Operation Central America

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Third and final day in Jutiapa

Terri, and the Grandparents:
Haha grandma james I seriously just cracked up at your comment=] and I can agree about the weather its so hot here but we have been inside so no improvement on the tan til r&r days. Terri I wish I was there too I feel like I haven’t seen you in forever! Hope the game went well and tiger scored lots of baskets. Gma & gpa yes I miss you lots too and I will try and come visit Monday after work and bring my camera so you can see my pictures! Missing you all thanks for the comments ! Love you all. See you next week!
Xxoxoxox Hannah

Hey Mom, Marty, Dad, Julia, Mackenzie, The OT and Amy,
All is well here in Jutiapa. I still have not gotten sick yet the only thing I am getting sick of is painting. Just finished day 4 of painting and tomorrow will make it day five. I have never painted so much in my life and probably never will again. I have been wearing the same pants every time we paint so they are now covered with an interesting array of colors. The food is awesome here in Jutiapa I love it! I am definitely ready for some rest and relaxation days though. Dad you are a stinker, you got me good, I was really worried about my car. Mom I’m glad you are still missing me I am missing you and if I would’ve been home I would’ve yelled back sorry I wasn’t. Mac I am glad to hear that people are asking about me and the kids haven’t forgotten about me yet I have been wondering. Sorry you are getting lonely I promise I’ll be home soon and we can watch lots of movies together. Amy it was GREAT to hear from you! How did you get the blog website? I am glad you are talking to Henry about me not a day goes by I don’t miss all of our kids! I am anxious to come home and see how they have grown. Tell everyone hi for me there I miss you all like crazy and I’ll see you soon! OT I sprinted across the church when people told me I had something from the OT! I am glad you got to see your G-ma that is great. I guess it is okay that I didn’t get a stuffed animal or something, I’ll try to forgive you! I am glad you went to Kristin’s birthday party for a bit, will you tell her happy late birthday from me please. I can’t wait to see you when I get home! Do you want a poncho thing with a hood people get them from Mexico and what not. It was just something I thought of let me know if not I’ll figure something out. I am glad to hear from you and hope it continues. I love you all and miss you tons!
With Love,

Hey Dad Mom and Mark
Everything is good with me, and I’m not sick so that is a good thing because there is a good amount of people that are not so well. Thanks for the blog notes that you sent, I didn’t get the ones than dad sent me though. But anyway I was on the service team for the past two days and we painted in the church that we are stationed at some they really appreciated what we had done. We will have one more service day and will paint again, but then we will be going to Lake Attalon and have R&R time so that will be nice but anyway got go see ya
Love ,

Dear Mom, Dad, Sophie, Sweeney, and Angel

I miss you guys so much. I had a great home stay, the people were very nice. There were three of us and we each got our own room with air conditioning!!!!!!!!!!!! I am feeling better then a couple of days ago when I had to go on the antibiotic, but do not worry I am doing great. The schools and churches we have been visiting are very welcoming and very friendly (I always knew my balloon animal phase would pay off).
I am excited and sad because we have one service day left. But then we get to go to Lake Atalan for rest and relaxation, and shopping. Adam is doing great, he is playing really well and is having no problems with his ankles, not to mention I was able to get some really good pictures of him playing. Also he has been putting on sun screen so he does not get burnt. We are both having a great time. I can not wait to see you guys, I love an miss you guys so much!!!!!!!!!!!

Taylor V

Hey Chelsea
How is America ,hope your plane ride back was good. Have fun at work and I wish you could be here, but anyway we have to hang out when we get back and have that bonfire. See you when we all get back!

