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Tiger Fans in El Salvador

So I was riding around with one of my roommates doing some errands. As we were stopped at a red light I glanced at the car in front of me and around the El Salvador liscense plate it said LSU Alumni, Geaux Tigers! However, I quickly found out that the people in front of me probably weren't Tiger fans. My roommate said that all the cars that were flooded in New Orleans were sent here to be sold. Nevertheless, it was a little piece of home and right in time for the opening season game tomorrow night.

All Night Prayer Meeting

This is a link to a video my friend made from a Vigilia, all night prayer meeting, in Nicaragua.
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7840203439055426335

Hurricane Dean

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Some girls from church.










In San Salvador, where I live, we were not affected by Hurricane Dean other than a week of rain. It did not flood here but in the Northern part of La Union, which is East of San Salvador, had some major flooding. There are some really good pictures at this link.
http://www.laprensagrafica.com/multimedia/galerias/2007/08/20070824-gal-lluvias-la-union/galeria.html

Master's Commission Camp

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I helped out this past week in a camp for all three years of Master's Commission students. It was different from normal camps that we have because it was specifically meant to give them a break, let them have fun, and be ministered to. It was two days full of fun and good food. They ate American food and I helped cook all kinds of party foods for them. Many of the students had tears in their eyes just because of the food. At night we had services and they were powerful; God really ministered to everyone. My favorite service was the last one on Wednesday morning. The worship was powerful and then we divided into groups. I was with one group and I let them share what God had spoken to them during this camp. It was so awsome because what God had put on my heart to talk to them about went right along with what God had spoken to most of them. I then prayed with my group and it was amazing. Then I was able to do something Ihave never done before which was serve communion. …

Different kind of a season

At home in Louisiana we have all kinds of seasons. Allergy season, cold and flu season, deer season, and my favorite crawfish season. Here, in El Salvador, we have a different kind of a season. It is a season to be dreaded, a season of irritation and annoyence. The season I am referring to is fly season. Yes, the little fly has its own season. Try to think of a time or place where flies were bad and then multiply by atleast 100. When you eat you have to cover your drink with a napkin. You can never just leave food unattended without a designated person to keep the flies away. We asked a local about how long this season lasts and it is a mere 2 months. We have mosquito swarms in Louisiana; here we have fly swarms.

Weekend of fun

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This weekend I went to the lake with the Guardians, which are the kids in the highest level in Club Castillo. We arrived at the lake Friday evening and were divided into groups. I thought I was going along to assist but I quickly found out that I was a leader of a group of eight girls. I was a little flustered, at first, but I decided to just go with the flow. The girls in my group were so precious. I recently watched a documentary on the gangs here in El Salvador and one of the areas mentioned was Delgado in San Salvador. This particular little girl who captured my heard happened to be from Delgado. Her name is Cyndi and she said her dad in the US but she doesn't know what state. She said she lives with her Grandmother. It breaks my heart because that is the story of so many children here. The parents abandon them to go the US to "help" support the family. We had a service Friday night and went to bed around 11:30 and woke up at 4:45 in the morning. We were …

Adventures in taking a class in Spanish without speaking it very well.

Yesterday was the first class of CCI, which is a leadership course on how to be certified in running a campemento (encounter). That is all nice and good except for the entire course is in the native language of El Salvador, Spanish. Which shouldn't be unexpected being that I live in El Salvador. My spanish is past that of a person who has taken it in high school and some college. I have been here for almost 4 months, I have been improving and learning. However, taking a leadership class, in a different language, has been quite the challange. Not as bad as I thought, but a challange none the less. I have enjoyed it thoroughly and I know that, not only will I learn what I need to lead a camp, but I will come out of this knowing and understanding way more spanish than when I started.

Why do we have problems?

1.) God permits problems to DIRECT you.

Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God allowing this situation to get your attention? "Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways." Proverbs 20:30



2.) God permits problems to INSPECT you.

People are like tea bags...if you want to know what is inside them, just drop them into hot water! Has God tested your faith by allowing a problem or two into your life? What do problems reveal in you? "When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience." James 1:2,3

3.) God uses problems to CORRECT you.
Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It's likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove. But you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of something...h…

Stats from Puerto Cabezas, Nicarauga

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The mission trip to Puerto Cabezas, Nicarauga had about 45 people in total who attended. Within those 45 we were divided into three different groups. Karen, one my roommates, and I worked with the Guardians of the Vision. So these are the statistics strictly from our group of only 3 full days of ministry.

People reached: 1,539
People who accepted Christ: 276
People who wanted prayer for problems: 139

The Mark of a Warrior

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A constant journey of struggle,
discontent,
Out of my control,
Totally dependent upon God,
He guides,
He leads my feet where they need to go,
Footprints treading through the nations,
Prepared with nothing but the Gospel of Peace,
Nothing in my hands but the Sword of the Spirit,
Eyes fixed on the eternal,
With nothing to gain but to bring glory to His name.

English Class

Today I went to the lake with the intention of meeting with Carlos to discuss my schedule and what I would be doing. When I arrived I was handed some papers and introduced to my class. It was a lot of fun because they are 3rd yr. Master Commission students so they have had 2 years of spanish already. I will also be teaching 1st yrs. on Mondays and Fridays. So three days a week I will be teaching English. Which is exciting for me because I love teaching and it helps me to know the students better. It is a little intimidating for me teaching the 3rd years because they are my peers but I know we are going to have a good time.

Mission trip to Puerto Cabezas, Nicarauga

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I went to Puerto Cabeza, Nicarauga, again, but this time I went with the Guardians. The Guardians of the Vision are kids in Club Castillo ages 9-12. The Guardians are the highest level in Club Castillo. It was a completely different experiance for me this time because I was not with a team of North Americans but with a team of Salvadoran's. Which was to my advantage because I was able to experiance things that as a World Warrior I was not able to. For example, every meal we had was typical food such as sea turtle, fish, and coconut bread. We also walked every where and if we couldn't walk we would ride in the back of a flatbed truck. I enjoyed walking because I was able to really see Puerto for what it is. We did programs in markets and in the central park, places that would be to dangerous for a bunch of gringos to go. We did about 3 or 4 programs everyday, house to house evangelism, and church services at night. House to house evangelism is one of my favorite thing…