice with Paradise Bound! (08 and 09) Can’t wait to go back. I’m thinking John should go with me this time! 🙂
    Nancy Breuker

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