Saturday, October 18, 2014

Got Milk?


Milk in plastic bags!
Wow, that brings back floods of memories of how we could only purchase plastic bags of milk while living in Bolivia back in the 80's and 90's.
  Of course we had the boxed milk on the shelf that I didn't like.
Or we could purchase powdered milk (yuck) that was called KLIM (milk, spelled backwards).
I am thankful for the bottled milk we can purchase here in Guatemala.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Festival


Earlier this month, Glenn and I attended the Fall Festival at Union Church.  What a fun activity for young families.  Wish we had our grandchildren with us.


There was cotton candy.


There were many types of crafts and demonstrations for everyone to learn.

working with clay

Spinning Wool

and my favorite, Candied apples.

~J

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Siguatepeque Honduras


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Pray for 25 Camino Global team leaders representing hundreds of ministries in 9 countries. They are meeting this week at the Central American Biblical Seminary of Honduras, focused on vision to accomplish the Great Commission among and with Spanish speakers globally.

Last week,  Glenn was in Honduras for 7 long days to participate in the annual Team Leader's meetings.  The event was held in Siguatepeque, Honduras. There were interactive workshops and seminars. One full day was dedicated to fasting and prayer. Everyone was challenged to be more effective, creative and relevant in our ministries. There was some time spent with the Camino Board as well.

 
 I remember back in 1977, spending 3 weeks in this sleepy little town while on my missionary internship.  I remember making life time friends with dear missionaries who I still rub shoulders with and communicate with.  I'm thankful for the experience that Glenn was able to gain these past days along with leaders from other countries.  I'm thankful that nothing major happened on the home-front except for a stopped up toilet for only 1 day.  

Welcome home Glenn!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Matt 5:14

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Cities#sthash.y9UVbQG5.dpuf


"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Cities#sthash.y9UVbQG5.dpuf
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Cities#sthash.y9UVbQG5.dpuf
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Cities#sthash.y9UVbQG5.dpuf
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Cities#sthash.y9UVbQG5.dpuf

 Matthew 5:14

"You are the light of the world--like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Cities#sthash.y9UVbQG5.dpuf
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Cities#sthash.y9UVbQG5.dpuf
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Cities#sthash.y9UVbQG5.dpuf
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Cities#sthash.y9UVbQG5.dpuf
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Cities#sthash.y9UVbQG5.dpuf

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The Path of Life




Psalms 16:11
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Trash



 This is a common site where pickup trucks are loaded to the gills.

Monday, October 06, 2014

How to be Wise


The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Trees#sthash.mc6KdYL0.dpuf

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Trees#sthash.mc6KdYL0.dpuf
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Trees#sthash.mc6KdYL0.dpuf

Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.
- See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Trees#sthash.mc6KdYL0.dpuf
                                              Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls. 


The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Trees#sthash.mc6KdYL0.dpuf
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Trees#sthash.mc6KdYL0.dpuf
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Trees#sthash.mc6KdYL0.dpuf
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Trees#sthash.mc6KdYL0.dpuf
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Trees#sthash.mc6KdYL0.dpuf
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Trees#sthash.mc6KdYL0.dpuf
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Trees#sthash.mc6KdYL0.dpuf
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Trees#sthash.mc6KdYL0.dpuf
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Trees#sthash.mc6KdYL0.dpuf
Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.
- See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Trees#sthash.mc6KdYL0.dpuf
Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.
- See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Trees#sthash.mc6KdYL0.dpuf

Saturday, October 04, 2014

It's The Real Thing


Since we are new grandparents to a precious little girl named 
Lucy Katherine, 
Glenn went to local tienda to look for the Coke bottles with her name. 

 Closest we could get was 
Lucia Katherine.  
Not bad.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Identity

Identity – A government document issued by our countries of citizenship that indicates all the countries we have visited or lived in – otherwise known as a passport.

I read this quote in a blog I follow.  Very Interesting and Very True. CommunicatingAcrossBoundariesblog.com

Last week, Glenn took my passport into the US Embassy to get additional pages put in.  I felt so helpless because I don't like not having my passport in my possession.  I was thinking it would be several days before I would get it back.
However, Glenn returned 2 hours later (traffic) and said, "Even though last week, the embassy said I could just bring in the application with your signature on it and pay the fee to get extra pages, Judy, you now have to be present to submit the passport."
Ugh.  So, we drove back down to the US Embassy and before noon, I had the additional pages in my passport.  
Boom. Done!


Where has your passport taken you?



Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Hang-Over


 How would you like this job?
I think they have safety harnesses on!

