Friday, April 30, 2010

The Perfect Reminder

"He is run to the cry of...those who are being tempted and tested and tried." Hebrews 2:18

"Jesus was angry enough to purge the temple, hungry enough to eat raw grain, distraught enough to be called a drunkard, winesome enough to attract kids, weary enough to sleep in a storm-bounced boat, poor enough to sleep on dirt and borrow a coin for a sermon illustration, radical enough to get kicked out of town, responsible enough to care for his mother, tempted enough to know the smell of Satan, and fearful enough to sweat blood. But why? Why would heaven's finest Son endure earth's toughest pain? So you would know that "he is run to the cry of...those who are being tempted and tested and tried." Whatever you are facing, he knows how you feel."

(Grace for the Moment - Morning & Evening Edition - Max Lucado)

There could not be a more perfect reminder for me this morning.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

On Our Way

Not everyone knows this because I don't remember making a "public" announcement about it (though it is highly possible that I did and just can't remember), but we are leaving for Guatemala Sunday morning. Our spring trip was postponed when the focus of the trip changed.

I got the friendly reminder this morning that I had not posted prayer requests for this trip, so for those of you that continue to pray for us and those we are working with in Guatemala, we are specifically praying for...

  • Safe travel and safety while in-country.
  • Open hearts and minds on our part, for the families of Pueblo Nuevo and for the Tulio family as we discuss and make decisions on some important issues.
  • Our families that will not be traveling with us.

There are only two of us traveling this week. I won't go into detail about the purpose of the trip now, but I can't wait to share about it when we return. I will be traveling with our newest board member, Carolyn. Carolyn has been an incredible support since we announced the beginning of AAB and traveled as a team member on both the October and December trips. I am thrilled that she is returning for the third time this year to serve not only in Pueblo Nuevo, but as part of the AAB board.

For those praying, thank you!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

December 2010 Guatemala Mission Trip

Registration for our December trip to Guatemala is now open. We will be in Guatemala December 12 - 18, 2010. As we did last year, we will distribute Christmas food baskets (bags) to families and hold a Christmas party for the children in Pueblo Nuevo. Other plans are subject to change, but at this time we plan to begin installing water filtration systems during this trip and provide a health and hygiene class to families that receive filters that week. We will also visit Rehoboth Children's Home. Registration is limited to 10 team members and the registration deadline is October 1, 2010. No previous mission trip experience or specialized skills are necessary for this trip. Families with children age 5 and up are welcome to travel and as always, we welcome church groups.

For more information, please visit our website or email me at terry(at)acrossallborders(dot)org.

Monday, April 5, 2010

August 2010 Guatemala Mission Trip

We will be traveling to Guatemala August 21-28, 2010 and are currently seeking team members that can provide medical and/or dental care to adults and children, team members that are willing to assist in the repair of homes (patch roofs, replace boards, etc.) and team members to assist in VBS activities in the village of Pueblo Nuevo. Registration for this trip is now open. For more information or to register for this trip, please visit the Across All Borders website or email Terry at terry (at) acrossallborders (dot) org.

Both AAB founders will be in Guatemala and working with teams that week as well as working directly with families and community leaders to provide education about a possible microfinance program...a community based savings and credit association to promote saving and lending as a way to boost the local job market through job creation, provide for emergency medical situations and provide for other needs as the community sees fit. This program will benefit not only the families of Pueblo Nuevo, but also the community as a whole as we continue to work toward poverty alleviation as orphan prevention in this village. A great deal of work is being done to ensure that this is, indeed, the best way to approach microfinace in Pueblo Nuevo before jumping in to such an important program. Watch for more details as plans continue to unfold.