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This site is basically dedicated to sharing the things I’m learning in continuing my faith and trust in Christ. As well as to let friends and family keep up with what’s going on in our lives. I hope as I put my heart and thoughts into this blog you will in some way be blessed and mostly that God would be Glorified.

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Bitter sweet departure

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It is with both joy and sorrow as we prepare to leave SETECA. we would all love to stay for another week, yet we also miss our families. We are heading out for the US in a few hours. Please pray for an uneventful trip home.

Gracias
Parting shot:

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Sunday – San Vicente

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We had a great trip to the Church plan in San Vicente. The trip was made without incident, thanks for praying for us. David is a SETECA graduate who is pastoring another Church. He is the Head Pastor, Youth Pastor and administrator. He has a group of elders who help him teach and shepherd the Church. It was great to listen to his heart as he shared his passion for the people in this remote area and helping with their physical needs as well as bringing the Gospel to them. It was about a 45 minute drive to get to David’s Church from SETECA. Then we all loaded up into a couple of pick-up trucks and rode about 40 minutes or so to the Church plant in San Vicente.

On our way out of Guatemala City
On our way out of Guatemala City
Loaded in our truck
Loaded in our truck

The people who live in this community were refugees that fled into Mexico during a civil war in Guatemala. The Government of Guatemala gave this land to them so they could move back. It has been a very dry raining season and since most of what they have comes from the land their crops have not done well so there is not a lot of food. We had a great trip, the kids and adults were very friendly and welcoming. There are 3-4 families that have accepted Christ as their savior. There are about 70-80 families – 300 or so people. Keep them in your prayers as they share the gospel and work with Pastor David to continue planting the Church. They are currently gathering materials for a Church building.

Earth and Water
Earth and Water
Red light - Green light
Red light – Green light

The area that we were at was near the coast and it was incredibly hot and humid. We were all very hot and sweaty. It was pretty crazy. It is generally so warm that David’s Church is open air and their are no doors or windows in any of the buildings they use for class rooms. It was neat to see that they had about 10 deaf people in their congregation. David and the elders were having lunch with them so they could know their needs better.

Singing God's praises
Singing God’s praises
Singing God's praises
Singing God’s praises
Time for crafts
Time for crafts – Nicki and this little girl hung out a lot today.
Fun little puppy, one of Itchy's relatives for sure
Fun little puppy, one of Itchy’s relatives for sure

After we left we went to Sanita’s for lunch. It was really good! I had a bowl of Soupa Caldo Mexico and a Guatemalan style tamale, Tamal en pollo. Both were fabulous, and I would be lying if I did not say it was bitter sweet to eat so well having just left San Vicente. It’s things like that that are hard on my heart on trips like this. Praying God would bring the rains so they can get better crop yields there.

My delicious lunch
My delicious lunch

We left and headed for SETECA and we all took a nap. Once back at the seminary several people napped, some of us played futbol for an hour or so and then we had dinner in the brick house. Next we heard Jean and Paul’s testimony. We wrapped gifts for under privileged kids that Linda from SETECA works with. It was a fun time. We wrapped up with a game of Mafia.

Buenas Noches

Saturday, SETECA

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Today we were at the Seminary all morning. We had an awesome breakfast Alex prepared for us and devotions, with several testimonies. Next was work. Sam, Caleb, Josh, Jake and I all worked on the data cabling in the office. We we finished the cable runs and started mounting the conduit and surface mount raceway’s on the ceiling and walls. JT and I did the conduit in the IT room.

Mounting conduit in the IT Room.
Mounting conduit in the IT Room.
Mounting conduit in the IT Room.
Mounting conduit in the IT Room.
Mounting conduit in the IT Room.
Mounting conduit in the IT Room.

It was a lot of fun working with Josh. It took us most of the morning and it was hot sweaty work. Drilling into concrete and putting anchors in the walls. It was a first for both Sam and I to use barbed wire as fish tape pulling the runs. They clipped the barbs. Very interesting.

Barbed wire fish tape was a first.
Barbed wire fish tape was a first.

We went on a tour next into the center of Guatemala city. We saw the capital buildings and palace. We went to a huge relief map that was very cool.

Nicki and I at the relief map. (note the hat)
Nicki and I at the relief map. (note the hat)

Next we drove up into the mountains for a over view of the city it was pretty cool. It started raining right after we left.

Good view of one of the many Volcano's around the city.
Good view of one of the many Volcano’s around the city.
Tres Amigo's
Tres Amigo’s
The City from the roof of The Grill restaraunt
The City from the roof of The Grill restaraunt

After the tour we went to the mall and hung out for a bit and had dinner in the food court. We went home and played several rounds of Mafia before turning in for bed. It has been a great time getting to know all the kids and have had lots of fun seeing them grow together as a team.

Dio’s te bendiga everyone…

A new game show

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Who’s feet are these?

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Alex

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Last night I was able to hang out with Alex after dinner a bit and hear about how God has been working in his life. He is an independent missionary with his wife. We learned that he is Moses’ dad. We met Moses last year and he shared his testimony with us. It was cool to meet his Dad who is now doing what Carl was doing at SETECA. Alex has an amazing testimony of God working in his life.

At one point in his first time at SETECA as a student he was feeling like maybe doing his studies and being a missionary here was not what God wanted him to do as he was having serious difficulties getting enough funds to keep his family here and be a student. One Sunday at Church when he was feeling very depressed and feeling like going home (USA) he went forward to the alter to pray. As he was praying he felt a hand on his shoulder and a woman told him “God wants you to stay and finish what you have started.” Pretty amazing since he had not told anyone what was going on.

There are a lot of faithful servants here and it has been such a blessing to get to work with them.

Dios le bendiga

Friday at SETECA

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Today was a full work day. We did our normal routine of devotions and breakfast. However the best news came… My coffee from Mike at Crossroads Cafe will be here on Sunday. I can’t relate in words how excited I am. It is the best coffee ever and it supports the work Mike is doing. After breakfast we continued painting in our different areas. The wall has been my area. Nick, Jake and I wire brushed the old paint and dirt off the top of the wall, as well as starting to paint it rojo Wednesday. The wall, especially the top if very porous and difficult to paint. We ran out of rojo paint today and so have a bit more to do. We also started on the sides of the wall today.

The other group has been painting a courtyard and ladies area. They finished today as well. Sam, Travis, Nick and I started running new CAT6 cable in one of the offices that connects back to the distribution switches in the IT Dept area. We are doing 16 runs and surface mounting all the boxes.(pics tomorrow) We got halfway done with the runs today. Hoping to bust out the remaining runs and mounting tomorrow before we head out in the afternoon.

We went right from working to playing futbol with a bunch of the students. It was an awesome time mixing it up with these guys. They are fantastic futbol players…

That is all for tonight here are a couple of pictures from the wall.

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Eric, Josh, Caleb and Nick working on the wall

 

The Wall
The Wall