Thursday, August 31, 2006


WOW! Yesterday was a warm one. Our thermometer says that it only got up to 103, but the humidity is thick around here. We have our air conditioner in our room set at a freezing 75 degrees. Last night I walked out to the kitchen to get some water and it really felt like an oven. It was hot and muggy...even at night. We are expecting some rain and wind with the storm coming. Usually this happens when we have storm-like weather. It gets really hot, then in the evening it rains. Last evening it didn't rain, right now it's 90 and humid at 10:30 am. hopefully there'll be some rain today to cool things down. The only drawback is that when the sun comes out when the ground is wet, you get....yep, more humidity! Today is the last day of August, one of the two worst months for this kind of whether. September is left, and with the things we have planned for the youth, it should be a fun month and should hopefully go by pretty quick. Blessings to all.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Hurricane John

We have a storm coming our way. It looks like it will pass us by, but it should be interesting. We are about 60 miles northeast of San Blas which is up the coast from Puerto Vallarta. Check at these two sites for more information.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Night of LIFE

What an awesome time! Thank you all for your prayers for last Saturday. The youth event went great! The purpose for these youth events, “Noche de ¡VIDA!” (Night of LIFE!), is to draw in youth who normally don’t attend church so they can have a chance to hear the gospel. This also provides opportunity for the regulars to invite their friends and open doors for them to share with them. We did not know how many to expect to come since it’s been a few months since we’ve had an event like this, but nearly 50 youth showed up and the atmosphere was exciting! We sang praise songs, played games, listened to the Word of God, had a time of prayer and worship, and finished up with some more praise songs. The prayer time was special because those that needed a touch from God came forward and were touched. At the end of the evening, you would have thought we were at camp all over again. Everyone left excited, motivated to serve God and ready to face the challenge of choosing LIFE as they begin the new school year.

Friday, August 25, 2006

This Week

We've been preparing for a youth event for this weekend. The theme is "Back to School" and the message will be centered around making a decision to serve Christ. "It's time to choose who we will live for" from Joshua 24:14,15. Please keep this in your prayers. I have noticed some apathy in the group since we returned from camp...especially in the past week. Pray that God will touch the hearts of those that come and that those that need to come, will come and be open to God's Word. It's interesting to see where the group is right now and the message that God put on my heart weeks ago. I expect this to be a strenghening time for the group. It should be a fun evening.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

First Day Of School!

We took Rebecka up to the Kindergarden Shool this morning for her first day of School! Yesterday was actually supposed to be her first day, but she missed it because we were involved in the funeral services for the baby who passed away. Rebecka is SO excited! She couldn't wait to go to school. She cried yesterday when we told her that she wasn't going to be able to go. She is standing in front of the school with her friends, Dani and Aylin.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Children's Team

We have a children's team from Tepic, Nayarit here right now. They are doing a great job! Last night we had a pretty good turnout and tonight we're expecting even a bigger crowd. I'm really impressed with the leadership of the team that's here. Please keep in your prayers the ministry to children.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Back on the Net

Thanks to Jay TenBrink, fellow missionary here, we're back in business with the Net. A lot has happened in the past week, so I'll do my best to bring you up to date...


On August 10, Emma turned four months old. She is growing a lot and has lots of fun with her bigger sister. Rebecka has a way of making her giggle hilariously.

Last Friday and Saturday night, we reviewed the material we went over with the youth back in February for a Student Leadership Conference. Friday was more of an information day, home group style. We talked about mainly spiritual warfare and had some time of worship at the end. It was a lot of fun! On Saturday, we had a Worship Experience night. Last February we did the same thing, but I forgot to bring my camera. It was set up to have different "Worship Stations" such as a place to write a letter to God, a corner to pray and ask for forgiveness (we had a pan full of sand that they could write sin down and wipe it away with their hand, signifying it's disappearance and forgiveness), we had a play-dough section where they could create things, and we had a coloring section with crayons. It was a very creative night where the youth were able to exerience worshipping God in other ways than music.

On August 13, Rebecka had her fourth birthday. She was so excited that it was her birthday! We were able to watch a movie of her choice together and then we got a phone call from Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Sheri, and cousin Trisha which she loved! We've been so busy, we haven't had a chance to make her a cake yet. Hopefully, that will be today.

As for other news, we've got some great things planned with the youth in the next couple of months. Please be praying the God would capture their hearts and they would respond. We also have some new musicians coming up to learn more instruments...that means more time dedicated to the worship as well. I would appreciate your prayers for wisdom on how to arrange my schedule so that it will not be hectic. Thank you.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


We're still alive. We've been pretty busy with the youth and worship lately, cleaning up my office and our shed, and Rebecka's birthday. We had some internet problems as well, so as soon as they are fixed, I'll be able to update you on a few things; Rebecka, Emma, the youth, etc. Keep watch.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The TenBrink Family

Jay, Faith, Isaiah, and Elizabeth TenBrink are missionaries here in Cofradia as well. Jay has just set up a website for their family. Here's the link. For future reference, I have put a link to the right as well.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Just For Fun

I was browsing my home church's site today and found an "Application to Date My Daughter" that our pastor had made for anyone who wanted to date his daughter. Keep in mind that this was made FOR FUN!!! Here's the link.

Just Relaxing

Para Jovenes

Para Jovenes is a youth meeting that means, "Just for Youth." We met last Saturday night to play outside games together, eat barbacued hot dogs, watch a video of the youth retreat in July, and the new Hillsong United DVD, "The Stand." Hillsong has made a spanish CD of the songs and it turned out very impressive. The youth were really excited to watch the DVD and learn more about the instruments they play.

The Taylors

We were able to go visit Doug and Jan Taylor in Guadalajara last week for a few days. It was great to see them again and a blessing to be with them. Their health has improved quite a bit, Doug is recovering well and they may have oportunity to go back home to Canada before they had anticipated. Then, in November, they have to be back in Guadalajara for a follow-up surgery for Doug. Jan is still struggling a bit with some health issues, but is doing very well. Thank you all for your prayers.