Monday, April 17, 2017

Taste and See

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him

Psalms 34:8

Friday, April 14, 2017

Tuk Tuk Problems

There is always a way to repair your local Tuk Tuk vehicle.  At least they are not very heavy.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cooking With Wood

Can you imagine having to collect and carry fire wood like this?  When you have to cook all your meals, which, three times per day include tortillas, you have to go to extreme measures.

Wood you like to do this?

Monday, April 10, 2017

New Coat of Paint


“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden"
Matthew 5:14 

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Annual Camino Guatemala Conference

Over the week-end, Glenn and I participated in our Annual Camino Guatemala Fellowship Conference. Andy enthusiastically encouraged us from the book of Philippians, challenging us to experience joy in the journey in spite of our circumstances.
This year, the conference was held in the quaint and colorful village of Antigua. For some it was their first time attending. For others, they have been a part of the annual conference since the 1950s.
We were blessed with plenty of delicious food, marimba music, beautiful weather and lots of informal time to just relax and visit. We experienced rest, fellowship and encouragement!

Monday, April 03, 2017


We had the fun opportunity to connect with new friends.  The Pang family has just completed 2 months of language classes and volunteer work at the YWAM base in Ciudad Vieja, near Antigua.  We opened up our home for a long weekend so they could rest and explore Guatemala City with us.  This family is adventurous and will be traveling through Central America over the next several months.

Check out their blog post.  Both LiLing and Brennan operate a Travel Web-site that is geared to family travel. 

Sunday, April 02, 2017

What a Shock!

On March 2nd, we received word that Benjamin, a young Peruvian missionary, while riding his bike home from his Bible Study, was caught in a cross-fire and died along the side of the road.  Our hearts were broken. The missionary community has witnessed this young couple mature and grow in the Lord.  Several of our co-workers have had both Benjamin and his wife in their classes at SETECA, one of the seminaries here in Guatemala.  Also, Northwest Bible Church in Dallas has had a ministry here for over 10 years and have sent teams down to help with this ministry.

My friend, Sarah, along with her husband, John, served 2 years in Guatemala with the ministry in Rio Hondo.  She eloquently wrote her feelings and I think it's worth sharing.   {with permission} Click here to read Why?

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Christy and Her Team

Recently, Glenn and I had the fun opportunity to connect with a dear friend and prayer warrior for the ministry here in Guatemala.  We met at Santo Domingo Hotel for a buffet Brunch.  It was delicious.  We talked a mile a minute to catch up on life before Christy continued her responsibilities of supervising the youth from her church, Fellowship Bible Church, of Northwest Arkansas.  They were here serving at Casa Aleluya.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Welcome Elizabeth Kate

 Meet our newest family member -

At 2am, Ellen SKYPED us here in Guatemala 
from her hospital room in Denver, Colorado 
 and we got to see our newest granddaughter!

Elizabeth Kate Rosenberger
March 30, 2017
6 pounds 11 oz
19 1/4 inches long

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Visiting Natalie in Her Home

Wednesday morning, Glenn and I drove up to San Lucas and over to San Juan.

With our iphones linked to WAZE, we were able to follow the quaint country road past fields of corn and rows of beans, up over hills and around corners to finally reach Natalie's home.  I never thought Waze would reach out here in the boonies.

Natalie teaches ESL in the public school system.  She has classes every day from 12:30-6:00pm.  She was happy to see the "care packages" we brought down from the states.  Besides personal correspondence, the packages included useful materials for her classes and students.

Glenn and I had a fun morning, spending time visiting Natalie in her new home.  Natalie had spent several months in language studies and now has settled in her new home, routine, teaching and ministry.  Welcome to Guatemala, Natalie, and the fulfillment of a long time dream!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Typical Day?

Often we are asked, “What does a typical day look like for you?” Wow, that is so hard to describe since a lot of what we do in Pastoral Care requires us to keep the information confidential. Because of this, we trust you to pray earnestly for us as we minister to others, even though you may not know all the specifics, so that we might be effective in loving and encouraging our fellow missionaries.

Just for fun, we thought we would share with you two recent experiences from a typical day.

