Operation Central America

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Off to San Marcos!

We´re off to San Maros in about a half hour. Please pray as we drive to our last city where we will be having all four ministry teams doing their work. (We will all be going to an orphanage for about 4 hours in Solola on Thursday). Our drive today can take anywhere between 5-8 hours, depending upon construction traffic in and around Guatemala City.

We have seen no evidence of the earthquake damage from last week on the roads. We will be driving closer to where the earthquake was today, but we do not expect to see any of the damage.

Several of us came down with various stomach ailments last night. So, please pray for that as well. It´s no fun to travel when you feel like you are going to have to stop a couple of times per hour for bathroom stops. We´d love a quick healing!

We´ll write more, and try to put some new pictures up, when we get to San Maros.

In Him,

Brian Schulenburg


  • At 8:57 AM , Anonymous Darcie Payne said...

    Dear OCA team,

    I just opened the blogsite...Brian, you must have justt written. Praying for all of you for safe travels and quick recovery from the stomach bug! Blessings, Darcie

  • At 9:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    OCA Team,

    We continue to pray for your safety and good health, and a great impact for Christ. You are all amazing in your stamina and enthusiasm!

    Psalm 18:32 says: It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. 33) He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to stand on the heights. 34)He trains my hands for battle, my arms can bend a bow of bronze. 35)You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. 36)You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.

    God is our rock - stand on Him!
    Blessings to you all and especially to Elizabeth.
    Love, Mom Zahorsky

  • At 10:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    HEY CHRIS!!!
    so the machete is 20-40 huh? well i will clear it with madre and padre, and because you are getting me the slingshot, i got you something. today is VBS @wooddale.
    if it is too late to get a machete, that is ok. i can clear the machete at 1:00 today and will likely post then. i just realised i posted 2 of the same blogs! whoops! but enough about me. how is it? it must be 100 degrees there! please share all next blog!

    your friend Daniel

  • At 10:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Peter Anderson-
    Thanks for the update. We aren't expecting to hear much from you since that means you are doing well and keeping busy. So please don't try to write back. Did someone get a photo of your stitches?? We had a nice uneventful day for Father's Day, just not the same without Amy and you. Grandpa Ray and Dad did not catch any fish. Ron rode with Dad on the jetski -- the girls played lots of cards, some tubing with Dad, etc. Showed everyone the photo of you with the kids hanging on you. We are so glad you are making a difference to those in Guatemala. Amy is already thinking about going there next year....this blog is really making an impact to all of us, helping us capture a bit of what you are all experiencing. Can't wait to hear all about every detail of your trip. Glad you are feeling good -- assume you took your Sunday malaria pill? Hope that settled okay in your stomach. We are praying for you constantly. We are praying that the long drive to San Marcos went well -- Keep making God look good! We love you! Love, Mom and Dad

  • At 1:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Jeff,
    Thanks sooooo much for writing!!!!! We love hearing from you. We check the site a couple of times a day. I couldn't understand part of your note.Have you been sick? We continue to pray for your safety and health. God is using you in amazing ways down there. Are you enjoying the little kids too? We love you so much and we are so proud of you. Lots of love, Mom

  • At 2:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


    It's Marty...thank you for the happy Father's Day wish. I miss you and would have loved to have seen you yesterday but I couldn't be more proud of you and the testimony you are sharing in Guatemala. Your writings about the varous experiences you are having are near and dear to our hearts and we treasure the opportunities we have to read everyone one of them when you post. We serve a mighty and awesome God and I love the way He has blessed you on this trip, and especially at the host family home over the weekend.

    2 Tim 1:3 - I thank God, whom I (we) serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.

    You are in our (Mom, Mackenzie & mine) prayers. We love you and are excited for your next part of your magnificent journey to San Marcos.

    Love, Marty!

  • At 3:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


    the machete is cleared!

