Operation Central America

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Detail of pictures- in reverse order.
Picture of half of the service team working on a house (picture was taken about 10 minutes ago and I can see them hard at work outside the window from the internet place)

Basketball and mime at their second stop yesterday in Lanquin- about an hour long bumpy bus ride from campur- next to the 2nd oldest church in Guatemala.

Medical clinic before opening yesterday and then a picture of it today just after it opened and letting the line of people in the door.

Children's team playing with the prachute and kids.
(More pictures of them to come at next post)

Chelsey and Jon enjoying the local kids and me in downtown Campur on my morning walk! (the bricks in the background are the ones the service team are working on)


  • At 12:44 PM , Blogger Brian said...

    The pictures look great! It's so awesome to see you involved in making a difference in the lives of the people of Campur! I'm sure that they are teaching you some great lessons about life as you observe them and the simple way that they live their life, their faith, and the joy that the express. God bless.

    In Him,


  • At 12:55 PM , Anonymous Kim Backlund said...

    Really good to hear from you!! All is well here. We're so proud of you and keep us posted on how things are going. Get yourself in a picture so we can see you.

    Love you lots and we're praying for all of you,


  • At 1:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hey sarah,
    school is terrible. its raining right now and im stuck inside. im gettin siked up for my golf MN qualifer thingy. we saw kung fu panda yesterday and i almost left because mom was lol again it was pretty funny though. we'll keep prayin

  • At 2:07 PM , Anonymous Sharon R said...

    It's great to see the pictures as it makes this more real for all of us back home. You guys look so professional. Know that we are praying for you every day. May God bless your efforts and give you His eyes to see their needs.

    Sharon R.

  • At 6:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hola, it's Peter.
    It looks like you are all having an awesome time down there serving God. I'm really excited that you are able to experience Guatemala and the differences that it has to offer. I know you are having a blast and we pray for you everyday!
    Everything here is going good, we adopted a kid and he took over your room...sorry! Oh, and he gave me your license plates...hopefully you can find some there to make up for it! Anyways, we all love you very much and mom makes me tell her exactly what you would be doing each day from my memories down there. Come home soon and save me from being the only one home with them.
    Love you!! and tell everyone else I say hi!

  • At 6:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I accidentally left you a message under Day 1 today so check there, too. Papa asked for your info so I resent it to them. Everyone is asking me if that's the back of your head in the card playing picture. Is it? Looks like it was fun!

    We love you!
    Mom, Dad and Kenz

  • At 7:28 PM , Anonymous Gail M said...

    Hey Jeff, We just got home from Tre's lax game. We won. We were standing in the rain & it was about 65 degrees. Your heat would sure feel good!! The house seems quiet without you.We're still waiting to see your smiling face in a picture. Maybe in the next group:)Michelle says hi. All 3 dogs have been sleeping w/her:) It sounds like you are doing some heavy work down there. Hope you're staying well. Write soon

    Love you so much and we are so proud of you!! Mom & Dad, Michelle,Tre & Kelsey (Peek-a-boo,Sammi,& Chloe too)

  • At 8:44 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

    Hey Basketball Team, great to see your faces! We are praying for you and know you are making an impact on those you come in contact with. Brett, Tracy wants to know what is on your finger??? We thought it was VC you were worried about getting hurt?! Write to us and tell us what is happening, inquiring minds want to know!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love The Prindiville's

    PS Travis, Tessa says she misses you!

  • At 9:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Hannah

    I was so happy to see your message tonight and see that you are doing O.K. You are really working hard and must be very tired by end of day.

    I'm so proud of you that you are giving your time to people that need your help.

    May God bless you and keep you safe.

    You are in my prayers every night.

    I love you very much and will see you the week of Fourth of July.

    Love Grandma James

  • At 9:27 PM , Anonymous Madeline said...

    Chelsey!! its madeline. i miss you tons and cant wait to see you on monday!! call me.

    <333 mad

  • At 10:59 PM , Anonymous Carol and David Hondlik said...

    Kate - the pictures look great! Torie and Prestley say hi, but...they were laughing at me when I saw your side view and got excited to see you.

    We miss you but are so excited for you and hope you are having a fantastical and splendifferous time(per Torie and Prestley...they made me say it).

    Let us know how the ride in the chicken bus goes. Love you Loads...Mom and Dad (Hondlik)

  • At 11:07 PM , Anonymous H-Dawg Hondlik said...

    Dear Katerina and Kalespy Hondlik, Yes that's right HONDLIK!! I am sorry to inform you that your bedroom has now turned into Prestley's party room. She has knocked down a wall and boxed up all your clothes. In fact, she sold them at a garage sale. She did however decide to keep and is using your Coach purse. She dumped all your contents into a plastic bag for all to see. Don't worry about the sleeping arrangements. I am sure the spiders will make room for you in Kelsey's club house. Love, Torie =)

  • At 12:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


    How are you my dear?! I miss you so much! Really I'm sitting here wishing one of my best friends wasn't so far away! I hope you're having a wonderful time! Soak it all in because these memories are going to be with you for a long time! I love you! And i'm praying for you! Say hi to Kelsey, Lori, Sarah and whoever else I know on the trip!


