Operation Central America

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Metapan comments

Hey Parents, Friends and supporters-

Here are some comments from yesterday and today. I will post pictures later today once I get some more from the kids. Its hard to believe that today is the last day of ministry in El Salvador. It has been a quick trip. The teams were busy yesterday- although the night bball and mime was cancelled last night. We had our own team worship before sending the kids off to home stays. Tonight we have a mime presentation in the park at 7 and then the kids are off to homestays. We plan to meet at 7 tomorrow morning to take off back to Guatemala.

I know many of you are worried about your kids being sick…however, we don’t like to list it in the blog because it would just make the parents of those sick worry more. So please know that we are taking good care of all the kids and those that are sick are on their antibiotics and on the mend. If your student was in really bad shape- we would give you a call. The kids are not experiencing any sickness that is out of the ordinary.

Also we are still letting kids blog but not giving as much time because we don’t want them tied to the computer every free minute- so if your student didn’t blog its probably because they were busy having fun.

To all the father’s with kids (or staff) on the trip we wish you a wonderful Father’s Day.

Since tomorrow is a travel day there may be limited opportunity to blog. I’ll try to get one more post on today with pictures.

Dear Family & Friends:

The time spent in Campur was wonderful. Campur is a very remote area that is an 8-hour bus ride from the capital, Guatemala City. The scenery there was fantastic and the people were very welcoming and grateful to host our group. They made great sacrifices for us during our stay there and I will not ever forget it. We have now moved on to Metapan, El Salvador where the basketball team is facing better competition. The team is coming together nicely with the assistance of two players from El Salvador, one of whom also serves as our interpreter. So far, this old man is playing more than he would like and I keep deluding myself into thinking that I am in great shape!

Bob Moberg

Hi Everyone,
It’s great to be back in Metapan. Last night I was given the opportunity to give a short message for the group and also the rest of the church that where there for the service. Basketball is going well the only thing that is getting bad is the smell of the jerseys.


Hi Mom, Dad and Gina,
It is absolutely beautiful here!!! You would love it so much. Sorry for taking so long to write something. I am so happy that I’m on children’s team! It is so much more fun than any other because we just play with kids all day long and do our performance! I will write more later but I am doing well and haven’t gotten sick or anything. I love you all.
p.s. my Spanish is improving a lot!!
(Hi David Juel!!)
Jessica Abrego

Hola Mama, Papa, Haley, family and friends,
Sorry I haven’t written in a while. Ashley- thank you so much for writing to me! I really hope you have fun on your trip with your mom! Mom and Dad- I will write more later, I’m not allowed many lines but I’d like you to know the trip is going really well and I haven’t gotten diarrhea yet!!! I love you all!
Sarah Wasley
p.s. David it is so nice to hear from you!!! I hope you’re doing well and I’m excited to see you when we get back. We miss you!

Hey Mom, Dad, Robbie, and Friends!

Today we had our third service day, but the first one in Metapan. It is so much fun! I got to help out with and watch two surgeries—so cool! We had our first of three nights in one of our home-stays last night. The family is big and the house is really nice. The couple is very old and they’re fun to watch. Breakfast there this morning was good, although I don’t really know what it was…oh well. Thanks for your posts on the blog, they’re fun to see! Love you!

Kelli Muehlbauer

p.s. David I’m so glad you’re feeling better. We miss you!!!

Hey everyone!
We arrived in Metapan yesterday and it’s very beautiful! I know you’d love it! The Children’s Team is so much fun! I’ve taken so many pictures of kids…I can’t wait to show you! I am staying with a family for three nights, and they are really nice! The dad makes fun of me because I don’t know much Spanish…keep posting blogs! I’ll write again soon! Love you lots!
Liz Rendahl

p.s. David, I’m excited to hear that everything is going well! I can’t wait to see you when I get back!!!!!

Hey Mom Dad Ryan and Luke,
Today was our first day in Metapan. Its gorgeous here and I love playing with all the kids. I stayed in my first night at my home stay. The family is really nice and the house is great. Good to know everything is going good. Captains??? I cant wait to see you all. Love you!
Sarah Tapani

Hey Christina, Deb, Jessica and Michaela,

Had a great day of ministry today at four different schools. Great responses. We are going to the central park tonight for an evening presentation. It’s storming out right now, so the park may not happen. We’ll see.

I miss you all and thinking about you every day. I’m praying for you and hope you are having a great time with mom. It is very hot here….soaking, wet kind of hot, but it is all worth it in the Lord’s economy. Thanks for letting me come. As always, I look forward to wrapping my arms around you again when i return home.