Dear Mom, Dad, Sophie, Sweeney, and Angel,
It is the next morning, and I got a great night of sleep. I look forward to having a good day and hope to hear from you guys soon.
Taylor V

Hey mom and dad and jill!
I miss you guys. You should maybe write me. Im having tons of fun. Love ya
Steph tebbe

Mom and Dad,
Hello! Unfortunately I didn’t get to share my testimony last night because one of the translators shared his and it most of the night. It is alright though because his story was needed to be told to these kids. Hopefully there is another day that I can share it. I am having a good time and I love you guys.
Brittany Backlund

I miss you girl. How is home. We basically are painting all day today. I didn’t get a chance to share my testimony but that’s alright maybe another time. Well I love you and miss you!
Brittany Backlund

Hey family.
I’m keeping this one short because there are people waiting. But I just thought that I should check in! Everything is fine and I just did more painting today and last night. Pretty uneventful.
Love ya and I’ll see you soon!
-Kelsey Essig

We miss you. Thanks for blogging. I saw in my email that you posted pictures of me on facebook. I haven’t looked at them yet. I am nervous to see what they are. Oh well. Lets do lunch ASAP when I get home. Love ya chica! You are missed. I will tell William HOLA!
Lori Ask

Hey again! I’ll give you 3 guesses as to what we did today and it starts with a P and ends with –AINT. I think the whole service team is ready for R&R and for no more painting. The people @ my home stay are all staying @ the church tonight because we have no water and Sam (the hottest guy on the trip) flushed our only bit of water. I miss you and I’ll be home soon!
Cole Peterson

Gross Gutt Meine Familia,
I had a super odd day yesterday. We went to the basketball courts in Jutiapa and the was a bull’s head in the basket. It was uber cool. I took many great shots with it! It was a Satanic sacrifice to nullify what we had done there two days ago. We prayed the crap out of it and reunnulliffied it. NICE! At the performance, all of the Satan worshipers converted. Then we went to two other schools and had a “service”. It was the most Godly intense moment of my life! I am really connecting with people here and Guatemalans. We then went to our home stay and I flushed our only bowl of water. Whoops. Look at what Cole Peterson’s blog says about me. Fresh! Today I played basketball too and made a buzzerbeater! Ballin’! Last night, Jared and John were morons and put spit, papaya, bad water, and grape juice down the straw of my water bottle and it gave me the skitters. I will get revenge and it will be sweet. But we are cool. Love ya lots!
Samuel George Knutson
P.S. Dave, if time is love and you won’t write to me does that mean you don’t love me? I am crying now…
P.P.S. My mime stuff smells like crap because I sweat a lot but haven’t washed it.
P.P.P.S. Mom, I am writing in my journal and have written a crap load.
P.P.P.P.S. I probably have the most post scripts ever… world record! GET SOME!

Hey Girls…Dad Erickson here.

If Christina is checking the blog, here’s a message from me to the most important ladies in my life.

“I love you. I miss you. I will see you soon.”

The team had a very special time last night after a full day of ministry. Victor, our El Salvadorian brother gave his testimony. The Lord used it to move in each of us in a special way, giving us a deeper desire to live for Him in this day and age. A day and an age in which the things of the world seem to take precedent over the things of God.

I pray that those things of the world will not have their way with us. I love the way each of you know and love the Lord Jesus. I miss our times at night praying together. Know that I continue to pray for you and I ask that when I’m away like this, you would pray for me. The Lord is attentive to the prayers that come from your heart. I continually lift up our concerns as a family, always hopeful, always trusting, always believing his will is being accomplished. He is using our present trials and circumstance to conform us to be more like Him. As we are honest with Him, he helps us understand ourselves and then helps us change accordingly. I pray that you may always see changes in me that will benefit my relationship with each of you.

Hope you all are having a fantastic day, enjoying the summer and treating each other well.

Love you,



  • At 2:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Taylor Ann:

    Wow - the world's biggest letter from you today! Cool! Sorry to tease you about your car - I am not worthy of such a nice ride! I ran in to Lynnie at Caribou this morning - they are going to cover Guatemala soon in her classroom at EFC. Can you bring her back a coffee bean or something Guatemalan to show everyone? She might write later. Glad you are still feeling well (and that you now have a master's degree in painting!). I love you bunches.


