"...great joy which will be to all people."

Luke 2:10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people."

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Jude's Class Field Trip

How adorable are these Pre-K kids?  I can't believe Jude will finish the school year mid-October!  On Friday, they learned all about the fire department (Los Bomberos) here!

PS  Can you tell which one is Jude?  I will give you a hint:  his mama did not wash his uniform last night so he's not wearing grey pants, nor the correct school shirt.  Mom of the year, here.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Just a Few Numbers!

Last month we wrote a blog post about our one year anniversary living in Guatemala.  A dear friend encouraged us to share some more specific numbers with you.

In the past year:

  • Approximately 100 houses have been prefabricated by the guys in the shop.
  • 67 houses have been built by the IDC building team.
  • 67 families have heard the Gospel and 40% know Christ as their Savior.
  • Over 4000 water filters have been distributed to families living in villages surrounding La Antigua.
  • With your help, we have personally raised $15,000 to build 5 homes through donations from friends and family in the states.

Thank you for following our blog.  It is such an encouragement to receive emails and messages from friends and family.  

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


We live in a beautiful country with enormous mountains.  Our city, La Antigua, is surrounded by three amazing volcanoes, Aqua, Fuego (active) and Acatenango.  The most popular volcano to climb is Pacaya, located about an hour and half from La Antigua.  When friends and family come to visit, we invite them to climb (or ride a horse) up Pacaya (8,373 feet) with us.  It's a gorgeous site to behold.

Monday, August 24, 2015

When Family Visits, Houses Go Up!

I know I say it a lot but for real, we have the BEST family and friends EVER.  It is such an honor to have people visit from the U.S., raise money to build a house and work their tails off when they come.

Here are some pictures of the hard workers and the new house!

My nephews, Ethan and Logan, jumped right in with a great attitude!

My brother-in-law, Mitch, working on the roof!  

The Ramirez family has a beautiful view from their new rooftop!

Jack up high!

It was a hot day!  Everyone had to drink lots of water and take breaks.  I am so proud of these kids!

My sister, Michele, did a great job on the windows!  This is the second house my parents have built.  They are becoming pros!  

My mom loves the time after the house is finished, when we hand over the keys to the family and lift them up in prayer.  The Ramirez family is incredibly special.  Mom is a cook and dad cuts fire wood.  They have four children and all are in school!    

The Ramirez family is in need of one more bunk bed so after we raise the funds (Bible Baptist church camp is busy raising funds this week) we will be back to install another set.  We always enjoy follow up visit trips to have more fellowship time with the family!

Thank you, Mom, Dad, Chele, Mitch, Ethan, Logan, and Betty for making this possible!

Thursday, August 20, 2015


In June, we wrote a blog post highlighting some amazing young men, who work with the building ministry, who were in desperate need of new boots.   Thank you, dear friends for contributing to purchasing boots for three hard workers!  Fernando, Mardoqueo and Aaron went to a store in Guatemala City where they purchased a brand new pair of work boots.  They were extremely appreciative. 

As always, we are just so thankful for the support we receive from our great friends back home.