Señor Door –
¿Cómo estás? Greetings from the Land Down Under!
Thanks for giving, loving, serving this week – praying for you & the team.
Karen & Kirk
Great to see you off this morning! I am glad to see you have the chance to experience what your kids have experienced. Like I’ve said before, your money has been there now you get to be there. I am praying that you have a great week and that you stay safe and healthy as you use your talents in Guatemala.
Hi Randy, Hope you are safe and sound in Guate. Praying that you have a great week serving the Lord and the people of Guate. Work hard and stay healthy!
By now you made it through customs (whew), and are safely in Guatemala! I know that God is going to do amazing work through you while you are serving the people of Guatemala this week. I’m praying for you all.
You were missed at the bowling conference today but Jack did give a shout, “good job Bert” for you today 🙂
WOW!!! Where do I start? The View? The drive up to the base? The base itself? all the people involved here? Alot of you know what I am talking about. Got in to the base at 1:00 am CST. and crashed. Breakfast at 6:30 am. We are busy working on the loft area (2nd) floor. Sunday we head to a village and set up a med clinic and present the gospel and hang out. Flights went smoothly for me. Rockin’ Ron was pressed for time coming into Houston and made a beeline for the terminal. He was hoping for a bite to eat. Sure enough, the Lord provides, a meal was served on our way down to Guatemala City. Every tool I decided to grab at the last minute was used in the first 1/2 hour of being here. Anyways, thanks for your prayers and encouragement. The PUSH to go, Mike. Gwen, please post some bowling highlights and thank you for the card. I love you, Gwen. Kyle, Sarah, Jordan and Brittni, you kids Rock!
I’m glad that you are excited and glad that you made the decision to go to Guatemala. I’m praying for you guys everyday. I hope you enjoy the trip to Antigua today, and doing the clinic. Have a great day!!
Hey Dad! Hope youre having a blast down in Guate:) Youre going to have the time of your life! Hopefully you found the list for Antigua;) Well i made sure mom didnt post about the tournament so that i could tell you. But we came in a very close second place, we lost it by 68 pins!! Overall we did very good as a team:) I hope my mini spanish lessons before you left helped! cant wait to hear more about your trip! p.s. dont forget to take pictures!! 🙂 love you, Brit
Praying that the medical clinic goes well today and that you enjoy the day away from the base. After reading Rons’ flight issues I’m glad you were on a different flight. See we just have to trust Gods plan for us even when it doesn’t go the way we want it to. Love you
Mr. Door! I’m glad to hear you made it safe!! How do you like the base? I remember doing devotions outside and looking out at the view.. BEAUTIFUL! I’m sure you will enjoy that :-). I’m excited to hear about how today went! I hope you enjoy the med clinic and talking (well attempting ;-)) with the kids!! All you need to know is that “dulce” means candy.. and they’ll love you!! Take care and I can’t wait to keep reading!!
P.S. Abby sends over a big hug!
How do you like Guatemala? I’m sure you will be wanting to go back once you get home. It’s so great that you are using your gifts for the furthering of God’s Kingdom. He is doing amazing things down there as I’m sure you will see. Have a great week and you will be in our prayers. I bet it will be quiet at the Door house this week. HaHa couldn’t resist Randy.
Hola Senor Door
How was your village day? It is truly an experience you will never forget ! Hope all those little ones didn’t tire you out to much, you still have all week to go! We will keep you in our prayers and enjoy this time serving God in a new environment.
Glad to hear that you arrived safely and customs went smoothly. We can’t adequately desribe the roads and the hill to the base without experiencing it yourself. If you get a chance ask Dan about walking down to the spring and water pump. It is very impressive how this was set up in the remote area where you are. Yes, I agree that the view is awesome. I would like to get back there to see all the changes that have been done since we helped with the move in. Thanks for your post and I am looking forward to reading more. I am praying for safety and strength to night at the village.
