Monday, June 24, 2013

End of the school year in photos.

Presidental fitness fun.

 End of the year school program.
 Joshua receiving the Spanish award.
 School choir.
 End of the year science presentation.
 Adrianne and her BFF, Lydia who graduated from 8th grade.
 End of the year pool party was too much for Jacob!
 Autographing T-shirts.
 Nate Saint school JUMP!
 Kevin saying good-bye to his good friend Joseph.
 Joshua saying good-bye to David who returned to South Korea.

 Saying good-bye to the Egberth family who returned to Sweden.
 Dance lessons in the kitchen.
 1 of 3 kittens that survived after mom abandoned them.
 Took a trip to the local zoo.

 This naughty monkey kept trying to steal our hats, earrings and backpacks.
 The officer had to climb the fence to retrieve Eric's hat which the monkey took off with.

 Baby monkey whose mom died.

 Our house guest was jumped on by the monkey!
 Kids working the week after school got out.

 Jacob hanging out with David and Ainsleigh at the school Olympics.
 Jump rope competition.
 Adrianne is apparently not impressed with Ryan's tattoo.
 Watching the Olympic games.
 Soccer shoot.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

1 team, 2 team, 3 team

 It all started about 6 weeks ago with the arrival of a great team from Nebraska.   The team was from the home church of one of the doctors.  Nine Jesus loving servants of God came with an incredible heart to serve here at the hospital.  Four of them, over the age of 63.

Team Nebraska

A job well done - a new roof area for the medical caravan truck
The list of projects included raising a roof for the arrival of the medical caravan truck from Quito, preparing sidewalks for concrete, installing new brakes on the old tractor, painting and remodeling the small houses for jungle guests who cannot afford housing and more.  They worked incredibly hard and finished the entire list! We had the pleasure of the team living right next door to our house and really had a great time interacting with them.  
Team Holland Christian in Papallacta
With barely enough time to prepare for the next arrival, we had 2 teams arrive at the same time.  The first team was a Spanish class from Holland Christian High School in Holland, Michigan.  11 students and 4 adults arrived in Quito,  had a couple of days of touring in Quito and arrived in Shell ready to go.  The team painted 1 mission house and part of another house located on the compound.  The paint was peeling off in sheets and in places was down to the bare brick so the work was appreciated.  If you would like to read more about the trip, please check out the blog they posted every day at:
 Please take time to read the last page with notes from the students about what God has showed them while they were here.

That needs paint!  Preparation is always the hard part
Our final team for the rest of the summer but not the rest of the year,  was a 21 person team from the home church of another missionary doctor. This team was from Waco, Texas.  This team took on the big project of painting the hospital and we knew the job could not be completed before they even started, but the goal was to get as far as possible.  They also took on the task of installing a store room for the LP gas tanks used by the hospital.  The painting crew was able to complete ½ of the outside of the hospital and nearly all of the courtyard area. 

Don't let him fall....
The rest of the crew was divided into a cement crew, metal crew and tube installation crew.  The crews were able to pour all of the required concrete, install nearly 500 feet of tubes, and cut all the metal for the grating.

It should be noted that the weather was less than stellar throughout the week both teams were here.  God provided just enough sun on Thursday morning to pour the concrete, and other than that it rained the entire time both teams were here.  What saved the painting project were the large overhangs on the buildings that allowed everyone to continue to work. 

We are thankful to those who came to serve and those who helped to fund them. We pray you continue to serve wherever God plants you.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Receiving my Rainbow.

The last time I blogged - I was praying for a rainbow.  Rainbows remind me that God's promises are true and everlasting.  I KNOW that fact but sometimes in the midst of bad news after bad news after more bad news - it is really nice to  see visually the Promise.  Well - the day after I blogged while I was outside washing our borrowed car, and contemplating the death of our friends little girl I looked to the east and there God provided me a rainbow - in its full splendor.  I had to kneel down and cry.

Later that day I received an email from Christa, my dear friend and the mother of Christianna who suddenly passed away.  This is part of what she wrote:   The day before Christianna died she was the first to see a brilliant rainbow at the namwianga orphanage. She said to Acacia- " I want to fly on that rainbow". Just after she died God sent another rainbow over our home where she died.

God is in the business of answering prayers- period.
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