Operation Central America

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Post...2 days old

Here are some posts a few days old. Kids will blog some tonight and will put up tomorow. Also pictures from today and one from Medical in Campur and of some silly girls that showered in the rain in Campur (they were following a certain leader :) )

June 11 posts after breakfast

Today the basketball and mime team stopped at two cities. We played basketball and watched the mimes at the first school. We had the most competition at the fist school. There was also a rainstorm. We showered outside, with clothes on, obviously. This morning, Ryan and I went out for a six mile run. We ran up one of the mountains and to another with a cave engraved into the side of it. We were escorted by two locals, Josh and Kike. Ryan is a tank. He is fun to run with because it is a challenge for me. I haven’t played basketball as well as I’ve wanted to, but there is room for improvement. So far, I think we are 3-0. But the competition is yet to come. I love you mom and pa!

Hey Mom and Dad
We had a great day today! We got to take a shower out in the rain today! It was fun! Hope that you r doing well! We almost finished the house in the rain. The kids are so cute. Let mike know about this please!
Ashley Weis

Dad, Blanca, and Peanut!
You may not have read my other blog but I wanted to write again today and tell you everything that’s been going on. Weve been in campur for 3 days now and leave in the morning for an over 8 hour travel to metapan. So I cant wait!......ehhh. but weve been working on building a house and we finally almost finished today until we got a huge down pour on us and had to stop. But it was almost done. The kids there were soo cute hand would not let us work because they wanted us to play soccer with them. But we had to run back to our house because of the rain. So we decided to save rain water and shower outside! It was a blast! Haha so that’s basically been my agenda. Hopefully I hear from you soon! Ill prolly check the blog tomorrow when we arrive at metapan if we get the chance.
Love you all!
-Sarah Bivans

hey dad , mom, nash ,Baylor, and tate,
Well…I’m alive and well. Today and yesterday we laid cinderblocks and mixed concrete for a small house, and we chilled… not quite sure what else to say. Hope all is well, and I’ll see you all soon

Dear Mom, Dad, Sophie, Angel, Sweeney,

I had a great day, we visited three schools (with not hikes) and it was really fun to ply with the children they love to just have fun and play with us. Adam does want to blog so I will blog for him. He is continually putting on sunscreen and did a good job with his testimony yesterday. Kevin Franske says both of his ankles are ok and there have been no problems with them. I am excited because tomorrow we are going to Metapan. While today was really fun, the most memorable moment was when it started to rain and we all just decided to get our shampoo and shower in the rain. There are people waiting to blog so I have to go. Please blog back, I would love to hear about what is going on back home.

Love You and Miss You,

Taylor and Adam

Hola Amigos!

Hey everyone! Our team has had having an amazing trip so far. We have been Ballin at some sick spots! You guys wouldn’t even believe it. God has really been working in all of us. We will be leaving Campur tomorrow morning and heading to El Salvador, which is going to be a crazy drive. I can’t wait to tell all of you about everything. Ask Tessa and Trevor what color poncho’s they want, cause I forgot :P Hope you all are doing well, I miss you all very much!! Hope to hear from you soon.



Hey everyone,
I’m sitting here for dinner—which nobody knows how long it could take. Today was pretty spectacular. We had our second medical clinic and it went well. I learned which medications do which things, I feel so informed. For lunch I ate two bowls of amazing soup and then worked at prayer and teaching for roughly 4 hours..which is crazy trying to translate to a third language. Then kike came and accused me of not doing any good translating, how misinformed (he’s sitting next to me ahora). Anyways, that’s all, and now I’m out. Adios.
Love, Elizabeth

Guten Tag Fasha, Mutti, Broseph, Magnet, and Mak
This has been a great couple of days. The kids here (we are in Campur and serving the locals) are very fun to play with. It is a GREAT workout. David, I read your card and I rotflol’ed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But John did not protect me from the little girls. Today, two girls touched my butt and ran off! FRESH!!!!!!!!!!!!! How is the family? No David, I did not buy your machete yet so STOP WHINING!!!!!!!!!!!I have no clue what anyone here is saying; it’s all in some foreign language like Chinese or something. Today I gave my testimony and it kicked butt! I’m wining ‘em over to Jesus gangster style. We have had lots of laughs and it has been really fun. Blog back! Hope all is well.
Love ya’ll lots,
Samuel George Knutson

