Operation Central America

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Friday morning update

Good morning from beautiful downtown Santiago, Guatemala. After a reasonbly uneventful day's travel from Jutiapa we arrived here yesterday evening about 5. We had a little rain along the way, but it was a blessing in that it kept us cool. Of course it made the narrow winding mountain roads a little more entertaining, but our bus drivers are excellent and we arrived without incident.

We are staying at a hotel called Tiosh Abaj (www.tioshabaj.com if you want to check it out). It is a beautiful spot right on Lake Atitlan. Lots of birds and lush gardens and barking dogs and crowing roosters and everything else that makes Guatemala such an enchanting place.

Sorry I do not have any new pictures to post at the moment. We will add some over the day and get input from the students and post something later today as well.

I will take this opportunity to say that this group of students has been outstanding. They have encountered many things: new food, "interesting" living conditions, challenging service opportunities, and not-so-certain schedules. Through all of it they have not complained or given up or disengaged. I am truly impressed with their heart for service and for all the people we have encountered. Thank you for entrusting them to me and the rest of the leadership team.

Thank you for your support of and prayers for our team. We have seen God work in so many ways during these past two weeks, and you have been a big part of that. We will be sad to leave this country and these people, but I think we are all ready to be home. See you in a few more days!




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

    yay! it's so good to hear about the rest of your trip! i hope you have lots of fun in santiago it's so fun there! i'm excited to hear more details when everyone gets home love you all lots have lots of fun!!!!!!!!!!! take lots of pictures ah i'm so jealous i'm home boo! well love you all tons and tons see you soon!!!!!!
    much love, les quiero!

  • At 9:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Leader Tim, thank you from the bottom of our families heart for your leadership. Thank you for being a leader, role model,friend, and showing our children the meaning of a true servants heart. We will continue to lift all of the Operation Central America Team in prayer. Prayer for rest and relaxation. Memorable fellowship and safe travels home. Gods Blessings! Kurt & Lynne Miller (lucie's parents)

    The King will reply,'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'"

    Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

  • At 10:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Liz R.

    We really miss you! I'll bet the trip has gone by fast for you. You will have to recount you trip details and experiences with Mom and I when you get back home. I can hardly wait to see the pictures. It will be great to see you in a couple of days!
    Love, Dad

  • At 10:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Taylor F,

    Yippee! You are staying at Tiosh Abaj! I can close my eyes and see exactly where you are. I pray that you will feel God's presence there as I did during my trip.

    Relax and enjoy your remaining time in Guat. I am incredibly proud of you and miss you terribly.

    With love,


    P.S. On this day 18 years ago, I was... Bet you miss those stories!

  • At 10:55 AM , Anonymous Carol Hondlik said...

    Kate (and team)
    Thank you for the updates. It helps us to live vicariously through you. I am glad you got a little rain. I hope today at Lake Atitlan/San Lucas gives you a chance to refresh yourselves.

    We love you and miss you and can't wait to see your pics and hear of your adventures.

    Love Mom and Dad

  • At 11:19 AM , Blogger Lani33 said...

    Tim; thanks for your leadership & loving support for all the group.
    Your dedication is very much appreciated and your giving of your time is priceless.
    Thanks for your guidance and mentoring to all the group.
    In Him,
    Jan & Mark H.
    (Josh H Parents)

  • At 11:48 AM , Anonymous Karin Anderson said...

    Kelly -
    I saw pictures of the resort where you are staying ... absolutely fantastic! I won't be surprised if you decide to stay in Guatemala a little longer (but please come home!)
    You'll be glad to know that Tyler moved out (of your room). It will be all spiffy and awaiting your return.
    Have fun and relax. I'll see you soon.
    Love, Mom

  • At 12:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Tim, Terry, Tony, and all the leaders,
    Words seem inadequate to thank you all for giving these weeks of your summer (along with all the months of preparations) to allow our students this wonderful opportunity!
    Thank you all again!
    Blessings -
    Mark and Lee Anne Anderson

  • At 1:12 PM , Blogger Lani33 said...

    Hola' Josh H:
    Glad to hear you on are on the final stretch. The Hotel in Santiago looks fab & relaxing!
    Hope you can rest and chill for couple days before flight home!
    Bring home some coffee or vanilla extract if you still have any cash.(if not it's ok). We are so proud of you and the whole OCA team and the B-Ball team for changing lives and affecting the children and their futures. The weather is summer now here! We reallllllllly have missed you and look forward to have you back home?
    Enjoy your hotel and chill!
    We are going to the cabin again and we will see you @ the airport on Sunday!;);)00000xxxxxxxxxxx
    Love, Mom & Dad

  • At 1:28 PM , Anonymous Mike2321 said...

    so i have written to you 3 days in a row now, and no response... Golly!! It looks like payton is here until monday, his flight leaves at 7:15 pm, so that means that you get to meet/see him. Another quote of the day from danny, "I don't know?" so i expect a comment from you soon!

