Visiting Celia

Next year we’re going to be hosting our very first team!

A church from Florida is planning to visit us in February, and they want to do an evangelical outreach. We’re really excited by the idea, and we feel like Celia’s village would be a great place. Her family goes to church near where they live, and we’re getting to know the pastor to see if we can partner with him in reaching out to the community.

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Driving past a herd of goats on the way to their village (see the volcano peaking through in the back?)
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Parking on the side of the road beside the entrance to the family’s land.
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The church just a short distance further down the road.
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Hanging out with Celia, Estela, Ana & Marcelino. We love these kids!

 

 

English Presentation

The school year is wrapping up here, and all the English classes gave a presentation to show their parents what they’ve learned this year.

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My students shared the verses that they have memorized and what the verses mean to them. I’ve really enjoyed working with them, and these last two months I’ve taken over as their full-time teacher. I think that they’ve learned a lot, but I pray that they’ve also really taken to heart our conversations about God and His will and plan for their lives. It’s been a great experience, and I hope that I can work with them again next year!

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Yuli and My Birthdays

Yuli and I are getting older! We both have September birthdays, and it’s a blessing to be able to celebrate them together with our family. God has been so good to us!

Sidenote: I guess that I really like that gray sweatshirt!

 

Independence Day

Guatemala’s independence day is the 15th of September, and it’s incredibly fun to celebrate. In the days leading up to it all the schools run through the streets with torches, and I got to run with my students.Photo_091113_002

Then on the 15th there’s a huge parade with the bands of each school. Margaret loved watching the kids pass by.

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The Harvest

We’re overflowing with corn! We’re trying to give most of it away, but there’s still enough to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Here’s my favorite way to eat corn: grilled over a fire and then seasoned with lime juice & salt. Yummy!

Martin’s Birthday

Martin and Edwin are two great teens living at Casa Shalom. We just love spending time with them, and this weekend they came over to celebrate Martin’s 16th birthday. I’m excited to watch them grow and mature, and I’m excited to think that they’ll probably be here with us in the future.martins_birthday_3 martins_birthday_4

Farmer Brent?

We have a space on our land where we hope to build a second house as the ministry expands, and this year we planted corn in the space. I’m not much of a farmer, so it’s been a challenge to learn about all the different things needed to grow and protect the corn stalks.

They grow huge here! Some stalks are over 8 feet tall, and my neighbor’s corn is over 10 feet. Unfortunately we just had a big storm that knocked a lot of it down. The last picture is my neighbor’s field. He lost the majority of his crop from all the wind.

I’ve enjoyed the new experience, and it’s been a great way to build relationships with our new neighbors.

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