Monday, June 30, 2008

Debriefing Day

Today was a "debriefing day." We talk about how the home stays went. They shared about how the families treated them as honored guests while at the house. Their hospitality, and their desire to serve their guests, overall very respectful towards them. We went over the schedule for the week ahead and talked about what we thought went well last week, and what we need to improve upon for this week.

We're waiting for Laura to arrive this week - we can’t wait!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

What Our Sunday Looked Like

Up and ready for church.
Packed up the car first. (I had some stuff in the van from Las Tapias to bring back here).

Well I let Matt drive the van acrossed the bridge; it was fun. The guy just checked in the van a bit and it only caused a little delay. Then we went to some friends house for lunch, watched a movie, and Jonathon and Hannah went to pick up the group after going to WalMart for a few things. Then Matt and I stopped for pizza for dinner and I went back home.

Mike went to get the kids. They had SO much fun this weekend. I will write more later
on this when I can. Matt and I came here and worked on a map then did a little music and praise time with Mike and the kids.

Thank you all again for all your love, prayers and support. Please keep Dean in your prayers
as well for his travel; he will come here this Thursday. Laura will arrive on Wednesday.

We all appericate your PRAYERS!!!!! Please keeep them going!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

A Restful Day

Today I slept in a little bit. So did the kids. They went around looking at projects that the group will be doing this next week. Then Tim came out to go over more stuff with them. They ran to get materials. I stayed back to clean the kitchen and get some lunch ready. After they got back it was time to set up for the community outreach program.

Keep praying!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Weekend Update

Today we will take the kids to the pastor's house for the weekend. First we cleaned

up, and got the place ready for us to be gone for the weekend (so we can come back to a clean place!) After we drop Kelly and Tim off, I will go to spend time with Jonathon and Hannah and Matt. So that will be a lot of fun. Oh guess what Matt and one of the guys have a puppy her name is Cindy. She is so cute has great blue eyes and is a sandy color.

Their group will come in Sunday night, and I will be back here Sunday night to to pick up the kids. I guess we are going into El Paso to some friend's house later this evening.

Thanks for all your love, prayers, and support of us while we are gone. Keep Dean in your prayers to as he travels back and forth here and to Raleigh, NC for a job that he is working on. Mr. Joel is also with him.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Another Quick Update

Where to start...

We've had a very busy week so far. Today, we visited the pastor's house where the kids will stay, in order to see what type of stuff they will need to bring.

We had nice visits with the kids, but for this weekend they will both be at the same house (and, I think its just a "mom thing," but it makes me feel much better). After dinner the kids
went out to play soccer with the children from the neighborhood - it was a lot of fun. Except we had a sand storm in the middle of the game! So we all needed to have showers before bed.

Oh yes, the kids acted out a story for the children at the Indian's place. They did really well. The little children just loved them, teaching and playing with them. It was so cool: English / Spanish / Tar-amarah (I know that is not spelled right).

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

For Bonnie:


Today in the morning we went to meet with one of the men who will do one of the studies with us. He offered us breakfast and a few other things to try. It was good - a good discussion time. After that, we went shopping. That was fun and interesting, after that we came home for a quick power nap, then went out to the concert. They had a good turn out at the concert. Not as many as they would've liked to have, but it was ok. They got to listen to music and hear the gospel.

I saw Maribella there. She was selling Cokes (for the kitchen) at the concert. She asked how we all were doing and told me they are putting an addition on to the kitchen, but I haven't stopped to see it yet. I've only driven by her place a couple times.

By the way the rose bush is doing just fine. It is blooming with lots of buds on it. Roger said he needs to trim it back soon. I have taken some pictures, I just have to get them online so you can see them!

Take care!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Team Challenge

Today we did Bible studies and got stuff ready for when Tim comes to meet with us to do orientation. We went out to the place / course that is set up for groups to help build team work.

It was very interesting.

We had to all as a group get over the wall. We did make it. Yes, even me. I did not think I would make it back down, but once it did, it was not as bad as my mind thought it would be.

One of the boys from over at Las Tapias was with Tim, so he did it along with us. I was glad to see he took part in it. I talked with him some about joining in the Bible studies they have going on - he said no, he was shy. I told him he needed to just try sit and listen.

So still please keep them all in your prayers. I have not talked with Jonathon and Hannah since I left there on Monday morning.


New Helpers Around Here

This will be short and sweet. Last time we could not get online. Now we have just a short time to access it.Dean left this morning at 10:23am, our time. He will be home about 8:30- 9:00pm.

My group arrived safely on Saturday afternoon. What is really neat about it is that two of the kids stayed with us at Las Tapias in April. They both missed their graduation ceremonies to come here! I think it is so awesome the Lord brought us together again. So Laura and I already know them. We are now just waiting on Laura to join us.