  • At 3:59 PM , Anonymous Kim Backlund said...

    Hey Brit,
    Glad to hear all is well. I'm sure you'll have the opportunity to share your faith story many times in the future. Sounds like you've done your fair share of painting. Might come in handy around here!

    It's very quiet without you so I'm looking forward to you coming home.
    See you soon.

    Love you,

  • At 4:02 PM , Anonymous mike2321 said...

    If you actually read this stuff you would have seen that i wrote to you yesterday... Anyways, i dont really care what you get me, it doesnt matter, how about some coffee for my parents, and yes my dad started to drink coffee ever since he came back from france. "AAAHHH!!!"-Danny I hope that you paint today b/c ik how much you love to paint haha.

  • At 4:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    See you Sunday at 6:23 P.M. at the airport. I'm glad they appreciated your work. Stay focused! Love ya,
    Mom, Dad, and Mark

  • At 4:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Lori- I left a few comments yesterday at the same time you were posting the blog- not sure if you got them all. I think there is one to Tim, Taylor, Students and Leaders...just an fyi in case you missed them. Josh and I are reading the comments at work right now. You are doing (Have done) an awesome job with the service team and all the fun little details that come along with it.

  • At 5:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey B-Ball team Celtics are world champs in a blow out in bean town 131 to 92! Pierce the obvious MVP. On a golf note for your fearless leader (Bob) Tiger is US Open winner in playoff and out for the rest of the season torn ACL. Hey man I want some box scores from Cental America!!!
    -BVC (the B stands for "better")

  • At 5:32 PM , Blogger Lani33 said...

    Hey Carbon/Josh H & #7!
    Sarah B is back home in MN and called today. She gave good update on your status! Praise God for Sarah B!Glad to hear you are feeling better! Hang in there kicker! Keep hydrated with the flavored Propel & vitamin water!
    Glad to get your last blog too!
    Good to hear you are back eating american type foods.
    Gook luck with last games B-Ball!
    Did you hear the Celtics won the championship last night!
    Have a great R & R @ Lake Aitalan!
    Remember your verse: Joshua 1:9.
    We really miss you and can't wait to see you on Sunday!
    Please send blog with updates!
    Praise the Lord, He gives us strength!
    Love Mom & Dad

    10:28 AM

  • At 6:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Amanda and Sarah,

    I hope all is still well with both of you. I'm sure you are looking forward to your R&R time. I hope you have taken lots of pictures. I will have some interesting ones to share with you too. I'm not sure if I told you but I have been on my own adventure this week.

    I will keep praying for all of you to keep your focus and strength. Would love to hear from you if you get a chance to blog. Love you LOTS!!! Stay healthy and don't forget your prayers.

    Love Mom

  • At 6:21 PM , Anonymous Karin Anderson said...

    Kelly -
    Hope you are still feeling well. I'm sure you are just too busy to write ... or maybe the others have banned you from the computer because you write novellas!

    I adore the posted picture of you surrounded by little children. There was a boy in the background who appeared to be taking your photo - are you enjoying star status?

    Enjoy your day off - you have earned it. Make more memories!

    See you soon! Love, Mom

  • At 6:37 PM , Anonymous Sharon Allen said...

    Hey Andrew,

    We were so glad to see you in the picture yesterday with your uniform on....hope you are feeling much better. I talked with Sarah B. today and she told me you were better. Glad you got some good care. I saw that you were "kicking around". For a minute I thought it was Ronaldo :)Stay strong and enjoy some R &R in the next few days. We love you, are proud of you, and CAN'T wait to see you on Sunday!!!!! Write if ya can...
    Lots and Lots of Love,
    Mom (and everyone else here)

  • At 8:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Tay Tay Foster -
    Hahaha! I googled Operation Central America, and there you all were! I am sorry to hear that you are giving up painting, cause I was gonna ask you to help paint my house when you got back... lol, ok maybe not. :) I am glad to see that you are doing well. Yes the kids are growing like crazy, Little Mac walks all the time now, Seamus and Flynn can sit up all by themselves, and Tori army crawls all over the place. Miss ya!
    God Bless!!
    Love Amy

  • At 9:38 PM , Anonymous Tom, Lynn, Dani and Charlie said...

