Monday, April 29, 2013

I Know Who Goes Before Me


Our new missionary, Sarah, quoted this song when she boarded her plane at DFW to Guatemala.  I have since fallen in love with it.

You hear me when I call
You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light

Whom shall I fear

You crush the enemy
Underneath my feet
You are my sword and shield
Though troubles linger still

Whom shall I fear

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind me

The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine

The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

My strength is in Your name
For You alone can save

You will deliver me
Yours is the victory

Whom shall I fear
Whom shall I fear

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind me

The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine

The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I'm holding on to Your promises

You are faithful
You are faithful
You are faithful

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind me

The God of angel armies

Is always by my side

The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine

The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

The God of angel armies
is always by my side

Friday, April 26, 2013

No Kidding!

No kidding.  This car was driving up the Boulevard.

Look at the angle of the right rear tire.
I bet the car wasn't going too far.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

El Tenedor

Last week Glenn and I went up to El Tenedor for dinner.

In the past 2 weeks, we have received 2 new missionary families.  The Herringtons and the Lastrapes.  So, we had a little get together with these two new families along with the Selfs, Philippis, Sywulkas and Robinsons.  

And you know Glenn, he likes to pile lots of people in his van.  We had plenty of room.;)

The pizza was great.

The bean soup and apple salad were pretty good too.

The view was stunning and the fellowship was terrific.

The art is modern and unique.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Through the Eyes of a New Missionary

 Jesus Loves Guatemala
Our newest missionaries, the Herringtons, recently posted a short blog about their first 10 days here in Guatemala.

They describe their frustration when purchasing gasoline and had their credit card denied because of fraud protection warnings.

They were moved emotionally to see hundreds of Guatemalan families who live and work in and around the city dump for their livelihood.

Want to read more?  Go to their blog:  JesusLovesGuatemala 

We have been honored to help them with their transition... setting up house, starting language school, purchasing a vehicle, acquiring household appliances and even dog food.  We have given them basic general navigation information, so as not to get lost.  We are very proud of John and Sarah and toddler Jackson.  Please pray for them as they desire to serve Jesus here in Guatemala. 


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Glenn Rose to the Occasion

Glenn purchased a dozen yellow roses for me yesterday.

I am restricted to 1 1/2 more days of bed-rest.  But who is counting?

If you could only smell these roses.  They smell delicious!

"Thank you, My Lord!"  (yep, we have been watching Downton Abbey!)

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Downton Abbey and Bedrest

On Thursday I had a small procedure done to relieve my lower back pain and numbness in my two feet.  The doctor ordered complete bed-rest for several days.

So, I thought this would be a good time to see what all the "hoopla" of the PBS TV series of Downton Abbey is all about.  Glenn and I have finished the first two episodes of the first series.  Quite interesting.  

I did find 2 Links that helps explains things.
5 Things to know
100 Important things to know
about Downton Abbey

Anything else I need to know?  Who else follows this?

I think Glenn and I are going to continue to watch the rest of it.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Heaven's Choir

Check out this Youtube video of Mr. Shea singing "I'd rather have Jesus"

Two months ago, I posted a short clip about George Beverly Shea's 104th Birthday. {Read here}

Last night, we got word that Mr. Shea had another birthday party, entering into and singing in heaven now.  One article says, "Now the heavenly choir has one more member." 

My prayers extend to his family and my dear friends, Ron and Kathy Shea.  We love you!

Thank you for your ministry through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

And It Was Good

  So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves,
 with which the waters abounded,
 according to their kind,
 and every winged bird according to its kind. 
And God saw that it was good.
  And God blessed them, saying,
 “Be fruitful and multiply,
 and fill the waters in the seas,
 and let birds multiply on the earth.”
  So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.  

Genesis 1: 21-22

Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday means Beans and Rice

Back in the 80's and 90's, we had a family tradition that I would fix
Beans and Rice for dinner
 (normally on Mondays)

Since we as a family of 5 were pretty much busy with weekend activities living in Bolivia, it was just simple for me to rely on the crock pot to make my beans each Monday morning.

We also had a tradition that Glenn would give me 100.00 a week for grocery money.  And any left over money, I would tuck it away in my little "Travel Fund".  So, it made sense for me to cook beans and rice to save a few pennies.

I think my kids learned to love beans and rice.

My adult kids have now asked me for the recipe.  There is no recipe.  I just cover the red beans in water and cook in the crockpot on high for 4 -5 hours or on slow for 8 - 10 hours.  I then shake in some Chili powder, black pepper and salt.

It's Monday. 
 Guess what Glenn and I are having for dinner tonight?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

It's Saturday

It's Saturday!

what took you so long?
I'm exhausted.
This week was rough.

It's only the 12th of the month, 
and we've put in 18 - 20 hour days these past 12 days.  

If we were using the timeclock, we would be done for the month.

But, this is what we do.
Member Care.
(and we're just beginning for the month!)

  • Hosted 3 couples that came to help with child care during Conference
  • Helped Coordinate our Annual Fellowship Conference
  • Said "good-bye" to the Foote family
  • Washed 5 sets of bed sheets today
  • Visited J Conner in the hospital
  • Made several airport runs to pickup/drop off traveling missionaries
  • Held a debriefing Conference Committee meeting
  • Had prayer time for the Herringtons and 3 other families arriving soon

We collected food for a pounding!