All my love,


Dad here is what we have done in the past seven days. Got to Campur and worked on a house- we put up bricks and made cement. We worked along side the family that would be living in it. Now we are further into EL Salvador. Having a good time. We worked on painting the church yesterday and more of the same today. Tomorrow we go back to Guatemala. I’m safe and healthy. bye. derick tolentino

Hi Mom and Dad!
I know I haven’t blogged in a long time. We are having fun! We have done three medical clinics, and seen some pretty interesting things. We even saw a couple surgeries. I haven’t felt the best the past couple of days, but I am doing a bit better. We are doing are home stays and I really like my family and they have a great house. I really miss you but I will see you soon. Dad I hope you have a great Father’s Day. I love you all so much! I will see you soon!
Anna Rask

Hello family and friends!
I have been too busy the last couple of days to blog… sorry! Thursday was our longest travel day, but I was riding in the little van that had air conditioning  It was also great to relax and chat with friends. Yesterday we set up another clinic and saw 113 people. We had to shut down early because there was a wake in the building we were using. Because we were back by about three, we went to with the basketball, mime, and children’s team to watch them perform and play at a local school. It was so much fun! I am in a home stay with two other girls… one of whom is fluent in Spanish… handy! Our family is so nice and generous. I am really having a great time and am still feeling great. I love you lots!
Kelly Anderson


  • At 11:02 AM , Blogger Brian said...

    Sounds like you guys have had a wonderful time in Metapan. I keep praying for you every day. May God keep you strong for your final day in El Salvador and give you safety as you travel to Jutiapa. Jutiapa is one of my favorite places on earth. The people there are so awesome. Have a great weekend. And, keep making God look good wherever you go.

  • At 11:55 AM , Blogger Lani33 said...

    Hola' Jose' (Josh H)
    Paging Josh to the OCA Blog!
    how's it going? Hope all is well?
    remember the song in Bible school;
    "This little Light of mine will shine, this little Light of mine"
    Remember the Lord is with you all the time shining inside of you to beam to others, whoever path you cross and all the little children you meet. How's your spanish?
    It must be improving as you speak the language and talk the talk.
    take care and keep hydrated with the Propel water.
    We pray for your safety as you travel the high roads of Central America.
    Love from home in Minnesota to you and all the Basketball team,

    Mom(Jan) & Dad(Mark)

  • At 12:17 PM , Blogger Steve Crum said...

    Nicole, Hope all is well and your enjoying your expiences, sounds like your having a great time. We got your comments the other day, and I know grandpa and grandma crum and horton have both asked about you, and Alyssa also read your comments and sent to us.
    Let us know how the rest of the trip goes, just think sushi as an incentive for when you return, we'll keeop you in our prayers.
    By the way the water level at the cabin is up alot due to all the storms in the mid-west.

    Love Mom, Dad, Jamie, and old Casie

  • At 12:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hey han,
    were at the gathering grounds.
    we're having so much fun here!
    i hope you're having a awesome time too!
    ohh we went to zorbas yesterday (: ow ow.
    i miss miss miss you! no joke.
    i want you to come homme !!!!
    i love you so much sparkie.
    [good stuff to tell you when you come home]
    your little pookie , kenzie =)

  • At 12:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    So excited to see your picture today, looks like an amazing time of serving. It has been fun to keep up on the blog and hear about the experiences the group is having together. We are proud of you taking on this challenge and letting God work through you to reach out to other people.

    We miss you greatly. Looking forward to seeing your images and hearing about the trip in detail.

    love Dad, Mom and Mo

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

    Hey B-Ball Team!
    I keep looking for your game highlights on ESPN Sportscenter, and never see you mentioned...I keep looking for your box scores in USA Today's Sport's section, and I see nothing...What gives???
    Anyway, I do hope you are staying healthy (especially you, VC)...And, I hope you are not injuring the competition (especially you, Brett). Although, I'm sure you're playing by International rules...'No blood-No foul'...
    Seriously guys...I miss all you very much. I am so blessed to have you for a Son, CJ. And, CJ is so blessed to have pal's like Andrew, Brett, Josh, Travis and VC...You Boy's (and I do mean 'Boys') are the Best!
    Continue to make a difference in Central America...and Beyond!
    Upward & Onward!

  • At 1:52 PM , Blogger Nancy said...

    Keep the blogs coming. So much better than the OCA hotline which I tried using for four days and then read that it wasn't worthy of its title. So blog away. Please tell Franske that Maven is gone and we miss her a lot. Don't know what happened. Isa.52:7 "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, 'Your God reigns'."

