Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Grandkids are Here

After an 18 hour bus ride from Managua, Nicaragua to Guatemala City, Guatemala, Ellen, Luke, David (nearly 3) and Emily (1) arrived on solid ground.  
(Ellen holding 3 of her Babies....the 3rd little one is due Oct 3, 2014)

For the past 5 or 6 days, Nicaragua had been experiencing earthquakes.  Constant earthquakes.  Swaying.  Motion.  {Read more.}  Ellen and Luke had prearranged to spend their Easter week with us in Guatemala.   

No complaints from the grand-parenting department here.

I found this Princess tent at a garage sale several years ago for $5.00.  Now the grand-kids are enjoying playing in it.
I have the David and Emily to myself this morning, as Glenn has taken 
Ellen and Luke to climb up the Volcano Pacaya.  

Yes, I would rather keep kids than climb an active volcano!
Having the time of my life.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Welcome to the World


BEFORE
 Then 3 days later....
AFTER

Our newest missionary family added a new little family member last Friday.  Josiah David was born to Michael and Gina.  Big sister, Emma is thrilled too.

Welcome to the World, Josiah!

Sweet Thing!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Quick Trip to Panajachel

After the conference, Glenn and I took the 15 church volunteers out to
 Lake Atitlan, the most beautiful lake in the world. 

 We had a time of enjoying God's beauty,
boat ride across the lake,
breakfast at Hotel Casa Del Mundo, 
zip-lining,
 visiting Nancy in her shop,
 and then shopping up and down Santander Ave to barter with the vendors.


{Photo: courtesy of Lacie F}

We pray that those who came to help with conference and bless us
 were also blessed 
with the beauty of Guatemala,
 the beauty of the people of Guatemala
 and the beauty of God's special children, the TCKs.
Thank you again, 
FBC Lake Jackson
 and
 FBC Liberty City
 for sharing your lives with Glenn and me
 and also with the Camino Global Guatemala missionaries.   

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Conference 2014

Over this past weekend, Glenn and I coordinated the 
Camino Global Guatemala 2014 Conference. 

We were blessed beyond measure.  A team of 9 (including the speaker and his wife) traveled from Lake Jackson, Texas to help with the children's programs while the adults were in their sessions.

{Photo: courtesy of Lacie F}
The 20 MK's (Missionary Kids) were prayed for, loved on and had a great time with their group.
{photos:  courtesy of Lacie F}
All the kids had their own programs, while the adults were blessed with special music by Keith W. and his worship team of 6 folks 
and a challenge from Chad A.
{photo:  Courtesy of Doc Langley}


Thank you First Baptist Liberty City for the special music! 
Photo #1 - Conference folks
Photo #2 - Conference folks
 We can not THANK YOU enough.
Thank you Chad for your words from the Word of God.  
Simple, but how profound! 

 We will be forever reminded of your cup, stones, cross and perfume  illustrations which challenge us in a fresh way to
display the Glory of God 
in our lives and ministry.




Saturday, April 05, 2014

Count Your Blessings

Before the missionaries arrived on Friday afternoon for the annual conference, we had a quick 1/2 day to show our volunteers some key landmarks of Guatemala City.  The first stop was the Cemetery. Bob H. gave us the history, culture and insights into the customs.



The cemetery is on the edge of the Guatemala City Dump. 

There is always one in a crowd. - Thanks Dr. Langley

Then we were off to Casita Benjamín to see that ministry.  The volunteers loved hugging on the children.  Our time was way to short there.

Ashley

Jordan
 
Group Shot

Our tour concluded with a delicious steak meal at our favorite restaurant - Media Cancha.  We each split a meal.  Pretty Tasty!
 
When you think about it, here we had experienced
 death (cemetery),
 disease (the dump),
 poverty (day-care center) 
and now luxury (nice steak), 
all this within a 2 hour time period. 
My emotions have been challenged.
 
I am so thankful for God's blessings!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Pre- Conference Activities

Things are coming together.  Yesterday, a couple from FL arrived at 10:30am, then the guest Speaker and Children's program team of 9 arrived from Georgia and Lake Jackson, TX  at 11:30am and lastly a Worship team of 6 from Liberty City, TX arrived at 1:00pm.  Glenn was able to coordinate picking them all up and dropping off their luggage at the hotel and getting most of them checked into their rooms.  

Their first exposure to "cross culture living" was McDonalds.  As we waited for the last team to get their room assignments, we grabbed a bite to eat.

Next, it was shopping.  We quickly drove the team up to Antigua for some shopping.  Now, which bag to buy?  You can not do Antigua in just a few hours, however we managed to do so.
Looks like it is going to be a long weekend.  Ha Ha.

 
Here are folks from all walks of lives who have taken off off work, re-arranged their schedule and have volunteered to serve us here in Guatemala.  
They will be taking care of our 20 missionary kids here on the field, while the adults interact with Chad and his talk.  They have planned for and created special games and fun things for the kids to do.  The worship team has practiced countless hours to bring us special music as we worship together.  To think about it, I am beyond blessed and I anticipate on what the Lord will do this weekend.
Thank you in anticipation of a great weekend.  Thank you!!

We have a great bunch of volunteers!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Be STILL and KNOW


He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10



How do you remain calm?  How do you attack a week that is going to be pretty hectic from all view points? 

Looking at our calendar for this upcoming week, our plate is FULL.  We are coordinating our upcoming annual Conference here in the city.  We're excited about the 17 friends from the states who are coming down to help with music, children's programs, speaking and counseling.  So my heart is "skipping a beat" thinking of the last minute stuff we are doing these next few days, such as assembling gift bags, purchasing of drinking water and snacks, organizing welcome bags, finalizing the conference details plus making sure everything is ready. 

After the conference 15 of our friends will spend 2 days with us out at Lake Atitlán as we'll give them a mission exposure to the area.

But, we are being challenged.  While backing out of the PriceSmart parking lot, we had a little fender bender.  Then Glenn needs to go to the dentist this week to take care of a broken tooth.  You get the picture.  We have a challenging and busy schedule. We have to be Flexible.  We are learning to be flexible as obstacles and challenges come our way.  Ugh!  There are last minutes changes.

I came across this verse several weeks ago, so I'm going to "claim it for me!" I'll keep saying "Be Still and Know".  


Just today, we had 2 Tarwater boys come over and help us assemble the Welcome Bags!  What a great help!!  I'm still claiming the words "Be Still and Know!"

Will you pray with us?
  • That the last minute details will work out uneventfully
  • That Glenn can have the dentist get his tooth repaired
  • That the Camino missionary families would be blessed, encouraged, refreshed and rested.
I am still claiming this....
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10


~J

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Psalms 33



We wait in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
 In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
    even as we put our hope in you.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Baking Soda


 What's wrong with this picture?

 As Glenn and I were strolling through the new La Torre grocery store in the new San Kris mall, we stumbled upon Baking Soda.

Note:  the Baking Soda is in the cleansing isle rather than the flour, sugar and dry ingredients, baking items isle.  I guess they use Baking Soda for cleaning more often than for cooking.  
Note to self - look in the cleansing isle for Baking Soda.