  • At 4:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


    Hey there lady! Mom forwarded me your blog spot so I wanted to write a bit to you! I am so proud of you, it sounds like you are really getting an "anthropology" lesson, living with a local family and eating the foods there and hopefully speaking the language, that is so cool, I am so excited for you! It's also amazing that you are really having an eye opening experience, seeing the way millions of people live everyday around the world, and truly making a hands on difference.

    Keep me updated on all the fun happenings, it seems like you are having a blast. Can't wait to see all your photos and hear about everything. Skype session when you return!

    All our love,

    Alyssa and Dana

  • At 7:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Ashley Weis - OK - after I left a comment on the first day - I realized I should have left it here since you may not go back and read old ones? Not quite with it early in the morning! So - hope you are having a really good time - it looks like you are working hard from the pics! Have a safe trip today to El Salvador and take Care. We are thinking and praying for yuor safety! Have Fun.
    Love - Cathy & Tom.

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


    It's really awsome what you guys are doing down there. Keep up the awsome work. I am so proud of you. Can't wait to get story time when you get back. See you then.

    Love ya kid.

  • At 8:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Tay Tay!!!

    I miss you, but only a little... having the bathroom to myself isn't all that bad! haha! The pictures of you are cute- you look older to me somehow, now that you have graduated! The construction at the house is SWEET. It's really coming along, by the time you get back it will be a completely different house.. again! I had to take my car to the shop, because my muffler was falling off and I was in need of an oil change, my reverse lights were out, and my tires needed air. Soo, I drove your car... funny thing, when you push the gas pedal the car goes, when you push the seat button the seat moves, and when you push the window button the window winds down... your car is far nicer than mine. (Bad idea to drive it on my part) And don't even think about getting mad I drove it for less than a day! Anywho, I hope you are having fun and enjoying your time.

    I love you and I miss you.

    I love and miss you too Jeffy.


  • At 9:14 AM , Anonymous Sheryl and Gary said...

    Elizabeth - The pictures of the Medical Clinic were nice to see. It looks like everyone is busy and that you are doing a great service for the people. We continue to pray for you and everyone. Sheryl and Gary

  • At 9:37 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Liz ,
    Thanks for the note. Its great to hear from you. I thought I posted 2 days ago but am not sure it was sent. We really miss you ! However we are really proud of you and what you are a part of. Please write often to us.
    Love, Dad and Mom

  • At 10:47 AM , Blogger Nancy said...

    Hey Nix,

    Can you bring me home a "postcard" for my collection? Your missing rain... lots of rain!! But there is more to come - woo-hoo. Take care and enjoy your adventure.

    Love you,


  • At 11:04 AM , Blogger Kurt & Lynne said...

    Hey Lucie,
    Left you a couple messages on the
    differenct days. I am not sure you got them. You know I just keep trying. Are you still stinky? Dad say's thats not possible. Right?
    50 kids coming through the pool for lessons today. Rach called the
    last weekend wont work but she is excited about working out another one she really wants you to visit and hang out.Brett has 2interviews this week, please keep praying a job opens for him. We continue to life all of you in prayer. Keep on shining for Him Lucie Mary Agnes Happy Miller. Love Mom

  • At 12:09 PM , Blogger lake said...

    Lucie & Friends, Sounds like a beautifull place. Are you saying we live in the boring flat lands of Minnesota? What a gift for you to explore a different part of God's world. We are praying for you all and know Gods favor is all over you.

    Love DAD

  • At 12:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Cole,
    Saw you in a picture in Campur so you must be alive. Sounds like you're being kept busy. It is still raining here every day. The boats are in storage. We have the dogs for a week. Maisie hasn't pooped in my closet or Tate's room so she may be successfully housebroken now. Nash loves having the car. Baylor is back in karate so you had better be nice to him when you get home. Miss you.

  • At 12:48 PM , Anonymous Kim Vettrus said...

    You guys ROCK! Glad to hear no one is too sick! I think you're all traveling today so I hope you're having fun and making new friends during those long drives and catching up on sleep! You're all in our prayers and I miss you all! Can't wait to hear the stories and see pictures!

  • At 1:02 PM , Anonymous Kerry, Kyle, Bret, Cam and Colin said...

    Soccer is going well, Colin got a nice goal and a really nice assist in his game on Tuesday. THe office is busy and the dogs are sick... It is good times. Bret seems to be liking his new job and is kept busy by that. We will see you in a little more than a week!

  • At 2:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


    Quit having so much fun carrying blocks! I'm glad you didn't get sick and can't wait to hear more details about your trip.

