Archive for November, 2010

Guatemala – Monday, November 22, 2010
November 22, 2010

Our last full day in Guatemala. Tomorrow we fly home.

Guatemala – Sunday, November 21, 2010
November 22, 2010

The Scripture I read this morning included Colossians 1:12, “…giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”

How we celebrate what God has done in giving us a rich, holy inheritance, not of our own deserving but of his grace and mercy! Today is my birthday, and while I have been blessed with many good things, my greatest privilege is that of being part of the kingdom of God, a kingdom of light in this dark world.

Guatemala – November 19-20, 2010
November 21, 2010

On these days, Friday and Saturday, we and Melanie’s family went to a nice hotel located a one hour and fifteen minute drive south of Xela, at a lower elevation, so the weather was warm, and we were able to enjoy swimming. The hotel is not far from the Pacific Ocean.

On Friday.

Guatemala – Thursday, November 18, 2010
November 18, 2010

JoLene is reading Everything Belongs by Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest, speaker and author. The book deals with contemplative prayer.

Rohr observes: “God is always bigger than the boxes we build for God, so we should not waste too much time protecting the boxes.”

What boxes has God refused to squeeze into in your recent experiences?

Guatemala – Tuesday, November 16, 2010
November 17, 2010

Every Tuesday the InnerCHANGE teams around the world have a prayer time, a combination of Scripture readings and prayer. Melanie led the Xela prayer time today. JoLene and I attended.

Guatemala – Monday, November 15, 2010
November 17, 2010

I keep checking my email messages when I can because there are a few missions issues that need some attention these days, but for the most part this is a true vacation, which we thoroughly enjoy.

In the morning we all went shopping for a few Christmas gifts. In Central Park we saw several women, dressed in traditional Indian clothing and holding large white candles, having their photos taken. Because of the candles we guess that they were on their way to the cathedral, but that is only a guess.

We went to a restaurant for early lunch. The decor included old photos and memorabilia. Note the fountain and fresh flowers.

Many of the bus drivers (or owners) give expression to their Christian faith through a message printed on the bus. Here you see the message “Cristo vive,” Christ lives.

Toward evening I went to the cathedral to meditate and pray.

God is far above all things, but he also condescends to meet with us and live in us.

Guatemala – Sunday, November 14, 2010
November 16, 2010

Today is a Medio Maraton, a Half Marathon. Excitement is high for the InnerChange staff because two of the boys they work with are running in the race.

In Spain – Week Two
November 15, 2010

Week Two was October 25-31.

We stayed this extra week to look after things that relate to my work as regional administrator and to have two days off. I did a lot of computer and email work, wrote reports, met with each missionary family, met with them as a group for their weekly staff meeting, met with the Bundys and Gonzalezes (you will remember that Antonio Gonzalez is the pastor of the Hoyo church), and spent a lot of time with Mark and Annette Cintron.

Mark and Annette are exploring whether God is calling them to come to Madrid as missionaries, so we had a lot to talk about.

I will report on a few of our adventures.

In Spain – Week One
November 14, 2010

If you can shift your mind away from Guatemala for a bit, let’s return to the trip we took to Spain. My narration of that trip was interrupted by other duties until now.

So here we are at Week One in Spain, October 11-18. This is the vision trip for pastors and lay leaders to learn about the culture and religious climate of this country, see the vision our Brethren in Christ churches here, and get a vision of how to be a more effective advocate of world missions when we return home.

Guatemala – November 13, 2010
November 13, 2010

This is Saturday, November 13.

In the morning JoLene and I walked with Melanie about a mile to a restaurant to meet one of Melanie’s friends for conversation. We walked through a large market area called La Democracia. Here are some scenes.