    Hey there, this is your new brother, Charlie. I moved in today and I love my new pen and kennel. Your sister is pretty cool. She is working hard to teach me to fetch and sit before you get home so you will like me. I am doing my best, but I am just a puppy and am trying to figure out this whole potty training thing. The neighbors all really like me. They keep telling me how cute I am. I am excited to meet you. I hear lots of good stuff about you. Sounds like the whole group is having great experiences in Guatemala. I will try to come to the airport to see you on Sunday. bye for now!
    Charlie Tazer Brooks

  • At 9:42 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

    Hello from the Prindiville's. We know your Mom is keeping busy in Colorado...we did see your Dad on Sunday, but we didn't talk to him...he looked good though! Hey, girl, you need to teach your Dad to BLOG if you want to hear from him. We will tell you from personal experience, he doesn't read email very often...HA! Glad you are doing well, we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

    Love, Lisa and Terry P

    Knowland: We are thinking of you and wondering how the Service Team is doing? I bet you are all buffing out :-) with all that hard work. It is fun to see the pictures of your group...thanks for serving like you are. We know you are a blessing to many!

    Prayers, The Prindiville's

    Hey Trav: Only 4 more days till you have to clean your room...HA! Dad has gotten several calls on cars...so when you get home, we will start looking hard. Hi Travis, it's Tracy, just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you and I miss you and I scored a sweet goal in soccer tonight. Mom said I looked just like you with my face all red and everything...Love you, Bro!

    We miss you Travis and are praying daily. Blessings to you, M & D

    PS Tessa misses you and says Hi too!

  • At 9:44 PM , Blogger Gail I. said...

    Hi, Nik,

    I just got home from work and thought I would write you a quick post. I am really missing you, girl!

    I hope you enjoy your next couple of days of R&R. I'm sure it will be a sweet change for all of you.

    From what I saw of Lake Atitlan in Josh and Dani's pictures when they went, it is just gorgeous! I hope it will be all that for you. Just drink in the experience, Binks, as you finish up.

    I am so impressed with you and the whole group - from the posts I have been reading, you all have done a fabulous job. You have been so lucky to have the terrific leaders that have walked this journey with you step-by-step. They are great! I am sure the Lord is grinning as He sees what you all have accomplished.

    Can't wait to see you on Sunday, Nik. Have a great time at "the lake".

    Love you much,

  • At 10:09 PM , Anonymous moire said...


    I haven't been keeping track of your blogging...until now! I'm sorry. But I know you're having a great time, and I will definitely pray for you and the rest of the medical team in terms of the team's tempers and the Guatamalans who are in need of medical help. We three (you know) are planning on meeting you at the airport!

    We miss you soooooo much! Come back safe, Lizzy :).

    Love, Moire

  • At 10:30 PM , Blogger Lani33 said...

    Hey Steph Tebbe;
    Hello from Eden Prairie,MN.
    We will join the Prindivilles'and ALSO sent our prayers and well wishes for a great last 4 days.
    Hope you are hanging in there and sure your parents will be happy to see you when you get back on sunday.
    Your neighbors from Northern Eden Prairie,
    Jan & Mark H.
    (Josh H parents)

  • At 10:45 PM , Anonymous Danae said...

    Hi Elizabeth,
    I hope all of your medical clinics went well and hopefully no needles were involved! I bet you are looking forward to R & R and "shopping" (not that there is anything that I want:)). By the time you get home I will have played soccer 12 out of 13 days. I am looking forward to the rest that you are looking forward to. Another thing you get to look forward to (that I have been doing as well) is working at Dad's plant! Ginger really misses you.