  • At 2:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hannah Dull,

    Congratulations on finishing your ministry time in Guatemala. I can't wait to see your pictures. Have fun during your R&R time. See you soon.

    Love, Denice

  • At 2:38 PM , Blogger Lani33 said...

    To all Leaders:
    Tim, Kevin, Bob, Knowwland, Sarah, Lori and all leaders on OCA
    thanks for your leadership & loving support for all the group.
    Your dedication is very much appreciated and your giving of your time is priceless.
    Thanks for your guidance and mentoring to all the group.
    In Him,
    Jan & Mark H.
    (Josh H Parents)

    11:19 AM

  • At 2:39 PM , Anonymous Sharon Allen said...

    To Tim and all the leaders,

    We sincerely thank you for your leadership, time, and all you have done with this trip to serve and glorify God. What wonderful role models you have been for our kids to see you, as adults, give your time this summer to serve. May you be richly blessed. Thanks for taking great care of our kids. Enjoy the R&R in the beautiful place you are. We continue to pray for the group.

    Sharon and Rick Allen (Andrew Wight's parents)

  • At 2:48 PM , Anonymous Sharon Allen said...

    Hey Andrew!

    The hotel where you are is beautiful!! I checked it out on- line. We're excited to see you on Sunday and can't wait to hear about your trip. Yes, I want details and pictures!!! You have a clean bed to sleep in and no, I didn't drive your car-ha. I talked with Laurel yesterday. She is at camp and gets home tonight. She may try to blog, so check later this evening or tomorrow, if possible. Enjoy your R&R and reflect on God's goodness. We are very proud of you and the whole OCA team for what ya'll have done.

    Love you lots,
    Mom and Dad

  • At 3:32 PM , Blogger Brian said...

    Great job, guys! Enjoy your R & R. You leaders have done a fantastic job! Thanks for stepping in and being willing to be used by God in such a significant way in the lives of these students and families! I hope you'll get to Casa Santa Domingo to celebrate! You deserve it.

    God bless!

  • At 3:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    All servant leaders,
    Thank you for your willingness and faith to carry on the OCA vision and mission. Your God-glorifying examples will impact this team forever! The thorough planning and impressive follow-through amazes us. Thank you!
    Continued prayers for all you...
    Jon Busch's parents

  • At 3:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Liz R,
    I can't wait to see you in a couple of days. I am praying that you will have a safe trip back. Please thank your leaders for me. They are the best. I am proud of you too.
    Love, Mom

  • At 5:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    WOW, I just looked at the website of the hotel you are staying at ~ I wish I was with you!! Enjoy the rest you SOOOOO deserve it! I can not tell you how incredibly proud I am of you! You are a gift from God and you continue to amaze me every day. I know, I know, I'm getting sappy on you - but seriously I'm so proud of you!
    An update - Jeffrey & Morgan had their baby yesterday - it's a Girl and her name is Rylie. She happy and healthy and has a ton of dark hair. Dad and I went to the hospital last night to see her.
    Well, enjoy your time there. Thank your leaders for us - we really appreciate all they have done and totally appreciate them keeping you safe and sound. I can't wait to see your smiling face!
    Love you Baby,

  • At 6:28 PM , Anonymous Sharon R said...

    Hey Leaders and Students, congratulations on a great trip. It sounds like you were so faithful to your mission. Thank you all so very much for going to serve and giving of your time. You will be blessed for it. You have already blessed us as we followed your journeys. Enjoy your free time; travel safely back. I can't wait to see you all. And Anna, we have missed you so. We have lots of crushed ice waiting for you!!

    Love Sharon/Mom

  • At 9:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Hannah James,
    I hope you read this before you come home. The pictures on the blog sight are amazing!!! What an unbelievable experience that you have been blessed with. I can't wait to hear every tiny detail, and to hug your neck. I really do miss you Hannah...what will it be like when you go away to college.
    I Love ya girl,
    Aunt Terri

  • At 11:58 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Dear CJ mcmunn.
    Hey man we are missing you and hoping you dont get sick or the squirts but any way hope mime is going good and you are seeing god work through you and others around you. I cant wait to hear all the stories and interesting thing you did down there. Ohh yea one more thing befor i go 12 guys.

    Your Friend
    Jake Johnson


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