Daily Archives: September 7, 2011

Slide Show Wednesday

The “Track Team” that has been out every night are full of incredible stories…not just life adjusting, but they will be life altering.

David, Cindy, John, Thomas, Rene, Brother Orville, and Kara (I think Chris and David Bremer as well) have come back each morning brimming.  I will let them share what has taken place on the streets of Santa Cruz, Bolivia.  Some may share here…but I am certain they will share on Sunday night when we return.  You don’t want to miss that service!

What God is doing–has done–and is about to do on this trip is nothing but mind blowing.  The first sight we saw when we entered the partially completed church was a blind boy.  We saw him–but he didn’t see us.

God saw us all. 

There was music playing and we watched as his legs jumped to the music.  Sitting on a rough board, his 14 year old, gangley legged self,  with a big grin on his face.  As I looked around at the faces watching I saw that many eyes misted over.  His were clouded.

Kara shook his hand, Cindy gave him a lolly-pop and watched as he would lick it and then put it up so close to his eye that his eye lashes could touch it.  We saw him enjoy life from his perspective.  Being blind did not wipe his smile from his face, nor alter the joy that seemed to bubble up inside him as his head turned in different directions at all the new sounds.

Have you stopped and thought about all the things that happen in our day-to-day existence that seems to “wipe the smile” right off of our faces?  I thought about it today.  For the past couple of years, I have tried to be more conscious about smiling.  I have trouble sometimes.  Not that I’m not happy, but so often deep thought sometimes makes me look mad.  I’m not mad…I’m just thinking. 🙂  I AM happy!!

Today made me really think.  About our reactions to life.  My “son-in-law” told me he saw the way I looked when I was trying to find my mud trowel on Monday.  Today, when I misplaced it and asked him if he had it he quickly replied, “No.  I saw the look on your face the other day!”  Sorry David.

I imagine that after today, when we “think” we’ve got it tough, we will have a flash-back to a skinny, Bolivian blind boy sitting on a board with dancing feet.  I know I will.

Today our group of children grew a bit more.  If you remember we started with two.

Today we had 109.  All through the excitement of what the first two children received.  They brought more.

That’s how we are to multiply the church…but we’ve first got to show the world that we have Someone they NEED.  Someone that is like no other.  And that our lives are blessed in ways that are unseen…no matter what things look like on the outside.

That’s kind of like the two little girls that first came.  They received candy, hugs, smiles and coloring pages about Jesus.  They told a few more.  Those few more told more.  Soon, our ladies were digging in all our bags, making copies of coloring pages, giving hugs, handshakes and smiles to MANY.

The walls have also grown taller.  Through the work of many–God is building a church.

Enjoy the pictures.  Thank you again Rene for taking pictures for me–and thank you KIM for sharing yours!!

Tomorrow we finish the building and dedicate the church with the congregation tomorrow evening.  Be in prayer for these wonderful people.  God is so good.

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Don’t forget to read the interviews below from Chris Smith and Chase Curti!  Thanks guys!

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Mission Interviews: Chase Curti and Chris Smith

I asked all those who had not been on a foreign mission trip before if they would like to share some of their experiences on the trip through a short interview!!  I am always interested and thrilled to know how God is speaking and working in the lives of others. 
Thank you Chase and Chris for starting us off!
Chase Curti
How did you feel in preparing for this trip?

A little nervous on what to expect being in a foreign country, not knowing how they would perceive Americans coming into their land –providing the love and teaching of Jesus Christ.

What was the first thing that made an impact on you?

The first night of church.  Seeing and realizing no matter what situation you may face in life or the poverty you are faced with, all is forgotten while worshipping our Lord Jesus Christ.  The fancy church, pews, air conditioning, etc. doesn’t matter when you are worshipping with all of your heart.


What have you experienced that has been life changing for you?

Just being able to share the same worship at church with people of two different languages.  There is no barrier or difference–we all were understanding together.

Do you feel God targeting any area of your life through this trip?

It has helped me realize that the things you think you must have sometimes–are not really important at all.  Seeing these people that don’t have much –still happy as can be with just the barest necessities of life.  They have the love of Jesus and family.

What is the best or worst think so far?

The best thing has been the church service.  There hasn’t been a “worst”.  It has all been great!

What would you say to someone undecided about missions trips?

That it’s a once in a lifetime experience–and everyone should try to experience one.  It’s really a life changing event.

How has this affected your perception of a missionary?
A lot more respect for missionaries–seeing what one has to overcome on a day in and day out basis, just to further the kingdom.
How do you apply the Great Commission in your life?
The love of Jesus through words and actions–hoping those around me would want the same in their lives and what they see in me and my family.
Would you go again?

Yes.  I would love to go again on any chance given!

Chris Smith

How did you feel in preparing for this trip?

I have been on trips within the USA, but not in other countries so I was a little nervous and at the same time excited.

What was the first thing that made an impact on you?
The amount of planning and coordinating that goes into a trip.  Passport, shots, tickets, customs, supplies, etc.  By the way Brother Jeff, great job!! 
What have you experienced that has been life changing for you?
The vast amount of people who need to be reached in this world.  We cannot reach them all on a personal level, but going to a place such as Bolivia, we can impact some lives, plus support the Christians who live there.
Do you feel God targeting any area of your life through this trip?
Not really in a single area as of today.  But more across the board in many areas of my life.  Example:  More visible in my neighborhood and more prayer for those abroad.
What is the best or worst think so far?
The worst thing is Tammy and Andy unable to go this time.  One of the best is the unity of the team.
What would you say to someone undecided about missions trips?
I have been to some neat places on vacations and had a great time with family, but no attraction or park compares with a mission trips.  The people you meet, the things you experience are unlike anything else.
How has this affected your perception of a missionary?
I have a greater respect for them and their work.  I also have a greater appreciation for our foreign pastors.





How do you apply the Great Commission in your life?
I try to be a light to those I come in contact with.  I never want  to “turn someone off” by anything I say or do.
Would you go again?
For sure!  Yes.  I don’t think this will be my last.