Then on Wednesday, we welcomed
John, Sarah and Jackson 
from DFW on AA 2137!
 (Oh, and they brought 3 dogs!:)

We dropped them off in Antigua and didn't return home until after midnight.
(We have made 6 trips to Antigua this week.)

(Jackson, one tired little camper!)

So, now we are helping them get settled in
 as they begin Spanish language classes on Monday. 

We have driven them around Antigua so they can get their bearings. 
 We've showed them the pet store where they can buy dog food.
And of course we showed them Doña Luisa and their famous banana bread. 

Glenn rode with John as he drove our car from Antigua to the city where the Herringtons purchased their own vehicle and then
rode back to Antigua in the new car with John driving.
  I think Sarah's knuckles were white and she is prayed up. Mind you, John is a good driver and did a great job on his first "flight".

Pray for John and Sarah
 as they dive into Spanish language classes, 
battle loneliness,
make new friends
and appreciate the missionary experience!

Thank you Jesus for Saturdays!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

My Help Comes from the Lord

Psalm 121:1-2

My Help Comes from the Lord

A Song of Ascents.

121 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Bountifully Blessed


We were so very blessed this past week with the group from FBCLJ.  They poured themselves into the lives of the children during our  weekend Conference.  They arrived 2 days before conference and we showed them Lake Atitlán, Pacaya Volcano  and then the last day of Conference we spent several hours in Antigua. 


I'll never forget the squeals coming from the two tuktuks racing through the cobblestone streets.

I hadn't laughed this much in a long time.

Thank you so much for coming!  Y'all were a blessing to us all.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Conference 2013

Our annual Guatemala Fellowship Conference was last weekend.  Jim and Jenny, along with Boyd and Julie plus Glenn and myself helped coordinate the activities and such.

There were several challenges as we all stayed at the local hotel, and the meetings were 3 blocks away at Union Church.  Glenn, along with a few others, helped with "shuttle service" to and from the Church.  Jenny really spear-headed everything with her detailed plans and personality.  She organized the Casa SETECA catering.  The food was delicious.

 Don and his worship team lead us in music.  We were blessed.

George Murray's messages were "spot on"...VERY challenging.  Thank you!

George preached on the topic "Jesus is God, so what?  And the Deity of Jesus Christ and it's implications for World Evangelism".   Thank you George.

{photo by Chad A}
Finally, we had 3 couples volunteer to work with our young people and youth.  Chad and Kelly have done this 4 years now.  What a blessing!  Even though it had been 2 years, since they were down, they were able to reconnect with the  kids very quickly. This was Mark and Kristin's second time to work with our youth and they loved seeing "how much they have grown".  Greg and Mandy poured their lives into these kids also.  

Personally, we'll never know how much of an impact these 3 couples made on our young people.  The youth workers were so impressed with the MKs and their thirst for truth and answers to their questions. 
Chad wrote this on his FB page  What an absolutely amazing night of ministry last night with some of the most incredible students on the planet!!! My head is still spinning after an hour of some of the most intense theological questions I have ever been asked!!! So thankful for these wonderful missionary families serving in Guatemala and the opportunity to share life and ministry together! Looking forward to spending the whole day with these incredible students!
Wow we were blessed beyond anything. 
Camino Global 
Guatemala Family
April 2013

Friday, April 05, 2013

Pre-Conference Activities

 The 3 couples from FBCLJ arrived 2 days early to take in some Guatemala activities.  
They came with a van load of luggage full of supplies and surprises for the children and teenagers.

Quick 1 day trip out to Las Buenas Nueva in Panajachel
Entertainment at Mike's Cafe
Boat ride on Lake Atitlán
Delicious Breakfasts at Casa Del Mundo
2 hour climb up Volano Pacaya
 {photo by K. Walker}
Today, we have a 1/2 day of activities before our Conference begins later in the afternoon.  

One of our Pastoral Care jobs here in Guatemala is to help with the yearly Fellowship Conference.  Jenny has done a great job in organizing and putting her special touches on it.  We are blessed to have the group of 3 couples come from Texas to help with our children and youth program.  As the mission community continues to grow, we have a blessed opportunity of making sure the children have fun activities too.  Jenny has been focused on the worship team from Dallas that is here also.

Would you pray with us this weekend that the Camino missionary family would be refreshed, blessed and encouraged by our time in the Word and with each other?  Pray too for the special time that the kids and youth have together with the 3 volunteer couples.  Pray that God would be glorified this weekend.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

One Foote in Front of the Other

 I'm going to miss this dear, sweet family.  Danny and Daphne are the dearest of friends.  Along with their "tribe", we just love 'em to pieces.

They live in the coolest house.  My sister calls it the "Swiss Family Robinson House"
You have to take the boat from Panajachel to get to their house in Santiago.
Daphne has hosted us on numerous occasions as we have visited them many times.  They have had a number of opportunities for witness and ministry and have opened up their home often. 

Thank you for sharing your life with us and with so many people!

Thank you Daphne and Danny!
May the Lord continue to bless you as you open another chapter in your book.
{photo:  Oct 2011}