Monday, December 31, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Annual night time parade in downtown San Jose. With special permission we were able to park right behind the television trucks. From the top of the micro bus we had an outstanding view. A friend of mine shot this (from another vantage point).
We took our music department out for an enchanted evening. A nice meal (family value pack at Taco Bell). Ice cream and street performers. Topped off with the Nutcracker at the Teatro Nacional. Cultural and educational. One of the songs I previously only knew as the theme song for Houston Wrestling.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
This was a language school trip. They let Lalo translate. This video was made for a church that sent gifts for the kids. The children's shelter is not one of ours. As a result there is a huge spiritual void. Three of these kids' pictures are in my Bible in La Carpio. Our kids are already praying for them. We plan to go on a mission trip next year with some kids from LC. This is one of the places we're praying about. The miracle of this video is in the smile of the main kid. His name is Geronimo and this is the only time he smiled the whole time we were there.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
This past Saturday we had our annual Christmas party for the kids in La Carpio. We teamed up with the local community and language students and fed well over 200 kids. We served the traditional chicken and rice followed with ice cream cones. Each kid left with a bag of goodies. Everyone survived the chaos and no child was harmed during the piñata riot.
Jorge is 13 and has 3 sisters. He was on our little league team but just recently moved away to live with his mother. His dad sold their house in La Carpio to go live with his new girlfriend. The guy that bought the house has remodeled it and turned it into a bar. Jorge comes and visits us in La Carpio every now and then.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Manuelito is 13 and has 2 brothers and 1 sister. He was part of the inspiration for our little league team. This kid can walk the length of a soccer field on his hands! At a tender young age Manuel is already a fierce little warrior. It's often a challenge getting him to fly in formation with the rest of the team. We think he's worth it.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Maykol (pronounced like Michael) is 13 and has 1 brother and 5 sisters. He is fiercely loyal and the kind of person that you can depend on in a crisis situation. He's part of our regular crew when we have guests. Maykol is also one of our little league soccer players and is doing great in school.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Nelson is 15. He is one of our two time soccer champions on our big league team. Unfortunately he was removed from the team this year due to his own actions. He has had a rough year. He has spent time with the wrong crowd, made some bad decisions and saw his close cousin shot right in front of him. Nelson is a great person with a huge heart. He is a natural leader and always very helpful when we have guests.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Roberto is 11 years old. He has 3 brothers and 5 sisters. Roberto is the goalie of our little league soccer team and also won a championship with the older team before the league became more strict on age requirements. He is also one of the singers for our church. Roberto has been illiterate all of his life. We have been working with him on a daily basis and he is beginning to read for the first time.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I believe that when we get over our "stuff" (material and mental) and reach the point in our lives where we can be happy with just a sunset; that's when God can decorate our lives with the cool stuff of eternity.