Friday, July 25, 2008

I'm Heading Home

Today, I was up very early to head out of Mexico to El Paso, crossing the boarder. My flight takes off later on this morning - I'll be heading back home for NC. I have very mixed feelings of having to say good-bye to all my new kids. Wow this is hard!

Jonathon, Hannah & Summer will rode with me to the airport. Matt Siler took the rest of the kids, and they will do some fun stuff for [Canada] Matt, because he flies back to Canada tomorrow.

Mike, Tim, Laura, and Kelly headed into El Paso for a day of community classes and swimming. They all met up with us at the airport. Tim Gamwell came, too. I can’t believe they all came to say good-bye to me!

The kids (Tim, Kelly, and Laura) are excited about spending time at Las Tapias with Jonathon, Hannah, Matt, Jose, Andréan, Chewy, and Margarita. Also, about getting to spend time getting to know the other people there better. They are still making plans for the mountain trip. Please keep them all in your prayers.

Praise the Lord I will get to see Dean again soon!! Thank YOU so much for your prayers for us while I was away and he could not fly down to see me all the time.

I PRAISE the LORD for letting him come as much as he did!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Winding Down

There is a big group coming to stay at the Hacienda so we are moving over to Las Tapias for a while. They are also making plans to go into the mountains while that group is here. So maybe I could stay home for a week with Dean, while they are there at the mountains. That would be great! But we will see how the Lord works out all the details.

I’m feeling sad to have to say good-bye to the kids already. It seems like we just got started. The Lord has really blessed us in so many different ways, grown us in so many other ways. I just cannot put into words all the Lord has done within each one of us. Thank you - each one of you - for your prayers. The Lord has kept each of us safely in His care. We all have felt His calling of us to be here for His service, and have never felt unsafe while here.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Out to Dinner

The kids (Tim, Laura, and Kelly) made plans for tonight to take Mike out to dinner for his birthday. Victoria, Dalia and Steven went with us.

Kelly and Laura went to get dresses from the Tarahumara Indians. They look so cute in them. We went to a restaurant the eight of us. I drank some of that lime drink and - once again - it did not set to well with me. I feel really sick...


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A New Phase

We enter a new phase of our program today. We'll still do our regular studies and journaling.

Kelly, Tim and Laura will teach the group of kids they met on Sunday night. They'll talk about what has made a big impact on them so far. Tim Gamwell will pick us up to meet them at the park for a lesson. They are pretty nervous but they'll do a great job. All three of them are working together.

After the park and lesson, we had a nice treat at Wendy’s. We talked with Tim and Mike about going home for the weekend. Right before bed I got stung by another scorpion on my right finger twice and along the side. Ouch!


Monday, July 21, 2008

A Good Talk and a Movie

We did our book study for today. It went well. Then I had a really good talk with just the kids. Tonight we watched the End of The Spear. Even though I’ve seen it before there are always new things that the Lord will show you. Sort of like with the Bible, how you can read something then some time much later read it again and the Lord brings new things to mind for you to see and learn.


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Working for the Kingdom of God

Matt Siler and I fixed breakfast for the group that is still here. Jonathon and [Canada] Matt are both sick. Matt Siler will take the rest of the group to the airport this afternoon. Jonathon and [Canada] Matt feel a little bit better. After Matt comes back they plan on going to a movie at a place called VIP. I guess they have recliners to sit in... while you watch the movie! The first one was sold out so we headed back to the Hacienda. We stopped to get dinner for my kids there (and all of us). So it was great they all got to meet. Pretty cool how the Lord lets us get to know new people from all over who are doing the same thing - working for the kingdom of God.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Market, etc.

Jonathon, Hannah, and [Canada] Matt and I went to the market today. This time we were able to look around, and ate lunch - we were really full. Mainly because we tried this lime drink that is super sweet and filling.

Matt Siler took some of the group to the airport. A few will stay for a couple weeks to be with the other group that is coming in. We get to meet up later in the evening. They do the community out reach tonight. I really wish each one of you could experience this - it's very moving.

Oh - Jonathon not feeling well, he has a fever and chills. Please pray for him.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Off to Las Tapias

Today, we'll do our regular clean up and get ready to do the kids home stays with their families. They are looking forward to it. It maybe the last one for a while.

I’m off to Las Tapias to see my other kids. It will be nice to see Jonathon & Hannah and to hear how their week has gone. Matt and Matt came to the market place to pick me up. It’s nice that Laura, Kelly and Tim get to spend time there and try some new food before going to their homes.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Lesson in the Park

Today we were able to go to the park for one of our lessons. That was nice. We have been getting a lot of rain, especially in the evening time. Which is nice but then it is humid the next day.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Quickie!

Today we went around with Tim to see how he interacts with the different people in the community. We also did our lesson in the car, while traveling on to the different places.

More updates to come!

Monday, July 14, 2008

We're Thankful for Rest

Hey everyone - trusting you're all still doing well.

Today we were to go into El Paso, but praise the LORD he worked it out the guy was double booked! So we were able to have some down time (which we all needed).

Today Laura made a cake; we will celebrate Mario’s birthday, which was on Saturday. Our classes and group discussions have been going very well. We can see how the Lord is growing us. The kids (Jonathon, Hannah, Matt & Matt) are doing real well. Their big group comes in tonight; please pray for them. I think they said they have one empty bed. So they will be very busy, to say the least. The Lord will get them through it. They are also helping to get stuff ready like the materials, jobs set up, stuff like that.

Thanks for your prayers!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

An Update for You

Today the kids and I went into church in New Mexico and spent the day in El Paso. We were going to get materials and food for the group but the power went off in the storm during the night. So we could not get the food. We had lunch with some great friends and shared wonderful fellowship. Mike took the kids to the fair here last night, but Laura was not feeling real well so her and I came back to the Hacienda.We had some quality time together that the Lord knew we needed to have.

