Showing posts from September, 2013

Neon Fun Run

Saturday night our youth group, Conexion, hosted a 5k neon fun run.  The run was to raise money for the homeless people at the shelter we frequent.  We had about 40 people participate and being that it was a night run we had police escorts as well.  It was a lot of fun for everyone.  Even Ruben tried to jump in on the action until I saw him and made him get back in the truck with me.

Sunday we went to church, for the first time since the accident, and Ruben shared a little bit with the congregation.  It was so so good to be back and it made Ruben feel good to receive so much love and support from everyone.  Something Ruben said in church was, "Before this I never thanked God for my two eyes, my two ears, hands, ect.  I might have generally thanked God for my health but one doesn't think to get so specific because you feel as if you will always have those members. It is until something such as this happens that you truly realize how thankful you should be."
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Running for Ruben

My good friend Karen (who is a missionary here in El Salvador), Ruben, and I were planning on running a 10k around a volcanic crater lake next Sunday.  Because of all that has happened, obviously, Ruben and I can't run but Karen is still running and dedicating the run to Ruben to help raise money for his medical needs.  This is what she wrote on facebook:

Running for Ruben
September 21, 2013 at 5:13pm
Dear Friends and Family,

Next Sunday, September 29th, I was planning on running a 10K with my old roommate Kristal Molina and her husband, Ruben. Kristal and I were roommates for several years. In 2012 she married Ruben. We all love running and were looking forward to the race. But our plans have changed. If you know much about El Salvador I’m sure you know that it has a high crime rate. A few weeks ago Ruben was at a church meeting. He went out to met a friend who was lost. While he was on his way to meet up with him he was attacked by four men. One of them hit him in the eye with the b…

Ruben's Progress

"He surrounded him, and guarded him as the pupil of His eye." Deut. 32:10

   I can't begin this update, regarding Ruben, without expressing my gratitude to everyone, literally from the bottom of my heart, to all the thousands of people who have been praying for Ruben this past week.  Not only those who have been praying but those who have sent words of encouragement and financial support.  Each of you have played a very special part in all of this and the Lord will richly bless you for what you have done, for us.  I am so grateful and really blown away by the support from the school where I help teach, CEFAS.  The teachers, administration, students, and parents have all been so supportive during this situation.  It is above and beyond what I could have ever asked for.  I'm so thankful for our church and friends who have been there every step of the way, from taking me back and forth to the hospital to bringing us daily meals.  God has richly blessed us.

   Ruben had an…

Take Away My Eyes and I'll Still See Him

"Take away my eyes and I'll still see Him,
     Take away my tongue my heart sings on,
  Take away my hands I'll still feel Him,
Because no one, no one can separate me from His love.
    Do what you want with to my life here on earth,
I'll tell you of a love I won't deny, no matter how it hurts me." -The Martyr Song by Suzy Yaraei

   This past Tuesday night, the 10th, we had a zone leadership meeting for the Embajadores de Cristo (the National Youth Dpt.) and at the last minute I decided not to go because I had some lesson plans to work on.  Around 7:00 pm Ruben left the house where the meeting was being held to go and help someone who had never been to the house find his way.  He walked two blocks and was viciously attacked by four young men.  They didn't threaten him or give him a chance to give them what they wanted they just attacked him and then asked for his wallet, in which he didn't have.  Two held him down while one hit him with the barrel of the g…

Practical Evangelism

Our church believes in practical evangelism. What is practical evangelism? Well something different than going door to door handing out tracts....and there is nothing wrong with that.  But we just want to go at it a different way; do practical day to day things that attract young people to God's love and also encourage the youth we do have, in the church, to get involved.

Homeless Shelter

We returned to the homeless shelter but this time we brought them dinner.  They are given beans and rice and coffee for dinner so we brought a bunch of tamales to add their meal.  We also served them their food and gave away clothes and personal items.

Soccer Tournament

Our youth group is hosting an 8 team, 2 month long soccer tournament. So that is 80 young people and most of them are not from other churches.  They play from 3-5 every Sunday. Some of our youth are playing but most come to help keep stats and give out water.  In between games Ruben always gives a short devotion, prays, and invites …