We met soon after I knew I would be living and serving as a missionary with Global Ministries in the Pentecostal Church of Chile. He and his family hosted me, and his two teenage daughters and I quickly became friends. His comment when we said good-bye after that first visit was, “I can see that God will use you to bring many blessings to our church.” Those were words that inspired and comforted me as I set out to a new life in a country then unknown to me.Read more
The first time that I visited the Shalom Center was with the Children’s and Adolescent Department of the Pentecostal Church of Chile. Our work was to organize and to write the Sunday school materials for the National Church. We went on a retreat to the Shalom Center.
Hebrews 13:2 “Be sure to welcome strangers into your home. By doing this, some people have welcomed angels as guests, without even knowing it.” (Contemporary English Version)Read more
And on that night, with the assembled masses around the table, children peeking from behind their mother's skirts, it was said, “this is corn given for all of you, pop this in remembrance of me.” Pablo 3:7Read more
Valentine's day here in Mexico?? One wouldn't think it really existed. However, I discovered differently this February 14th. Here, Valentine's Day, or El Dia de la Amistad, is almost as big as it is in the United States.
Psalm 143:8 “Each morning let me learn more about your love because I trust you. I come to you in prayer, asking for your guidance.” (Contemporary English Version)Read more
I didn’t know quite what to expect as the rented microbus jumped and jolted our weary bodies closer and closer to the village. We had been on the road for almost 8 hours from Guatemala City. My mind skipped back to all that I had read about the small ixcan village of Santa Maria Tzeja. Clark Taylor’s book, “Return of Guatemala’s Refugees, Reweaving the Torn” paints a graphic picture of the violence and destruction that gripped the village in the 1980s as well as revealing the struggle to reintegrate their two populations in the mid 90s.Read more
Today is March 1st. As the northeast of the United States digs out from the crippling snowstorms, we can only watch this unbelievable phenomenon (my housemates still cannot grasp the concept of snow and its difference from ice) on the news in the sweltering heat wave that currently has gripped Guatemala. As usual, I can hardly believe that the month of March has already poked its head through the door. February already seems like a distant daydream.Read more
Early in 2004, the world watched on TV the events unfolding, which led to the ouster of Jean Bertrand Aristide, the first democratic elected president of Haiti. One year later, except for a mention here or there, the screens have turned away from this struggling country. The numerous problems faced by the people have increased their misery since the controversial ouster, and yet they maintain their will to live and to survive.Read more