Operation Central America

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Day 1 - Guatemala City

Buenas noches! We had a great first day of service. It's 10:30 and we are getting the last kids to bed. We started with a wonderful breakfast of pancakes and fresh fruit (first picture), and then hit the road at about 7:30. We drove across the city to a school where all of the teams started. We could not get the bus in through the narrow streets so we had to walk the last 3-4 blocks (second picture). It threatened rain all day, but we experienced only a few very brief showers - they were actually a blessing to cool us off. When the sun was out it was plenty warm.

The teams all did amazing, especially considering it was the first day. Service got to break up a wall that had fallen due to the recent rains and carry all the pieces of block and concrete to the other end of the playground. Mime did 3 shows, two at schools and one at a city park. They got great responses at each of their sites. Childrens also did three different shows. They successfully performed several new songs they just learned Sunday night after we arrived here. Medical took a little time to adjust to the challenging arrangement of rooms, but by the end of the day they had seen 214 patients! It was a long day but very rewarding.

Some highlights. At the mime show in the park, they started with a small crowd of 50 or so but by the end had over a hundred to see the Gospel presented and hear the message preached by William. A number of people raised their hands to indicate they had prayed the prayer of salvation. At one site the Childrens team had the opportunity to perform their program to a crowd of over 700 students! Service found both their inner and outer strength, swinging sledgehammers and moving a seeming mountain of broken block and cement, all in the wonderful Guatemalan heat. And the Medical team worked until after dark, even using flashlights at the end as there were no lights in the school buildings.

Its a great team, and God is already doing amazing things in them and through them. We will try to get some of them to add their thoughts tomorrow as we finish up here in Guatemala City or Wednesday a we drive on to San Marcos.

Thanks for your prayers and support. The encouraging entries on the blog are a real boost.

Hasta manana!


  • At 6:09 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wow! Great hearing about all your hard work! We are so proud of you. We're praying for your continued health and safety and that your work will be a strong testimony of God's love. All is well here-lots of rain. We have a fine crop of mushrooms on the lawn, which the news people told us not to eat. VBS is off to a great start!
    Sending you lots of love,
    Tom and Nancy Richards (Simon, too!)

  • At 7:04 AM , Anonymous Mark and Kris said...

    How fun to hear about your first day of ministry in Guatemala! Wow, you were a busy team! We are so proud of each of you for the important part you play in ministering to the people of Guatemala. It sounds like God is really working through you! Keep up the great work, and know that you are in our prayers. Special hugs to Sarah. We love you! :)

    Mark and Kris Anderson

  • At 8:02 AM , Anonymous Vicki and Ron said... said...

    Thank you for sharing so much detail, especially so late at night. It's awe-inspiring to hear how Gods answering prayers and how many people you've already touched and ministered to in just your 1st day!
    We're so proud of your hard work and thankful for your compelling love of Jesus!
    Stay Strong...our prayers and love are with you!
    Autumn's family (Ron & Vicki)

  • At 8:32 AM , Blogger JRT said...

    What a wonderful blog. It is so very exciting to hear what you're doing and the pictures are great. We are praying daily for good health, fellowship, for the people you are meeting there - that they come to know Jesus - and that your faith too will grow stronger.
    Gods blessings!! Julie Tuck and family.

  • At 9:43 PM , Blogger Alyssa said...

    Thank you so much for the photos! It is so fun to see where you are and experience a little of your trip.

    Please give Maria a big hug from her family for her Birthday tomorrow. (June 16)

    Thank you leaders for being on the trip and taking care of our wonderful kids. You are a blessing!!

    Criag, Alyssa, Amanda, Kasey and Maverick!

  • At 9:57 PM , Blogger Lori said...

    So fun to hear stories and see pictures! We are praying for you guys! You guys are doing and are going to amazing things! Can't wait to hear more!
    Miss you girls!!
    Lori Ask

  • At 10:11 PM , Blogger Kirk said...

    Please tell Wendy that her flowers have been watered each day and are doing well.

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

    Ashley's 2 year old sister says, "We pay for Ashe in Amala". May you all grow stronger in your own faith, and touch the lives of many others. It sounds like you are off to a wonderful start! And all God's children say, Amen :)
    Christine, John, Hanna and Samantha :)

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

    Thank you for the pictures and the blog. It looks and sounds like you're off to an amazing start. We're praying for everyones health and spirit. Tell Kirsten Kady and I miss her.


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