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

One baby, a coke bottle and a pile of rocks

Day 3 – Posted by Brad – 1-31-12

The week has been so wonderful. Each man in the group is contributing so much to the dynamics. Gary has provided some great insight and wisdom. John came to Guatemala with an open-mind, and has been blown away by what he has seen. I am truly proud of him It has been a true joy to re-connect with Jeff. His love for Guatemala is apparent, and he is like a kid in a candy store during the day. He just seems to soak up everything.Continue reading

Standing with a giant – Day 2

Day 2  Posted by Jeff 1-30-12 As followers of Christ there are moments when your sense of God’s grace leaves you without adequate words, along with a transcendent joy that can’t be properly described. Even when your heart is at its fullest, you understand that you are only grasping faintest sliver of the joy that […]

In country

Posted by Brad 1-29-12

 Day 1 – continued

Group after arriving in GUA

 

Today worked out better than ever. For the first time, all of our bags made it.

 

Jeff had arrived about an hour before we did. Saul met us outside and we began the 2-hour ride to Tecpan. The weather has been good, but got rainy later in the evening. The temperature feels great. It is about 65 degrees in the day.Continue reading

Ready, set, go…maybe!

Day 1 Posted by Brad 1-29-12

Men at SDF Airport

Do you ever have one of those mornings where everything goes right, and there are no problems at all? Well, that is the way our day was going. I got up at 4:00 AM, bags already packed. I just had to eat breakfast, take a shower and get in the truck. All that happened, just as planned. I stopped by John’s house to pick him up, and he was ready and waiting. Scott and Gary were at our meeting point early, just waiting for us. There was no line at American check-in (I had to pinch myself). No problems with our luggage either. We bought our coffee, got to the gate early and enjoyed some good conversation. Boarded on time, got nestled in to our seats. First engine started. No problems. Second engine started (do you see what’s coming?)…….problem!!!Continue reading