It just wasn't worth it!

Brad – Final thoughts – 2-13-12

“It just wasn’t worth it!!!”

Have you ever uttered those words?  “It just wasn’t worth it!”  I have…plenty of times.  I have used it to describe big events, and little ones.  To me, it describes the emotion of spending a lot of time doing something that you thought was going to be totally worth the effort, but in the end, turned out to be a waste of time.  Maybe it was a 2500 calorie chocolate dessert that looked great on the menu, but tasted like cardboard.Continue reading

Scott – Final Thoughts

Posted by Scott 2-6-12

Monday morning and all is well.  I’m back to work, and I’m 6 hours into the regular routine of the life God blessed me with.  My head is buzzing with thoughts of last week’s activities, but I am back in the “river” of my normal life, and it is pulling me downstream as fast as I can paddle.   Gotta put my heart into words before I’m swept away. For those of you who may have wondered why there were no blog entries from me last week, I wanted to let you know I was purposefully silent.  I was doing my best to listen (which I think I did not do to well). Continue reading

The Walls Break

Posted by Brad 2-5-12

Well, we are all safely home and trying to settle back in to our daily lives with our families. It is always a challenge to re-enter life here in the US, remembering what we saw, what God allowed us to experience and trying to never go back to the way we were before. I pray that God gives us all the strength to do that.

This morning at church, my emotional walls broke. Continue reading

On the road – Day 6/7

Day 6/7 – continued 2-4-12

Well, we made it to the airport. I was ready to sit down and write the blog. I looked to find wifi. I saw the “free” airport wifi. I think the reason it is “free” is because you can’t use it. In all the years I have been here, I have never been able to use it. Continue reading

On the run

Day 6 Posted by Brad 2-4-12

What an amazing day! I am going to keep it brief, as we are leaving the hotel for the airport.

We had an amazing day of visiting families, making friends, discovering needs and fellowship. We started the day by visiting a young man who has been suffering from arthritis. We listened and prayed. His father is a pastor who needs study materials to share the Gospel.Continue reading

Chairs of hope, hearts of joy!

Day 5  Posted by Brad 2-2-12 We started the day with a first for everyone in the group. We drove to Santa Lucia, near Antigua, and participated in a wheelchair distribution for 22 people. We were able to sponsor the distribution because of the generosity of our friends and family. Thank you for your support! […]

Blessings – Day 4

Day 4 – Posted by John – 2-1-12

How does one on a short term mission trip convey impressions from “the field?”

Considering the chasm of distance, language, borders, and culture, it can be challenging. From the comforts and confines of our American lives, it is truly “a world away.” It is perhaps impossible to imagine the reality of having to find firewood to cook the next meal, or living miles from town with no means of transportation to go to the doctor. Or that your country has recently emerged from thirty years of civil war. Or that every few years, hurricanes come that create such floods that entire villages are washed away, and with them all their earthly possessions.

Life is difficult here.Continue reading

It hurts, but I'm not hurting

Posted by Terry 2-1-12

 

It Hurts, but I’m Not Hurting …

For several months I have planned to be in Guatemala this week, hoping to share the love of Jesus alongside other men—some good friends, the others new acquaintances. Instead I’m at home in southern Indiana, just across the Ohio River from Louisville, KY. I’m in my regular routine, working part-time during the day, spending some good time with my wife Julia at night, and seeing some of our grandchildren in the middle of the week.Continue reading