Operation Central America

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Saturday comments


Hey Mom and Dad,
Sorry I didn’t write back right away. I have been busy with Basketball games. I think we have won all of our games! The games have been really fun! Taking Spanish has definitely helped with talking to little kids and adults. This trip has been awesome! The views of the Guatemalan and El Salvadorian Landscape are amazing. The food has been interesting! I have had McDonalds and Dominos. Also some different types of authentic food. Right now I am in Metapan, El Salvador. I got a little sick on Friday but I am feeling better. The leaders and doctors have been taking great care of us. I can’t believe a week has passed by already! No injuries on the basketball court. Knock on wood! Other than that everything is going fine. Thank you so much for helping me fit all those extra snacks into my bag. They are helpful when I need a snack.
How’s everything at home? How’s Midwest roofing doing? What’s the word on football and football camps? Could you check the NBA playoffs and tell me which team has won more games, Boston Celtics or L.A. Lakers?
Thank you, for all your prayers. Talk to you guys later!!!
God Bless
Josh Hendricks

Hey Yall,
Well we’re in Metapan, El Salvador! No one has been hurt so far. I got a little sick but I’m feeling better tho. Our basketball team is undefeated. The weather was great in Kampur but it’s gotten a lot hotter here. The kids are pretty good at soccer too, nothing I can’t handle. Talk to you later!
Prayers and kisses
Andrew Wight

Dad and Mom,
Hola! I am in El Salvador right now in the church. We painted today it was hot out. I haven’t even gotten sick yet. I did get a couple bug bites on my legs though, but nothing bad. I have been doing daily devotionals while I am here. I also started writing my faith story so maybe I can share it while I am here. My house stay is very nice. I have taken a couple pictures with my camera, but others with digital cameras have taken pictures of me and the children. I have one more day in El Salvador and then we go to the next place. Well how are you guys? Have you gone to the cabin at all? How is Nick, Shelia, and Coen? Hey mom you should tell Shelby or Elle about this website and tell them to write something. Well I love you have a good day.
Brittany Backlund

Hey Mom, Dad, Michelle, Tre, And Kelsey
Soo im sorry that I haven’t blogged at all! Campur was really fun this year and now we’ve crossed the border and have been in El Salvador for a few days. Today we painted the church the guys have been staying at, we’ve been painting it for a few days now. Its really actually kinda funny that only the girls got homestays because there weren’t enough families to fill the entire team. So while we were sleeping at the church someone left the sink on and used all the water they had so we can’t really use the toilets or use the shower. I’m pretty sure that its about a hundred degrees hotter here than it was last year and I really wish I had about 5 minutes of air conditioning because I’m about to die of a heat stroke…. But not really. Well I have to go because everyone else wants to blog! So I’ll try to blog again soon
Love Jeffrey

Hey everyone,
I am glad to hear that you’re all praying for me! I am doing well and still haven’t been that sick. We have been painting the last two days and it has been very hot out! We are in first home stays and I am with four other girls. We have a really nice house and I am really happy that I am in this house. We have a POOL! I have been swimming in it for the past 2 nights and will be in it again tonight. The house is amazing and beautiful! The family that is taking care of us is really nice and has 3 kids. The family doesn’t even live at the house but I will talk to you about you when I get back. So far I have not been sun burnt that badly; I only have had a little on the top of my shoulders and a little on the back of my neck. Well I should let someone else blog so I will write later!
Ashley Weis

Hey everyone!
It’s good to hear from everyone. Thanks for all the prayer and support! I am doing pretty well. Last night was my second night staying in my homestay and it is definitely a new experience. I am in a home with Courtney and we had to take bucket showers last night. Lets just say it wasn’t the warmest shower I have taken… But overall it is a really cool experience. We have been in El Salvador for a two nights now and it is gorgeous! We are pretty much surrounded by mountains and its crazy hot everyday. I have yet to get sick which is pretty much amazing! But yeah, everything is well and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible!
Love you all,
-Kelsey Essig

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

Sorry I haven’t written in a while with having home stays in El Salvador it is hard to keep up with the blog. The travel day to El Salvador went well. I got a little motion sick at first, but once I got some ice cream everything was fine. We got through customs and crossed the border in less than an hour. My home stay is sweet I love the people. The fathers name is Alfonso, his wife is Alicia and their daughter is Karlana. The dad speaks English but the mom speaks only english. Alfonso is hilarious and speaks in Spanish with me all the time. Their house is really nice and we have a nice shower and even some hot water. We had pancakes the first morning and eggs and ham this morning. El Salvador is really really hot. I never thought there could be any place in the world hotter than Campur. We painted the church in El Salvador yesterday and finished the rest of it today. We are pretty much all covered in paint and sweat by the end of it all. We are leaving El Salvador tomorrow and traveling to Jutiapa. I am very sad to leave these people but I’m excited to see what is lying ahead for us in Jutiapa. I hope all is well with you guys back at home and I miss you like crazy. Mac Mac, I’m not mad you took my car I’m glad you got yours fixed every time I drive behind you I think your muffler is going to fall off. I’m glad you like my car I miss it!! OT I hope you are having fun in PI and can’t wait to hear from you. Hope all is well with you and your mom!

