Monday, October 24, 2016

Money Laundry

Here is a new twist on the terminology
 "Money Laundering".

In the building complex where Glenn and I go to the dentist office, downstairs, we noticed a Laundry-Mat.  

Interesting the words 
"Coin Laundry"
 translates to 
"Money Laundry".

All in a good day's laugh.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

60 Roses by Glenn

Thanks Glenn, for the 60 roses for my 60th birthday.

I can't wait to see what the Lord brings to me this coming year!

This is what 60 roses looks like - 1 for each year!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

My 60th Birthday

I spent my 60th Birthday
 with my Mom.

We took her with us to the State Fair of Texas.  
Of course we enjoyed a corn dog and did the "people watching thing"

The best thing, Thursday, October 20,
 was Senior Citizen's Day
I especially loved enjoying the FREE benefit of now being a Senior!

Beautiful day - high in the lower 80's.

My mom kept saying "Well, 60 years ago today, Dad and I went to Baylor Hospital and the Doctor said, "Do you want to have this baby today?"  So, I said, "Yes."  I don't remember what we did with your brother, Rick.  My dad said earlier, "I just wanted to watch the SMU football game that Saturday afternoon."

Thank you all for the many Birthday wishes I received on Facebook.

  It is always fun to read the genuine birthday wishes from friends I've known, from elementary school, college friends and former co-workers in Bolivia all the way through to current co-workers with Camino Global.

I am blessed.

We later went to the famous "Reunion Tower" to observe the skyline.  This was where we got engaged 38 years ago.  

What a beautiful Dallas skyline.

We ended the day with a Birthday celebration dinner at Spaghetti Warehouse.

Thank you all for the Birthday greetings.  I am blessed.

60 Roses 
from Glenn in Guatemala -
 they are a lot cheaper in Guatemala.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Bible Translation Project

On Saturday we attended the graduation ceremony at GBS.  We took Natalie and Patricia with us.

One of the graduates was a young man who helped with the Chuj translation project. Camino missionary, Helen and her late husband David, worked with him on the complete Bible translation.

So happy to see how God allowed the young Chuj man to help veteran missionaries with the Bible Translation.  
Praise God.

Proverbs 119:105

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Natalie and Immigration Office

On Monday we took Natalie to the Immigration office to get an extension, for another 90 day Visa. On our way to the immigration office we dropped off Steve and Elisa at the Guatemala City airport.

So, we had to drive downtown, find a safe place to park, walk 3 blocks to this cramped immigration building.  We climbed 2 flights of stairs, grabbed a number, 82 and waited...and waited!  We looked into the small over crowded room and the number on the monitor said 17.  That was 10:00am

 It's now 12:45pm  They just called 82.

In the meantime I am sitting up against the wall next to Eric. 
 Where are you from?  
Where did you go to High School?
Lake Highlands

I immediately gave Eric a fist bump.

What class did you graduate in?
Did you know my sister or brother?

Can you believe it?  I'm sitting in the small Immigration office waiting room, and I sit next to someone who went to the same schools that I did.  
Northlake Elementary, LHJHS and Lake Highlands.

Small World...Big Family

Eric has a fishing business down at the Pacific coast.  We exchanged our contact.  If I you ever want to go on a fishing adventure, deep sea fishing -  check out Big Buoy Fishing

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Meet Natalie

Natalie is one of our newest missionaries here in Guatemala.  She is currently studying Spanish in the small town of Antigua, just outside of Guatemala City.  She has been here for 3 months.  And her Spanish is progressing very well.

She lives with a Guatemalan family.  She walks to classes daily.  Classes are from 8-12 M-F.  She is also involved in other activities.

Natalie has a deep love for the Guatemalan people.  After completing her Spanish classes next month, she will be moving to work in the small Kachiquel village of Chivoc.  Her assignment will be to teach English in the local public school.

