We’re just back from our shopping trip…and boy, can FRC women shop! They were all back in time, but we had to rent another vechile to take back all the stuff they bought (just kidding)! Lunch was great; the guys especially appreciated some meat (chicken) to eat (at least our table did). No incidents, for which we’re thankful. Now it’s time to priase God ffor the incredible way He has poured His grace upon us this week. Our thanks to all who supported us; our work is done, and God has just begun in the lives that are now forever changed. In addition to each family we built homes for; many people each night at our clinics stood to receive His gift of grace. We give God all the glory, and even now, are preparing our hearts for worship!
It is just after 6AM here and I can’t sleep (it’s after 8 at home). Actually, most of us have not been sleeping through the night but it hasn’t been leaving us tired. Yesterday we lounged around here until just after noon then got on a long trip over rugged, mountain roads to a small village of about twenty families where we had a clinic and showed the Jesus film. It didn’t rain as much as the day before but it rained plenty. About 9 PM we boarded up for the long, bumpy trip back and immediately ran off the center of the road into a deep, muddy rut. The other side of the road was a sheer drop of hundreds of feet. Our driver did a great job (along with many prayers) to get us unstuck and on the way again. We pulled in about 11PM and got a good sleep. Today there is no water and the road into the compound has a truck stuck. We hear gunshots in the distance (Dan says this is normal). We could use some prayers for getting the truck out, water, and safety. We have plenty to eat and drink and today is a recreational day fortunately. We are still planning on getting to the airport tomorrow at about 9-10AM and arrive in Detroit just after Midnight. We should be back in the Fremont area as a group by 1-2PM. Lou Ann and I have business in GR and may not get back to town with the group but we’ll see.
Whoever was up at 11PM your time tonight praying for us, THANK YOU.
Yesterday was a day to celebrate! God was so good! And today we head out to our first medical clinic. As you give God praise for His grace poured out yesteday, lift up all the people in the villages we will go to. We spend time playing games & building relationships, while others will be setting up the clinic. After all the meds are handed out (from 1-2 hours) we will show the Jesus film, sing, and then the gospel will be presented. Pray in Fremont for open hearts in Guatemala! Thanks for all your support and prayers; fruit is being harvested!!!
For all the folks back home…today was the day where the gospel was presented to the homes we built for. While we do have the clinics (the next two days we will go to a remote village to distribute meds/present the gospel); today was the day for where eternity hung in the balance for the folks we built for. We cannot thank-you enough! God opened the heart of each family, and the grace of God flowed! Right now, the angels are breaking out in praise to worship the God who sent His son for these persons to accept as the forgiver of their sins…today!!! Words cannot describe the joy I felt, nor the power of God’s Spirit. More later. For now; rejoice!
Today was the last day of “Extreme Casa Makeover” and we handed off 4 finished homes with a bed, mattress, and gifts. The family we built for lost all their things in a mudslide last month. They have been living in a very small space with their parents and other stranded siblings. They now have their own, dry shelter and home. I felt so sorry for the father who was so broken by the whole experience. It would be hard for me to accept something like this but he has nothing. He was so grateful. Lou Ann is on my case to get off the computer (reminds me of my kids) so I’d better go. Much to report later next week. Everyone today is healthy and David is being kept in his place by the teens. Love y’all.
Today is day 3 working on the homes (I’m calling it “Extreme Casa Makeover). The buildings are up, the verandas are done, the exterior walls are stucco’d, and the inside walls are sanded and ready for paint today. We should be finishing this job today then go on to the remote village medical clinics tomorrow. We could get ootles more done if it didn’t rain every day at 2 PM but it does give us time to recuperate. I am amazed at some of the people here. Nancy is such a strong person for her age, Barb likewise keeps charging along. Lindsey and Emily have shown far more spiritual depth than I would expect of high school students. Dan (the comound leader) has a very strong drive-puts me to shame. It is good to get away from the news and daily grind. We’ve had one medical casualty so far-a brief GI problem that is better today. I saw a banana and avacado tree yesterday (my big news.) Keep us prayer-covered for effectiveness in the project today and that God will break our hearts.