Be joyful in hope, patient in
affliction, faithful in prayer.
Share with God's people who are in
need. Practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless
and do not curse.
I created another site for country travel guide links based on
where we've been or others' recommendations in case the travel bug
bites you! http://carptravels.wikispaces.com/
Pace Family Mission (http://lordlightmypath.com/missions/pace-family-in-peru/)
follow God's will for our lives so that we can serve Him in all we do,
go wherever He leads, and share His amazing love with those around us.
to support mission projects around the world
Cusco, Peru - Romulo Tupa - Local Missionary
2) Guayllabamba, Ecuador - Tulcanza Family - Local Missionary Church
with two outreach locations
3) Missionary - Boris Salinas - Ecuador - Rescue Mission and Job
Training for Victims of Human Trafficking
4) It's About Kids Orphanage and School - Valle de los Chillos, Ecuador
5) Home of Hope - Malawi, Africa, Canadian Missionaries
6) Helping Hands Foreign Mission (http://www.helpinghandsmissions.org/)
I can't remember the name of this noisy bird on the left, but it was
hysterical to listen to
as it seemed like it was laughing and having a party up in the trees.
On the right is the green heron, a bird we've seen in almost every
country we've traveled to.
An abstract look at the mangroves at Monterrico, Guatemala
This is a four eyed fish that you can see skipping across the water
like a stone.
It has two eyes in the front and two eyes in the back of its head so it
can really see what is coming and going.
Steve is playing chicken with the giant waves that break about 12 feet
high right on the shore in Monterrico's beach.
As the heat wave and drought seems to be hitting the states, we are
blessed here in Guatemala with cool weather and daily rain. It is
definitely a climate change. I think climate change can also
apply in our own lives as we look at what kindof "weather" is affecting
our moods or actions each day. It is amazing how a little action by
someone else or something else in our lives can change the whole
outlook on our day. It is important to be aware of our emotions, but
not to become our emotions or let them dictate our reactions. For years
I have had a sticker on the top of my podium at school that says,
"Respond, don't react" to remind me of exactly that. My goal for this
coming school year is to work to deal appropriately with the situations
that confront me every day; every day will probably not be a sunny
happy day, but I hope to control any unexpected storms and push the
clouds away when it gets hazy or overcast.
Birds, bugs, and butterflies are all
willing to pose for a picture in Armenia, Colombia
It is interesting to look at the different
creatures God has put on the planet and to marval at how unique each
one is. They act unexpectedly and you never know who or what you will
see where or when. Unlike us though, I don't think they compare
themselves to each other. Nothing good comes from comparing yourself to
others and living in the land of 'er - better, stronger, bigger,
etc. We are all uniquely made exactly as God had planned.
Everyone's circumstances are different so any comparison really is
moot. Be happy with who you are - live the life you love and love the
life you live because the choice is up to you.
since we belong to the day, leet us be self-controlled, putting on
faith and love as the breastplate and the hope of salvation as a
suggestion we got from some of the missionaries we work with here in
South America is for people who are coming to help to learn some
Spanish. It helps to make a greater impact and really build
relationships that can't be accomplished with a language barrier. As we
have traveled, we have seen that we can communicate with about 70% of
the people we meet in either English or Spanish, so knowing both of
those languages can help reach a lot of people.
are here in Guatemala for another year and hope to be able to show
friends and family a few of the sights here that make this a beautiful
country. I hope you enjoy the pictures from our summer travels to the
Caribbean and Costa Rica!
Steve and Cathy Carpenter
- the Tulcanaza family in Ecuador, especially Fabiola's health and
their family finances
- for the new and old teachers at CAG for a successful and fruitful
school year 2012-13
- God's mercy and grace in our lives
- family members who are facing tough decisions in their lives
- successful search for a church herein Guatemala
- opportunities to support more mission work and projects in Ecuador
- continued good health, safe travel, and a blessed life
- successful mission trips of family and friends
- meeting a student from 15 years ago who was on a mission trip to
Guatemala and remembered me as a positive influence in his life
- marriage of my niece to a wonderful young man
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