We met yesterday with one of the other men who is from People Building People; his name is John they will have a concert to their place on Wednesday. I think he brought 45 people with his group. I have taken some pictures, but just have to take the time to get them up on the web! Please forgive me for being slow - I'm not sure how long that will take to do so I want to make sure I have the time to do it.

Larry: thank YOU!!! For your words of encouragement! And a great big "yes" we do like to read your comments, even if we can only do it on a limited basis.

Dean: I'm glad you made it home safely. Thank you for coming down to encourage the kids and I - we really enjoyed it!!!

Please know that we are keeping you's in our prayers, as well.

We love and miss each of you!!

Friday, June 20, 2008

People Building People and Jonathon and Matt's Discipleship Update

Dean arrived here yesterday morning. Tim picked him up from the airport and they arrived at Las Tapias about 11:30am.

We headed over to meet up with another group that is working on several of the other projects with Tim. They are with People Building People in Ohio. Their first group left this morning and the second one will arrive on Sunday. We look forward to seeing other fellow workers for Christ.

I can tell you that your prayers for one of the boys that Jonathon and Matt are working with is really helping. He has really opened up to us in the short time we have been with him. He asked the other night if they could do any other Bible study. One of the other is very helpful in keeping us communicating with the community. Please pray for the other one; he is not doing as well as we thought he would.

We met up with Mike - the man that I will be working with this summer - and went over a few things. Today the kids (Jonathon, Hannah, & Matt and maybe one of the boys) will help get my place ready. My group will come in about 1:30pm on Saturday.

Tomorrow we will take our group over to the Las Tapias for the community service. I really look forward to that.

Thanks for all your PRAYERS !!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Just a Few Updates

Today, we fixed breakfast, cleaned up, and headed to El Paso. We headed into El Paso to help Tim move food around in a warehouse so he can get more food to hand out to people.

After a lot of moving and loading the vans to take back to Las Tapias, the front end loader ran out of gas then would not start back up again. Praise the Lord that we had a hand jack to move the stuff back in so we can close it back up.

I called Mike Bachelder (many of you know him from our frist trip here). Anyhow, I had told most of you to keep him in your prayers - about his brother not doing well. He was on his way back from Vermont. He told me his brother passed away last week. Right now I do not have his address with me. So please keep his family in your prayers still. Praise God he said that the Lord gave him great comfort that he knows where his brother is now at.

Dean will arrive here with us tomorrow morning!

~Karin Siler

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

It's Really Hot!

Today, we fixed breakfast for the team that was here. Then they left pretty much for the whole day. Not sure what all they did, but we do know they fixed food for some people in the community and gave out clothes, soccer equipment and stuff.

Tomorrow we will leave after the group has breakfast for a staff meeting in El Paso. While there we will also get supplies to bring back to Las Tapias. Things to give out to people here and also we can use. Thursday after the group leaves I will pack my stuff in the van once Dean arrives we will head to where I will stay at. The kids will go with I think to help me get set up for my group coming in on Saturday. If you try to call us we won’t answer most of the time because our service here is in and out at different times throught out the day. So please forgive us.

Trusting your all keeping safe and cool. It has been pretty warm here. Today it was 117 here. Needless to say, we sweat a bit. =)

~Karin Siler

Monday, June 16, 2008

New Guest Group

Today we spent the day getting ready for the group that came in tonight. There are 12 of them and they will be leaving on Thursday. They brought some supplies with them to hand out to the community, also food to fix for the people!

Love and miss you ALL!!!


Sunday, June 15, 2008

Just a Little While in Mexico - From Jonathon and Hannah

Hey everyone,

So we are here in Texas right now. We have no Internet service in Mexico so we made a trip in to say "hi" and to let everyone know that we are still alive and having a great time! We have had little spurts of things to do. We got all of our stuff in our new room and have lots of food for the incoming group. We have cleaned, gotten stuff ready, made lots of decisions... and fun stuff like that.

It has been hot but we are not feeling it. We just drink ½ our weight in water each day, but that is good for us. =)

Jonathon and Matt have had so much fun together! They do all the "manly" jobs like fixing the swamp cooler, getting water, unloading stuff. Me (Hannah) and mom (Karin) do fun "womanly" jobs like doing laundry, washing lots of dishes, cooking, and cleaning. The four of us can really do some work!

Matt and Jonathon got to play the guitar and sing with Tim in a mini-service for the community. It was so good to see everyone come together. We got to eat at S-Mart which is like a Mexican Wal-mart. So cool! Then today we ate as we walked though Wal-mart after Tim. We're always running around, but it's so much fun. (This is what Jonathon told me to put in here, all about food.) =)

We have to cross the bridge to get here (to get on the Internet) and that can take up to 2 hours. Plus, all we have to do here in the States is get bulk food. So our bridge crossing is pretty limited. However, we will be on here when we can.

