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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Worth dying for…

After a couple week break because of our trip to Juarez, it was absolutely wonderful to see our Ace Hoops boys again at Powderhorn Park on Saturday! And to make it even better, we had our largest group yet….23 boys!

This means our basketball teams have a few more substitutes, our dinner table needs a few more chairs, the family serving the meal needs to make a little more food, but ultimately and most importantly that every Saturday night, more and more boys are learning about the God who loves them.

As I have mentioned before, my relationship with these boys has challenged me in ways that I never could have imagined. W

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What now?

We’re back safe and sound. All eight of us. All eighty fingers and eighty toes fully intact. I hope you enjoyed reading the blog and catching a glimpse, with pictures and videos, of our week at the Emmanuel Children’s Home in Juarez, Mexico. It was a BLAST! Thanks for the prayers of safety and protection. Most importantly, though, thanks for your prayers on our actual trip and our experience at the home and with the kids.

For trip returners and “newbies” alike, encountering God in new ways and on deeper levels happens at this place.

One of our trip members summarized it well by simply stating, “It’s a perspective

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Celebrate!

Yesterday we had the fun opportunity to watch a program at the school where all the parents were invited to come celebrate Benito Juarez, Women’s Day, Day of the Family and the beginning of Spring! Each of the classes either performed a dance or recited a poem…they were so cute!

So…we thought we would share a bit of the program with all of you…

The first video is the 2nd graders reciting a poem about Benito Juarez and the second is the Pre-kinder class singing and playing games in probably the most adorable costumes possible…the kids looked SO CUTE! We were each so proud of our classes that we ha

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What's your life worth?

In this city and in this present time, $50. Your life is worth less than the shoes you’re probably wearing or the date night you just recently had with your spouse or significant other. In Juarez, to carry out a “hit” on a person, you just have to give the right description and offer the right (and low) amount of money and your request can be granted.

Scary huh….

At this home, and with these kids, however, it’s not this way.

For to them to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Every Thursday night is a youth service down in the church here at the home. Typically, this is a time where kids worship togethe

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What’s your life worth?

In this city and in this present time, $50. Your life is worth less than the shoes you’re probably wearing or the date night you just recently had with your spouse or significant other. In Juarez, to carry out a “hit” on a person, you just have to give the right description and offer the right (and low) amount of money and your request can be granted.

Scary huh….

At this home, and with these kids, however, it’s not this way.

For to them to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Every Thursday night is a youth service down in the church here at the home. Typically, this is a time where kids worship togethe

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Miercoles

For your viewing pleasure, two videos that give you a glimpse into our week here. In video one, Hannah and Scotti were asked to give an hour-long presentation to 2nd graders on Daniel and the Lion’s Den. Shown here, the kids are going over a poem with actions. Super cute! Hannah and Scotti did a great job lesson planning for the hour!

In video two, Nate and Brian have been working hard all week with Tito at reconstructing the playset. This is the climax of the week: putting the roof on. (Warning: Kristen made the decisi

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True Grit

For halftime entertainment, it’s a test of true grit and perseverance: toddler tricycle racing.

The storyline has everything you need for a true Hollywood drama. Laughs and smiles. Tears and heartbreak. A loud, over-the-top anxious, “soccer mom” (Kristen). Triumph. And never giving up. Well, close to reality…..After two emotional disqualifications, another two DQs for failing to finish under the maximum time allotment of 3 minutes, Kayla is crowned the victor.

Oh the joys….

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Pure joy.

Have you ever been doing something or been somewhere and it just feels right? Like it’s exactly where you are supposed to be?

That’s Emmanuel Children’s Home for me. And I know this is true for our group right now as well…we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!

It has been another wonderful day…spending time in the classrooms, playing games, giving “caballo” rides, soaking in the sunshine and being blessed with so many hugs and kisses from all of our ninos…thinking back on all the moments we have had with the kids today I can’t help but feel just pure joy. Seeing the

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Lunes

Apologies for all of those who were unable to view the video we posted last night. Not tech-savvy myself, have no idea what happened. (I’ll work on trying it again soon!)

Full day #2 has been packed with highlights and a tightly-run schedule. After beginning the morning with a devo, the girls went into the first and second grade classrooms at the school here and helped in a plethora of ways: helping with basic reading, writing and math skills, making photo copies, rearranging book shelves or even designing and creating 3D replica’s of Toy Story sombreros (hats). (Not exactly sure of its purpose….)

The guys have undergon

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Dance Dance

We’ll let this video do the talking. It pretty much sums up how all of us feel looking back on the day that was with the kids of the Emmanuel Children’s Home!

When you’re team’s not playing in the big tournament, you’re forced to keep yourself preoccupied and entertained. Gael’s idea of entertainment, dance!

First full day here has been an absolute blast! A powerful worship service (that we’ll touch on with another blog), complimented with amazing food, 85 degrees and sunshine, and an afternoon of soccer, tricycle races and…well…dancing!

Thanks for the prayers! M

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