Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

Joseph and I wanted to wish you the best birthday ever! We love you so much. You are a very special mother and wife and we can't say thanks enough for all you do. You deserve a fantastic day!!


Thank You Batavia Jr. Church

What a wonderful surprise when we received a box from the Jr. church at Batavia Pilgrim Holiness church from Batavia Ohio. Thank you class!! I love my jeans and flannelgraph, of course Hannah is thrilled to get tupperware and things for the kitchen, and Joseph just loves his berenstein bear books and coloring books. You guys made our day!! God bless you all!!

Joseph thought it was Christmas again!

Joseph really likes his books.

The jeans fit perfectly! I love them.

A few of the things were, flanelgraph backgrounds to use in Sunday school, tupperware, stickers, chili packs, coloring books, jeans, hot pads, a book, berenstein bear books and measuring cups. What a wonderful mix of treats!


Thank You Libby!

While we were in Nicaragua, the team from the states brought a gift from our good friend Libby Snyder in Hobe Sound. A real nice overhead projector. Thank you so much Libby. We love it. I used it as soon as we got back to show pictures to the church people of our trip. Thanks a million!


Nicaragua TLC 2009

We made it back home from a very exciting TLC trip to Nicaragua. A team of 8 arrived in Managua early in the morning with 500 backpacks and Christian literature. Everyone was tired from the late flight out of Florida but nevertheless they were ready for another three hour drive north to where they would be ministering. Most of the week was spent in Ocotal, Nicaragua working along side H.I.M. pastor Julio Villareyna. Our first two days were occupied with buying supplies to fix roofs and preparing for the remaining activities.
The team bought enough wood and tin to fix six roofs for the very poor who only had plastic tarps over their houses. In the mornings the guys would work on the roofs, first tearing off the plastic and then getting rid of the small sticks that were used for frames. It was such a blessing to the people. However, it came at a cost. One day in particular was a very bloody day. One of the boys was working extremely hard trying to loosen a stick beam from the house when the hammer slipped and hit his knee. Thankfully no bones were broken. A few hours later, Adam (pictured with me next to the wood) slipped on the roof and hit his head on one of the sticks causing a deep gash on the top of his head. Matt Thompson came to the rescue with a good supply of bandages and antiseptic. Later Matt himself almost fell through the roof. Many things happened but thankfully nobody was seriously hurt.

This family was so happy to finally have a nice roof.

In the evenings the team held children's services. They tought the children some songs, a Bible verse, acted out a skit and ended the service with a story. The kids really enjoyed it. After the service each child received a brand new backpack filled with school supplies.

Matt and Brianne trying to help Seth get loose from "sin".

Those kids looooved their backpacks!!

This was the service in our H.I.M. church. The place was packed to the gills. God really helped us that night!

One day we took an hour and a half hike out into the mountains to a small village. People from this village attend the pastor's church. They walk two hours one way each Sunday. The hike was a lot of fun. Some of the nationals told us that white people had never hiked out to the village before. So in a sense our hike made history.

The men made sure they helped the ladies cross the stream.

In the village Adam read Sis. Budensiek's book, "Jesus My Very Best Friend". They listened so attentively.

This hut was very small. Gwin is holding their homemade broom.

On our way back to Managua to send the team home. We were stopped just thirty minutes short of the airport. Protestors had taken control of the highway and were protesting high interest rates that the government had put on their loanes. They were burning tires and confronting two small groups of policeman who were trying to maintain control. For eight hours we sat on the PanAmerican highway waiting to get through. A few decided to stretch out and take a snooze while we waited. We eventually did get through but the team missed their flight. All that morning Sis. Budensiek tried to get flights for the team. The planes were full so only two or three people could fly out at a time on other flights. When I left to come home most of the team were at the hotel waiting their flights for the next day. Hopefully they all made it home ok.
I must say this team did an excellent job. God really helped them to make an impact. It was a blast being able to work with them. Thanks so much TLC!! We are looking forward to working with you again soon!!


We made it!!!

Ijust want to let everyone know that we made it to Salamaji. The Lord helped us every step of the way. We are enjoying having the TLC team here with us. Tonight we had over 50 people at the service.
Thanks for praying. Please keep praying for us, the team, the pastor and the people. I do not have pics at this time but we will post some as soon as we get home.


TLC Trip to Nicaragua

We would appreciate your prayers Jan 5-13 while we are with a TLC team in Nicaragua. They are coming to hand out 1,000 backpacks to school children, fix roofs for the poor and hold evangelistic services. It's going to be a very exciting week. Pray for protection, strength and that God would win many souls!

Also remember our churches here while we are away. God has been helping them, just today three ladies were saved at the new church. Praise God for these victories!


New Years Eve With Obama

We had a very nice New Years Eve celebration. First was our church service. We had a very good crowd with several first time visitors. God really helped and blessed the service with His presence. After church we went to Sandra's house for a scrumptious meal along with Rita and her children. The food was soooo good. We later went to Rita's house for a spanish version of the game balderdash. It was so much fun. I can't believe we are in 2009!!

We had an end of the year surprise. We shook George W Bush's hand during the elections, we met John Kerry at an airport and on this New Year's Eve we got to pet Obama.
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Sandra's pet dog Obama. Cute dog but bad breath!