    Love you,

    Uncle Ken

  • At 2:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This message is from Grandma Bartz (Gran) - she called and wanted me to type it because she didn't have a computer. Love, Mom.....
    Kelsey: How's my girl? We're thinking about you, praying for you and we miss you a whole bunch. I am so proud of what you are doing!
    Hugs & Kisses,

  • At 3:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Sarah,

    Talked to Mrs. Stude about VB today. Sounds like camp, weight training and workouts are tough. Keep hiking up those mountains! Went to your track banquet. It was nice, but was over 3 hours long. Had another doozy of a storm. We had to slumber party in the basement. Cubby has claimed her spot right in the middle of the bed. She is the biggest chicken of all. Is your cough gone? I hope you and Lucie are taking care of one another. Are the stars different there than at Shaminau? I miss you very much, but love that you are being the hands and feet for Jesus. I am sure the kids are loving you there too. Lots of love.


  • At 5:13 PM , Blogger Amy said...


    Our phone systems have all changed, i.e. the hotline needs to be re-recorded. I've messaged the instructions to your facebook. I hope you're having a great time! See you in a few days.


  • At 6:30 PM , Blogger Lani33 said...

    You are wanted on the OCA Blog to type some words to your family in the near future.
    Hey OCA group:
    "has anyone seen Josh H.,EP Polevaulter, football player and all around good guy! He is also on the OCA basketball team #7 blue/white jersey, about 6 ft tall and brown hair, brown eyes. Cute smile and eyebrows that move on command!"
    Is he doing ok? Hoping & praying he is not sick. Please tell him that his family, cousins and both grandma B & Mimi say Hi and hope he is having a great time. The pictures of the team looked great!

    How is the weather, bus rides and food?
    We are proud of the time you are giving to this mission and pray for your safety and your growth in the Lord each day.
    Love from home in Minnesota,
    Your Mom & Dad,
    (Jan & Mark Hendricks)

  • At 7:18 PM , Blogger Gail I. said...

    Hey, Nikkers,

    Hope your travel day went ok today. You probably had plenty of time to sleep thanks to dramamine! Guess what? I know you've been concerned about your math grade and you got a better grade than you expected! I'm sure that had to be the only thing on your mind today! Just wanted to let you know.

    You haven't said how the food is. Some of the other kids are saying that it's pretty good. What do you think?

    Well, I'm praying for you and the rest of the group.

    Don't forget to look at yesterday's posts because there are several there for you as well. Nikki is so faithful about keeping in touch with you - what a sweetie!

    Well, got to go. I love you much.

  • At 8:36 PM , Blogger Nate said...


    Glad to hear things are going well and that you're still going out for your runs each morning despite the altitude.. I've only used the snap card once so far - maybe tonight. Thanks for the gift, that was really special and I can't wait to use it. Plans for the BWCA are coming along; I'm getting excited. We've been getting a LOT of stormy weather up here so I hope it'll clear up before next week. Keep bloggin'!

  • At 8:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Squirt!

    Love the photo of you and hard labor - pretty cool stuff. Beef stew? My gosh - there is hope for you yet! Stay well & keep working hard - you'll have time to rest when you get back home. Nikki says "slurp".



  • At 9:29 PM , Blogger Jim Falkanger said...

    We miss you! We trust you are having a great time bringing God's love to the kids and growing in your faith.

    George Blackwell called today and wants to speak with you when you get back in town. He said he was named head baseball coach at Blake. Wow!

    We miss you. Stay safe.

    Love Mom, Dad, Lauren and Rocky

  • At 9:48 PM , Blogger Kerry, Kyle, Bret, Cameron, and Colin said...

    Hi, Tim/Dad! It's a beautiful day here. Cam's game was not so pretty. We're looking forward to the weekend. The dogs are no longer vomiting. Tomorrow's schedule is less crazy. Life is good! Praying you are making a difference in lives there. The boys send their greetings and Colin said to tell you he loves you alot!!! Colin did great in BB camp. Soccer tryouts are going well for Cam. Praying for you... The fam

  • At 10:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Sweetie!
    We're pleased you're enjoying your trip. It is fun to be able to read about it and see the pictures. We think we saw the back of you in one of the medical team pix. Hope to see your pretty face in one of the future pix! We love you much, little one! Dad and Joan

  • At 11:03 PM , Blogger John McMunn said...

    Hey Ceej!

    NBA Finals update: The Celtics defeated the Lakers tonight 97-91, to take a 3-1 lead in the series. The Celt's were down by 20 in the third quarter, but came back to win it...in LA!

    I hope, and pray, that you're doing great, CJ. I love you like a son...


  • At 3:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Taylor F,

    I pray you arrived safely in Metapan and are looking forward to what God has in store for you there. I am anxious to hear about the people, culture and how they worship God. What type of service projects are you working there?

    I love you, miss you and am praying for you.


  • At 11:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Kelsey!
    Glad to hear that you're doing great! You and your friends are doing such wonderful things for others. We are very proud of all of you.
    Love, Aunt Renee (Essig!)

  • At 1:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Taylor, Adam VC

    The pictures & messages are great! Sounds like you are both having the opportunity of a lifetime. We imagine you must be gettin tired so we pray the experiences and challanges will carry you through. Taylor enjoy those kids and Adam pass the ball!!
    -Mom & Dad

  • At 11:55 PM , Anonymous Paula said...

    Jon! It looks like you are having a great time! Me and Nate are praying for you!


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