Operation Central America

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Monday, June 22, 2009

One week completed!

Hello again from Guatemala City. Its hard to believe we have already been here a week. We just wrapped up a very rewarding two days of service in Villa Nueva. There were many people seen at the medical and dental clinics held in the host church (Iglesia Vida).church (Iglesia Vida). The mime and childrens teams perfromed at local parks the first day and then went to different churches on the second day.
At the second church of the day for childrens the rains came as they arrived - it was so loud on the tin roof that you had to cover your ears or it hurt. In spite of the rain there were over 200 children who came from the surrounding barrio and they had a great time. The service team spent the 2 days painting the inside of the host church. It is a converted lumber wharehouse so it was more high painting. This time they had good, sturdy ladders and so was not quite so adventurous. Last night (Saturday) the youth group of Vida Iglesia had a get together with out students and sang songs and played games and had a great time of fellowship. Jeremy had the opportunity to preach to the group and he did an awesome job.

Everyone was in homes stays here and I think they all had a tremendous experience. This is the first time Vida Iglesia has done this sort of thing and they were so excited to have gringos in their homes. They went out of their way to make the stays comfortable and to welcome us into their families.

This morning we attended the regular church service and then were back on the road. We went to a local sort of hospice. It is a residence for ill children who have no other place to go. Most of them are HIV positive, but there are some with other ailments as well. They veyr much appreciated the attention from the students, and I think the students were really touched to see how something as small as a hug or a piggy back ride could bring so much joy.

Tomorrow it is breakfast at 7:30 and then on the road by 8:30 for the 6 hour (Guatemalan time) drive to San Marcos. It is a beautiful drive through the highest part of Guatemala. Hopefully there will be a break in the rain so we can see the countryside. Some local friends from previous years (Luis and Immanuel) stopped by to visit tonight. It ws good to see them again. They said it has been rainy and cold in San Marcos - cold enough to have frost on the ground in the morning. So if that is still the case it will be quite a chanbge for us.

Thanks for your continued prayers. It seems that everyone is getting their plumbing back to normal so that is an answer to many prayers. We see God working every day and know that it is in part the result of your continued prayers. Thanks so much for your support. More in a day or so. (We'll try to get pictures on here one fo these days!)

Here is a collaborative entry from a group of the students:

Hola Familias y amigos;
Today we traveled back to the Missions Home from the church and home stays in Villa Nueva. Villa Nueva was a really cool place. So much different from Chisec. It's a suburb of a Guatemala City, so it's really busy and full of traffic and whatnot. From what I have heard,everybody had a great home stay and loved staying in Villa Nueva. The last thing we did was attend a a service lasting about 2.5 hours. On our way home We took a detour to a hospice for HIV patients and played with the children for about two hours. I really think they all enjoyed us playing with them. We once again went to the mall food court for dinner and now are back at the missions home for the night after a great day.

Happy Fathers Day from everyone :-)


  • At 9:06 AM , Anonymous Kerry Fox said...

    Hi, all,

    It's great to continue to hear about your journey...what great memories you will have of your time well spent in Guatemala. What a gift you are...and how much more of a gift the people there are to you. Soak it in...praying for you as you travel to the mountain town of San Marcos!!! It looks gorgeous from pictures of past years.

    Take care of yourself, Tim...see you Sunday. Enjoy Lake Atilan for me!!!


  • At 9:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey William, We are missing you! I can picture you having a great time with all the kids that you have been serving. God has gifted you for that! And just between you and me, don't kiss Scott.
    Love you, Mom

  • At 9:36 AM , Blogger Brian said...

    Sounds like God is working through you guys in tremendous ways! Keep it up. San Marcos is a wonderful community and you are going to love the people there. Praying for you as you serve Him there.

  • At 9:40 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Katie S.

    It appears that God is using your team in great and mighty ways. We miss you and look forward to seeing you on Sunday. Enjoy the last week of this great adventure. We miss you and we are praying for the group.

    Dad, Mom and Tyler

  • At 12:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Julia,

    It was great to hear from you guys. Margaret and I just looked up Lake Atilan and San Marcos on the Google maps and pray you'll have some respite from the heat while there. So happy to hear you were also able to stop and add some joy to the day of the kids at the hospice... must have been hard to leave. We continue to pray for safety and strength and health for all of you and will thank God for overall improvement of the tummies! James is at camp :) Please keep him in your prayers!

    Mom (and Margy)

  • At 4:20 PM , Anonymous ashley and sharon said...

    hi OCA!!
    this is the chicago team :)

    its really sweet to hear the stories and the impact you are having :) keep up the good work!!

    we are appreciating the diversity here and we are going to pacific garden mission tonight, so we are pretty stoked about that!

    stay healthy (no more puking retainers scott!)

    ashley and sharon and chicago team!

  • At 9:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Amanda,
    I bet you are at the Lake. What a beautiful sight! Just wanted you to know we are thinking and praying for you. I know the allergic stuff for you has been hard. We are praying things will quiet down. Dad and I are so thankful for the great leaders you have and the support they have given.
    We are so proud of the sacrifice and service you all are doing.
    We love you tons,

  • At 10:00 PM , Anonymous Colin Fox (Tim's Son) said...

