Mission Central in Iowa

Posted by Rick   We are less than 30 days from our next trip to Guatemala.  Tom Widmer and I just manned a booth “Mission Central” at our church yesterday to talk with people and raise awareness.  I thought I would share some thoughts about how so many pieces fit together for Guatemala from Iowa. […]

Eight is Great!

I have some terrific news.  We have one more member to add to our January team.  Please welcome Brad Clay.  This is getting a little complicated.  We now have two Toms and two Brads.  This is a first!  Tom in Iowa also goes by Tommy, so we can plan on calling him that.  We still […]

The 2016 Journey begins!

Our 2016 Team I am so excited that we have officially gathered our men for the 2016 Bethel Men’s trip to Guatemala. As usual, we are from several different places in the USA. We have two new people to add to our team, and five returning members: Tommy – Iowa (first trip) Rich – Iowa […]

It’s Not My Problem!

Final thoughts by Brad Have you ever pretended to NOT hear someone, and then keep going? Maybe they even call to you again, but with the same result…you just keep ignoring them? How did it turn out? Typically, they finally catch up to you, and then you say, “Oh, sorry…I didn’t hear you”. Why do […]

Cornucopia – Rick’s Final Thoughts

Webster’s dictionary defines Cornucopia as “an abundance”. I envision a cornucopia as a basket overflowing with fruit. The 2015 J127 winter mission trip to Tecpan seemed like a cornucopia to me.     We saw an ABUNDANCE of fruit. Brad started this vision of revisiting and reinvesting in a community 7 years ago. This year was the […]

Our Neighborhood – Scott’s Final Thoughts

  Final thoughts – Scott We have been home for a week now and have had time to get back into familiar routines. Our clothes are clean, and we have worked out most of the “bugs” we had in our system. As with all great adventures, it continues to impact us in unanticipated ways, long […]

Education needs from trip

We all made it back from the trip safely. It is always great to come home to our families and spend time with them. The hugs from them feel so good. There are so many stories to tell, and pictures to see. Life back to normal? Quite honestly, it takes a while to decompress and […]


Posted by Scott Well, all that is left is the trip home. We woke up around 3 am in order to beat the insane traffic that heads into Guatemala City each day. Chris was really excited to get home, too. He has been out with teams for days and days and really wanted to spend […]

Distribution Day

After a very short night’s sleep, we had a quick breakfast and headed out for Chimaltenango. This is the day that so many lives would be changed through mobility. The distribution was being held at a church next door to the Bethel wheelchair warehouse. We arrived early enough to begin moving wheelchairs into place. Our […]

Salvation for Victoriano

Nothing is random. I know it is hard for some people to believe that there is an all-knowing, all-powerful, loving God who is in control of all events in human history. But, if you come to Guatemala and see what has happened over the past few days, you will change your opinion. Today only confirmed […]