Thursday, January 31, 2013


SETECA (Seminario Teológico Centroamericano), known in English as CATS (Central American Theological Seminary), is installing a new rector (president).

 Carlos López will be officially taking on his new position of leadership on February 1st during the installation service.
 When I think of SETECA, I immediately think of great schools like Moody Bible Institute or Dallas Seminary.  SETECA is that well known in Latin America and has served it's student body which comes from around the globe.  They come from such places as El Salvador, Mexico, Argentina, US, Spain and even Bolivia.
 The Seminary holds a special place in my heart.  Although I am not a student or even an alumni of this great school, it was back in 1972 when I traveled here to Guatemala on a high school work team and we painted dorm rooms, moved books from the old library to the new library and rubbed shoulders with the students and the missionaries.
 It was here that I got my missionary calling.  It gives me great joy to think that I am back living and serving in Guatemala, where it all started.  I am blessed.

Please pray for Carlos and his administration. Pray for the students as they prepare for ministry, for many as they receive their call to worldwide missionary service.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Quite often when we are visiting Panajachel, we drive over to San Antonio Palopó to Nancy's shop.

There is a little girl that has the most precious smile.  Manuela.  We've seen her grow up over the years.

We were quite surprised, when driving along the Vista Hermosa Blvd, we came across a Pollo Campero Billboard that had a photo of Manuela.

Many times we have taken many friends and co-workers to Nancy's shop, where Manuela works.  We have shared the gospel in a number of different ways. One time she was given a Gospel of John and she began to read aloud...went on and on...what a blessing.

Check out a 2012 post about Manuela.

{photo taken Jan '12}
{photo taken Nov '12}

Manuela has a beautiful and genuine smile.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Coffee Anyone?

 Its coffee season.   We have a tree in our front yard that has been producing quite a crop.   The process is simple but it is time consuming.

Taking the outer shell off and cleaning the coffee beans.
These are called "grapes" before the seeds are extracted from the outer shell.

Next we dry the beans out in the sun. Then another layer of hull has to be removed.

It is sort of the way God works with us. It is a simple process but it takes a long time. Layers have to be removed to get down to the real you. Basking in the SON for a long time is part of the process. And, in the end we are sometimes put through a mill or a press to be ready to serve.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013



MeeMaw is Janie's mother.  We have known MeeMaw as long as we have known Janie - 33 years.  MeeMaw had a quiet and sweet spirit about her.  She loved me and and loved my precious family.  

30 years ago, Glenn put Ellen in a special carry seat and rode his bicycle from our house in Grand Prairie to MeeMaw's house in Dallas. This was in the middle of the summer with 100+ degree weather.  MeeMaw got aggitated at Glenn.  Later on in life as her memory was fading, she never forgot this particular story.  She would always remind us, even 30 years later.

{2008 - taken at Karen's Bridal Shower} 

MeeMaw passed away early this morning, January 22, 2013
We love you MeeMaw!


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Happy Anniversary

Happy 33 Years

Glenn and Judy
January 19, 1980

Several years ago, I posted a number of pictures on my blog.
Click here to see more.

Friday, January 18, 2013

FB and Moody Connection

I just love how the Lord puts stuff together.  Let me explain.

Last Tuesday, I check my FB "newsfeed" and noticed that Eric, former MBI Alumni office employee who I knew several years ago, now living in NH, was making a mission trip to Guatemala.  I quickly texted him saying, "You know we live in Guatemala, do you need a place to stay?"

During their long Dallas layover, I suggested the Wednesday enchilada special at El Fenix. (BTW, they loved it)

 The small team stayed with us on their way to Zacapa and on their return.

I'm so glad to have made this reconnection too!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

Christmas Keeps Coming

Normally we have our Christmas tree down and put away by this time each year, {except for in 1998, we had the tree up from October - February, just ask my kids about that}.  Just this week, we got our first batch of Christmas cards that had arrived at my parents house in Dallas and also at our home office, Camino Global, in Dallas.

There were about 10 cards. 
But I'm sure I'll get more as we go through the month of January and even into February.

 So, we still have our Christmas Tree up.

Rest assured we'll take it down this week-end even though I am use to receiving Christmas cards into as late as February.

  The Hopper family holds the record. We received a card from them in Bolivia that was mailed in December and arrived the following September.  
10 months. :)

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Summer Intern Jobs

 Camino Global has 6 week internship projects that are available for 2013.

Check it out.


Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Flower that looks like a Pine Cone

 I call these flowers Torches, but they really look like a huge pine cones. 
It's really a Ginger plant.  Hmmm
They are my favorite, and I noticed that they were growing up by our fireplace in the flowerbed.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Happy 50th Anniversary to Murphys

On Sunday, Glenn and I, along with Marievelia drove the 45 minutes to the 8:30am morning service of the Alpha y Omega Church in Chimaltenango.  This was a special service, participated in by most of the Murphys as a way to honor the 50 year anniversary of Clyde and Edith.

We were handed a Bible bookmark to celebrate the occasion.
The 4 Murphy children and their spouses sang a special number. David gave the message.

click here to see a video of their special song 
"Find us Faithful"

The Murphy Family

Clyde and Edith have served the Lord faithfully for many years.  They are genuine people.  They are musicians and teachers.  As mechanic and nurse, they can fix anything.  They are dear folks and we wish them 50 more years of wedded bliss together.

Happy 50th Anniversary!