Dear Friends and Family,
The last couple of months have been very, very busy ones, filled with planning for the year, preparing for the arrival of work teams, hosting a work team from Maine, and continuing to visit villages and provide health care. We also continue to find occasional serious health care concerns and provide transportation and assistance in going to see medical specialists. Today we took Ashli, age 17 months, to the cardiologist to see what is causing her very loud heart murmur. We are awaiting the results.
In November of last year, I was with my two children and three friends at the Shalom Center. It was one of the most difficult moments that we have experienced in our lives. My older son, Pablo, had died suddenly in October of a cerebral hemorrhage and his passing plunged us into a dark well of sadness and pain.Read more
“I give you peace, the kind of peace that only I can give. It isn’t like the peace that this world can give. So don’t be worried or afraid.” John 14:27Read more
Stand And Deliver is a film based on a real history. It deals with a mathematics professor, who is descending from the Mayan culture (very famous for the mathematical knowledge). He gets involve with students that are academically behind and helps them obtain a passing grade for the entrance examination to the university. The professor had such commitment, which manages to encourage the desire and willfulness' of all the students needed to obtain their goal. Was this commitment, desire or both things?Read more
Jesus, my Jesus, I watched your hands this week.
They were Chilean, American, Paraguayan,
Sunburnt red, toasted tan, young and old.
They were soft and gentle,
Strong and determined,
Nails grimy with the rich earth.
Once more, it is hard to accept that I am back home in Santa Cruz del Quiché after a week on the road. One more time I feel like I am in VH1’s reality TV show “The Surreal Life,” though with a much different twist. It is surreal to think that I got home last night at 8pm after waking at 2am to hop on the only transportation out of Cimientos (full name Los Cimientos de la Nueva Esperanza), a community of returned former refugees buried deep in the Ixcan jungle.Read more
First Christian Church
Visit to Haiti April 1-8, 2005