  • At 11:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Dude! (Jared)
    Was happy to see you wrote again. I've been looking everyday, hoping for a few lines. I so enjoy all the pictures, especially seeing you in them. I was wondering if you've been sick yet or not and whether you've had to start your "pills". Have you been able to use your Spanish with the kids much? I laugh at Sam's crazy comments. I never know what he's going to say and half, I have no idea what he's talking about, but he is entertaining. Miss you bud, can't wait to see you Sunday. Dad flew to Boston Tuesday, coming back tomorrow.
    Love ya! Mom

    Hi Jess! Hope you're enjoying yourself and having fun with the children and staying healthy. What a great experience. I'm wishing I was able to go with you guys. Maybe next year my nursing skills can find a place on the team and I can arrange the time off. We pray for you guys every night. See you back in MN
    Karen (Jared's mom)

  • At 11:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I am excited for you and your R&R time. You guys have worked hard and earned a little down time before your long trek home on Sunday. Hope your last day of painting went well. Did you remember to take lots of pictures and journal each day of all your adventures? We can't wait to hear about each and every one of them. Did you tell Erica to blog us? We'd love to hear from her too. We miss you and can't wait to see you on Sunday. Have fun shopping!!


  • At 11:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    yay you all sound like you're having so much fun! thanks for writing to me it makes me feel really good. work is lame and i definitely wish i could be back but oh well.. i will be in guatemala again. i miss you all and guatemala/el salvador so much i've probably cried everyday now.. the US is fine i guess not too many interesting things.. iowa has had a lot of flooding but that's about it. jon- thanks for writing we will hang out! haha i am planning a very fun bon fire and mario kart racing for the wii event when you are all back sometime next week. lori- yes lunch soon! i thought of you today because i had noodles with tofu. and oh i have become "un vegetarian" kind of.. when i'm craving meat i'll eat it but i never crave it so we'll see how that goes.. haha so i guess i'm semi vegetarian thanks to guatemala!! oh and the pictures of you are gorgeous they always are don't worry! britt- i'm sorry to hear you didn't give yours but i still want to hear it really bad! thanks so so so much for everyone that wrote to me it really means a lot! have fun in your remaining R and R days you'll have tons of fun! can someone please buy me some coffee?!??!?!? thanks!!!! oh and see you in 4 days i won't be at the airport but i wish i could be!!! i will write you again tomorrow!! love you all lots and thanks for saying hi to william i really miss him too!!!

    te quiero,

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

    Hey Tolentino:

    I can hardly believe that we will see you already in four days. Jan and I are both coming to the airport, and possibly the boys. I'll bet you can't believe all the experiences you have had in these last eleven days and now you are on your way out and back to the daily grind of working.

    There won't be that anxious anticipation we've had these last six months. What will we to pass the time? You could build a mud house out back and paint it. We could store the lawn mower in it and the snow blower. I hope you have taken a bunch of pictures. We think about you all the time. Frank finished camp today and now is lonesome for you.

    Have a really great Thursday, Friday, Saturday and then its back to Minneapolis.

    I love you.


    PS Had you not done OCA I probably still would not know what a blog is.

  • At 6:39 AM , Anonymous Stan Z said...


    Earlier this morning during my quiet time, I was reflecting on how fortunate the OCA team is to have the opportunity to be in a place where you can serve God by serving other people for a period time, and then I recognized that even us at home (and you upon your return) have the same opportunity. It is just not as dramatic or as exotic, but not any less important. Therefore, enjoy your R&R and prepare for your next great adventure and opportunity to serve when you return home.

    Last night, Danae's soccer team played the team on which Andrea Lima's sister played, and I was talking with Andrea's mom who was telling me how Andrea misses being part of the OCA team this year. I am glad that you could go for a second year and experience a different type of ministry.