  • At 4:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Guys and Gals! Your wonderful, fabulous, amazing interns here. We Think that you guys have been gone long enough and it's time to come back becasue we miss you!!! It's been fun reading the blog and hearing about all your crazy adventures! Peter, wash your hair you grease-ball. Trent and Andy, nice job taming the jaguar (sorry about your arm Trent P, maybe it will grow back...). It sounds like you guys have seen God work in some amazing ways and we can't WAIT to hear all your stories when you get back. Have no fear we holdin' down the fort quite nicely all by ourselves, only burnt down the place once. Well have a blast with the rest of your trip and we look forward to seeing your lovely faces again on Sunday!

    The Interns,
    Jeremy and Anna

  • At 5:13 PM , Anonymous franske said...

    Well Brian I hope that you make it to the bathroom every time you need it. Good to hear that everything is running well.

    PS Brian... see that the interns are now posting together???

  • At 6:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Adam,
    Thanks for the update and Father's Day greeting. The blog, pictures and comments are providing wonderful examples of God's faithfulness, his hand in all details, and love for his people in Guatemala.

    We had a wonderful time with the family up north including a suprise visit from Haley on Saturday night. We miss you and the family prayed for you and the entire OCA team for continued faith decisions, good health, saftety and strength.

    I know the heat is hard on you but it sounds like you've streared clear of the stomach problems - that's good. The time is flying by here and I'm sure that's even truer for you - before you know it you'll be USA bound!

    What a privilege to see God working in big and little ways, I can't wait to hear more examples - so keep writing (if time allows).

    Stay cool,

  • At 6:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Lindsay Beary!! I was feeling a little blogger withdrawl so I had to drop you another one (Why do the call it a blog anyway!) Hope you didn't catch the bug...but if you did one of the hundreds of medicines I sent should work. I am still driving around in circles not knowing what to do with myself. I will be so excited to hear all the stories!! Again, I am so proud of you!! I also got the meal thing covered on Sunday. Joan is coming over to grill you cheeseburgers, fries, corn on the cob and Root Beer floats. We thought you'd like that! I will be home as soon as I can. I still don't know Nick's Lax schedule. Chow!!LOVE YOU TONS AND TONS!!Mom

  • At 7:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Monday OCA Team,

    Sorry to hear that some have become a little ill but please know that we are praying through that with you. Your excitement and wonderful stories are exhilerating. God is so in control of this trip and you can tell in each of your stories on the blog. Can't wait to hear more!

    Andreya, sounds like the trip has been quite the experience for you. I hope you feel better and the rest of your trip goes well. Keep killing those spiders and big bugs. Keep looking up, God is faithful.
    We love and miss you but also know that you are right where you are supposed to be!
    Mom (Diane Reiter)

  • At 9:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


    the JORDANS!! remember them...they were our nieghbors..ya...THEY'RE MOVING BACK TO EDEN PRAIRIE MINNESOTA!!! i was soo happy when i figured out. i was jumping all over the place in the lifetime parking lot. mom started work today and she called courtney to tell us because she heard it from dad. me and courtney are really happy. Same with catherine. she called and i told her. we dont know when they will be back but maybe next week.

    love ya tons


  • At 11:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    We're keeping you all in our prayers. We are especially praying for your continued health (or quick recovery if you are not feeling so well). It's so great to read of all that God is doing in and through you. Can't wait to hear more upon your return.

    Isaiah 40:31 "But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

    Dad Crane

  • At 12:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey L.B. What up. Hope you did'nt get sick. Thanks again for the Father's day call. It was great to hear from you. Can't wait to see you and hear all about your trip. Miss you, Dad

  • At 12:22 AM , Anonymous Kelly said...

    i heard some people got sick last night, and i hope you aren't one of them. just wanted to tell you again that i miss you
    love you!!!!
    Kelly-Feene :]

  • At 8:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hola Taylor,

    I trust you arrived safely in San Marcos and pray you are feeling well. I am incredibly proud of the work you and the entire OCA team are doing in the name of Jesus! My prayers continue for your ministry in San Marcos.

