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Guatemala Day 4

Today the girls got their first taste of being flexible on the mission field.

Due to “a planned power outage” in the area (and by “in the area” I mean what seemed like half of Guatemala) we got a bit of a late start today. The late start came because it took a bit longer to do dishes and clean up after breakfast, having to boil water on the gas stove for hot water to clean the dishes and then “borrow” some water from a local pool to flush the toilets, etc. Then when we got to the orphanage to do Bible stories with the kids we discovered that it was National Arbor Day in Guatemala. So the kids were planting trees instead of doing their normal school routine. Which all of that meant the word “flexible” became pretty important today. However we did get to participate in serving at the feeding program again today, and the girls are doing great serving and loving on the kids here at Eagle’s Nest. After a quick nap for the girls this afternoon we went for a treat and visited a local coffee shop owned by one of the guys at the “House Church” we attended Sunday. It was INCREDIBLE! Coffee right from the grower in Guatemala, roasted right there in the shop, and brewed that day. You can bet with my love for coffee they’ll be a post coming later this month about the story of the owner and the coffee of Guatemala.

Looking forward to spending another day with the orphans at Eagle’s Nest tomorrow!


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Guatemala Day 3

Day 3 in Guatemala went great! It was the girls first day spending time with the kids in the orphanage.

Before lunch we had the opportunity to see, hold, and play with the babies! As expected it was sad to hear the stories of each of the children and yet heartwarming to have the privilege to love on and play with each of them. Afterwards the girls got to work with some of the preschool aged children. They  went through the story of Jonah and the whale using The Jesus Storybook Bible and some puppets and props that they had made. Then they did a craft with the kids. We toured the facility with the Radford’s and heard the story of the ministry happening through Eagle’s Nest. There is a local church that meets on campus, a daily feeding program for children in the community, a school, they host large groups as a camp and retreat facility, and obviously they care for orphans. After eating their own lunches, the girls helped serve at the feeding program for children who come each day for a meal. So proud to see my girls serving and putting others first. Here’s to hoping that their hearts get attached to these little kids they’re serving this week.

It’s great to know that there are people here in Guatemala living out the Gospel in a tangible manner, and I’m glad to call them friends. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a small part of it.


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Guatemala Day 1

It started at 6:00am EST in Atlanta and ended at 7:00pm EST Panajachel, Guatemala and in between was one great big adventure!

The girls were so ridiculously cute with their backpacks and blankets going through security in ATL. For them it was all new, so even the long lines and walking through security with no shoes on became fun! Thankfully, neither of them had to be patted down by TSA…that might have set things off in the wrong direction. You should have seen the girls faces as the plane took off! It was worth a million dollars! I love how excited they get over simple things. Thankfully all of our luggage arrived with us, and we were off through customs without hiccup. The Radford’s met us at the airport and down the road we went. Stopping along the way at McDonald’s (the service is WAY better in Guatemala), and later to cover the luggage with a tarp (it was tied down to the roof). Along the way we ran into some flash flooding…some of the streets looked like small rivers, and let’s just say some people are going to have a hard time starting their cars in the morning. The girls made a game of counting stray dogs along the road. I made a game of counting guys urinating on the side of the road. We stopped to grab a Coke and saw some cute rabbits in cages, only to discover they weren’t pets, but were on the menu at the local restaurant. As we got into the mountains we started literally driving through the clouds…visibility was down to 20-40 feet! My buddy Lee (missionary here in Guatemala) said it was the worst he had ever seen it! Sadly we even saw a fatal accident along the way. Then as we came down the mountain into Panajachel the girls saw their first waterfall and then their first volcano. All said, it was one great big adventure getting here…can’t wait to see what the week holds!

As internet access allows, I’ll do my best to keep you updated this week about what’s going on with our family mission trip to Guatemala!


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why i’m taking my 6 & 7 year old to guatemala

In just a little over a month school will be out and my wife and I will be climbing onto a plane with our 6 and 7 year old daughters to take them on their first international mission trip to Guatemala! After spending time on mission trips together all over the world, Lisa and I are excited that we finally get to expose our children to something that has been such an important part of our lives, marriage, and ministry. We are thrilled about the opportunity to be working with some friends of ours (Lee & Angel Radford) who help run an orphanage in Guatemala and who have children at similar ages to ours. We’ve been waiting for this day, and below are 10 reasons why.

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