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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

San Marcos Day 2

Hello again from San Marcos. It is hard to believe, but today was our last day of service. Tomorrow we head out for 2 nights at Santiago Atitlan for some R&R. Everyone is looking forward to (hopefully) warmer and dryer weather and lower elevations. The two days here have been very productive, but the weather and altitude have made it a little more challenging. A sunny day and time to relax will do wonders for everyone.

One of the things we have done on the trip is have 'the word of the day'. The idea was to start each day with a Bible passage for the team to consider over the course of the day. With home stays we were not able to do it every day, but here are the ones we have done so far, in case you want to see what we have been using.

6/15 -- Romans 12:1-2
6/16 -- Psalm 118:24, Phillipians 4:4-7
6/17 -- Phillipians 4:12-13
6/18 -- Ephesians 3:14-20, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
6/19 -- 2 Timothy 1:7-9, Galations 1:10
6/22 -- Matthew 6:19-21, 24-27, 31-34
6/23 -- Psalm 103

I did not have an opportunity to get input from students today, but the medical team compiled the following list they titled 'Praises about Guatemala':

* God has strengthened us all in ways that only he knows.
* His healing touch is with us and every person each student
and leader comes in contact with.
* Throughout the trip many children have stepped up and taken
* Over 600 patients have been given care and love by the team
* Dr. Byron sharing the Gospel with patients in Chisec
* medical team kids stepping up and praying and relying on Christ
completely for the words
* God bringing a really sick child to us for care
* Lifelong friendships formed with leaders and students and host
* Patients coming up to us with their families and thanking us
a day after their care
* Host families provided with strength and confidence from Christ
to share their faith stories
* Other OCA service teams having shared the Gospel with many people

More tomorrow!


  • At 1:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Dear Julia and medical team and all -

    I've still got chills (and misty eyes..) from reading your praise list. How amazing that the small group of you has been empowered to do so much work for so many (600!) beautiful children of God. Praise God for the strength he has given you and his healing touch and Dr. Byron and even the small children who have helped you! And that you could help a seriously ill little child who was in such great need. And what a day when your patients have returned to you with their families just to thank you - the blessings of their humble and simple love returned to you is quite palpable. All of this sure beats any other teenager's average summer vacation! Hmmm... Valley Fair or Guatemala... no hard choice there! (Great comparative study though...)

    Great photos too of everybody! Perfect painting, perfect mime pose, perfect parachute, perfect point... oh... uh.. Sorry Katie. (But you do have a perfect smile!!)

    It's been a great blessing to share all the stories of all your teams with others we've encountered while you've been gone. There are so many praying for you and just as many more who have been encouraged by the sacrifice that all of you - each team member and leader - have made to bring Christ and His love to all those you've met. May you now all enjoy some time to tell your stories and relax and celebrate all of God's work that has been accomplished!

    Mom (Mary)

  • At 2:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I am enjoying reading the blog. Tell everyone thanks for the updates! I am so touched to hear about the lives that you have touched and the amazing work that you have done. The photos are great! It was good medicine for me to see your face!
    Grandma is doing much better! She's on the mend.
    Looking forward to Sunday! Have fun on your last few days.

  • At 2:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It has been so much fun reading about the lives you have touched and the hard work you have done. You are truly a very special person, and I am so proud of you. I am glad to hear you guys are finally getting a chance to enjoy a little R&R after all your hard work. I can't tell you how moving it is to hear all that you have done, and how you have changed people's lives! Keep up the good work! I miss you and can't wait to see you Sunday! Love ya baby!
    Be safe,

  • At 4:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Jon,

    You guys are awesome and our
    God is an AWESOME GOD! You all have truly touched the lives of many people.

    Enjoy your R&R and have fun at Lake Atitlan. Just don't drink the water!

    Looking forward to seeing you safely at home on Sunday. We are praying for you and all your OCA Team and Staff daily.

    Dad and Mom (Busch)

  • At 5:24 PM , Anonymous Kerry Fox said...

    It was great to get the update! Looking forward to seeing you all back in Minnesota! Enjoy the R and R!

    Tim- haven't heard anything from Cam, on the PC blog or hotline. I hope he is in some pictures!!! See you Monday morning??? Colin will go to Wild Mountain and Jody will bring the boys back early. I'm leaving to take him to Comedy Sportz in a few minutes. Josh and David came to watch their game last night which the boys lost 1-0. They are in New Hope Monday night for the last season game...and then onto State.

    Kerry Fox and boys

  • At 9:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Dear Julia,

    I have been praying for you every morning, usually while on the exercise bike. Reading this update helped bring to life how you and your team are doing. I'm very proud of you, and so glad that you are making a difference in so many beautiful people's lives. You are God's blessing to others. Love, Dad.


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