Buenos Dias Mi familla!!
Hahahah look at me speaking Spanish! I’m actually picking up quite a bit, I can read it (not necessarily know what I’m saying) and give people their prescriptions (uno pastille par dia…) The clinic has been quite the experience, we’ve seen some really cool surgeries- today Dr. Husband repaired a tendon in a woman’s hand. It’s a little disheartening though, because there is so much that still needs to be done for these people that we have the technology for in existence, but that we physically can’t do because we don’t have the resources. And even though we are helping them, it’s all short-term. To fix many of the things we see--- like worms, would require a comprehensive change in the way they teach health care- something we are also unable to do in our short time here. On a brighter note, we are able to provide respite from their ailments, as well as plant the seeds for a more healthy life in the children we see. We also play with the children that come into the clinic- which is such a delightful experience. I am amazed by the kids here. We had little 11 and 12 year olds translating for us from ketchi to Spanish and they literally worked all day without complaint. It definitely painted the picture of what a servant’s heart should look like to us. Tomorrow we head out for metapan, across the El Salvadorian Border. Au revoir et je t’aime!!!

Happy Birthday! I miss you so much, but monkey is keeping good care of me.  I love you!!

Hi everyone!
Today was an awesome day. Since the clinic was already set up from the night before, we were able to get started seeing patients right away. Mostly the same stuff that we saw before. Today there were three surgeries: one to clean up an infected toe, another to remove a cyst, and another to sew up a torn tendon. I got to sit in on the one where he fixed the tendon. It was absolutely amazing! Don’t worry, I got a video of it.  Today I was assigned as a “floater,” which basically means that I wander between stations to see where help is needed, and also help with the flow of traffic and entertaining the children. One highlight of the day (beside the surgery) was when I took out the coloring supplies. I had meant to just give them to the children who were pretty bored, but everyone else got into it. I ended up passing out coloring papers and crayons to mothers and a grandpa! It was so cute; they were so excited to be entertained and they were really getting into their pictures! I took a lot of photos of them… so cute! Now I am going to eat dinner, clean up for the night, and get ready for the next day. Tomorrow we have a very long bus ride to Metapan and then the next day we will set up clinic again. I am so excited to see El Salvador, but really sad to leave Campur and all of the people we have met here. I am still perfectly healthy and having a blast. I love you much!
Kelly Anderson

Hey Mom, Marty, Dad, Julia, Mackenzie, and The OT,

We had another hard and hot day at work in Campur. We almost completely finished the entire house today. It was blazing hot in the morning and in the afternoon there was a huge rain storm. We all decided to take showers in the rain it was a blast. While we were working on the house we played soccer with some local boys who wouldn’t leave us alone. Every time we took a water break they were there waiting for us to play with them. It was a blast! Tomorrow we are traveling to Metepan El Salvador, it will be a long drive. I’m planning on sleeping the whole bus ride, I am absolutely pooped! OT I do remember you telling me about that fair I think it’s the one with the cheese right? I am glad you get to go I hope you have so much fun. You better win me something good!! I am sorry to hear about your mom. Tell her I say hi back and I hope she gets better soon. Also tell her I will be praying for her! Tell Logan I say hi too between the two of you I should win something good!! I am sad that I won’t be getting to hear from you for a couple of days I really enjoy hearing from you. I hope everything goes well and I will hear from you soon!

I love and miss you all!

Love, Taylor

Hola a todos, especialmente mi Padre y mi hermana!
Los dos dias pasadas de servicio fue buenos. En la primera dia, manejamos por dos horas a Cobán para presentamos nuestro mimo para un grupo de estudiantes durante un juego de basketbol en un otro luego. Despues, manejamos por dos más horas a Lanking. Luego, intendimos a presenter, pero nuestra sistema de sound no funcionar y no tuvimos la musica. Por eso, no presentamos nuestro mimo. Ahora, la sistema no funciona, y vamos a fixar en Metapan. Por todo del dia hoy (11 de June), presentamos con un sistema más pequeno. Hoy, tambien manejamos mucho a Cobán y el luego iqual en Lanking. Cuando estuvimos en Lanking, hay lluvia y no puedamos presentar todo de la presentación, pero William presentamos Christo a todo de las personas que estuvieron aqui. Todos de los dias, mucha gente acceptamos a Christo! Tuve un buen tiempo.
Matt Crane


  • At 5:24 PM , Blogger Brian said...

    Love the pictures. I'm praying for you guys, and praying for a quick healing for all of those who are feeling ill. God is good and I know that he will take care of each one of you. Thanks for all of the updates.