And you even have an audience to watch you work.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I love Lucy

 Lucy Katherine
born Sept 27, 2014
weighs 6 pounds 12 oz


Thank you Skype for the early morning wake-up call at 5 oclock this Saturday morning.
Big Brother, David (3 years)
and
Big Sister, Emily (1 1/2 years)

 have a new baby sister.
{photo courtesy of Ellen and Luke}
 So, GrandDad changed the blocks on our hearth here in Guatemala.

We love our little grandkids.
 {insert happy face here}

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Year Later




 It's been just over a year. It was September 17.
2013.
Now, 30 pounds lighter
eating more wisely
walking and exercising daily
 A year ago we were visiting the grand kids in Nicaragua and Glenn suffered a heart attack.  After an emotional and tense 3 hour drive from Lake Nicaragua back into the capital city of Managua, the doctors determined that Glenn had suffered a heart attack sometime during the night hours.  Glenn was immediately wheeled into the OR for 2 stents to where he had 100% blockage. 

Today, Glenn had his 1 year check up since his heart attack.  The doctor reported that they could see he still had scar damage, but that it had not gotten worse.  The doctor's report was encouraging to both Glenn and me!
Over the past few months, we have had friends about the same age as Glenn suddenly die of heart attacks.  We were heart broken.  
And I ask, 
"Why did God spare Glenn's life?"
"Why didn't Glenn die like our other friends did?"
  I can appreciate life more.  
I can appreciate Glenn's life!
I am thankful for God sparing Glenn's life and allowing him to serve here on earth just a little longer.

Mark 12:30
Love the Lord your God 
with all your heart
and with all your soul
and with all your mind
and with all your strength

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Trust in the Lord





Proverbs 3: 5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Mighty Fortress is Our God







A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal. 

Photos from Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Monday, September 22, 2014

In Christ Alone




 In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

Check out this YouTube video.
 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

When Morning Gilds the Skies

Sunrise in Guatemala City!

 When morning gilds the skies, my heart awaking cries:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Alike at work and prayer, to Jesus I repair:
May Jesus Christ be praised!


gild


verb (used with object), gilded or gilt, gilding.

1. to coat with gold, gold leaf, or a gold-colored substance.

2. to give a bright, pleasing, or specious aspect to.

This hymn was written by a German author whose name has been lost in time.  It first appeared in a Roman Catholic hymnal, Catholisches Gesangbuch in 1828.  That hymnal originated in Wurzburg, on the Main River near Frankfurt.  That is lovely country, with hills and streams.  It's no wonder that a poet, seeing that beauty, would be inspired to write a hymn praising God for natural wonders.

But the hymn celebrates more than natural wonders.  It calls us to praise God whether we are at work or at prayer –– whether in the night or the day –– even when faced with the powers of darkness, which lose their power when subjected to praise to God.  It calls us to praise God "thro' all the ages long."

taken from "history of an hymn"


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Happy Birthday, Gary!

Happy Birthday Gary!

Today, Gary turns 26 years old.

Some important facts about Gary.
  1. Gary Loved Legos - he spent hours and hours...
  2. One year he got 32 Ninja Turtles from an AA pilot, Scott
  3. He also loved to wear his Batman shirt 24/7
  4. Gary is out-going and very social
  5. He was named after our good friend, Gary Beekman.  Before Gary was born, we had picked out the name Julie, if we had had a girl, named after Gary B's wife.
  6. Gary was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia on a Tuesday morning at Clinica Foinini.  After I had been in labor for 8 hours, the doctors determined he was in distress, "cord wrapped around his neck", so he came into the world by emergency C-section.  We had our HAM radio friend, John G. make important phone calls to the grandparents in the states.
  7. Growing up in Bolivia, he loved playing in the sand pile with GI Joe figures along with his best friend, Ben.
  8. Gary would take afternoon naps with me, but he soon discovered that after I would go to sleep, he could slip out of the room and go play legos in his room.
Love on your kids, because they grow up too quickly!

Thank you Gary for being a part of our family, for loving your sisters, for always bringing a smile to our faces and laughs to our bellys. And thank you for your patience with us as you repair our computers and give us social media lessons. 

You are loved and we love you.  Happy Birthday, Gary!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

God's Word is Powerful




Glenn has had the privilege over the years of distributing thousands of tracts, portions of scripture and even entire Bibles. Currently he is participating in a project to get illustrated scripture portions and New Testaments into the hands of children, young people and others who need to hear from God's Word.

Please pray that God's Word would do it's work of conviction in the hearts of kids in Sunday Schools, adults who read along and the many prisoners who are able to have their own copy of Scripture.
So will the words that come out of my mouth
    not come back empty-handed.
They’ll do the work I sent them to do,
    they’ll complete the assignment I gave them. ISA 55:11 MSG

~J