    Taylor, I miss you terribly! I saw someone from a distance in the grocery store and thought it was you. My heart almost jumped out of my chest!!

    Zephaniah 3:17

    The LORD your God is with you,
    he is mighty to save.
    He will take great delight in you,
    he will quiet you with his love,
    he will rejoice over you with singing.

    With love and prayers, Mom

  • At 8:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Adam, your dad here. Thanks for the Father's Day wish (and the card you left). No worries, dude, about being gone and doing God's work on that day. There's not only no conflict, there's perfect harmony: When you honor your Heavenly Father, any day of the year, it couldn't please me more, and the Lord is pleased when you honor your earthly father (being one of them there commandments and all). Haven't heard if you're one of those who've gotten sick, and we pray all who have will be healed and quickly return to normal, but it did remind me of our time in Isla Mujeres when we (ok, I!) encouraged you to eat that yellow cheese stuff out of the can after mistranslating the label. The result that cascaded down the steps of the jacuzzi will linger in our memories forever! One final note for today: Yesterday evening, as a storm system passed and the air and sky turned Canadian cool and blue, I cruised Edina on the Star (you know of what I speak, and why I'm being purposely obtuse), and all I can say is, in just a few days you will be, too, and it will be a fine reward for enduring the heat and circumstances you're in. God bless you in every way, and your medical team, and your whole amazing group, and your wise leaders. Keep putting in a good word for Jesus (as Leith said), and finish strong!
    Love, Dad

  • At 9:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Andy Schiemo - It sounds like the Children's team is doing great things. It is fun to read the updates. Are you taking lots of pictures?? God the greatest father in the world has a huge smile on His face when you are working with His children. Take a look at Matthew 19:14, God loves the little chidren. We pray for you guys daily. We will be praying for those who are sick. We had an interesting Fathers Day which we will have to tell you about when you get home. Debbie Meyers dad was missing for awhile on Sunday but they found him in Edina at 1:30AM Monday morning. There were a lot of prayers being sent for his safety. He was fine, it was a real answer to prayer. We spent Father's Day at Rachel & Darren's. Ryan and Grandpa were also there. There was still tons of left over food from Austin's Grad. party. I'm back to work full time and doing very well. Not much else new on our end. It is great to read the blogs everyday. PLEASE WRITE US, we still are questioning if you made it to Central America. Looking forward to fishing somewhere when you return..
    Love ya Dad

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  • At 4:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi all!
    We all know that Salvation is THE MOST important thing to know about. However,sometimes restroom facilities rate right up there. Praying for your speedy recovery and continued ministry.

    Jay Bancroft

  • At 5:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I hope everyone arrived in San Marcos without to many bathroom stops! I hope everyone is feeling better. Trent, Hows the stomach?
    What have you been doing on the medical team? I bet you have seen a lot more skin stuff than I'll ever see here!
    The last place you visit is the place that Alajadra was born. Kinds cool when you know someone from that area.
    I'm sure you wish you could stay longer, but you have many opportunities ahead of you. You may be back someday.
    I think about you and pray for you constantly. Have a blast and take lots of pictures. (any jersey yet?)
    Love ya , Mom and Dad Stensrud

  • At 9:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Senor Stensrud: Buenos Dias! ¿Usted sabe a ahora haga un torniquete? You never know when your medical techniques will come in handy. Your mother and I have enjoyed keeping up daily with your activities online. Keep going and finish strong! Ask God each day what it is he wants you to do and say. BTW we have rented our your room to a needy neighbor for the rest of the month and July. HE took down your posters and moved stuff a bit....we assured him you would not mind. See you soon.


  • At 10:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hello Chelsey and the full OCA Team,

    You are in my daily prayers. We miss you. Keep having fun and making God look good -- make more disciples for Jesus Christ.

    Prov 3:5-6



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