Sunday, July 06, 2008

Our Guatemala Trip

Today I'm excited- we have a guest blogger!
After a little arm twisting, Mark has agreed to blog about the Guatemala Trip- please make him feel welcome!


Hello all,
Nick and I had a wonderful time on our trip to Guatemala. There were 20 people in our group, and our main goals were to minister to the people of Guatemala by building 4 houses and do a medical clinic in 2 mountain villages.





The first picture is of Nick and I trimming the Cement board used on the out side of the house we helped build.


Next is a picture of some of the Kids at the plantation were we built the houses.




Here are a couple of pictures of the beautiful landscape of Guatemala that we enjoyed every day we were there. These pictures do not do justice to the true beauty of this Country that has 5 volcano's.







The next picture is of some of the adorable kids from the village were we did the first medical clinic.




Here is a picture of our whole group on the top of a mountain were Paradise bound is building there own mission base base, so the do not need to rent an old motel. There goal is to be in the new base before the end of the year, God willing.




The next picture is of the house we built:



The last pictures is of the people that worked with Nick and I along with the family that we built the house for. When we dedicated the house to the family, we provided some gifts for every one, then Dan and Harmono Jesus presented the gospel to them. Every one in the family except for the 11 year ld boy on the left accepted Jesus into there hearts and life or re-dedicated there lives to Jesus Christ.






This was so much fun and a real blessing to be able to go on a mission trip like this with my son. These will be memories we will cherish for ever, along with the other 1100 or so pictures that we took.

This guest blogger is done for now until the next time I get roped into it




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23 comments:

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Thanks so much for blogging that! That is so wonderful and I LOVE that house. I bet it was great doing that.
May the Lord bless your efforts. He is so wonderful to allow us to partner with Him.
Blessings,
Angela

Mari said...

The guest blogger did a fine job! It really is neat that you were able to go with Nick - you'll always remember that trip. The pictures are beautiful and the kids are always so cute!

Diane said...

Thanks so much for posting Mark!! You did a fine job! :) I can totally relate to experiencing this kind of a trip with your own kid. Tori and I went to Haiti together last August, Mike went with her last February, and her and I will be going again in just 13 days! I love seeing how something like this makes them grow in Christ and appreciate what they have all the more. I hope you're feeling a LOT better now and I hope that Tori and I don't end up with anything like that! In Haiti it's called "Haitian Happiness" - was yours "Guatemalan Glee"??? ;)

Cherdecor said...

Thank you for the report on your mission's trip. That country is beautiful. My best friend is from Guatemala and she tells me how beautiful it is there.

What a special privilege for you to have helped that little family find Christ and to build the house.

I hope that you are feeling better and that Nick did not get sick.

A Stone Gatherer said...

Wonderful pictures Mark! Thanks for sharing with all of us! Glad to hear you are feeling better and that the trip was such a blessing!

~Just A Thought Ginger said...

Thanks for sharing your adventure with us. What a great experience to allow your son to be side by side serving the Lord and working to change the world in the name of Jesus Christ.

Great job guys!!!!

Andrew Bruins said...

Wow, good job with the post. That brought back a lot of memories. I wish I could have gone back too.

Nate and Brenda said...

Mark and Nick,

Welcome back! Thanks for posting about your trip!! You did a GREAT job and it was wonderful to see the pics! Cannot wait to see the other 1100!! :) I too cherish the memories of going on a mission trip with Nik. Glad you are feeling better!

Anonymous said...

WOW! Thanks for posting Mark.So glad to hear about your trip and how rewarding it was.Take care,Patty

Chad and Tammy said...

Thanks for posting Mark! It sounds like it was a great trip!

Terri said...

Mark, you did a great job posting your trip. What adorable kids! I'm glad the trip went well for the both of you - minus that ride home!

Marina said...

thanks for sharing with us and what great pictures,marina

Marina said...

thanks for sharing with us and what great pictures,marina

Marina said...

thanks for sharing with us and what great pictures,marina

Marina said...

thanks for sharing with us and what great pictures,marina

Marina said...

thanks for sharing with us and what great pictures,marina

Joanne said...

Wow! What a blessed time. I can't even imagine getting that kind of opportunity to be used like that. No doubt you will remember this trip for the rest of your life.

God is so good!

Sandra said...

Thank you so much for sharing your adventure with us, I loved this post :)

Laura said...

Glad you're home safe and had a good time - hopefully feeling better too! Very cool pictures!

txmommy said...

wow, that is awesome. It look gorgeous there and what a great service you did.

julie said...

Mark and Nick -
Welcome back! I am glad you had a great trip!!

The Birds Nest said...

What an amazing trip!! I would love to do that!! Even though Mark might have gotten roped into it, I think he did a great post. I really got a feel for what they did and who they met. So cool!!

Dena said...

great guest blogging - isn't guatemala one of the most beautiful places - and the people are sooo amazing!!!