Back in the action

Early October came with a surprise, a kidney stone, and medical bills. Today, these are just a memory. Struck down, but not destroyed! In pilot talk, “I’m back in the left seat”. What could have remained an extremely heavy situation, very quickly turned into a manageable team effort. I am grateful for every prayer offered, every encouraging word extended, and every dollar hurriedly sent to get me (us) back in the game, on …

Wasn’t expecting that…..

Martinez Missionary Medical Update: At home after two days in the hospital. Had not been quite right the last week or so. A small but ever present pain in my lower left back and abdomen, was getting noticeable. Shocking pain woke me from sleep, followed by waves of nausea. After a few hours, it all subsided and I thought to myself……boy glad that’s over. The following day, exactly the same thing …

Celebrating Independence

The 15th of September in Guatemala is a special time across the country. It’s “independence day”, a celebration marking the end of near 300 years of Spanish colonial rule, way back in 1821. Across the country schools parade wearing the colors of their national flag. In the weeks leading up to the 15th, we hear schools practicing with drum, bugle, and xylophone. We have been in Guatemala for over 8 years, and enjoy the …

Proverbs 31:22

At the beginning of the semester Robin began training up LWT/BI students in the art and skill of using the sewing machine. The vision is to equip these young people with a skill that could sustain them in life and ministry. Donated machines, thread, scissors, and yards of material let the training begin. Twice a week these students meet and learn to craft various items. After just a few weeks, the machine is not as scary, and useful and fun …

The dark work of missionaries

What if, in your line of work, a battery lantern is near the top of the required equipment list? It’s evening, and for whatever unexplained reason, the power is off, again. “There are choices to be made……..sit in the dark and reason why or find another way.” Robin always has a project or two in the works. Tonight, rather than admitting defeat, she is on the kitchen floor with a lantern, …

June 2016 Youth Campaign

Summer mission trips…………the enthusiasm that only youth can bring! A group of 10 youth and their leaders, from Virginia, have made their way to Quetzaltenango for a 9 day adventure in the Lord. Their mission is to show the love of the Lord to all they encounter. Today in Concepcion Chiquirichapa the Alcalde (Mayor) has given the green light for the team to minister in the square. Loud speakers call attention to the street ministry about …

All things to all men……….

When asked, what’s it is like to be a missionary, 1Corinthians 9:22 comes to mind. As a missionary, being all things to all men, can also mean taking on unexpected roles. On this day I was invited to say a few words at a gathering of city and Government officials. The Quetzaltenango Chamber of Commerce (Mesa Economico) was hosting a city wide meeting with special guests from the Aviation directorate from the La Capital, …

A stitch in time saves….

Robin loading up for her sewing class at Living Water teaching Bible Institute, Xela Campus, Guatemala. Now that the fundamentals of the machine have been mastered, its time to guide each student through several practical projects. Students meet twice a week to exercise their new found skills in practical ways. This week aprons are the target project.     Adding pockets and decorative lace to a project, makes it their own …

Signs of growth

Since January 2016, there have been signs of growth and maturing in Guatemala’s aviation infrastructure. Even at our home base (MGQZ) in Quetzaltenango, things are changing. Soon a genuine security fence will provide the means to keep people and livestock from crossing the runway. Meanwhile, the new airport Administrator is about the task of patching open sections of wall that allow people and animals dangerously close to operating aircraft. Today Mario (hangar guard) and I, Chuck, are …

Skills for life

Robin’s sewing classes have been underway for several weeks now. Two groups of Living Water Teaching Bible Institute (LWT/BI) students are being trained up with basic to advanced sewing skills. The young ladies (Jovencitas) will complete several projects along the course of their training. Robin desires to equip these students with additional life-skills as they complete their Bible Institute courses. Donated sewing machines, fabrics, and finish items make this project …