There are a few things that we'd ask you to pray for:

  • Matt and Jonathon are going to disciple the 3 boys that are staying at the Tapias with us. They are going to be praying with them and doing Bible studies. Plus, they are going to hang out with them and assign jobs to them. That way they will be working with the groups helping us.
  • Karin leaves soon and we hope that she gets settled and her jobs go well. She will be 45 minutes away from us.
  • Also, we have our first group coming in tomorrow night. We have to give them rules and help them get settled in. I will be cooking breakfast for them. However, God has given us a very small group of 12 (for only 3 days) and I will only be feeding them breakfast. They are also going to be working with another mission team so our time with them during the day will be very short. This is good for us, because it is like a mini-test to see how we will do before the next group of 21 comes in for 7 days.
  • Just pray that this short week will go great for us. Thanks so much for keeping us in your prayers and for doing all that you are doing for the CHILDREN of God.


Jonathon and Hannah Siler

A Day of Praise and Your Questions Answered

*Praising the Lord Today*

Today, we went to New Mexico to a Brethren church called Riverside Bible Chapel. We saw some old friends and met some new ones. We went to meet up with Tim in order to get food to take back with us, but we weren't able to. However, we did meet with a group that will be here for a week. They are from Ohio - they just arrived this afternoon. They'll be working out at Carlos Chavira. We are here at the LCI office to use the Internet so I could write to you all!

Please pray for Jonathon and Matt as they minister to some young men that are living at Las Tapias. They will do a Bible study for 2 days a week and meet to pray for 6 days.


In response to your comments and questions:

Dean: Thank you for all your prayers and encouraging words. I liked your comments! I am glad you were able to go see Mercy Me. I am glad I get a signal sometimes so I can talk with you.

Geri: No, we are not fixing breakfast yet. Last night we did make brownies, as you know that was fun, since they don't have a temperature gauge on the oven! We also made popcorn and lemonade for a group of adults who will be taking a test at Las Tapias this morning.

Bonnie: No, we have not been to Chavira yet or the Hosienda. I am not sure when I will be going there. My group will come in the 21st of June.

Tommy: Thank you for all you encouraging words. Yes, it is hot but the air does help some.
Glad you had a good trip.

Thanks again to all for your PRAYERS!!!!!!


Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Word of the Lord Will Not Return Void

Today, Jonathon and Matt worked on getting the swamp coolers (what we refer to as air conditioners) up and running before the groups arrive here. Tim will come out today and do the community outreach program. This is when the people of the community come over, they sing songs, praise the Lord, and hear the Gospel. Please keep these people in your prayers.

Wow!! The Lord really put this on my heart. Looking at the mountains in the background I was reminded of the verse about the Word of the Lord not going out void:

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the things whereto I sent it.
~Isaiah 55:11

Friday, June 13, 2008

Anniversary and a Bit About Las Tapias

Hi, all!

Yesterday was mine and Dean's 26th wedding anniversary! PRAISE the Lord! It is totally because of the Lord's grace that we can be at this point. Also, Dean, with the Lord's help, could allow me to be down here serving the Lord!

Elizabeth (from LCI) came by to fill us in on the groups that will be coming to stay at Las Tapias this summer. She was a great help with everything. Today, Margarita will leave for Colorado to spend two weeks with Angela. That will be a good treat for her. However, she is our main way of communicating with the people here - please pray for us to be able to communicate with them!

Today, Matthew Siler came back to help us at Las Tapias. That was really nice. He has been here for about 10 months so he has a little more experience communicating with the locals. =)

~Karin Siler

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

We Arrived in El Paso!


Thanks to each and every one of you for praying for our mission trip! We arrived in El Paso, TX around 8:45pm on Tuesday. We were greeted by Tim and Margarita. It felt like we were home again. =) Margarita took us back to Las Tapias and we talked for a long time. It was hot sleeping in that weather! The fans sure did help.

On Wednesday, Margarita took us to meet with Tim at Costco to get food for the group coming in on Monday.

I'll try to provide short, daily updates while we're here!

~Karin Siler

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Bossier City, Louisiana

Hey everyone,

Jonathon, Hannah, & I arrived here about 12:30am (their time). We left Shallotte, NC this morning at 8:15am (our time). The driving went well; Jonathon drove the whole time today. We went through a lot of construction and our last couple of hours were in heavy rain. But all are safe and sound. We're praising the LORD!!!

We should arrive in El Paso sometime tomorrow. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers!!!

Love to all!