    If you have not already, you can go to your Facebook and see the Grad Open House invitation. I scanned it because I thought that you may be interested in seeing it. Hope it meets with your approval. Danae and Mom worked hard to get it created and mailed. You may have to do a supplemental mailing when you get home, if we did not send it to all of your invites.

    It will be very nice having you home. We are really looking forward to it. You have not said, but we are assuming that you have not been sick like you were last year. Enjoy the next couple of days.


    Dad, Mom & Danae

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

    Kelsey Essig ~
    Glad to hear you are working hard!! Can't wait to hear your stories! Thinking and praying for you everyday!!!!!
    Have a safe trip home!!
    Luv ya kiddo!!
    Lynda ~

  • At 8:27 AM , Anonymous Sheryl and Gary said...

    Elizabeth - Enjoy you R&R. I am sure that you have been a blessing to those around you and the people you have served these last 2 weeks. They have seen Christ in you. We are proud of you and are praying for you.
    Love, Sheryl and Gary

  • At 9:09 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hannah James
    Hi Bob Bannah! Just as an fyi Tiggey is playing baseball and they don't score baskets, they score runs...lol Grandma is coming to watch his game tonight. It was so nice that your mom and dad came on Tuesday. They saw a good game. This week has been the perfect summer weather..sun and no bugs. I can't believe that your time is almost ending...I really pray that you were blessed and that you blessed someone else along your journey. I'm sure that you did. We are still praying for you and all your team.
    With much love and lots of hugs,
    Auntie T

  • At 9:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Taylor F,

    Woo hoo! Lake Atitlan here you come! Enjoy your time at Posada de Santiago. It is beautiful and I am certain you will love it!

    I miss you and love you so much!

    With love and prayers,


  • At 9:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Taylor V

    Tater, thanks for the updates and especially the Fathers Day note! Saw the recently posted pic of your ballon talents ... impressive! Your rabbit and the other animals sure miss you guys as do Mom & Dad. Especially glad to hear you are feeling better and got to stay in some air-conditioning. Enjoy the rest of the trip and look forward to seeing you soon.
    Luv Dad

  • At 10:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Good Morning Hannah, Hope God has used you in a mighty way and that you are feeling His presence with you. I have been quilting for a couple of days with the 2 church groups. It is fun to know you are doing something for others in Jesus name. Enjoy the remaining time on your trip, what an adventure! Hope you bring back lots of stories & pictures to share with us. Hope you are making new friends too. God Bless you Hannah. /We are praying for you and all the teams.
    Grandma & PaPa

  • At 10:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    dear sarah t,
    hows it going! hope your having fun and stuff mom is keeping here cool and we all hope you get back safely

    from luke
    ps did you get me something

  • At 10:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Taylor F....

    I am excited to see you Sunday and can't beleive you have just a few days left. If you recall, one of our prayers for you on this trip was that God would reveal himself to you in new and different ways in order for your faith to grow even stronger and deeper as you are transitioning into a new season of your life. I can't wait to hear first hand how that has happened, to hear and watch you as you share your experiences from this trip and to see you.

    I've been dying for some Chin De Leon and can't wait til you and I can have some together!

    I love you!


  • At 12:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Kelsey ~
    Hey kiddo - you are on the home stretch, can you believe it? Only a couple more days and you'll be back home. I'm thrilled about that!!! Hows the tan coming? Do you have a "farmers tan" yet? You have your Senior Pictures when you get home. . . remember. Let me know what you want for your first meal home. Can't wait to see you my Sunshine!
    Love you tons,

  • At 4:09 PM , Blogger Brian said...

    Hey Guys,

    I imagine that you are on R & R now. Enjoy it! You have worked so hard and I'm so proud of all that you have accomplished! May this trip forever change you!

  • At 5:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Tay!! It's Lynnie! Sounds like you're having a great time. I saw your dad asked about coffee beans. I was actually curious about the berries as they grow on the tree so we could show the kids how they start out. I hear that being agricultural it could be a problem, and that's no biggie. But if you come across something else CHEAP and interesting about Guatemala, it would be fun to see it. Cath says hi!!! Miss you!

