Operation Central America

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hello from San Marcos!  We got up this morning and enjoyed the heat and humidity for a last hour or so as we loaded up the vans and buses.  Our first stop was at waterpark just outsidetown where the team was able to frolic for a couple hours.  After the last few days of constant sweating the cool of the water was a welcome relief.  Refreshed, we reboarded the buses and headed up the mountain to San Marcos.  Almost immediately we could feel the difference in the air.  The breeze is cool and the air is much drier.  Even though the temperature is still warm it is almost chilly compared to Malacatan.

As soon as we arrived around noon the medical team headed off to their clinic where they would be serving this afternoon.  They had their lunch brought to them so they could start getting set up right away.  The rest of the team enjoyed a wonderful beef vegetable soup (see the picture below) before heading out to their respective service sites.  We will all meet back here at the church for dinner and a brief team time before heading off to our homestays for the night.  Its hard to believe that this is already the last time we will be staying with families this trip.  The team is doing very well health-wise, and it seems the cooler, drier air has re-energized them.  We will have to be more aware of the effects of the altitude, but it looks like we will be able to finish strong.

Our word of the day is from Act 10:1-35, where Peter is shown that God's love is for everyone and to not be judgemental toward different cultural norms.  This is a great leasson for the team as we begin service in yet another area of Guatemala.   It is all the same Guatemala, but each region has its own distinct culture and traditions and the students are finding many opportunities to test their adaptability and broaden their understanding.

Here are a few pictures of our trip in to San Marcos today.  See you tomorrow!


  • At 12:06 AM , Blogger Jim said...

    Hi Lauren,

    Mom and I are excited you were able to make the trip! It appears you are adjusting to the different cultures and climates. That is great! God's creation is very big and you are seeing first-hand how marvelous that creation is. We send our love. Paige misses you. The Sting lost both games on Saturday...no pitching! Jared arrived in Hungary and is already coaching Jr. High kids baseball.

    Take lot's of pictures and stay well. Write as often as you can.

    Jim & Karen Falkanger

  • At 12:10 AM , Anonymous Kelly and Joe Jasper said...

    What a darling picture of Taylor and that little girl. You can see the joy in her eyes, as well as Taylor's. So sweet. Thanks for the blog updates. Jack, we send much love! We are praying for you, the OCA team and those God places in your path in Guatemala often. We have a most faithful and mighty God! Missing you like crazy, but so happy knowing you are right where you are suppose to be. We love you. XOXO

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

    Happy Father's Day to all you fathers on the trip! Praying God's special blessing on your lives today...for all you do at home and abroad!!!

  • At 5:18 PM , Anonymous alice schmidt said...

    Taylor S.

    Grandpa and I are so proud of you. We have read all of the info sent out. You are stretching your boundaries and doing it well. Love from grandpa and Grandma

  • At 5:32 PM , Blogger Bill Schmidt said...

    Hey Taylor S---Just writing to say we love you and sending you a big hug! mom & dad

  • At 7:42 PM , Anonymous Joelle Syverson said...

    Wonderful to read you made it safely to a drier cooler region. Praying for endurance and perseverance to finish the last leg strong and for continue health! Thank you, all, for the work you are doing and the lives you are impacting for eternity!! Can't wait to see your smile in person, Ellyse, in just 6 days! We love you like crazy and miss you so much!!

  • At 8:32 PM , Blogger Dean Stinchfield said...


    Thanks for the note! That was really cool how the Holy Spirit used my card and Mark's teaching so directly and so fast. God does good work does he not?

    We just returned home from the cabin. The jet ski is gassed up and ready for you to blast off on Sylvia upon your return. I miss your smile and laughter in the house and at the cabin.

    Today I was visited by "The Ghost of Father's Day future". You, obviously, where south of the border and Katie was decorating the church for VBS all week end. I missed you both and spent my extra time in prayer to cover you and your team for the week. I prayed that you will comforted by the spirit and that you will feel Christ's presence as you live out your life as an Ambassador for the Kingdom.

    Have a great week Sami. I miss you so very much and I love you!


    PS Say hello to everyone for me! Deano

  • At 9:01 PM , Blogger Dean Stinchfield said...

    We miss you! Wash. DC was very tiring. Saw the same things we did with your group, same guide. It sounds like you are having a great adventure. I saw a picture of that wonderful beef soup. How was it? :) The kids in the pictures are so beautiful. I wish I could do what you are doing. Will be praying for your strength and health and for God's working through you. May you finish strong and may He receive all the glory! I love you so much.

  • At 9:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Fathers Day Tim Fox!!! Colorado is awesome! I hope the trip is going great for you. I have only work days left. It will still be fun however. I am having fun with all of this and it will be fun for the rest. Hope you are having a great time. LOVE YA TONS!!

    -Colin Fox

  • At 9:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hello Coach! I hope all is well - I am sitting in the lobby of Timberline wishing I could see you on Father's day! Hope it was an okay supplement to have it in San Marcos. How has the first week been? I have had an amazing time here in Colorado. Went to Mt. Ida last Friday and had the group hike today. Going Extreme Biking tomorrow..they trust me with 9 boys and 1 girl biking? Good thing I am an ace in Minnesota...Testimonies have gone really well here and everyone is doing really well on both those and their projects/adventures. Not too many problems which has been a blessing. Your daily devos have been a huge encouragement to me so thanks. Hope Guat is treating you well and that you are able to be used by God in many ways. Do not forget your project for me in San Marcos. And new bandanas and a bag would be nice to have next year...hopefully write again later this week! Keep doing work Coach!

    -Cam Fox

  • At 9:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Pops HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!!!!!!!!!! hope your safe and sound.. I am. I miss you so much. I just wanted you to know that your an amazing dad and that I love you very much! keep being safe and know that ill be praying for you every day
    love Jessi

  • At 9:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey, my former Junior Highers! Being here in Colorado makes me think of you and all the great times we've had here. We're thinking of you and praying for you-- that God is blowing through all of you! Love- Heather


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