With Love,

Hola from Metapan, El Salvador- Alyssa, Dana, Steve, Donna, and Jamie-
Thanks for writing Alyssa- that definitely made my day  I’ll show you pictures when I get home! So just a little update about what has been going on in these 6 days out of the country. Well we left Campur a couple days ago- and like I already said crossed the border to El Salvador to a town a lot nicer than Campur called Metapan. Me, Taylor, Liz, and Brittney are all together in our home stay. The father name is Alfonso, his wife’s name is Alicia and they have a young daughter living with them named Karlana. Their house is very nice- and such a luxury compared to Campur. The house is half inside and out, really hard to describe but something I’ve never seen before. It is really really hot and sunny here- but the fan in our room is real real nice. Our service projects here in the Metapan’s church consists of a lot of scraping of old paint and putting on new paint. It is a huge church and I swear we’ve painted almost half of it. I want to know how life back in Minnesota is going- so hopefully I will hear from someone soon 

Love Ya! Nicole Crum

Hey Family!!!

I hope your week has been going well. It has been amazing here. We’ve performed in Campur and Metapan now. Today we went over the most horrendous bridge that you could imagine…it was a good thing that you didn’t see it. It looked like something out of Indiana Jones. We had to walk across it because no cars can go over it into this village/town. I’m staying with a family here and their house is really nice. It’s been wonderful to sleep in a real bed and have a real shower! Anyway my time here has been wonderful, and I can’t wait for this next week. I love you guys and miss you… hope all is well!

Love Linz

Hey Everyone!
We are in Metapan, El Salvador right now and we are leaving tomorrow. Gotta love how I always write the day before we leave but it is usually the day with the most down time. We have been painting the “host church” here both days and it has been very tiring but not too bad. We are traveling to Jutiapa which is in Guatemala again and nobody knows what to expect at all which is ok I guess since no one knew about here and it has turned out pretty good. We had our first home stay here. Im with Kelli, Lindsey, Sarah T, and Kate. We are living in a pretty nice house, and stay there at night and eat breakfast with them in the morning We haven’t gotten to know them very well yet but they seem very nice and the grandma does our laundry everyday. My got chocolate milk shirt is whiter than when I left. Love it! We do home stays in Jutiapa too, but the girls may not since the boys didn’t end up getting to here since there weren’t enough host families so we will see. Not too much drama, just the expected so that’s good. Im so glad you all have been writing me I only got to check the blog responses yesterday so it was a good pick me up since I have been really missing home. I cant wait to get back. Please make sure you update me on life back at home so I still feel connected. One week left tomorrow… weird. Yes well not to much else its pretty much the usual. Miss you all. Thank you for the blogs. Love you all so much.
Love always,
Hannah xoxoxox

Hola Mom, Dad, Sophie, Sweeney, and Angel

I miss you guys so much and can not wait to see you again. I am having a great time today the children’s team went to a church, we were there for four hours and we played with the kids in the park, then put on our performance, and I made about a million balloon animals for the kids. This afternoon I am going to give my faith story at our next location. Adam is doing well. Got to Go.

Love You,


  • At 6:53 PM , Anonymous Gail M said...

    Hi Jeff and everyone!!!! Thanks for everyones blogs!! It means so much to us back home. Sarah, thanks for all your great work with the comments & pics. I'm sure it's a lot of work, but it is sooooo appreciated. Jeff, it sounds like the girls had better home stays than you did last year:) Hope you get some running water soon. And please don't get heat stroke :) We love you and can't wait to hear about all your adventures. Write when you can & keep up your awesome work. God's blessings on everyone of you.


  • At 7:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Taylor Ann!

    Wow - concrete blocks AND painting - you are getting to be quite the tradesperson! Good to have something to fall back on - :-). Sounds like you are doing amazing work (as always). Glad the home stay went well in El Salvador. Keep up the great work - thanks soooooo much for all the communication!! Gotta go - my turn to drive your car!

    Love, Dad

  • At 7:29 PM , Anonymous Dab said...

    Hi Brit,

    Thanks so much for keeping us up to date. We just got back from the cabin last night. Karolyn, Jim and the kids came up and grandma and grandpa came over and we made grandpa a fathers day dinner. It sounds like you have been very productive. I am very proud of you for all your hard work.

    God Bless


  • At 7:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Lindsey,
    Thanks for the blog and for your call. We are all fine. We celebrated Grandma's birthday today and Dad got new tires on your car. Sorry we missed you when you called. Lynda passed away on Friday night,her funneral will be in July. WE are all fine and we miss you. Glad you are having an amazing time. Elissa is off to some grad parties tonight, going to Uncle Todd's for Father's Day. We can't wait to hear about your time. God is doing wonderful things remember to lean on Him. We love you! Mom XOXOXO

  • At 9:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Taylor!

    It sounds like you are having an awesome time in Metapan. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your home stay and you didn't eat something that looked like tree bark! It sounds as though the service team has been working very hard. Can't wait to see the pictures!

    I will be praying for safe travels to Jutiapa. I am anxious to see what God has in store for you. I miss you, Taylor!

    Love you - Mom

  • At 10:00 PM , Blogger Kurt & Lynne said...

    Hi Lucie,
    Was praying to see a note from you.
    You must be loving the children and
    singing and dancing. Loved the picture of your smiling team. You all looked so happy. Hope your not feeling sick. We are constantly praying for good health. So many people are praying for all of you. Write soon love you lots. Mom and Dad

  • At 8:31 PM , Anonymous Dick Erickson said...

    Hey Derick:

    I got your phone call, and thank you so much for keeping us posted. I tried to call back but it didn't work. Hope you are doing well.



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