Do you know what it’s like to put nail polish on girl’s little fingers for an hour or so, without my glasses? What a day! The day started out in Antigua for 2 hours to shop. Guy’s don’t need that long to shop, Gwen. But I bargained shopped though. We then headed to a coastal village called El Camalote’. It is a 1 1/2 hour drive or so from Antigua. The last 1/2 hour of the drive was barely a two track . More like a horse trail. Dan chose this village because access to the 33 families is virtually impossible during the rainy season. We crossed a river at the bottom of a ravine with the 3 vans. These Ford vans are Beasts. We all pitched in to set up the med clinic in the village school. The people warmed up to us quickly. Lot’s of soccer, frisbee, dolce, and oh, did I mention nail polish. Ask Rockin’ Ron about playing “Ring Around The Rosey”. I think his jeans got dirty. The Jesus film was viewed, we sang some songs to them, and then Hermano Jesus presented the gospel and had an altar call. Very moving for me. The Holy Spirit was truly at work, and at least 40 people or more accepted Christ. Words can’t describe the experience, it must be LIVED!
The rest of our time will be spent working here at the base. We are working on the 2nd floor. They are expanding Estuardo and Noami’s apartment by adding 2 bedrooms a bathroom and an elevator for Estuardo to access the 2nd floor. The elevator is Guatemalan style. A cable winch attached to a welded platform for Estuardo’s wheel chair. A few guys from Iowa welded up the structure for a loft area in the garage and got the wood deck down on it.
Britt, thanks for the bowling update. Good luck at regionals. Thank you, everyone, for all your prayers.
Don’t ask me why my name is Brent.
I couldn’t beleive what I read when I read that you were going to Guat., but I could. When the Holy Spirit prods you’ve got to answer the call. Praying for you and Ron and the rest of the crew. Let’s see that leaves one “door” not yet opened in Guat. Maybe some day your brother will come down.
Glad customs went smoothly haha, no biggie right? You’ll be a seasoned traveller after all of this! Brings back great memories reading about the med clinic and all the nail polish and ring around the rosey…and the powerful message of Hermano Jesus. Even though you really have no idea what he is saying, you do know. That is one of the most powerful nights anyone could ever experience and you were able to experience that. I know EXACTLY what you are talking about when the road was hardly a two way, ask Kevin Berens about that sometime haha! You should definitely grab a cup of coffee and just sit outside some morning and stare at those mountains, don’t know when you could have a more incredible view. Hope you’re having the time of your life, and get that second floor done! Say hi to everyone for me.
Hey Uncle Randy! I am glad that it is all going so well! I know exactly what you mean…you can’t accurately describe how it feels to be in that village, you really have to be there! I may have spied on you and talked to Erin on facebook…but I am glad to hear that you are feeling well and enjoying it! We knew you would! Kyle and Sarah are right, sit on that porch some morning and watch the sun come up over those mountains! It is indescribable!!! Also, dad is right, check out there water pump and stuff if you get a chance. It is a cool walk through the fields and hillside too! Hope the rest of the week goes well!!! Prayers coming your way from TN too! Tell Dan I say hi!!
Glad to hear that the village went well last night. Yes, that is another thing that you have to experience yourself. So you liked the ride to the village? What have you been working on today? Please tell Hermano Jesus that Hulk’s Dad says hello. Also, say hello to Estuardo & Noami for us. Now that you have experience with nail polish you and Gwen can set up your own full service salon, she can do hair and you can do manicures! What is your favorite nail polish color? It is great to know that everything is going well for you. Thanks for keeping us updated, I enjoy reading your posts. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you work there.
Kind of like that, but I think we should stick to Randy. It may confuse people. So nice to read your postings. It sounds like you are having a wonderful time. You’ll have to tell us all about it when you come home. We’ll have a brother/sister/inlaw dinner and hear all about it. We are praying for safety and a great week of serving.
Greg and Kathy
A big drywall day here at the base. Got all of Estuardo’s 2nd floor apa rtment addition done. Someone is mudding one room tonight, so it can dry and time out with the other rooms as the coats of mud go on. Did some plumbing work for venting toilets to the outside world. Also got sunburned setting scaffolding for framing in 2 windows on the 2nd floor. All in all a busy day. Enjoying the view every chance I get. I will make work to tour the orphanage tomorrow. Likely some electrical work with Ron there. Yeah, the hike to the dam as well.
Hi Randy, Glad to hear that all is well, and that you are enjoying your work and your fun in Guate. Continue to do God’s work with joy in knowing that you are making a difference!!
I can’t believe you got to go bargain shopping without me! It sounds like your day was awesome, I’m glad you got to have that experience this week. I loved the story about the finger nail polish, I hope you are taking pictures while you are there. Thinking and praying for you.
