The Carpentry Shop in Xela
June 28, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Quetzaltenango (or Xela), Guatemala

Our daughter Melanie and her husband Julio serve in this city with InnerCHANGE, a Christian order among the poor. They work with homeless street boys to help them to a responsible way of life, and help them become established in Christian faith. The “boys” are ages 14 to 21.

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.

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.

Trip to Guatemala – Part 4
August 21, 2009

Did I mention that this is a two-week vacation? We arrived August 14 and will return August 27.

It is the first total vacation we have had in the past 14 months. By “total” vacation I mean that I left my laptop at home, informed my missions colleagues that I am not available for contact, and will not read or answer work emails until I get home. This is a refreshing change of pace.

I am able to compose these vacation blogs on Julio and Melanie’s computer.

In a previous blog I mentioned the quetzal bird. (more…)

Kansas Trip Journal 9
July 22, 2009

We spent Sunday evening, July 19, through Wednesday, July 22, at Memorial Holiness Camp Meeting. In all free time I was at our motel room doing missions work by email and telephone. Can you tell that the vacation part of our trip is behind us?

London Journal – Tuesday, April 28, 2009
April 28, 2009

Everywhere people talk about the weather. London is part of everywhere!

Last week, they say, they had unseasonably warm temperatures. This week so far - cold and breezy. But it seemed that today was warmer, so we went for our morning exercise walk in short sleeves. By the end, one hour later, I was wishing I had long sleeves, but we survived.

Partly sunny, then rain, then partly sunny again by 5:00 PM.

Sunrise tomorrow will be 5:30 AM.

After office work we spent some free time at Westfield, the huge new mall that I described in a blog some time ago. The architecture is exceptional. Outside, along a row of eateries is a long living wall packed full of plants and flowers, with a terraced waterfall at its base. I have never seen anything like it - which, incidentally, is a statement I find myself making quite often in my travels.



Due to the overcast sky and drizzling rain, these photos don't do justice to this piece of art, but at least you get some idea of it.

In the evening, we went to a meeting of persons who are preparing for debates this fall between Christians and Muslims on a variety of subjects. I am impressed with the detailed knowledge these people have about these two religions. Carmen, a member of our London team, leads these planning sessions.

Back at our hotel, A. S., who is the night staff person, brought me a platter of Pakistani food that he had prepared for his supper - and he had made an extra helping for me. It was a stew of chicken (on the bone) and vegetables. Very spicy and very good. I am richly blessed with friends from many nations.

Today Julio and Melanie and daughters flew to Guatemala to live. They will work among street boys, as part of a team of workers serving with INNERChange. We are eager to hear from them as to how their trip went.