Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Soccer Clinic, Part 2

Random pictures of the soccer clinic held at the Camp in June.
Soccer balls were donated and each child received one with a soccer shirt and a cloth backpack, which included a Spanish Gideon New Testament.

There were young ones and early teenagers in the various groups.

The kids learned the importance of exercising and warming up before games.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

World Cup Wannabes!

As we begin working with the second team of the summer, I will be posting on the soccer clinic team that was here in June. There are some problems loading pictures, so there will be a little each day!
OK, they were only World Cup wannabes, but they learned and practiced skills for soccer for two days.

The girls were asked to come in their "P E" outfits, but there were those that played in traditional traje!

Each day had two sessions for two different groups. We reached about 150 kids each day. A devotional ended each session, led by group leaders.

An extra was the haircuts available by two young women of Birmingham, Alabama! Took a little coaxing, but once the others saw a couple get their hair cut...the line was out the door!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

England visits America in Guatemala!

Last night we had visiting friends from England for supper. We met some of the group a couple of weeks ago when they came to the Camp to help with some cleanup. They are working at one of our churches two miles away and offered to help us out. The group has been here since the middle of March, sleeping on the floors of churches and eating Guatemalan food and what they cooked themselves. When we offered hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans and brownies, they were all over it! We had a great visit last night and learned about the lives of ten 19 and 20 year olds, despite the differences in accents! They really enjoyed speaking English to someone other than each other and none spoke more than basic Spanish. And they all wanted to know more about Janel (far right) and growing up in the U.S.!

Friday, June 18, 2010

2 Days later...

Poor Janel! She spent two days with us shopping for the three teams...traveling out to the Camp...then cooking all of the meat! By the time we were through, we had cooked 52 pounds of ground beef, 32 pounds of chicken...
and made 66 hamburgers! She doesn't want to see hamburger for awhile!
Tonight, we will have 10 students from England over for...HAMBURGERS, what else! We have made baked beans and brownies also for the evening. I will post tomorrow on the cookout!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Janel Ealy

Meet Janel Ealy from Aston, Pennsylvania! We picked her up yesterday and she helped us shop for three teams at once. After we get back to the Camp this afternoon, we get to cook for three teams at once! She will also be working with the Guatemalan pastors tomorrow as they practice on their English. She has a Pennsylvania accent, but after living in Memphis, Tennessee, for two years, she has a tendency to develop a "Southern" accent when she is around folks from the South. So, Mom, she will be a "Southern belle" when she returns home!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Mail Call

We received mail here at the Camp yesterday! Usually our mail comes through Dallas or Las Buenas Nuevas in Panajachel. Except for the power bill, which we can literally find anywhere at the Camp (usually not in the mailbox), we never receive mail here! But yesterday, a mailman rode up on a bicycle with one piece of mail, made me sign for it (it was not registered) and give my passport number to be able to receive it. It was Brad and Lindsey Bridges prayer letter - Brad and Lindsey are some of CAM's newest missionaries in Uruguay. Glad it wasn't junk mail! And it only took 3 years for us to start getting mail here...now that we are leaving...

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Two days of sun!

We're excited...we had two days in a row of sun without rain! That has given us a chance to do some clean-up without being knee deep in mud.
Yesterday morning, one of our area churches showed up with 7 guys to help us clean up. They started with the backyard landslide that took out our fence. Until we get that fixed, Snow has to be on a chain all of the time...which she is not fond of. She is our escape artist who loves to get free and roll in cow...you get the idea.

The well diggers became well cleaners! There was mud 1 meter deep (about 3 feet, for those metrically challenged) in the well that came in through the ground water. They went down into the well, sent up buckets and buckets of mud, cleaned down the well walls and cleaned out our cistern tank. We now have water and can take a shower in water that is cleaner than we are!

On a side note that tells a little of the culture in our area, the family of well diggers are just that...well diggers. None of the kids go to school (not even that little one) because they will grow up to be well diggers and they don't need school for that, so says the father. Unfortunately we see that all too often, whether they are well diggers, farmers or whatever. Even though all children are required by law to go to school through the 3rd grade (???), the law is not enforced. So grows another generation without education.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Santa Rita

On Sunday, I mentioned that Johnny and Esteban went to a nearby village to help with relief efforts. They took the 4WD truck, but still had to walk part of the way in.
You can see the line of cars at the top of the picture. They were stopped by the line of boulders and trees that came down the mountain and crossed the road. When they first got out of the truck and Johnny took a couple of pictures, the guys working all stopped and started saying he was a reporter. Then he began helping with moving the boulders and someone recognized him as "the Camp missionary".

They drove over one area of debris, but got stopped at another and had to walk into the village. You can see where the wall of mud, water, boulders and trees came through the town. Esteban had an uncle who was a pastor at the evangelical church in the village. His house had 4 feet of mud inside, which they helped clean. The clothes were left with him to use and disperse.

They also helped move mud, boulders and trees from across the main road in town.

The torrent of debris and mud took out road and houses on it's way to the lower side of the village. Thankfully, no one was killed.