October 4, 2016

• 7:00 Breakfast at home, some reading and internet, waited for rush hour traffic to die down
• 9:00 Left home to make “mail run” to various places such as CAG, San Cristobal, etc, making visits along the way including a stop at the bank
• 12:00 noon Lunch at Pollo Campero to check on internet, e-mails, messages, etc.
• 1:30 Dropped by TGN Radio station for mail delivery and visits
• 2:00 Helped Bob carry items to his classroom at SETECA where he teaches English to Seminary students
• 2:15 Received phone call from Judy M. She had heard from Lydia in the US that her mother was in a Guatemala City hospital for a shoulder operation after a terrible fall
• 2:20 Made contact with John, Lydia’s father, who was at DFW en-route to GUA via AA. Got contact info from John to call several church members in Guatemala
• 2:30 Drove to Centro Medico Hospital to check on Gail
• 4:00 Spent the rest of the afternoon visiting and praying for Gail
• 6:30 Headed to GUA airport to pick up John. He wanted to go directly to the hospital
• 7:30 Half way to the hospital John got a cell phone call asking if he had his own or someone else’s suitcase
• 8:00 Arriving at the hospital, John confirmed that, indeed, he had a suitcase that looked like his but had another name
• 8:30 Glenn dropped John off and drove back to the airport to exchange suitcases
• 9:15 Glenn made several trips between John’s house and hospital
• 10:30 Glenn arrived home and headed to bed, resting up for whatever surprises might lie ahead

October 5, 2016
• 6:00-11:30 Enjoyed the sunrise, breakfast, reading, prayer, e-mails and phone calls
• 11:30 Left home to drive to Antigua (about 45 minutes away)
• 12:30 Picked up rookie missionary Natalie at CSA (Christian Spanish Academy) where she has been studying Spanish
• 1:00 After talking about lunch options, we arrived at Joe’s. Natalie was excited to learn of a new place to eat and enjoyed her old fashion hamburger
• 2:00 While eating lunch we visited with her about many things, including her adjustments to her life in Guatemala, Spanish classes, her impending move and to a Mayan village and visa renewal.
• 3:00 After dropping Natalie off, we drove to the local market where Glenn shared some Spanish material with a Guatemalan friend
So, what does your day look like?

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good

unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Cornbread Salad

  CornBread Salad
(not dressing)

Cook 2 pkgs cornbread.  Let Cool
Cook 1 lb Bacon, cool.  Crumble

1 medium onion
3-4 tomatoes
2 medium Green Peppers
1/2 sweet pickles

1 Cup of Mayo
1 T sugar
1/4 cup of pickle juice

Crumbled cornbread

Drizzle dressing over top - Salt and pepper
Refrigerate - Toss well before serving

Recipe from my sister-in-law, Kelly.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Grand Children Growing

While in the rocking chair, I would sing these words to each of my children.  I loved holding them.  I loved rocking them to sleep.
I love you Lord
and I lift my voice
to worship you
O my soul, rejoice

Take joy my King
in what you hear
let it be a sweet, sweet sound
in your ear.
Now, I sing these same words to my grandchildren.  When I hold them and sing these words, it takes me back to when I would sing to Ellen, Karen or Gary.

Now I am excited to be able to sing them to David, Emily, Lucy and ?  

grandchild number 4 will be arriving on or around April 2, 2017

We received the news in a rather unconventional way.  Sitting around the dinning room table at Luke and Ellen's apartment 3 months ago, 3 and half year old, Emily prayed for the meal saying "Dear Jesus, thank you for this food and for the baby in mommy's tummy.  Amen." 

t was actually David who said "Dad, can we tell Grammie and GrandDad the secret about the new baby yet?" as David and Luke were in David's room unpacking, with GrandDad, just before supper.)

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Taco Soup

Recipe for Taco Soup

2 lbs ground beef
1 onion chopped
Brown ground beff w/ chopped onion.
Add 1 pkg Taco seasoning and 1 dry pkg of Ranch dressing mix
Add 1.5 cups water.
Simmer for 10 min.

In large pot - Add together all cans.  Do not drain juice
3 cans petite diced tomatoes
1 can sweet corn
1 can diced green chillies
1 can pinto beans
1 can dark red kidney beans

Add the meat mixture.
(my sister, Sherrie's  recipe)

Although its not COLD weather here in Guatemala, (like what US is experiencing today) I thought I should post this delicious soup recipe.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Not "Keeping on Truck'n"

Oops, the driver of this semi truck got a little too close to the mountain. At least it was this side of the road and not the other side which is a sheer drop off into a valley.

We are always thankful for those of you who constantly pray for our safety on the Guatemalan roads.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Samsung Safety?

You can still buy the Galaxy Samsung phone in Guatemala.

They're exploding in the US,
 but evidently sales are 
exploding out of this world in Guatemala.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Common Sight Driving in Guatemala

This is a normal sight on the freeway.  I had noticed that these 3 folks (all girls) were pushing the car and they had changed from the right lane to the left lane.  Why?  The upcoming exit was a left-hand exit.

I would have pulled off to the right hand side, but I think these energetic Guatemalans were hoping that pushing the car 1/4 of a kilometer down the highway CA-9, they could coast on home.

To put it in perspective.  This photo was taken on hiway CA-9, between Guatemala City and Villa Nueva on a road very similar to Interstate 20 or 635 (Not!).  There are 4 lanes, sometimes they are very fast but many times the traffic crawls up the hill and around sharp corners.