The Humble Service Building Community Team from the Neerlandia CRC is getting very exicted for our visit to Las Minas,  In a few short days our 16 person team will begin our journey to the village of Las Minas to start working on a school.  

Our team consists of men and women of all different ages with experiences in many diffenrent fields which range from electrican, chicken farmers, carpenter, nurse, hair dresser, book keeper, and student.  We feel very blessed...

A belated Happy New Year to everyone.  Oops, I am a month late.  Have you ever let something important slip away only to find out a month later that the bill was due, or a deadline was missed, or that library book was not returned? There is usually a price to be paid.  Farmers in North America know very well the importance of on-time planting and the subsequent reduction in yield due to...

Six months. 

If I look at a calendar, that’s the space of time between August and February. That’s how long I’ve lived in Guatemala. 180 days or 26 weeks or 4296 hours or however you prefer to count time.

I know that’s a bit ridiculous, but I think I’m resorting to over-the-top arithmetic because there’s so much I can’t count about the past six months. I can’t count the number of amazing, wonderful, Spirit-filled people I’ve met. I don’t know exactly how...

Pastor Michael TenHaken: 

 

Well, since I dodged Julie’s request to write a blog entry on the last night, I thought I would take a chance to do one now as a sort of summary and recap.  When you get back from a trip like this one of questions you get asked a lot is, “So, did you have a good trip?” or some variation of that.  It’s a difficult question to answer and a simple yes or no just won’t do. ...

Today was the day we were planning to spend with Joel VanDyke, a missionary from the U.S. that moved to Guatemala with his family after he fell in love with the urban area of Guatemala City. We were only missing one thing... Joel VanDyke. Due to traffic/schedules we weren't able to meet with him this morning. He was able to send a partner of his to take his place and give us a tour of the cemetary in Guatemala City....

After flying in from Paris, we arrived in Mali on a Friday around 8:30pm. After a long wait for our baggage, Harouna (a World Renew staff member here in Mali) graciously picked us up outside the airport and drove us to the guesthouse where we will be staying until the end of April. It is located in what used to be the East German Embassy (pretty cool!) but is now home to an evangelical mission. The guesthouse is run...

DAY SEVEN

We have arrived. Phew! We were up early this morning and at Esperanza Miralta, we were only scheduled to be there until 1pm due to having the long drive ahead of us. The morning went quick. We arrived and walked through a path decorated with palm branches and flowers. Then came into a school house full of over 100 kids in their best outfits, grinning ear to ear, and clapping for us as we came in. Carlos, a leader there,...

DAY SIX

Day six already?! Sheesh.

Today we were in La Palmera. We set up and became a photo shop in the blink of an eye. Pastor Michael taking pictures, me attempting to make the kids smile, Mark and Luisa with an excel spreadsheet getting their names, and Robyn w/ the help of many children, printing them moments later! This is the smallest school we will visit this week so it was a good place to do the test run. It was fun...

The communities we visit put a lot of pride into their ability to provide a great performance to welcome us, and Monte Margarita did not disappoint. As soon as we stepped off the bus there were firecrackers going off, kids surrounding us, and festive music playing. They had different grades perform traditional dances and songs. They even had a student that wore a large paper tent over his head that had firecrackers all over it. He danced around in front...
Day four was a very warm day full of cheerful giggles, hard work, and plenty-o-hugs! These kids love when we come to visit, and they sure know how to make a group feel welcome! Today’s blog is featuring…..drum roll…. Robyn Cook and Linda Droogsma. Robyn started out the trip feeling kind of icky from the crazy driving they do here. Lots of twists/turns/sudden stops. But she got some rest and has been ready for action ever since. She is always...

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