One of our jobs as Pastoral Care givers, is to help Natalie in her adjustments to Guatemalan living.  Although she has traveled to Guatemala countless times as a teenager with her church from Texas, she is still needing some encouragement and accountability.  Natalie is a part of our team here in Guatemala.

Last week we spent several days with Natalie.  On Wednesday we connected with her after her language classes and took her out for lunch.  Joe's!  Natalie was ecstatic as she hadn't had an old fashion American hamburger and a pile of Nachos in a long time.  We talked about her adjustments, her plans to move in with another Guatemalan family and coached her on various subjects such as Guatemalan driving, safety, finances, etc.

On Saturday, we connected again with Natalie and she accompanied Glenn and myself along with another missionary gal to the Graduation Ceremony of the Guatemalan Bible Seminary in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. 
 This was definitely a cultural experience.

The ceremony started only 10 minutes late and lasted 3 hours.  It was a God-honoring service.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Last Minute Visits With Friends and to Places

 What better way to enjoy the 90+ degree weather in Dallas, than at the Dallas Arboretum with my folks.
Go Texas Rangers!
We took mom over to see her BFF
Then we visited with Mrs. T and her daughter Karen.
To top off our trip, we took a quick bicycle ride at White Rock Lake!

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Metroplitan Baptist Church Mission Festival

We were honored to participate in a Mission Festival at a new partnering church.

We spoke with small groups.
Some of these folks remember when Glenn attended Metropolitan during the time when he was living in the Wycliffe house back in the 60's as a WBT missionary kid in 4th grade.
 We visited with a group over brunch on Sunday.
Yes, another selfie photo with another group of prayer warriors.
 Special Outing at the Science Museum Oklahoma
 The special exhibit on the life of Leonardo "Da Vinci" was very informative and creative.  It was special to have a day for the missionaries to enjoy an outing together.  If you are ever in OKC, take advantage of this terrific Museum.
 Besides the iconic master piece painting of the Mona Lisa, Leonardo was an inventor, scientist, musician and artist.
I was able to locate the "old building" where Metropolitan worshiped back in the day when Glenn attended while in 4th grade.  Sadly, it didn't jog his memory.
 On Sunday, we spoke at a Sunday School class.  And what better way to "tell our story", but to have a "Show and Tell".  We asked Jenny and her family to come and share.  The Scotts served for 10 years with us in Guatemala and have recently relocated to OKC to work in a church plant.  Jenny shared how we would "come along side" and give Pastoral Care to them, their family and other missionaries in Guatemala.  We were blessed to have the Scott family be with us to share our story, in a creative, fresh and personal way.
 We had a delightful lunch at the historical Estate of Castle Falls Restaurant
 The closing Wednesday night program was encouraging, uplifting and God honoring as MBC missionary, Jean (and her late husband, Dennis), were highlighted for their many years of faithful ministry in Guatemala with WBT.

 The church honored long-time missionary, Jean Stratmeyer, for her work with the translation of the Jacalteco Bible in Guatemala.  Mart Green, founder and CEO of Mardel Christian Books (also with connections with Hobby Lobby), spoke about the faithfulness of God and His servant.
 Glenn reconnected with these MKs (Jean's chidren) who would travel through Ixmilquilpan, Mexico. - 50 years ago!

In Summary, we are thankful for the packed week we spent with new friends at Metropolitan Baptist Church.  We are grateful for this new and encouraging partnership.  We are even more thankful for their prayers for our pastoral care ministry with Camino Global.

Thank you! 

Wednesday, October 05, 2016


Before attending the Mission Festival in Oklahoma City, we made a quick trip to Colorado to visit Ellen, Luke and of course our three grandkids.

 We enjoyed walks with the g'kids, eating lunch with David at his kindergarten school, and even taking the kids to McDonalds.
Lunch with David!
Typical Lucy look

What is a quick 4 day trip to Colorado without going on a bicycle ride?

Grand Children "Chill'n"

 Colorful Colorado