Randy look at hooges blog
Hi Uncle Randy,
It sounds amazing. Wish I could be there with you! We’ll have to have another cousins night for you to show up at and tell us all the stories. Praying for you, and tell Dan, Heidi, Erin, Estuardo, and Noami I said hi!
So happy to read you are having a wonderful experience in Guatemala!!! I can just see you putting nail polish on for all those sweet little girls!! I sure hope someone got a picture of that!!!! Praying you stay healthy and that God will continue to use you and the team in mighty ways.
Love you favorite twin brother!!!!!!
Love, Brian and Rhonda
Hey Door man missed u at the last 2 bball games. I told u the med clinic was amazing. Dont think ive ever gone thru it without a tear or 2 or 3 or 20. When they play power of your love in spanish as the guat people come foward to give there lives to Christ is amazing. I always think of that moment when we sing that song at church. Hope u take home some of what u have seen back home. It does put our life in perspective doesnt it. Take care and praying 4 u.
Hi Randy, are you tired yet? It’s a good tired though! Hope you enjoy your last work day and feel like you accomplished much. Will pray for safety as you finish out the week and travel home! we can’t wait to hear all your stories!
Sounds like you have had a great week! Enjoy your last full day tomorrow as you wrap up the projects you have been working on. You have made some great memories this week and have had the opportunity to experience what your kids have. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you travel home.
we miss you!! we’re sitting here doing homework and we love taking breaks to read your blog 🙂 can’t wait until you get back, enjoy the rest of your time! love you!
Its starting to seem a little quiet around here now, I guess its time for you to come home now 🙂 I hope your last day in Guatemala is a good one. I am praying that you have a great, safe flight home on Friday, its suppose to snow here Thursday night so I hope that doesn’t mess your flight up. We will see you on Friday, love you!
Good evening everyone,
For those of you who have been here before, the loft area is where our team is busy working. Basically a 2nd and 3rd floor addition. Dan and Heidi and their family will move to a 2nd floor apartment, and their main floor space will become offices. Estuardo and his family’s apartment will expand to 2 bedrooms and a bath on the 2nd floor. Yesterday a bunch of us took a hike to see the reservoir early in the morning. The reservoir is the water supply for the base. A pretty cool system. I helped Rockin’ Ron change out some light fixtures in the orphanage for more energy efficient lights. We got to hold the 2 infants that currently live there. Gwen, your heart would melt. A 3rd child arrived at the orphange via police escort late yesterday afternoon as well. Went to bed last night and was greeted by a friend’s ( who will remain nameless) rubber snake. HHHHHHMMMmmm.
Today we continued to run wire and hang some drywall. Jordan, these projects would be right up your alley. You should come down sometime. Jeff Hoogewind and I caught some sunshine this afternoon as we set up scaffolding on the back of the building so new windows can be installed. This evenings devotions were very meaningful to me. The singing is just awesome, and Dan’s passion for this ministry is huge. The chorus from the the song ” The Power of Your Name” is in my head.
And I will live
To carry your compassion
To love a world that’s broken
To be your hands and feet
And I will give
With the life that I’ve been given
And go beyond religion
To see the world be changed
By the power of Your name
The power of Your name.
I love reading your posts! Hope that this week has been so meaningful! Im so happy you love it down there! It is a special place. Take time today to really enjoy the views and what God has created down there. Have a safe last day of work and travel back home!!
Give estuardo and his family hugs and love from me! I miss those guys so much! I can’t wait to hear all your stories!
Sounds like you are having an awesome time. I look forward to hearing more stories when you get home. Missed ya at the crossing! Have a great trip home tomorrow!
Man, what an adventure. Arrived back in G.R. around 6:00 pm last night. Following Jesus and doing HIS work is not always easy. Actually, never easy. Satan is at every corner. The peace that I had in me the whole week. It was your prayers for me and the team that brought about the peace, confidence and accomplishments that we had while being there. The initial anxiety of bringing meds through customs, the med clinic, 24 ft. extension ladder to get on the roof of the base to clean and caulk gutters. Things like this I threw into the Lord’s hands and HE gave me confidence. I never looked back. Bud, thanks for your help on the roof.
Dan, Heidi, thank you for your vision for this ministry. Paradise Bound has touched a lot of lives for Jesus. Thank you for the friendships made with the team. Anybody up for going to Llama Fest.
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