Monday, March 4, 2019

March 2019 Newsletter

February was a full month.  The boys and I have been busy with school and extra curricular activities. They are enjoying their soccer and P.E. classes and the friends they are making while there.  We continue to meet new people and feel like we have a good community here around us.  It has been a blessing for me to get to form friendships with other moms.  While Cruz is at P.E. two afternoons a week the moms hang out together to visit and play games.  That has been a lot of fun for me.  I have also enjoyed getting to be a part of a ladies Bible study that is meeting every other Tuesday night.  We are doing a study on the book of Titus.

David has been out making contacts with local churches and pastors.  We are enjoying getting to form new relationships there as well.  This past Sunday he was asked to share at the Baptist church in Jocotenango.  He also led a Lord's Supper service for them.

Pray for us as we meet pastors and leaders and look for areas to partner our teams with in the future.  Our goal is for each team to work alongside a national church to help them reach their communities for Christ.
Mid- month we hosted a couple from The Church at LifePark in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  We have known Ben and Hillary for several years now.  They have been down on numerous teams with their church to work with us in the Chiquimula area.  This trip they wanted to see another side of Guatemala so we took them on a road trip around the country.  We had an amazing week together!  We were able to talk a lot about missions and share some of our experiences with them.  Hillary will be back in July with a team from their church.  We look forward to partnering them in some new areas in the future.
We ended the month attending the annual Intermissions Conference in the town of Panajachel.  We always enjoy this conference and look forward to it each year.  This year we were blessed with a team from First Baptist, Atlanta who came down and worked with the children.  The boys had a blast in their classes doing VBS activities.  The adults were blessed with some wonderful times of worship led by FBC Canyon, Texas and some powerful messages brought by Dr. Anthony George of FBC, Atlanta.  Listening to Dr. George share his heart with us was my favorite part of the whole weekend.  He was a blessing to all!
This month we will be hosting a team from our home church, Harmony Baptist in Crystal Springs, MS.  We are excited that they are coming down to see us and we look forward to working alongside them.  They will be here March 8-15.  Pray for a productive week as we make visits and do community outreach at some Baptist churches around the Antigua area.

We will attend a prayer retreat here in Antigua later this month.  We are looking forward to a great time with our other IMB mission family.

We will end the month with a trip to Costa Rica for a time of training for our new role with Americas Connect.  We look forward to meeting the other families from Costa Rica and Panama who are already doing Americas Connect and learning more about how it can work for us here in Guatemala.
We have posted some open team dates for Americas Connect Guatemala on the IMB website for the fall.  Click HERE to see those.  We will also be posting dates for 2020 soon.

Americas Connect is entry-level ministry opportunities for church groups who are wanting to begin their missions journey.  If God is leading your church to be on mission, Guatemala is a great place to start.  Let us know how we can help make that happen. 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

My Birthday 2019

On the 25th of this month I celebrated my 47th birthday.  My boys are getting to the age now that they want to help make it fun, and I love that!  They worked with David to plan out a few things that they wanted to do.  Here is a look at my special day-

They made a "spider web" on my bedroom door for me to break through that morning.  I think they were even more excited about it than I was.  

They had the kitchen decorated and could not wait to show me. 

Balloons and streamers were hanging everywhere.

They even decorated my stove.  

 and they decorated my chair.

 they colored me flower pictures

and even gave me some beautiful flowers

We had blueberry pancakes for breakfast.

  birthday breakfast

We spent the morning doing school.  

 Cruz made and gave me this in school as a teacher birthday gift.

For lunch we went into town and ate at one of my current favorite places- Ta'Cool.  

 I love these shrimp tacos!!!

I spent the afternoon at a local spa getting pampered.  When my mom visited she left me a birthday card and money to do something on my birthday.  It was a special treat that I really enjoyed.

That night we had pizza and I baked a cake.  It was chocolate with peanut butter icing.  It was very delicious!

 It was a great day and I had fun from start to finish.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

My Mom's Visit January 2019

Last week we were blessed with a week-long visit from my mom.  The time passed by way too fast but we had a lot of fun.  We squeezed as much as we could into the week and I think she had a great time.  Here is a look at her visit-

Traveling from the airport to our house in Antigua.  The boys were so excited that she had arrived.  It was really nice to pick her up and be back at our home in about an hour.  No more long road trips.  Hooray!

We spent our mornings doing school.  It was wonderful having extra hands to help out and extra ears to listen to reading.  Here they are doing an art project with modeling clay.  Once we finished school each day we would head out for fun activities around town.

We toured the Museo de Capuchinas.  


We visited the cross above Antigua.  Cruz talked my mom into hiking up with him.  If you have ever done that then you know it is a little difficult.  My poor mom made it but I do not think she would do it again. lol   Next time she will just ride up with me in the car. 

We visited La Azotea in Jocotenango and toured their coffee farm and music museum.  

Ben and Mimi checking out the coffee beans that were drying in the sun.

walking through the coffee plants

visiting the Central Park in Antigua

me and my mom

We enjoyed a lunch meal at Ta'Cool.  Their shrimp tacos are my favorite!

We toured the jade shop.  

After dropping Cruz off at one of his P.E. lessons we drove over to Finca Filadelfia for afternoon coffee and dessert.  It was one of my highlights of the week.

 Enjoying the sunset view from the roof of San Martin.

On Thursday we got pedicures and then enjoyed lunch at Dona Luisa.

Afternoon shopping at the market.  I think we made five trips to the market during the week.  She did a lot of shopping.

watching Ben at soccer practice

Another visit to Finca Filadelfia.  She loved it just as much as I do.

Mimi and Cruz

Mimi and Ben 

exploring town on her last day here

a final photo of everyone

We had such a great time together.  I am so glad she was able to come and hang out with us for the week.  We look forward to the day that she gets to come back. 
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