Ok, so I’m a little behind on catching up our mission stories but I’m going to just quickly interject here about our trip during Spring Break. Jim has been in Guatemala since around mid February and the kids and I flew down during the school break to be with him and try to wrap up somewhere to live while we are there. As usual God did not disappoint. First I want to thank Joey and CC and their 3 kids for graciously putting us up for the week not everyone is brave enough to hang with us in that close quarters, you guys were awesome!
We didn’t get to spend as much time as usual with the team working in Pacaya on Camp Calvary because of the search for somewhere to live during this trip but we did make it one day and it rained the entire day. Still the group from Northstar was amazing and kept working when they could and had fun with the local kids. Jim had looked at a particular house for rent that was within our budget in the same neighborhood as the mission house. It was looking like we would be able to rent it furnished within our budget. Just before I arrived they called back and upped the rent by $1000 Q. Jim told them we just couldn’t afford it. One of the translators steered us to another house owned by Christians and they were looking for someone to rent to and the price was back in our range. Jim saw it just before I arrived and it turned out to be also more than we could afford and was about 10 minutes from the mission house in another neighborhood. We had appointments to see both houses again and explained that they were both very nice houses we just could not go over what we had budgeted especially right now when we don’t have full support pledged for monthly payments. The owners of the 2nd house (which is the one we really liked) called the day before I left and said that they had prayed about it and wanted to help us out and offered it to us for what we had budgeted…Jim signed a year lease last Saturday and now we just have to get the basic furnishings. God also has his hand on this as a family of missionaries that’s been in Guatemala for the last 5 years is getting ready to head back to the states and need to get rid of their furniture and appliances so it looks like we may be able to get most of what we need from them second hand. They are leaving in June and we arrive May 31st…is God awesome or what?!
Jim will be coming back in mid April and we have some family things to attend to as my nephew Mark marries Whitney (who has long since been part of the family–now it will just be official) and meeting our great-niece Leighton! We are so excited about these events and then heading back to Guatemala at the end of May. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for us. Keep checking the prayer page for ministry needs or feel free to post any you may have.