  • At 5:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Kelli M,
    Did you see the blog from Grandma & Bopa? Check out the comments from day 2 in Jutiapa.

    We CAN'T WAIT to see you on Sunday! It's been so quiet around here. Dad was out of town for a couple of days so it was just Robbie and me. I think Robbie actually got bored for a couple of hours yesterday because he actually deep-cleaned his room! When I tucked him in for bed he said he "felt guilty because his bed wasn't made." He must have gotten that from you :)

    Hope you're feeling good - let us know (if you have a chance to blog.) Enjoy your hard earned rest and relaxation days, and know you are in our prayers! We love you Kelli!

    Mom, Dad, Robbie, & Riley

  • At 7:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hanny Nicky,
    Thanks for keeping the family posted on your travels, sure have enjoyed your messages and reading the blog - fun way to stay connected.

    Mo is healing slowly; she is quite wounded from her scooter spill. She attended b-ball camp today, but didn't really participate. She's now headed to Stillwater this evening for her lacrosse game. She dressed, but isn't sure she'll see time on the field - but being part of the team means showing up.

    Sounds like the group is looking forward to the R&R days. Would you mind picking me up a paint brush as a souvenir? I hear they have a different type in Central America. Make sure it's not used - even slightly - you know how I feel about my tools. You probably don't think this is funny, do you? :)

    Hannah J,
    What do you say?
    Lookin' forward to you coming our way!

    You'll be happy to know that your car is back from the shop. The other great news is the arrival of your report card!

    Until Sunday.

  • At 8:10 PM , Blogger News team assemble said...

    Hi Samuel George,
    How are you? I hope that you didn’t get a major case of diarrhea. Did you start the Cipro for traveler’s diarrhea? Please make sure that you’re making good choices and always be kind to the friends. We all make poor decisions. So take the high road. Thank you for taking time to journal, it will be such a special souvenir and will help you remember this awesome time in your life. Have you and the friends taken turns writing in David’s journal? It will be a meaningful gift to David and his family. Thank you for writing and keeping us abreast of your time in Guatemala, you are doing great things for the kingdom of God. I can’t wait to see you on Sunday. Be safe and have a totally awesome finish to your mission s trip. Love you lots!!!!!!
    XOXOXO……Bye, bye,bye….
    P.S. Give smooches to the girls from me!

  • At 8:11 PM , Blogger News team assemble said...

    Guten Tag Samuel,
    Wow, your last blog made my head spin! So many incredible experiences!! Well, except for the “skitters”. Be careful what you drink…. and beware of who is tampering with your water bottle. As a payback have the guys smell your mime costume! So they needed your wicked skills on the basketball court? Maybe you and KG can both be on the next Wheaties box. That is so intense that you had a run in with satan worshippers – and won them over to Christ! God is definitely working through each of you on this trip! Nothing really new around here, kind of boring really. But don’t let that stop you from coming home! Stay safe and healthy. See you Sunday!
    Love you,

  • At 8:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hannah James

    I'm happy I was able to bring a chuckle to you with my last email.
    Can't wait to see you in two weeks to share your experience the last two weeks. I'm so happy that you were able to bring joy to other people and make a difference in their lives.
    Your in my prayers every night.
    This has been a great adventure for you helping other people that really needed your help.
    I miss you and can't wait to hear all about your trip and share the pictures that you have taken.
    Will call on Sunday night to talk to you.
    I'm sure you will be exhusted from the trip and than have to go to work on Monday.
    God Bless You,
    Love You
    Grandma James

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

    Pookie misses you! Did you see she wrote you yesterday? Wow, look at all these postings to Hannah!
    Guess what? I still love you!

  • At 8:34 PM , Anonymous Carol Hondlik said...

    Kate - Today was a glorious 92 degrees. The sky was blue, the sun was strong, yet there was still a breeze which made it for a great day.