  • At 5:27 PM , Blogger Caitlin said...


    Good to hear from you, but stop turning away from the camera! I think there's three pictures of the back of your head now! It's really cool that you get to use your Spanish skills, and that you feel like you can navigate the meds now. Still no needles, I hope. Do you have time to talk with people much as they come through?

    I won't bore you with a report on the last 36 hours of my life, I'm just fine. I will say that the food here in CA is amazing. I have had fresh, locally grown raspberries, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, asparagus, snow peas, cucumber, and apricots already. Ha, and it's cold and rainy everyday this week in MN!

    I can't wait to hear more, thanks for taking the time to write.

    Love you.

  • At 5:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    HI Jeff and Sammi
    Sorry that I missed your call but I did hear the message
    Sounds like you are seeing some real need there in the villages
    I've loves the pictures and David and I are praying for you
    Hung out for a while with 3CPO and Darth today
    Love Mary

  • At 6:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I miss you all tons! I LOVED seeing all your pictures. I can't wait to hear all of your sweet God stories! Colorado is great... but we miss you so much.

    love, krista

    I miss you all!!! love you so much! Project Colorado is SAWEET, but i wish you guys were here with us! love you all tons!

    love sarah lee!

    OCA!!!! I miss you guys!!! SAUDE COLE CHRISTINA ADRIENNE LIZ! I hope you're having a wonderful time. Colorado is amazing. I can't wait to see you all soon!

    p.s. cole...im in love with the construction boote

    -Carleigh mccormick

  • At 7:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Hannah James, glad to see you made it safely Enjoyed seeing you with paint brush we know you are working. The people will certainly appreciate all you all do for them. We did see & take pictures of FIDM in SD nice bldg. Take care honey & enjoy the experience God has for you. Love you. Grandma & PaPa

  • At 7:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Hannah James, glad to see you made it safely Enjoyed seeing you with paint brush we know you are working. The people will certainly appreciate all you all do for them. We did see & take pictures of FIDM in SD nice bldg. Take care honey & enjoy the experience God has for you. Love you. Grandma & PaPa

  • At 7:06 PM , Anonymous Gail M said...

    Jeff, Yay we saw your smiling face :) Hopefully you wrote us something today!! We would love to hear how you are. (You know your Mom) Everything is fine here. You all are in our prayers daily.
    We love and miss you!!!!!!
    Mom & Dad, Michelle,Tre,Kelsey

  • At 7:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey! looks like you're having fun. You should comment again soon because we would all like to know how you are... even though we did see your picture which was nice. but it's funny in the last group of pictures there was a picture of three girls on the service team and then you can see behind them cole's head peaking out from behind a wall. and then in the service team picture with the paint brushes, cole has a water bottle covering his face. dad thinks that he's trying to be wilson from the show home improvement...you know when they never see his full face? haha so yeah all is well. have fun, get a good tan and don't get burn't like last year :]

    love ya, michelle

  • At 7:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Sarah Wasley-
    hey! how's it going? it looks like you're having fun :] well from the couple of pictures you've been in...haha... so i haven't really run since track season ended and i went for a run today and i felt horribly gross. haha it reminded me of the first day that you ran at practice... :p well not much more to say...Miss you! can't wait to see you soon :]


  • At 7:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Amanda Wasley-
    Hey! how are you? having fun being a mime? have you messed up yet? just kidding :] i hope all is well and that you're healthy and you don't mess up :]... not much more to say!


  • At 7:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey CJ!

    Thanks very much for taking the time to write...I am glad to hear that you are running. Keep it up, if you're able. That's a great way to 'see the sights', close up.

    I ran into 'your boy', Steve Carney, yesterday...He gave me a big hug that he wanted me to pass along to you!

    Actually, I would love the opportunity to be with you guys, in Central America, but I'm quite certain there are no Starbucks down there...

    Keep sweatin' for the Lord,...Make it matter!

    I love you, Ceej.


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

    Hey CJ!

    Thanks very much for taking the time to write...I am glad to hear that you are running. Keep it up, if you're able. That's a great way to see the sights, close up.

    I ran into 'your boy', Steve Carney, yesterday...He gave me a big hug that he wanted me to pass along to you!

    Actually, I would love the opportunity to be with you guys, in Central America, but I'm quite certain there are no Starbucks down there...

    Keep sweatin' for the Lord,...Make it matter!

    I love you, Ceej.


