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One Day Left

Tomorrow is my last day of class and my parents are flying in to be with me for my graduation and birthday.  In a way, it seems I just arrived in Costa Rica but on the other hand it has been a long eight months. I am very ready to get back to El Salvador and work with the World Warriors and the children discipleship program.  I am going to miss my friends here but I can't wait to see everyone back in El Salvador.

Final Project

At the end of the last semester a interaction presentation must be presented in front of the whole school.  These projects can be on pretty much anything but our teacher encouraged us to choose a topic that held a great deal of weight within us.  My partner, Melissa, and I choose the topic "Why Are Innocent Children Living in Prison."  We wrote a college level research paper, in Spanish, and then presented it.  I do not know if I have ever worked on something so hard in my life.  Working in the prison with the women and their children opened up amazing doors. Because of our work we were able to present a very controversial issue in Costa Rica to other students and teachers.  However, our hope is not only to open people's eyes but also present them with the opportunity to partner with the ministry Bandera Blanca.  Bandera Blanca is the ministry that developed the nursery, in the prison, and they minister to the women and children.  Melissa and I hope that our presentat…

The Poor Are God's Poor

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"Let there be no pride or vanity in the work. The work is God's work, the poor are God's poor. Put yourself competely under the influence of Jesus, so that he may think his thoughts in your mind, do his work through your hands, for you will be all-powerful with him to strengthen you."
Mother Teresa





"When the church hears the cry of the oppressed it cannot but denounce the social structures that give rise to and perpetuate the misery from which the cry arises." (8/6/78). -- The Church: Called to Repentance, Called to Prophecy,  -Oscar Romero







Psalm 12:5 “‘Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,’ says the LORD. I will protect them from those who malign them."










"The greatest man in history was the poorest."

Processional in Antigua

There were many different processionals going on in Antigua and we saw many different ones.  Each one had a theme and was different.  This is part of a procession that started at 4:00 am on Good Friday.  The first platform with Jesus has already passed and it is mostly the band following behind.  After the band would be more people with incense and carrying different banners and crosses and then the women would come carrying the platform with Mary.  It was on of the most interesting experiences of my life. A procession is an important part of Catholic culture world wide. Catholics have developed many processions for special occasions to remind us that the Christian life is a constant movement toward God and our eternal home. We saw Holy Week processions which is an event taking place within countries with traditional Roman Catholic culture. If you would like to read more about the celebrations specifically in Antigua, Guatemala you can do so here:
http://www.questconnect.org/guat…

Are We So Different?

God was executed by people painfully like us, in a society very similar to our own ... by a corrupt church, a timid politician, and a fickle proletariat led by professional agitators.

- Dorothy L. Sayers,
The Man Born to Be King (1943)

Teen Challenge

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Us with Teen Challenge in Guatemala City.
                                   Powerful time of prayer.
                                   Sharing my testimony.

   We went to share with the guys at Teen Challenge today and it was amazing.  Dawn, Claire, and I all shared a little about ourselves and ministry and I shared some of my testimony.  It was so awesome to be able to stand in front of these guys and properly communicate in Spanish.  It did not matter if we had bad accents or grammar the Lord was able to use us to minister to these guys.  After we shared we prayed for them all and it was very powerful.  The best part was when Dawn's dad called all three of us up and had them pray for us.  The spirit of God was so strong and using these ex-alcoholics and ex-drug addicts to encourage and lift us up.  By the end there was not a dry eye in the place.  At the end one of the guys stood up and said as they were praying he felt the Lord give him a scrip…

Mayan Ruins

We went to see the Mayan Ruins in Tacpan which was the last Mayan capital and the first Guatemalan capitol. When we arrived some Indigenous Indians were having a church service.

The Traditional Huipil

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Today we went to a few markets and at one the places Claire, Dawn, and I were able to try on the traditional Huipil which is the blouse thing we are wearing in the photos. They make them by hand and it takes 6 months to one year and it will last them all their life.

Palm Sunday

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Our day started at 6:00 am when we left for church. The church that the Amsler's attend has two services so we helped out in children's church for the first service and then attended the regular second service. It was so much fun to work with the kids and I met so many really wonderful people. When we left church at 2:00 we came home and started to cook. The children's pastor and his wife and two precious little girls came over. He wanted to know all about King's Castle because he is very interested in wanting to start it here in Guatemala. So it was great to be able to share all the things the Lord has done with the children in El Salvador. Later, we went to see an Easter play at the biggest church in Guatemala. This church is so huge I think it seats like 12,000 people and it has its own parking garage. I felt like I was at some kind of convention center. I had such a great time today and I have already decided that I really like Guatemala.

Earthquakes

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So far, today, we have had five different earthquakes. Not just little rumblings but big, scary earthquakes. The epicenters have been 15-25 kilometers away from Guatemala City. We were in a mall for the first 4 and after the last one people started to panic and scream so we decided to leave. It was God prompting us to go when we did because 10 minutes later they evacuated the mall and then we would have been stuck in traffic in the underground parking garage. We just recently had another big one as we were sitting around watching television. So I have been in Guatemala almost 24 hours and I have been in five earthquakes.

Where Does the Time Go?

I haven't written in a while, not because there is nothing going on, but on the contrary. I have been so busy with school work and my final interaction project that I have hardly had time to breath. But now I can because I am in Guatemala. It is Semana Santa, otherwise known as Holy week, and we don't have class. So I am with my friends, Dawn and Claire, and we are visiting Dawn's parents who are missionaries here. Tomorrow we will be helping out with the children's church and sometime this week I may be sharing my testimony with the Teen Challenge group here. I am a little nervous about that. I am excited to be here. To take a little break, minister, and experience the culture of Guatemala during Semana Santa.