Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Last Day

Adrian, Jade and I had our last day together for awhile yesterday. Today they began the trip home with their mom. Here is a photo of them taken a few days ago while out doing a CTP at the village. This is a "nopales" (cactus) field which they had fun exploring. Please pray for their trip home. Thanks.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Stressed??

This is a specially formulated diet designed to help women cope with the stress that builds during the day.

Breakfast
1 grapefruit
1 slice whole wheat toast
1 cup skim milk

Lunch
1 small portion lean, steamed chicken
1 cup spinach
1 cup herbal tea
1 Hershey's kiss

Afternoon Snack
The rest of the Hershey kisses in the bag
1 tub of Hagen-Daaz ice cream with chocolate chips

Dinner
4 glasses of wine (red or white)
2 loaves garlic bread
1 family size supreme pizza
3 Snickers Bars

Late Night Snack
1 whole Sarah Lee cheesecake (eaten directly from the
freezer)

Remember: Stressed spelled backward is desserts.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Cast your ballot....

So we had home elections and I don't know what to say. I am now a home shepherd. In the Word it teaches the best way to forget about your problems is to get out witnessing. So whenever anyone has problem I think I will just go out. Or maybe I will just send them out, either one someone's got to go. (small voice in head telling me I should probably stop and pray.... Good Idea)

I also got voted the outreach coordinator... which is cool as it makes it easier for me to send them out... lol!

And I am also now the JT counselor so please pray for the JT's... I mean pray for me.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Eating Caterpillars

Okay, here is the promised video of me eating caterpillars. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Would you stop...

...drinking for a kiss from any of these women??

Please have a good look before answering. Click to enlarge.

Friday, August 15, 2008

What I learned in Sunday school...


In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas. The Bible says, 'The Lord thy God is one, but I think He must be a lot older than that.

Anyway, God said, 'Give me a light!' and someone did. Then God made the world. He split the Adam and made Eve. Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren't embarrassed because mirrors hadn't been invented yet. Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden. Not sure what they were driven in though, because they didn't have cars.

Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel. Pretty soon all of the early people died off, except for Methuselah, who lived to be like a million or something.

One of the next important people was Noah, who was a good guy, but one of his kids was kind of a Ham. Noah built a large boat and put his family and some animals on it. He asked some other people to join him, but they said they would have to take a rain check.

After Noah came Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob was more famous than his brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange for some pot roast. Jacob had a son named Joseph who wore a really loud sports coat.

Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh's people. These plagues included frogs, mice, lice, bowels, and no cable. God fed the Israel Lights every day with manicotti. Then he gave them His Top Ten Commandments. These include don't lie, cheat, smoke, dance, or covet your neighbor's stuff. Oh, yeah, I just thought of one more: Humor thy father and thy mother. One of Moses' best helpers was Joshua who was the first Bible guy to use spies. Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell over on the town.

After Joshua came David He got to be king by killing a giant with a slingshot. He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 porcupines. My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn't sound very wise to me.

After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets. One of these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed upon the shore. There were also some minor league prophets, but I guess we don't have to worry about them.

After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of the New Testament. He was born in Bethlehem in a barn. (I wish I had been born in a barn, too, because my mom is always saying to me, 'Close the door! Were you born in a barn?' It would be nice to say, 'As a matter of fact, I was.')

During His life, Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees and the Democrats. Jesus also had twelve opossums. The worst one was Judas Asparagus. Judas was so evil that they named a terrible vegetable after him.

Jesus was a great man. He healed many leopards and even preached to some Germans on the Mount. But the Democrats and all those guys put Jesus on trial before Pontius the Pilot. Pilot didn't stick up for Jesus. He just washed his hands instead.

Any way's, Jesus died for our sins, then came back to life again. He went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the Aluminum. His return is foretold in the book of Revolution..

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thursday Thought – Look Inside

One day all the employees reached the office and they saw a big sign on the door on which was written:

Yesterday, the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite you to join the funeral in the room that has been prepared in the gym.

