Intermissions Conference 2020
Thursday, February 27, 2020

This past weekend we attended the yearly Intermissions Conference in Panajachel, Guatemala.  Intermissions is a community group for all English speaking evangelical missionaries serving in Guatemala.  The last weekend in February they have a retreat for everyone.  It is a time to c... .. read more..

The Less Glamorous Side of Things
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Take a moment to think about the things you post to Facebook or other social media accounts. A vacation to some exotic location is probably worthy of a few Facebook posts. You’re also probably mentioning things like the birth of a new child/grandchild, an offspring’s graduation from medical schoo... .. read more..

The pension debate
Monday, February 17, 2020

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Valentine's Day 2020
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

This year for Valentine's Day the boys got to participate in a card swap at our homeschool co-op.  I think this was their first time to swap Valentine's cards in Guatemala.  They were excited.  We attend co-op on Thursdays so it fell the day before the actual holiday.  Here th... .. read more..

Fighting frustration
Friday, February 14, 2020

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Legoland Florida
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Our boys have wanted to visit Legoland for several years now.  Cruz started asking when he was around 5 and got his first Lego set for Christmas. He has been obsessed with Legos ever since.  On every trip we have made back to the States he has asked to go to the park.  We have just... .. read more..

The Train Tracks of Life
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Lord has been taking me through a special season of teaching me about choosing joy in the midst of stress, change, chaos and struggle. I say "special" because it's not enjoyable and yet it's so sweet. Whether it's Bible class with Joshua, my own personal devotions, quotes from books I'm readi... .. read more..

Process and results
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Bible translators are very concerned about method and process, and rightfully so. Long experience tells us that following a rigorous process yields a good translation most of the time. Whereas ignoring process almost always results in a poor translation. One of the quickest ways to improve an und... .. read more..

“Lean not on your own understanding…”
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Dear Friends, It has been a while since our last update! There are several reasons for this. First, the month of January was incredibly busy, with trips to Oaxaca, the Sierra Norte de Puebla, Tlaxcala, and Mexico City. But this past month we have also had some significant struggles with Josiah’s ... .. read more..

New Decade – New Challenges
Friday, February 14, 2020

This year has been a tough start already. In August last year I wrote about how we were struggling financially with only $2500 per month in financial support. We were blessed with an increase in support after that appeal, but then in December we lost significant support when our original sending ... .. read more..

Intersect (photo of the week)
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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First Inste Meeting
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

 Monday evening was the first meeting of the new Inste group here in Gherla.  We are so excited!  The meeting began with the students praying with their new prayer partners and taking their first test.  The discussion that followed was very good and everyone participated. We w... .. read more..

It Can't Be About Us
Friday, February 14, 2020

I’m sure other people have written about this eloquently. That is not what will happen here. Today, I bring you another way to write about it.  sans eloquence  Over the last decade and a few spare years I watched and learned a lot in Haiti. I saw red-flags frequently.  I cannot spe... .. read more..

Jim’s Recent Tweets…
Sunday, February 23, 2020

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A Few Things to Pray For…
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Hannah is already about 3/4 through her time in Colombia! Today, tomorrow and Monday – and then Monday night they leave for Canada. They’ll be home on Tuesday. So keep praying for Hannah and the team – especially for energy for the last bit of their trip, and that the Holy Spiri... .. read more..

Pond, wall, dry season
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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And Here We Go Trying Yet Again...
Friday, February 14, 2020

There are so many good reasons/excuses I could give you as to why I did just one blog post last June, with indications that I would start consistently blogging again, and then I disappeared... again. I could tell you that life has been super crazy busy, and that by necessity some things... .. read more..

Happy Valentine’s Day
Thursday, February 13, 2020

February 13, 2020 – Valentine’s Day another holiday where we are told we need to show people we care! That is a good thing but as followers of Christ, that should happen regularly if not every day. I am not... .. read more..

Hidden reasons
Friday, February 21, 2020

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OT Survey Course Begins
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The second course, Old Testament Survey, began this past Saturday, the first of seven 8-hour Saturdays, at the Santa Barbara church. Once again, four churches participated, and the attendance was similar to the first hermeneutics class, 45 people total. During this past Saturday we learned a bunc... .. read more..

Balkan Provisional Annual Conference Formed
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

February 25, 2020 – On Saturday, February 22, 2020, our work in the Balkans became self-governing. We elected a national leader of the movement, ordained 6 additional pastors bringing our total to 14 Elders and while having 11 ministerial candidates... .. read more..

Agriculture Update
Thursday, February 27, 2020

February 27, 2020 – This week we saw 4 greenhouses delivered and assembled. This will allow us to expand the produce that is grown for giving to the poor, for paying those who help work and to share with the... .. read more..

Retro: Chalco Flood
Friday, February 14, 2020

Ten years ago today, Shari was serving breakfast to the community affected by the Chalco flood. It was February 2010 when the sewage canal burst open, pouring water into the valley of Chalco. The water kept pouring out day after day, filling the lower floor of people’s homes, destroying app... .. read more..

Better Than Yelp
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Pastor Joplin and family visit the home of a sponsored child Restaurants, beauty salons, doctors offices, and plumbers all know the importance of a great Yelp review. While there are no Yelp reviews for missionaries, this blog post sort of does the same thing. Pastor Joplin from The Well Worship ... .. read more..

Team Meeting 2020
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Earlier this month we attended a team meeting in Orlando, FL with our Connections Cluster.  First Baptist, Orlando hosted us and we are thankful to them for opening their facilities to us.  We enjoyed getting to attend a Sunday morning worship service there and our boys especially enjoy... .. read more..

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