Friday, April 17, 2015

Report on Fellowship Conference 2015

We had our annual Fellowship Conference last weekend, which all the Camino Global missionary families living here in Guatemala and Nicaragua attended.  We were blessed to have our current president join us as the special speaker. His wife was also able to attend.  This year, our missionary family was quite a bit smaller than previous years, as families have moved on from Guatemala, kids have gone off to college and others have returned to the states for ministry there. 
We were also blessed to have Dr. Barbara and her retired Captain husband join us for the extended weekend.  Barbara has served the missionary family before on previous trips down here and she was able to speak one-on-one with several missionaries to encourage and challenge them as well as listen to their hearts.

 On Thursday, we drove up to Antigua and had lunch at a new restaurant that overlooks the city.  

The food and company was pretty good up there on the mountain side.

We walked through the gardens there at the Cerro de San Cristobal Organic Farm and enjoyed the beautiful orchids, flowers and fresh vegetables.

The weekend went off with-out any major complications, despite not having any running water at our house for 2 days while hosting the Russells, and a miscommunication of possibly having our CRV stolen on Wednesday night, only to have it found by Thursday morning. And there were no major illnesses or challenges during the conference.  We are thankful for God's word spoken through Doug, special music from our own Camino family and special fellowship with games and food. 

My heart is full. 
My tummy is full
 I am grateful for the missionary family here in Guatemala.

Monday, April 13, 2015


 Psalms 89:1
I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
    with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
    through all generations.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Direct thy Paths

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:5,6

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Easter Week

(10:00am on Friday morning - CA 1 - no TRAFFIC at all)

During Easter week, the city of Guatemala literally shuts down.  People will flock to Antigua for the processions, to the lake for family reunions and to the beaches to soak in the warm sunshine.
Glenn and I stayed in the city.  Each morning, we left our gated community and headed out to explore new roads, locations and sights.  

Literally there is no one out on the streets.
We stopped off at the Mira Flores mall to see the new additions and developments.  We enjoyed watching some kids put together a huge, gigantic rompecabezas (puzzle.)
We even stopped by DQ, yes, Dairy Queen and purchased a Blizzard. Cool!!

Monday, April 06, 2015

Member Care Meetings

Several weeks ago, probably nearly a month now, Glenn participated in a Member Care workshop with several other key missionaries with Camino Global.
We had just flown in the night before, arriving at 11:30pm into our house, and Glenn on the next day, ran some errands, deposited some money in the bank, bought some food, charged up our Guatemala cell phones and was on his way out of town by 11:30am, a 12 hour turn around.  Pretty good.  Plus we had an overnight guest that night!

 Glenn and the gang enjoyed visiting the Centennial camp

and breakfast at Casa Del Mundo.

I sure don't get tired of this view!

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Crown of Thorns and a Risen Savior

Euphorbia milii 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Euphorbia milii (crown of thorns, Christ plant, Christ thorn) is a species of flowering plant in the spurge family Euphorbiaciae, native to Madagascar.  The species name commemorates Baron Milius, once Governor of Reunion, who introduced the species to France in 1821.  It is suspected that the species was introduced to the Middle East in ancient times, and legend associates it with the crown of thorns worn by Christ.

Before He was crucified, the Roman soldiers “twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on His head. They put a staff in His right hand and knelt in front of Him and mocked Him. ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ they said”  Matthew 27:29

He is Risen.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

3 Days and No Water

Today I tried to flush the toilet.  
No water.  
No water to wash the dishes.  No water to wash your hands, etc.

In our gated community, we have a large well that supplies water to the 45 homes on the 3 block residence area.  Today, the water wasn't working.

Just after dinner, we saw a large tanker truck pull into the street, back up, and lower a large tube into the water tank area.

Yea!  Water!

Then we got a knock on the door. Salvador said, "We will have water between 8pm - 9pm and then again between 7am - 8am.  However, please be very conservative and try not to use much water.It is a good thing most of our neighbors are out of town because of the Semana Santa celebrations.

Now there are 3 trucks out there.  Still no water.

 Fast Forward....

That was a few days ago.....