In the beginning, they all got sad for the death of one of Their colleagues, but after a while they started getting Curious to know who was that man who hindered the growth of his Colleagues and the company itself.

The excitement in the gym was such that security agents were ordered to control the crowd within the room. The more people reached the coffin, the more the excitement heated up. Everyone thought: 'Who is this guy who was hindering my Progress? Well, at least he died!"

One by one the thrilled employees got closer to the coffin, and when they looked inside it, they suddenly became speechless.

They stood nearby the coffin, shocked and in silence, as if someone had touched the deepest part of their soul. There was a mirror inside the coffin; everyone who looked inside it could see himself. There was also a sign next to the mirror that said: There is only one person who is capable of setting limits to your growth: IT IS YOU!!!!!

Your life does not change when your boss changes, when your friends change, when your parents change, when your husband or wife change, when your company change, when your church changes, when your location change, when your money change, when your status change...

Your life changes when YOU change, when you go beyond your limiting beliefs. Examine yourself, watch yourself. Don't be afraid of difficulties, impossibilities and losses. Be a winner; build yourself and your reality.

It's the way you face life that makes the difference.

~Author Unknown~

Sunday, August 10, 2008

HB2Y Nash Green


Remember you can do the impossible. Love you and am praying for you.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

San Bartolome Day #6

Today is the last day our team of 20-26 volunteers were here all day. We were joined by two member from the SSU which helped compliment the team for it's final day. We did a lot of activities that have become our trademark here, bible stories, games, songs and skits for the kids. Along with extensive personal witnessing on a constant basis for the adults. It has been quite amazing to see the lives of the people changing over the past few days.

Although this is the last day of all of being there on a daily basis it is by no means the end of our project in this village, more on that in a future post. The day went late into the night with many families staying till midnight for fellowship and prayer. We made it safely home around 2am.

Here are some random photos from the last day.

Sara and Gaby praying with a group of children before the afternoon meal.

Esther surround by a group of kids while listening to the bible stories.

Gabriel, Kat, Ivan, Sara and Danny (AM) leading the kids in the song "Jesus come into my heart." In total over 250 souls were saved this week.

Adrian (8), Lena and Esther with some friends. As a parent seeing my kids interacting and witnessing with the village kids was a huge reward and blessing to me.

Me, trying to hold back the line of people waiting for all the last of the shoes and clothes to be set out for them to choose. In total over 750 pairs of shoes and 650 kilos of clothes were given out over the past 5 days.

Philip doing painting of ceramics with the village young people. This is an activity that we only did on the last day and was a huge hit.

Chris, from the SSU personal witnessing in song. GB him and Danny (AM) that came from their home to help out the last day. MANY THANKS to the SSU home for their support in personnel and prayers with us for this project. We really love you guys!

Here I am with one of the village babies.

Sara, doing action games with the kids with Adrian (8) and Alex (9) mixed in the crowd helping to lead the motions.

Friday, August 08, 2008

San Bartolome Day #5

Today was another great day in the village. We took the kids today and they all had a blast. It was nice for me to see Adrian and Jade interacting with the other kids and constantly asking me how to say different things in Spanish. They each made new friends and were able to help and participate in the different activities.

Adrian playing soccer.

Pablo (the Medic) giving people check ups, and Victor offering words of encouragement.

Jade and Sara helping to give away clothes.

Esther, Bruni, Gaby, Sara and Victor giving away shoes.

Jade sharing some banana bread with one of the children.


Adrian and Jade participating in a gunny sack relay race.

Pilar, Esther, Kat and Alex (9) with a group of children for inspiration.

Phil with two ladies at lunch.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

San Bartolome Day #4

Along with all the physical aid we are trying to help this village with, personal witnessing is our primary focus. This morning we started the day with a group devotions and ended it with the salvation message and led the group that had already gathered there in prayer to receive Jesus. Witnessing and praying with people became the common sight of the day.

Bringing happiness into these peoples lives and into the village has taken on a festive role. the face painting of smiley faces on people is the new trend. Today we decided to step it up a bit and we also painted the cars so that where ever we drive we are also being a witness.

