Here we are, finally, in Guatemala. It has been a year and a half since we were asked to return and in God’s good time we are here. Thank you so much for your prayers and gifts, for your faithfulness to us. You and we prayed and God answered. Are you surprised? Neither are we. He is a good Father. No, we aren’t surprised, but we sure are excited everyday to see what He has in store for us.
When last we wrote the holidays were approaching. Since then every day has been full. December was full of getting our house ready to leave to Vaughn and TraciAnn and the boys. We were cleaning out closets, packing, repairing, getting the car fixed, selling the truck, getting lots of paperwork ready, notarized and sent off to Texas State Department to prepare for a religious worker visas, oh yes, and having Christmas with the family. No time to stop and breath until January 1st when we were all packed up with 300 lbs of luggage, and we spent the day watching football with Richard and Jacqueline and the grandkids. We spent the night in a hotel near the airport instead of making anyone take us to the airport at 3:00 a.m. To be honest, lugging 150 lbs of luggage EACH through the airport was not fun. Laurie had a pretty tough time, but by the grace of God we made it. Once we checked in and unloaded, the rest of the day sailed along smoothly.
It was a joy and a relief to be met at the Guatemala airport by our friends, Michael and Gina and little Emma Makidon. They just arrived here in July but have been amazing help to us. I think they were sent on ahead to do reconnaissance for us. Life has changed here in the past 10 years. They took us to the mercado (the outdoor vegetable market), helped us look for a car, and shared some of their experiences of hunting down supplies and treasures. Michael and our neighbor, worked with Alvin for two weeks to resolve issues with our router so that we could have the Internet. Finally, Esteben Turcios, the head of the IT department at SETECA came to our house and fixed it. He was great! We are up and running. We are settled into our nice little 900 sq ft house in San Cristóbal, typically Guatemalan and it will suit us just fine.
Sundays we are attending the church that we attended when we lived here before, Iglesia Biblica El Camino. We’ve received a very warm welcome from all our friends. It looks like we have a lot of catching up to do and we’ll be doing a lot of visiting and entertaining. We arrived the Sunday the new pastor and his wife, Roberto and Reyna Munguia, arrived. They stood up to greet the congregation and Reyna smiled and waved from the front when she saw us. They lived upstairs from us when we lived on campus at SETECA more than 15 years ago. We went to the U.S. to work on the online program and they went to Honduras, his home country to be a chaplain and do discipleship in their area. We celebrated Roberto’s 50th spiritual birthday when they came to dinner this week. It is so wonderful to see where God has been taking friends to do His work in these past 10 years, and how He has been working in all of us. Now we have the privilege to work with many of them. We served with some before and some were Alvin’s students.
Thank you again for standing with us with your prayers and financial support.
It’s great to be serving where God is working.
Alvin & Laurie
Please pray for the following:
- Our re-adaptation to Guatemala
- Time, wisdom & strength for Alvin as he directs the development of the online programs
- Laurie’s re-integrating into the ministries at SETECA & at church
- Online students that are balancing studies, ministry and family