    Hola poppy,

    We won our soccer game against Orono. I scored on a penalty kick. The final score was 4-2 if we win 1 out of our last 2 games we dont have to play anymore games until state. I loved the retainer story but i read it well I was eating.WE MISS U TONS

    LOVE U, Colin Fox

  • At 12:46 AM , Blogger Derrick said...

    Hey Prestley,

    It sounds like everything is going great down there. I know you and your group are making many people happy and keeping live positive as they are doing the same for you. Have fun and be safe.

    I miss you, Derrick

  • At 7:38 AM , Blogger Josh baltzer said...

    hey Jess

    Its your brother i have been thinking about you hopeing your haveing a great time i know your are!! better then my gym i bet... cant wait to see you when you get back email me or facebook me if you have the internet out there in the jungle.

    Love your big bro

  • At 7:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy birthday Katie S.,
    What a great way to celebrate number 17...Serving the LORD in Guatemala with a group of friends. Have a special day. We love you and miss you. See you soon...We will be thinking about you all day.
    Dad, Mom and Tyler

  • At 9:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Kayla,

    Hope you are feeling well and you are breathing! It is going to feel like 105 here today - maybe it is cooler where you are.

    Portia is here this week and we are going to do something today. Cole got over his fever but now has a rash all over his body!

    Praying that your mime is reaching people and that you too are internalizing the part you are playing in receiving God's gift. I'm sure you all are a blessing to the Guatemalan people and pray that you are being blessed and learning things from them also.

    Miss you much.

    Love, Mom

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

    As you can imagine, I check the blog daily for updates. I love hearing about what you are doing and the stories. We never thought about your retainer coming out, so I hope you learned from Scott!

    We miss your laugh and smile, but are so glad that you are on this mission trip serving others. Can't wait to hear about all that you have learned!
    Love, Mom

  • At 11:16 AM , Blogger Business Development Coaching by John McMunn, McMunn Enterprises, Inc. said...

    Hey Ceej!

    Good News!...Tony's surgery went quite well...He will be back in action, and making mischief soon! Pray that he finds God through this experience.

    I love to hear about all that you, and the Team, are accomplishing...You are doing such meaningful work! Continue to make a difference! I love you, Ceej.


  • At 2:19 PM , Anonymous Beth Orlowsky said...

    Hi Nick!
    We have been praying for you everyday. It has been hot and muggy here the past 2 days, and it made me think about how it must have been for you guys in Chisec. Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? I hope you love the Lake Atitlan area and the cooler weather. Don't forget what Mrs. Stensrud said - you're supposed to take care of Scott! Keep working hard for the Guatamalan people as you serve the Lord!

    Looking forward to seeing you soon - we have some great surprises for you:)

    Love, Mom, Dad, Alex and Jake

  • At 2:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


    I'm not sure how to check if you wrote me back. I'm holdin' it down here in our hood while you're gone. Hope the mine team is getting after it. See you soon bro.

    Partner in Crime,

  • At 5:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Brit,
    It's really quiet here without you and I miss you. But I'm so very proud of you! Sounds like things are going well. It's been very hot and humid here, probably much like Guatemala. Can't wait to see you.
    Love ya,

  • At 6:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Joel,

    I hope that you got some medicine for your ear infection!!

    Anna is feeling better and will go to Summer School tomorrow. She asks about you all the time and comments about the food fight...still.

    Papa is fasting today for you and the team. We believe that God will use you to be a blessing more than we can ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20)...and He will touch you personally/spiritually more than we can ask or imagine!! Can wait to hear the stories!!!

    Love you, Mom

  • At 10:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Steph,

    We are praying for you and the entire group. We miss you lots but hope your having an Awesome time serving. Can't wait to hear all the stories you'll have to share. I'm looking forward to fishing together before you head off to camp.

    I love you, Dad

  • At 10:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Kayla!

    I love reading about your trip! You sure will have seen so much and touched so many people.

    Lots of love,
    Aunt LJ

  • At 11:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Prestley,

    Sounds like your all very busy and making a difference in many lives. I pray for you and your team as you do Gods work. Be safe, have fun. It was 96 degrees on Tuesday, rcord highs for Wisconsin. Love you.


  • At 12:27 PM , Anonymous Kari said...

    Hi Jessi!

    Well I know your dad and grandma Hart have tried to send you messages, but I don't see them! I know they want to send their love to you!

    Dad came home from Father's Day weekend at the cabin with bumps, bruises and cuts from TUBE WARS with Uncle Dan! And now he's ready to do it again this coming weekend!

    It's so great to hear all that you're doing, and I am so very proud of you and the whole team for all the love you are spreading in God's name!

    Stay strong, healthy, patient, and loving...and remember...it's not about you!

    Can hardly wait to see you!
    Love you so much,

  • At 8:35 PM , Anonymous Trent Stensrud said...

    Hey Scott! Do work painting that church!! dad read me your post and i pretty much fell on the floor laughing...but at the same time i felt really bad and was reminded of that one scene in slumdog millionare... haha. well dont get worms bro, I'm praying for you and the rest of the team. Have a ton of fun, see you soon!



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