Hope all is going well and it is nice and warm there. It is up to 20 here!!! Yeah. Love you both, Mom
We had a very adventurous journey to a remote village yesterday. Our van had a slight overheating issue but with some water added to the radiator we were on the road again in short order. Then into the mountains.
Imgaine a field driveway, throw in some decent sized rocks and then put it on the side of a small mountain. We only had to stop and push once but then made it to the village with no further issues. Many prayers were sent up and they were positively answered.
At the village we were warmly greeted, had a successful medical clinic and had Hermano Jesus present the gospel of our Lord with them. Most of the villagers accepted Christ and it was a very heartwarming experience. At the end of the visit we handed out bags of beans/rice and then made the 3 hour drive back to the base. After no further issues, we made it “home” and our bunks felt wonderful.
When I have a chance we will post some pics. Guatemala is a country of varying scenery that presents significant beauty when least expected. We also saw a decent sized tarantula and took many pics. Ray wanted to keep him for a pet but we talked him out of it. “Fluffy” might be not so easy to housebreak! Lol
Have a great day and thanks for prayers. We have another clinic tonight and prayers for safe travels and receptive hearts would be appreciated.
P.S. If someone could let us know if the groundhog saw his shadow yesterday, it would be appreciated. ;-D We are enjoying the spinglike weather here so far and hoping it will continue back home!
The groundhog did NOT see his shadow, although it was sunny here in the morning. We must have ESP as I was writing you a note as you were sending yours. Have a great week. Supposed to get into the 30’s this week.
Good evening, about 5:45 p.m. here now. We did another medical clinic last evening and traveled to the highlands area. As the crow flies the village was about 7-8 miles away. To actually get there though we traveled for about 2 1/2 hours to actually reach the village. The scenery was spectacular as we were traveling along ridge tops and the scenery overlooking the villages and valleys was breathtaking.
The medical mission was a success and being a smaller village we left early and were home in decent time. Up early today at 5:30 to head to the village of La Reina to build homes. Now for those who haven’t been here, imagine your garden shed (a little larger) with stucco walls and a metal roof. The concrete pad has been poured before we arrive. We put together metal stud walls, sheetrock on the inside, cement board on the outside, tin on the roof and then stucco over the exterior cement board.
Today we got all the walls framed and erected, sheet rock put on, mudded twice and cement board on the outside walls. The villagers made rice, beans and tortillas which was very delicious and good energy to complete the work for the day.
One challenge was adjusting from the winter temps in the teens to nearly 80 today. The sun felt good but many of the team were a bit sapped from the high temps. Plenty of liquids to drink though, a quick shower back at base and we are revived again. Supper time now, lasagna! Have a great week and we appreciate the prayers and support.
Sounds like a wonderful experience and doing lots of good for the people of the area. Hope you have continued success, and no sunburns! Take care and may God bless you all. Love, Mom
Sounds like you are getting up the same time as we do here in Iowa. I will say an extra little prayer for you, Dawn and the team when I get up in the morning knowing you are up already also. Really enjoy hearing how the team is helping these people. I’m sure you are getting as big a blessing with what your doing as the residents are feeling blessed as recipients of your kindness.
Hope you have a great day again tomorrow. Gary and Donna
Love reading your and Dawn’s posts. Glad to hear things are going well. May God continue to bless you as you minister to the people. Love you
Thanks much for the replies and especially the prayers, they are appreciated! Today was another busy and productive day. We put on the final coat of mud on the interior sheetrock and then we applied stucco to the exterior of the homes. This was a very labor intensive process and many of the children of the village helped in carrying trays of stucco to the homes as team members applied it to the walls.
After all 5 homes had stucco applied, we then worked on the front porch. Each home has a porch that is nearly as big as the interior. It expands the living area of the home and keeps it cooler when the sun is out and also drier when the rainy season comes.
Tomorrow we will pain the interior walls, possibly paint a mural on the walls and then put the roof over the main living area. The families will be presented their homes and also have the gospel shared with them (if they haven’t all ready come to the Lord). It should certainly be an exciting day!
There is much more to share but my brain is pretty much done with all the work and warm weather we have had. Mostly cloudy today and it was cooler than usual this time of year though.
Have a great day!
P.S. Mom if you could forward the blog to Sam’s email, I don’t remember if I sent it to him. It is email@example.com Thanks!
Chris, I sent all of your posts to him this AM. Dawn wrote that you saw the volcano poof. I hope you got some pictures! It sounds like the houses are really coming along. What a wonderful thing this mission is. So glad you could go. Praying for your safe return, Love, Mom
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Good evening from Guatema!
We finished off the houses today and had a very good day. The familywe built a home for consists of a mother, father, 2 darling little girls, and the wife’s mother who is in a wheelchair. Needless to say this is very difficult for her and when I can share pics we would view what they accomplish daily as miraculous.
We painted the interior of the home, put the roof on, finagled a ramp for the wheelchair to make it in the front door and then also dug some dirt and boards places to help them get from the lot to the “alley”/road that is the main entry.
Our family was extremely happy with their home and wished many blessings upon the team for the work we had done for them. We prayed over them and their home after we had shared gifts with them to help furnish the home and provide some much needed items that we would view as basic necessities but are near luxuries for them. Soap, towels, blankets, dishes, some toys for the girls and some clothing items.
The husband of the family is a Christian and the wife and mother dedicated their lives to the Lord after he pastor shared the salvation message with them. It was a very moving experience.
After a long week it will feel good to sleep in tomorrow and then we will travel to Antigua for some free time. We have many pictures and moving stories to share of our time here. Remind me about the Angel story when I see you.
Have a great night!
Sounds like it has been a wonderfully moving experience. So glad all went as planned. Have a lovely day off and a safe journey home. Love, Mom
That would be challenging to manage a wheel chair in such a hilly place and with dirt everywhere. So glad you could be a blessing to the family with your God lead labor. Love you both and safe travels home. Meridith
One last post before we head out at 3:30 a.m.(oof!) for the return home.
It has been a very very good week. We have seen, heard and felt so much it is hard to put into words. Today we visited Antigua for our free day. It is a very beautiful city and is geared primarily toward the tourist trade. We went through the market and after finding some “treasures”, testing our bartering skills a bit and then Dawn and I snuck over to the authentic Guatemalan market.
Imagine Wal-mart, the grocery store, a meat locker…. blend them all together and then put it outside in an open air market. We took several pictures and I hope they do justice to the experience. It gives you perspective on how good we have it when it comes to buying goods at home.
We will have our final devotions this evening as a group and prepare for our return to the world. I have mixed emotions about this. In one sense it will be great to return to home but yet it also means the stress and frantic pace we put ourselves through are waiting as well. My prayer is that I will adjust accordingly and retain the sense of peace I have experienced on this trip.
Thank you so much for all the blog posts and most importantly the prayers. I hope to talk to you soon and share what we were blessed to be a part of on this trip.
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