A couple days ago, there was major activity at the water well.  The pump didn't work.  A large truck backed up onto the empty soccer field and started the procedure of pulling up 20 sections of pipe to get to the pump.  

Life here teaches us to be flexible.  We have to be flexible on the days when we have no water.  

We had a total of 6 hours of water for 3 days. 

 That was just enough time to wash 2 loads of clothes, take 3 quick showers and fill the kitchen sinks with water so we could wash a week's worth of dishes.

Summary:  The water men installed a new motor.  Yea!  Everything should be working now.  Oops, now there are electrical problems with the new, up dated controller that manages the water pump.

Like I've said before, "If it is not one thing, its the same thing."

Finally, the water is working.  Looks like the water is on ALL the time now.  Yippee!

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Flowers on my Table

Yes, these are flowers from my yard
placed on our dining room table.

How sweet is that?

Monday, March 30, 2015

I've Never Seen THAT

At the local mall, I noticed up against the wall, a Fireman's uniform.

Break in case of Fire.

This is located right next to the concession stand at Oakland Mall
Guatemala City.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Bird on the Wire

I've done this for years.  Wash the clothes, hang them out on the line. 
 But today, I was greeted with a surprise!

Some bird or creepy animal "pooped" on my walking pants.  Ugh

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pastoral Visit - Works Both Ways!

Last week, Glenn and I got together with pastor/missionary, Craig, and his wife, Barbara, as they were on a mission trip as translators here in Antigua.
The local volcano, Fuego, had something to say!
 This restaurant is located up on another hill opposite of El Tenedor.
What a beautiful place.
Lunch with a view!
check out the website
The food was delicious.

There is a green house with beautiful orchids and flowers!
Lunch with a view with live music too!
Craig found his retirement lot, complete with a small lake, boat and waterfall.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Christmas in March

Although the cards were marked in December, these Christmas cards didn't make it to our home here in Guatemala until last week.

It's always nice to spread the Christmas spirit over several months.  Thank you for the late cards.  I enjoyed reading the cards and letters as well as seeing the photos of friends from afar.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Letterboxing - Disclaimer - Blog 11 of 11

[DISCLAIMER - For 6 weeks, Glenn and I traveled and I neglected my blog posting.  
Here is an attempt to post some updates.]
    We drove over 3,500 miles on our recent trip.  And one of the fun activities we enjoy doing is Letter-boxing.  It breaks up long road trip and adds a little spice into the adventure.  This trip was no exception.  We found a total of 9 letterboxes.  That's 10 if you count the one we found in Roatán on our cruise.

    One such stop led us to a really cool rest area. Each of the picnic tables were in a motif representing the 1940's and 50's.  Here is an old gas station.
    It was by far the coolest rest stop I have ever stopped at.  So, if you are ever on Interstate 40 heading across Missouri to St. Louis, stop at the Mile Marker 110, outside of Conway, Missouri.  Read more.

    Located on the old Route 66 in Missouri, this Letterbox is at a roadside park. 

    While in Springfield, Illinois, we visited the burial site of Abraham Lincoln.  It is the second most visited cemetery in the US.  Arlington Cemetery in DC is the most visited site.  Here we found another letterbox.
    Many folks will rub Abe's nose for good luck.  And place penny's (Lincoln pennys) at the base.

    We found our 4th letterbox on this journey outside of our hotel room in Springfield, Illinois.
    David helped us find another letter box near Normal, Illinois.

    David wanted to KEEP the Superman stamp when we found this letterbox outside of a Sears store in a local parking lot of a mall in Indianapolis, Indiana.  But instead, I stamped "Superman" on his arm and he was happy with that. 
    After lunch with HAM radio friend, Carol and Phil, and then reconnecting with MBI college friend, Naomi, we found another letterbox out back behind a local Cracker Barrel restaurant in Kokomo, Indiana.
    With Emily, we found 2 more letterboxes in Oklahoma.  One at a roadside park just before you enter into Texas and the other in a hotel parking lot in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

    I have a logbook that I use to record each of our letterbox finds.  Thanks, Glenn for embarking on this letter-boxing adventure when we take road trip.