Thursday, February 22, 2018

Literally, a Chicken Bus in Guatemala

A chicken bus (Spanish: "camioneta de pollos" or "trambilla", the latter a hypercorrection of "tranvĂ­a") is a colloquial English name for a colorful, modified and decorated bus that transports goods and people between communities in various Latin American countries, especially Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama.
The base vehicle is usually a retired North American school bus on a light or medium truck chassis.

The word "chicken" may refer to the fact that the buses are often crammed with passengers not unlike a truck load of chickens,[1] or to the fact that Central Americans occasionally transport live animals on such buses–a practice that visitors from other countries often find remarkable.[2][3]

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Thank You, Billy Graham

Thank you Billy Graham.

I'm thankful for the ministry of Billy Graham.  I'm thankful that we as a family participated with the Franklin Graham Crusade in Santa Cruz, Bolivia in 1999.  Glenn helped with various logistics, I helped with the VIP room, the kids worked by helping to hand out the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes to Bolivian children and Karen even did the sign-language translations from English to Spanish sign language.  

Then in 2002, I worked at the local BGEA office for the upcoming Dallas MetroplexMission (Crusade) held at the old Texas Stadium in October.  Glenn was the designated driver for many of the guest singers during that weekend Crusade.

Thank you Billy Graham.

{click on the link or photo} 
by Pat Boone, David Pack and Billy Dean

He heard the word, he got the call,
he took the message to us all.
He said it so we all could understand.
Around the world, here at home,
he let us know we're not alone.
Oh, thank you, Billy Graham.

Just as I am

Just as I am
Billy Graham's Bible
John 3:16

Just as I am, without one plea
But that thy blood was shed for me,
and that Thou bidst me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot;
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt;
Fightings within, and fears without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind;
Yes, all I need, in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, Though wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, Thy love unknown
Has broken every barrier down;
Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Brighton Rose 3 1/2 months old

Last weekend Glenn and I spent 4 days in Kansas City with Gary, Madison and 3 1/2 month old Brighton. Wow, she has changed so much since we saw her first in December.

Since pictures are worth a thousand words...

oh, that F.A.C.E.

I see a theme here -
 she likes to put her fingers in her mouth.

Proverbs 17:6 Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly, and the pride of sons is their fathers.

and finally, we were able to Face-time with the 4 grand-kids in Denver.  So, Now I have a photo of all
 5 grand-kids together 

me holding 
Brighton Rose  (3 months) in bottom left square foto
Emily - (nearly 5 years)
Lucy - (3 years)
David - (6 1/2 years)
Elizabeth - (nearly 1 years)

Thursday, February 08, 2018

40th Class Reunion at MBI

Glenn and I attended our 
40th year class reunion
 at Moody Bible Institute this week in downtown Chicago.

We both graduated in the 1978 class, but never met until several months later.  I finished up in May in Chicago receiving a Foreign Missions diploma and Glenn finished up at the Elizabethton, Tennessee campus in July, receiving a Missionary Aviation diploma. 32 years later, we completed the additional hours and both graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies degree in 2010 (the same year as our daughter, Karen, got her degree).

We are so blessed to have received such a great Biblical education. 

The Alumni Association coordinated a special 2 day event for all the folks who came to the reunion during the legendary Founder's Week Conference.

I'm thankful for re-connecting with former classmates of ours.  Here are some miscellaneous  photos.

Cheryl, me and Jan
Houghton Hall - 4th Floor
Glenn and I with Nancy Hastings, executive director of the Alumni Association

Me, Jan and Janet

Glenn with Gary
David and Nancy
Bob and Cheryl
Naomi and Dan
Bruce and Cheryl

David and Jan, Doug '86, Glenn and me at Lou Malnati's for Chicago deep dish pizza.  We still love Gino's East
Me and Dayna
Trump Tower
The Arch

God bless the school that D.L. Moody Founded;
Firm may she stand, tho' by foes of truth surrounded!
Riches of grace bestowed may she never squander,
Keeping true to God and man her record over yonder.
We also connected with Paul and Ruth, class of 1953!  It was their 65th year class reunion.  They serve with us in Guatemala.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Time With the G'kids

Saturday - Monday, we got to keep the grandkids while Ellen and Luke spent the weekend at a retreat center south of Denver.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles 
The 5:00am flight got us into Denver at 6:30am.  After taking the train to Union Station and switching to another 2 other lines, we arrived at the Littleton Downtown station.  Then we called an Uber driver and we were walking into the apartment before 9:00am.  Not too shabby.

We had a full day.  We took the grandkids to the local Library for free time at Legomanics.  David especially was in Lego heaven.

Lucy, say "Cheese"

 We took the kids to Chuck E Cheese.  They had never been before.

Just shoot me. 

  And I think our last time was 25 years ago.  It hadn't changed too much.  Just a lot of noise.  Since we never purchased tokens for our kids when we took them to Chuck E Cheese, we didn't buy tokens (or rather fobs) for our grandkids.  However, the g'kids didn't know the difference.  They were still able to have so much fun.  Somehow they learned how to jump on the small mechanical animals and rides many times.

After a couple of hours at Chuck E. Cheese, Glenn dropped me off at Arc (something like Salvation Army) and I picked up some desperately needed jeans for growing boy, David.  And of course I picked up some other pants for Emily and Lucy.

We learned of a "Break Bread" meal at a local Methodist church and took the kids there for dinner.

The kids were absolutely 

 by the time we got them ready for bed at 6pm.  They didn't make a peep nor did they object when we said it was time for bed.  GrandDad and Grammie were exhausted too, since we had taken the early morning flight to Denver.
I think GrandDad was pretty exhausted at Chuck E Cheese too as he tried to get some  
"pizza and quiet".

Sunday, we chose to go to the Cherry Hills Church. We nicknamed it the "Bubble Church" because of the Bubbles floating down from the ceiling in the Children's area.

After church, we went to a fancy McDonalds and then did a local Letterbox!  Fun.

All in all, we had a great extended weekend with the 4 grandkids.  

 I enjoyed rolling the girls' hair up at night, playing "kitchen" with Emily and Lucy and just loving on them.

David (6 1/2) Emily (nearly 5) Lucy (3) and Elizabeth (10 months).

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Antigua, Panajachel and Beyond

We had the blessing to take Bob and Shirley and Bob's brother and sister-in-law out to Antigua and then to Panajachel the next weekend.

Bob and Shirley have been coming down to Guatemala for over 10 years to lead modules at SETECA.  This year, they brought down Doug and Brenda from Canada to experience the beauty of Guatemala.

 After church on Sunday, we drove up to Antigua to explore this unique city.
We stopped to see veteran missionaries, Paul and Ruth Philippi.  We enjoyed seeing her beautiful flowers in her yard.

Then the following weekend, we took the 2 couples to Panajachel for a few days.  Glenn took me out to celebrate our 38th Wedding Anniversary in Panajachel.  Sweet.

 Side note: The restaurant credit card charge system was not working and Glenn did not have enough cash to cover the dinner. The "Maitre D" let us walk out and come back to pay the next day:).

We connected with 2 ladies from California and New York in Panajachel. They joined us for some of the excursions around Pana such as going to the butterfly farm and San Antonio Palopo and Santa Catarina, Palopo as well as the CrossRoads Coffee Shop. Fun. Then, on Monday, we drove them back into the city, took them to the Cemetery, City Dump and their hotel. They were kind to treat us to a late lunch.

The mind of a man plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.
Proverbs 16:9 
It is always good to see how God directs our paths.