  • At 2:20 PM , Blogger Laine said...

    Dear Courtney - I have been faithfully leaving you comments every day, but now I see they're not posted....because I did it incorrectly. You know me and computers....anyway, we're missing you and praying for you. Hope you are not sick but are taking meds if you are. Loved the message all in Spanish. Claire and Dad got home last night; took them 12 hours from Chicago due to the flooding in Wisconsin from recent storms. That's so much fun that you met Claire's friend Jorge. Please blog when you have time; we want to know how you are. Hope this comment gets through, now I finally signed it and think I did it correctly, Love MOM

  • At 3:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Sarah and Amanda,

    It is so fun to see the pictures and hear all the wonderful things that are happening. Sarah it is great to hear that you are healthy and having a great time!! I'm assumming since we have not heard from Amanda that her team is busy performing. From the pictures she looks healthy and happy too!!!

    I will continue to pray for the health and safety of all of you!! I can see God is doing amazing things through you. I am so proud of both of you!

    I miss you and love you tons. Don't forget your prayers.
    Love Mom

  • At 3:43 PM , Anonymous Sharon said...

    Hey all you (soon to be senior) girls!
    You are so terrific. You are all doing such great things. I am so impressed by your servanthood, great attitudes and willingness to leave comforts behind. Yes, some of you look quite filthy. But that's the beauty of this. It's all for the Lord. So thank you for doing this. May God bless you in your last week. Stay strong. Stay positive. I love you all.

    God bless,
    Sharon R

  • At 3:53 PM , Anonymous Don R said...

    Hi Anna,
    Thank you for posting. It's a great Father's Day present. We are so glad to hear from you. Sorry you haven't felt the best. We are praying you get completely better and can enjoy your ministry this final week. Let us encourage you to do your best, regardless of circumstances. We love you so very much and are so proud of you.

    Love, Dad and Mom, Allison and Aaron

  • At 4:31 PM , Anonymous Sharon Allen said...

    Hey Andrew and basketball team!

    Your pics are great! How are those jerseys smelling? Ha. Brett, are your fingers okay?? It is so neat that ya'll are sharing this trip together. Andrew... Morgan and I got back from Chicago last night. I have been reading the blog....wanting to hear from you!! Hope you are healthy or on the mend if you have been sick....:(
    I'm so proud of ya'll. Ya'll are making a big difference in the lives of those there. We miss you and can't wait to hear from you.
    Love love love, Mom (Sharon)

    PS Morgan is REALLY missing her brother.

  • At 1:25 AM , Anonymous Karin Anderson said...

    Hello 'Cali' Anderson -

    Your updates are always welcome ... but I do not want you to be concerned when you don't have time. Your joy is evident in your postings, so I know you are having a fantastic experience. I have an amazing sense of peace, which can only be through prayer - because you know how I usually worry! (You are not driving the bus, are you?!!)

    All is well here at home. The flowers you planted are beautiful. Your brother is painting his room, so all of his belongings are in yours ... you probably didn't want to know that! We will get it all in order before you come home, as I suspect you may look forward to sleeping in your own bed!

    Love you lots. Live every single moment to the fullest. Mom

  • At 10:09 AM , Blogger Kurt & Lynne said...

    Hey Lucie,
    Spending Fathers day in Ohio with Dad. Him and Carol Have had a garage sale all weekend so I decided to go and help them for the weekend. Dad and Brett are spending the day playing golf. I know he misses his little sweet pea. So proud of the way God is shining through in everything you do.Love you Bunches. Mom

  • At 10:13 AM , Blogger Kurt & Lynne said...

    All the Kids,

    God Bless all of you on this Happy Fathers Day. You are making your fathers and most of all you Heavenly Father smile with pride and joy as you serve with Joy.

    To God be the Glory,

    Lynne Miller

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

    Hi Jess!

    We were so glad to "hear" from you on the OCA blog. It sounds like you are having a fabulous time! Great job working on your Spanish.

    We were at Grandpa John's & Grandma Gloria's this weekend. They say "Hi" and they miss & love you. We all helped Grandpa with his "project" (house)and then had steaks on the grill for his birthday & Father's Day. Gina & I visited with George & Great Grandma and both say "hi".

    Mike & Sara were in AL this weekend too and Sara's baby-bump is getting bigger!!! Only about 3 1/2 more weeks - I can't wait. Mike & Sara say hi too!

    Can't wait for you to get home cuz I miss you sooooo much.

    Love you sweetie


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