Well on October 26, 2016 Carol, I and our golden retriever Barley boarded a plane to come to Guatemala, We did not know what to expect but had faith that God had plans for us here. We spent the first few days getting all our paperwork ready to buy our house. We closed on the house October 31st a day early due to the holiday here called Day of the Dead or All Saints day. After moving in we had a team from Adventures 2 days later, We had no transportation, no idea where to buy things and no idea on speaking Spanish. We used our interpreter Juan the first month almost everyday. I also am thankful for Google translator which has a huge blessing, Well we made it through the first month and had our first Thanksgiving in the house with about 30 of our Guatemallan family. We purchased a pickup truck by the end of the month.

         In December, we had Lewis Poley and Mike Johnson come down and turned our house into a bed manufacturing machine. With the help of 2 Guatemalans we built enough beds to accomodate 54 people. We get great reviews on the beds that were made. They have been a big blessing. We had our first Christmas tree here and Catherine got to come and spend Christmas with us.

        We received our next group the end of December and they stayed most of the month of January. We were so blessed with this group and got to follow them all over the globe after they left us. They returned home from the race in August. We had only a few groups over the next month or so but beginning in March our lives became very busy, We had a group of girls that stayed at our house for around 60 days. We got to love on them and pour into them as daughters and daughters of Christ. Also during this time period we took in a refugee family from El Salvador that had been threatened by the gangs there. 

       I will sum up some of the highlights for the year, with God has been so visible to us in the people and church He has put in our path. We have a wonderful church here that is full of people going through similar paths that we are going own. We have been blessed by the groups that have come through our doors. We have been apart of installing over 100 water filters, installing over 30 stoves and building 3 houses. We have been apart of several medical groups which has brought back my passion for pharmacy. We have been able to love on a family that had to abandon everyone and thing that they knew to move to a new country where they had no friends. We are now supporting 4 children in our education program and will be adding 3 more in January

      Recently we have been involved in a homeless ministry and a new homeless shelter, This has always been something that God has put on our hearts. We just celebrated one year here and cannot wait for the next, We know there will be challenges ahead but we also know that with those challenges we will be walking them out with Jesus Christ at our side. Thank you all so much for this first year and hopefully many years to come

 

 

 

 

Matthew 20:28

"Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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