Congratulations Pablo

The day after returning from Guatemala we headed off to Nicaragua to attend Pablo's graduation. He finished a two year study at World Harvest Ministries in Nicaragua. They specialize in preparing missionaries. Pablo has felt for several years God calling him to missions.
The students began the graduation with a flag procession.
May God send out more missionaries to the harvest fields.
Missionary Bill Norling, founder and director of the institute giving a challenge to the graduates.
Pablo receiving his certificate.
 Congratulations Pablo!
Pablo was well liked by his peers. It's always hard to say good-bye.
The faculty and staff praying over the graduating class.
Congratulating the graduation class of 2015.
Pablo with his mother Yolanda. God has done wonders in both of their lives, it will be exciting to see where God takes Pablo, great things lie ahead.
We sure are proud of this young man.
Ready to go out and minister for the Lord. God bless you Pablo.

The school served a scrumptious meal after the graduation.
 Dan Dan sure enjoyed his cake. hahaha


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Pastors Retreat

Over a period of about one week I did about forty hours of driving. First I drove about six or seven hours up and back to the youth retreat. We got home Sunday night and then turned around, packed up and left on Monday for Guatemala for our pastor's retreat. That was another sixteen or so hours up and back. Then the next after we got back from Guatemala we left for Nicaragua to attend Pablo's graduation. God gave us the strength and protection. This picture was what I was looking at for hours on end.
Danilo and his family along with Roberto and his family accompanied us on our trip. Here we arrived at the Guatemala/Honduras border.
Get your passports stamped and your money exchanged.
Joseph is showing you where your bananas come from. Here is a banana field owned by Chiquita bananas near the Guatemala border.
Here was our route across Guatemala. It was about six hours from the border to Guatemala City.
Some of the sights along the way. These vendors were waving red flags to get our attention and selling grapes and grape juice.
Dan Dan was my co-pilot. I call him my "seat belt buddy".
Check out that view, just beautiful.
It was near this stretch of road that a year ago as we were traveling to the retreat a band of corrupt police officers hijacked us and took us to a deserted dirt road where they robbed us. It felt a little strange coming back through here and reliving those memories.
It was down this dirt road that they took us that fateful night. The driver plowed right over the little stick fence and gunned it up this road, I thought for sure we were going to be killed and the girls were going to be raped. Thank God neither one of those happened.
We will never forget that night. We are survivors and conquerors. I will never be able to read Psalms 23 without thinking of that night. The verses of that Psalm were running through my head directly spoken by God to my heart. One of the verses that greatly impacted me and gave me courage was the verse, "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies..." God did just that, as I sat wondering if I was going to die, I was feasting on the fact that my sins were forgiven, Christ was my Savior, I was ready to die, my conscience was clean and my heart pure. I sure was glad I was sitting at that table.
Joseph thought it was big stuff to see where his dad almost died.
Just down the road from where we were hijacked we stopped at this Shell gas station for a bathroom break. Hannah was carrying a little backpack with all of our traveling money in it, she took it with her into the bathroom and forgot to bring it back out with her. We went on to the retreat and didn't realize that it was missing until an hour and a half later. That's when Hannah remembered she had left it in the bathroom. She felt terrible. It was most likely stolen and long gone. The owners of the retreat asked us what was wrong and said that they would try to call the gas station to see if anybody had reported the bag. Then they said that some family members were going to be traveling through there and they knew the owners of the gas station so they were going to stop and see if they could find the bag. We were praying and praying. Joseph prayed and asked God to "not allow the bag to fall into the wrong hands". The next afternoon the retreat owner walked in holding our red backpack. I couldn't believe my eyes. A lady had turned in the bag and said that she found it in the bathroom after several other people had gone in before her. God had done a miracle. I quickly opened the bag to see if our money and credit card was missing...everything was there. Not one dime was missing!! Our God is amazing! Our faith grew leaps and bounds.
Guatemala City
We had an excellent retreat. President Sid Grant was our speaker and challenged us to be better pastors. There was some really good interaction, with questions and answers.
Hannah shared a session with some of the pastor's wives on holiness. She also taught the children during several of the main sessions.
The retreat personnel are always gracious and serve excellent meals. 
Good food and fellowship.
We did some activities with the pastors that we had done with our youth. They did pretty good at the balloon stomp.
Getting ready to play a game called "landmines". Players had to walk blindfolded through a field of "mines" (paper cups) guided by their teammates yelling out directions while the opposing teams yelled out directions to confuse them and make them hit a mine. 
These kids had a lot of fun together, they became really good friends.
What a wonderful group of people, we are privileged to be part of them. Sadly many of our other pastors were not able to make it due to lack of funds and sickness. However, there were pastors there from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. Thank the Lord for an enriching retreat.
Our closing service was very special. Several of the pastors asked for prayer and anointing. God's presence fell upon us and many were broken before the Lord. We had come burdened and weary but God was faithful to strengthen and heal us to continue in His work.


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Conference Wide Youth Retreat

Throughout the year our churches and young people have been working hard and preparing for a conference wide youth retreat. Thirty young people gathered together for a weekend of services, competitions, and fun. The retreat was held in San Luis, on the beautiful campus of Evangelistic Faith Missions.
A really fun game called Headbanz. A card is put on the headband showing a certain object. The person wearing the card has to ask questions to the group to find out what is showing on their card. We kicked off the retreat with group games, ice-breakers and board games.
We had some special services. On Saturday morning God moved during the service and six of the young people came forward to pray and seek the Lord. These young people have tremendous potential.
We divided the group into three teams that competed in different activities. This relays was called Dizzy Stick, they had to run to a broom stick, go around it ten times and run back and tag the next teammate. It was hilarious to watch them try to run after getting so dizzy.
The teams lined up and ready for Dizzy Stick.
Run, run, run...
It was a nice warm sunny day. Here some of the kids are sitting in the shade taking a break while we got ready for the next activity which was a water relay.
The teams had to pass water backwards with a cup on top of their heads and fill a bucket at the back of the line.
Lots of kids got drenched in this activity...
Keep the water moving
Another super fun game was balloon stomp. They had to tie a balloon to their foot and then stomp everybody's balloons without breaking theirs. A lot of fun.
During Saturday night's service the teams each did a Bible skit.
This was the skit of the Good Samaritan. Here is the Levite passing by on the other side.
Another team did the skit of Jesus raising Jarius' daughter from the dead.
The prodigal son wasting his money and partying it up with his friends. They all did a great job on their skits.
Third place winners.
Second place winners.
The Champs

We hope to make this an annual event. Pray that we can reach these young people, the world is clamoring for their hearts and their attention but our prayer is that God will break through all the static and get a hold of their lives.

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