    Torie is off to Prestley's for a sleep over and she is feeling rather excited as she passed her motorcycle test. So needless to say, she is very happy!

    We are so excited to see you on Sunday. I love you so much and we are so proud of you!
    Mom and Dad

  • At 8:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Derek, Jared, John and Sam,
    While you're shopping on your R & R days we just wanted to let you know that we could use some new lawn ornaments. How special to have them from Guatemala! Make sure the colors don't clash with the color of our house.

    Have you missed that down home microwave cooking?

    Aren't birthdays great?!

  • At 8:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Taylor, I am so glad your mission trip is going so well. I can't wait to hear all about it the next time you work. I took the funniest picture of Quinn the other day. He was wearing a do-rag and had the best smile on his face. I can't wait to show you the picture. Have a safe trip home and see ya soon!!!


  • At 9:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Has anyone seen Christina Benjmain or did she leave early?

    Mom and Dad

  • At 10:26 PM , Blogger News team assemble said...

    Dear Bubba,
    How are you? How’s the food? I just had a huge barbeque shaved pork sandwich at Champs and it was delicious! Did you get revenge on John and Jared yet? I’m going to AHA for weight training and the kid that we call “Slick” punched me really hard. I guess he doesn’t like the name Slick, but I keep calling him it anyway. Ben misses you. And I do too.
    Hugs and smooches
    P.S. Did you get me a machete yet?

  • At 10:27 PM , Blogger News team assemble said...

    Woof Woof Sam!
    I am so lonely without you here! Sure, David, and Daddy and Mamma are okay, but I’m really your dog! I know I’m only 11 months old WIDDLE, but I miss going for runs with you. I’ve been having “accidents” in the house almost every day just to let the family know that I’m not happy when you’re gone.
    Magnet Marie

  • At 10:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Courtney, Steph, Alicyn, Anna, and Lindsey:

    Hola! We hope you are having a hot time down there in the hot sun! Did you get cornflakes and milk from the first village you went to? I (teresa) remember that. It made me throw up. I'm sure you wanted to hear that. Enjoy every moment you can in the lovely chicken buses...it's painful at the time, but it's fun to laugh about later. Libby wants to know why they're called chicken buses. FIND OUT. it is your assignment from us. make sure you're taking your malaria pills, because we want to see you. so don't die pretty much. ok well that's all for now folks! you're almost done anyway, enjoy your final moments. not to be creepy or cheesy. yep so we'll stop rambling...miss you bye!

    --teresa and libby bird :)

  • At 11:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi everyone! it's chelsey again i still really miss you! i hope you are all having LOTS of fun in antigua/lake atilan/panajachel! ah it's been pretty nice here the last couple of days see you soon love you all!

  • At 11:42 PM , Anonymous Gail M said...

    Hi Jeff,
    It's Thursday night. Just wanted to send a quick note; we miss you so much! I'm bringing your car in to Wally's in the morning.(you know how I like to wait till the last minute!) Summer has finally arrived!! It's been hot. Both Tre and Michelle had hockey clinics this afternoon. It felt so good in the arenas. Tre had another lax game last night. He looks so good on the field. Just like his big brother:) Hope you have some relaxing days. Don't get sunburned like last year. We'll see you Sunday at the airport!!

  • At 6:06 AM , Blogger Andrew said...

    Hola Papi, Kimby

    I hope you're taking advantage of your last few days there in Guate. Since its Friday I'm assuming you're all shopping in Antigua?
    I'm sure these past two weeks really flew by right?
    It's definitely a great feeling knowing that you and your entire team is safe doing God's work in such a faraway place. I hope Eddie, Josh, Emanuel, and everyone else is doing well and also making your experience a very memorable one like they did with mine.
    Work is going well for my first week, right now things are sort of ambiguous seeing that I'm just a lowly intern, but everyone is very welcoming.
    Sorry Kimby about not being responsive, Mom, Jonathan, and I will see you on Saturday!


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