Operation Central America

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Travel Day

Today we started by saying good bye to our wonderful hosts in Guatemala City.  For some it was hard.  It's amazing how attached you can get in just three days.

The service team finished the car wash yesterday and today we cut the ribbon and inaugurated the space by washing the first car!  It was a special moment for our service team.  They knocked out multiple projects for Renuevo Church including this car wash.  We are very proud of them.

Then we spent some team time all together sharing some of the amazing things we had observed in each other throughout the first three days of our trip.  It's powerful when a 17 year old says something remarkable about another 17 year old.

After a few more thoughts we hit the road for the six hour drive to Malacatan.  We had multiple funny and inspiring conversations with groups and individuals on the bus.  On our bus we talked about God's will, Swing dancing, spiritual warfare, evolution, and fasting to name a few!

We arrived in Malacatan at 7:30, ate a great Guatemalan meal with grilled chicken, rice and bread, and met our new home stay families!  All the groups had left by 9:15pm!

It's going to be a great finish to the week!
It's hot here.  Send up extra prayers for health.
Tomorrow night Pastor Ergil will preach to the youth groups and we will have an incredible time of worship! Pray for open hearts.

Thanks for all of your support and commenting below!
I will read those to the students!


  • At 6:24 AM , Blogger KKerber said...

    You all are amazing. What a great encouragement it is to read about the ways this group of high school seniors are serving our Lord by loving on the people of Guatemala and knowing they're being led by such godly adults. Thank you for being exceptional, thank you for being "uncommon". The Kerber's are praying for you.
    Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing

  • At 7:22 AM , Blogger Patricia Schenck said...

    Thank you for the updates and the pictures! The Schencks are praying for the whole team. It is such a joy to see the team serving others in the name of our Lord and Savior. And spreading the Gospel to others far away and touching the lives of the children there who are in need of love, attention and care. I pray that each one returns with a servant heart for the rest of their lives.

  • At 8:19 AM , Blogger Luke Eids said...

    Thank you for keeping us updated with blog and pictures. We thank all of the adult volunteers for giving up two weeks of their summer to shepherd our children on this amazing trip. We will pray for kids to remain hydrated and to continue to bond as a group through this journey.

    2 Chronicles 15:7 But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.

  • At 8:25 AM , Blogger Luke Eids said...

    Prior comment from Stacey Eidsvold. I can not figure out how to sign out of Luke's google account! I select my own user id but blog still says Luke Eids - I give up!

  • At 9:26 AM , Blogger Damon Smith said...

    Extra prayers are coming not only from the Twin Cties, but from Christisn family and friends all over the world! Thx for sharing your time and sharing Gods love with so many! Sounds like great things are occurring in Chicago as well! Thx for the blogs and pictures! Love seeing all "our boys"...love to see more of them soon! Prayers for everyone's health and strength! Much love and Many Blessings, Damon and Elizabeth

  • At 10:05 AM , Blogger Kate Hansen said...

    Hope Kari had a great birthday!! Wish I was there with all of you!!

  • At 3:29 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

    It has been so fun to read this blog each day and know better how to pray for you. Keep up the good work and enjoy this new city!

    Lisa Holt

  • At 3:51 PM , Blogger Christopher Walgren said...

    I can see God has answered many prayersas evidenced in these amazing pictures! Praise Him and the work of these students and leaders! It is amazing to see how willing these students and leaders are at giving up comforts and activities of home to serve our King!
    Love and prayers to you all!

  • At 4:25 PM , Blogger Lisa S said...

    Thanks for the updates! It's encouraging to see how prayers have been answered. We are continuing to pray for transformation, bonding, and good health. Can't wait to hear stories of how God has provided. Keep your eyes on Him when things get difficult and don't forget to thank Him for the good (and the bad). Katie, it is sure quiet around here without you. You're not missing much! Keep showing the love of Christ to those precious kids.

  • At 4:50 PM , Blogger McCloskey Family said...

    To all of the students and adults on the team: Thank you for sharing the word of Christ. Thank you for being servants of the Lord to these people. I know there are things you are all seeing that are jarring your hearts at times, but know that Christ sees what you may be feeling and thinking "Is He invisible to this? How can this be happening to these children?". He knows these situations: Feel honored, because He has sent you and chosen all of you to be there in these difficult situations to show His love and speak on His behalf. You have been specially chosen to do His work. I am so proud of each and everyone of you! Thank you Mark and all the adults for answering your call and mentoring and leading our Wooddale youth to be faithful followers. It gives me chills just thinking about all 58 of these students who have fallen in love with the Lord under your guidance! You leaders are truly special people in my hearts today. Thank you for guiding them during this life changing experience.
    I pray for you all today and I pray that supplies multiply just like the loaves and fishes. When you reach for supplies you need may they always be there, and may more love pour out of you each day, May the people seeking to ask Christ into their hearts and get to know Him multiply each day, and when you are feeling tired may your strength multiply!
    On a personal note: Maddie, your dogs keep sleeping in your bed each morning! It is very quiet without you hear. I love seeing your smiling face on the blog! Make sure you are taking a picture of yourself EVERY DAY doing something! Use the bus rides to get some journaling time in! Hugs to my other daughter Tess!
    Love, Danielle (Maddie McCloskey's mom)

  • At 2:42 PM , Blogger Rick said...

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