Some of the village ladies following along in bibles at the morning devotions.

Kat and Gabriel painting the cars.

The finished product.

And Kat insisted on painting my head too... I guess she found the smooth surface attractive... LOL!

Holding up a caterpillar before making him lunch... Yes!! You read that right, we cooked and ate caterpillars. More on that along with the video coming in a later post.

Dawn, Kat and Sara all sampling the caterpillars.

Some of the happy children at lunch time.

The kids listening to a bible story.

Gabriel and I helping to pass out the shoes.

Kat, Phil and Sara helping to pass out the clothing.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

San Bartolome Day #3

Today was another great day at San Bartolo. I personally didn't go as we still need to keep up with our other projects and pickups during this week so Adrian, Jade and I did the markets here locally. But our team that went consisted of 11 volunteers and 3 children. God bless them they put in a long day and despite a few hours of hard cold rain they did a wonderful job help ping the people.

As word spreads in the village and the other villages around more people are showing up each day and despite the rain the doctor stayed busy with over 20 examinations today. when lunch was served about 100 people were served. Here are some photos of the days event's.

Ivan, Kat, Tuchi (6), Alex (9) and Gabriel leading the kids in some action songs.

Pilar, Gabriel and the kids doing games with the kids.

Kat, Gabriel and Ivan overseeing the kids at the coloring table.

Sports

Alex (9) giving out some small toys.

A child trying to outrun the rain and make it to the tent.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

San Bartolome Day #2

Our Team: Phil, Bruni, Ivan, Sara, Kat, Me, Gabriel and Victor (behind the camera)

This was our first day on site. Upon arrival we set up different tables to run the activities from while others set up the "clinic" in one of the homes of a local family.

The Clinic

After the tables were set up the different activities started. While parents where having their medical checkups the kids would be in our care or that of one of their other family members.

We had all kinds of things for them including, coloring, storytelling, face painting and balloons, songs and dance, sports and games, and first aid classes. Following are some photos of the days event's.

Gabriel demonstrating a life saving technique.

The balloonist: Kat, Ivan, Sara and Gabriel

Bruni helping with the arts and crafts.

Victor and Kat teaching the kids "In Right, Out Right."

Victor and I helping to give the shoes out.

Around 2:30 pm we had a delicious handmade traditional meal for anyone who was there both people coming to receive aid and those of us volunteering. It was a nice time of fellowship and relaxing getting to know everyone and their families.

Making handmade tortillas.

A volunter helping to cook the "nopales" (cactus) for a local dish.

Monday, August 04, 2008

San Bartolome Day #1

Volcano Popocat├ępetl, aka Popo, as seen from the village of
San Bartolo.

This is the first post in a series to share with you the CTP project that our home has embarked on for the duration of this week. The story of our involvement in an impoverished village, San Bartolo will be told over this week and I will introduce you to some of it's residents and share with you there lives, their stories, their dreams, and their prayers.

But to begin let me explain about the project goals. We are joining up with a Christian group from Matamoros, Mexico which is a northern border town across from Brownsville Tx. They have brought a Doctor to provide free medical checkups for any and all who need them. And a pair of paramedics to give first aid classes, a teacher to help with the children and about 14 other volunteers.

Our home is having between 8-10 volunteers each day not counting our own children whom we are involving in this project. One of our goals is to run activity tables for the children and to help bring cheer and happiness into each of their lives. (More specifics about that in a later post)

Another of the goals and the primary reason for being there is to provide spiritual support to the Families to bring them hope by being a witness of the Lords love and to help them find Him and or to strengthen their relationship with Him.

The Lord has also supplied many needed clothing items and about 400 pair of shoes to give out at this event. These will be a great blessing to the people there where an average salary is less then $10.00 a week.

So today was a meet and greet with the team from the North and having prayer and discussion about the organization of the project and our plan of attack. This was done over a traditional Mexican meal. This time of prayer and meeting was beneficial for all to get to know each other and with prayer all be on the same page. TTL for His constant leading and guidance.