  • At 7:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I am not sure when or if i am going yet i was just letting you know. that storm looks like so much fun, wow you are lucky to have the chance to do something like this. YOU ARE AMAZING! I mis you, have fun.

  • At 8:30 PM , Anonymous Don R said...

    Hey Anna,
    Your first week is almost done - hard for us to believe that. We have enjoyed seeing the pictures. It sounds like the medical clinics are quite a learning experience. Let's hope you can keep yourselves healthy too! We love you.
    Dad and Mom

  • At 8:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Taylor F,

    LOVED seeing the picture of you and the service team. You look like you are working hard...and enjoying yourself. I am glad you were able to shower in the rain forest. Not too many people have done that twice in their lifetime!

    How have the worship services been? Sure hope the old guitar is holding up for Jeff.

    My prayers continue for you and the team.

    Love you,


  • At 10:36 PM , Anonymous Richard Payne said...


    Hope you are having fun with all the kids. I know they love having you play with them. God blessed you with a gift for kids.

    We are praying for you, the medical team and all the teams.

    Tell Hermanos Jaime y Alex "hola" from me.

    Dios le bendiga,


  • At 10:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hello Sarah,

    We did see your first posting.

    Looks like you are having a good time with that paint roller. Good thing you just had all the practice painting your room.

    Things are the same here so you are not missing much.

    Everyone says hi.

    Keep up the good work.We are all praying for you for stay healthy and to enjoy the time you have set aside to help the people.

    Love Dad, Blanca & Q.B.

  • At 11:43 PM , Anonymous Karin Anderson said...


    I enjoyed seeing the picture of you, and reading your reports of the medical team. It is exciting to hear how you are touching the lives of others, and how your lives are being changed at the same time. I am so proud of you.

    We just got home from the airport - my trip to CT turned out successfully. It's good to be home ... but it will be better when you are, too!

    I am so happy that everything is going well. Stay healthy, strong, and focused. We pray for all of you continually.

    Love you lots. Mom

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


    The trip sounds as tho it continues to be successful! You, and the entire team, should be so proud of your accomplishments.

    The locals must be so appreciative of everything you do and you truly are all making on impact on them and their way of life. God is good.

    Your dedication does not go unnoticed. You are a special, special daughter/person!

    Well, time to start the day, with a REAL shower!

    Talk to you soon. LU Sar M & D

  • At 10:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


    It was really good to hear your voice yesterday. It was really nice to see you in a couple of pictures. It looks like your really enjoying yourself. Isn't God good?

    Jasmine is writing a lot of songs while your gone. She's hoping to have 100 done by the time you get back home. I will continue to blog and hope that you will get a chance to read some of them. I also hope that you or Brittney will get a chance to blog back.

    Take good care of yourself and the rest of the team. It looks like your all having a good time. I'm so glad that you are able to experience what God is doing in the lives of those around the world.

    Love Yvonne

  • At 10:37 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Amy-
    That's a great photo of the children's team! Can't wait to hear all the stories of the little ones and the lives being changed by your entire group! Did you get to shower in the rain too? That sounds like fun! Maybe we will have you start doing that at home? :-)
    Keep making God look good!
    We love you! Mom and Dad

  • At 1:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nicole Iskierka,
    Oh girl...those pics of you are too good! The one where it's raining - most definitely flattering. Couldn't you keep your eyes open for just a little bit!? Hehe just kidding button. But i think both those pics are myspace potential :) Haha. 8 more days girl and I get to see you!!! i cannot wait to hear about everything. I miss you more than anything. Love you nicole <3 MUAH!

    Love Nikki

  • At 10:05 PM , Blogger critzen said...

    heyy babe! soo it took me about the whole time youve been gone to figure out how to use this thing hah i saw some pics of you guys playing bball and it seems like youre all having a lot of fun! hopefully youre not sick! not much is goin on here.. cept danielle got her license on thursday so its reallyyy wierd to see her driving the corolla! miss you like crazy and cant wait to see you!


    p.s. the jetski is waitin.. :)

  • At 1:59 PM , Blogger Kurt & Lynne said...

    Hey Lucie,
    Yea a note from our sweet pea!
    Hows the "Do Hard Things Book"?
    You sound sooooooo good. Hope your writing down all the good stories.
    Tami is so happy the beanie babies went with you. Did you ever count how many? We miss you sooooooooooo
    much. Praise Him, Seek Him, Worship Him, Trust Him, and Every Moment Thank God. We are thankful for Wooddale, all the leaders and
    you sweet daughter. Love Mom


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