Dean is headed back to Raleigh, but is first going up to Statesville for a viewing of an old friend who passed away.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Checklist for Today

Checklist for today:

  • Get up early and go into El Paso to get the vans ready for the group that is coming in Monday night.

  • Go back into Juarez to order the materials that will be needed on the job sites.

  • Help set up for the community out reach that is happening on Saturday

=)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Just a Quick One

I just got the place cleaned up and ready for the home stay for the kids.

This weekend, I'll stay with Jonathon, Hannah, Matt (and Matt from Canada). It worked out that they had to go into El Paso to meet up with Tim and get some stuff for the group that is coming in next week. So they will just stop by to get me on the way into El Paso. Today is Roger’s birthday; Laura made him a cake but he is already in El Paso - I guess we will have to eat this one!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Cold? In Mexico?

Today is very cloudy and cool - actually, we all said "it's cold"... but it's hard to believe we actually described the weather as "cold"! It's 80 degrees!

It rained off and on all night again. This morning we were to go to a park for our lesson with Alvaro, and we got into a good discussion. We needed to finish up with that, plus it rained all morning.

Tomorrow we are going into El Paso for some lessons that should be interesting.

How is everyone doing with VBS???? Is there a good turn out??

Well I will try to write more again soon!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Update from the Hacienda in Juarez

Dean made it back home safely on Monday night after a long flight, with a bit of delays. He said the first flight was full of kids crying most of the way. Not a good flight at all! He will head up to Raleigh later today to meet up with the workers for the project up there.

Today we had a guest speaker come to us. He had some very interesting stories to share with us. He has lived in several different parts of the world. He is married with two daughters and his wife is due with their third baby in October. After that, we grabbed a quick bite to eat and headed to meet up with Tim for our weekly lesson with him.

We were able to ride around and see some of the people in the different communities that he ministers to. The kids all loved it. The session went a bit longer then normal, so I was glad we had dinner already waiting for us when we got back.

We have been getting a bit of rain, some of the streets are flooded. Monday evening it rained just about all night!


Monday, July 7, 2008

Dean Leaves Today

Well today Dean goes back home to hold down the fort and keep the business going. Please pray for his safe travel. He is going up to work on the job in Raliegh. It's always hard to say good-bye to him.

Today will be a different type of day. We have to get a few things from the store before we head across to Juarez. I'll write again when I can.

Love and miss each one of you!! Praying you're going to have a great week at VBS!!

Thank you all once again for all of your love, prayers and support while we are here. We truly can feel when someone is praying for us, and the Lord is keeping us safe!!! Please keep them going.

Love In CHRIST JESUS,
Karin, Jonathon, & Hannah

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Short Update

We had a relaxing day. The kids brought the other boys back in with them (to drop off with Tim).

Then they stayed the night in El Paso with us. We did a little bit of shopping, then just relaxed
and spent time together with Jonathon, Hannah, and Matt. We went out for a nice dinner for Hannah's birthday coming up (and Dean won't be here then), so that was a really nice treat for all of us.

We saw that there is a hurricane in the works and might be headed up towards you later
on this week or next. We'll be praying.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Back and Forth (El Paso to Juarez!)

They had a graduation out at Las Tapias for some of the students there. Tim called and wanted Dean to take another man and his son out to see the MIT center. We were already in El Paso, so that was no problem. The guys are from Canada - we were able to spent the afternoon with them. (His son will stay here for 3 weeks.)

We went to the Tapias and then came back into El Paso for a Christian concert that was promoted by K-Love. They had a lot of groups there. We did not get to see them all but we did see most of the main ones.

Oh - please pray for my student (Tim's) host famliy. The dad had to be taken into the hospital. They think that it is cancer; I guess he had something removed for that reason last year. So they're not sure what will happen to him now. I saw him at the concert in El Paso and Tim went to pick him up from the hospital. Thanks for your prayers.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Our July Fourth

Today we did our regular schedule with the kids and then took them to their homes for the weekend. Dean got to spend some time with Juan - that was really nice. He did not think he would get to see him at all.

Then we headed into El Paso for the weekend and see the fireworks. We waited in a long line to grab a bite to eat, and by the time we got our food the show was over! Oh well. It was nice just to be together again. =)

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Dean Arrived Safely!

Dean arrived here safely. Tim picked him up and went around to a few places. It sure is great to see him again!

We went to visit Roger - he is doing well. Just staying busy with the different groups that come.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Laura's Arrival and Dean's Coming Soon!

We were awaiting Laura’s arrival with much excitement all day today. We went to our class a little ways away from where we are. It was very thought-provoking... to see things in a different light, a different prospective on what different verses in the Bible are talking about.

Laura arrived safely tonight by the time they got back here. We were all excited to see her and fill her in on all that has been happening. What fun talks we have had already bringing her up to speed.

I am so excited about tomorrow because Dean will arrive!!!! I can’t wait for him to see and experience some of what the kids (Kelly, Tim, & Laura) and I get to do. Although he won’t get to see much because of their home stays on the weekends. Maybe this time the Lord will allow him to see the community outreach over at Las Tapias on Saturday. Then we can see Matt, Jonathon & Hannah - which will be great. I know they are keeping very busy with the group that is there, in cooking and working with them on projects.

Thank each of you for your prayers.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

1 Peter

Our Bible study is on 1st Peter. It went well - we all did a re-enactment of how Jesus came into town and everyone was crying "Hosanna." It was just a good reminder about how we should be as excited about sharing with others that the LORD is coming.

My group is doing more discussion about missionaries. How we fit into the bigger picture of what God has for each one of us and how to share Him with others. We went to go to the park but it was closed; that's ok, though. Now we can all go together, instead.