January 9, 2013

We Are Asking You for Prayer

What. A. Trip.

I could spend a lot of time here dwelling on how awful the traveling was to get there and back. However, I have decided to focus on the positives of our vacation. While in the Midwest, we really had a fabulous time. With all the traveling we did, we were able to do so much fun stuff and see many friends and family! We don't have pictures of everything...but here are a few...

Broekhuis Christmas in Wisconsin. As we all live far away from each other, it is a rare delight when all of us are in the same place. It was great fun, as we ate all of our favorite foods and played many competitive card games.

Potgeter Christmas in Michigan. A highlight of this year's Christmas was learning how to play Ticket to Ride, our family's new favorite game. My mom also set up a Christmas Bingo game for us to play, where we got to win $10 gift cards! We love gift cards.

Our second Christmas together. I think we still look pretty happy.

Collin was happy to receive his official Adrian Peterson jersey this Christmas. Faithful Vikings fan for life.

It was also a rare delight for us to watch Kayla play basketball! She was a shining star on the court as usual, and Dordt won.

I had the wonderful opportunity of going with friends Aubrie and Anna to meet our friend Kaylee, who lives in Indianapolis. We all met in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Although we had a great groupon to cover the cost of all four of our meals, we highly recommend that you NEVER go or take your family to the Tilted Kilt. Ever.

A few things we did not have pictures of, but thoroughly enjoyed, were attending my friend and two-year college roommate's wedding! It's always great when weddings turn into fun reunions. We also played in a 6-on-6 volleyball tournament. While our team skill level was on the lower end of the bracket, we still had a great time enjoying a sport that is under-appreciated in Guatemala.

Now, the reason I am choosing not to share and complain about our travels back and forth, is that today, once again, I am reminded that some things are not okay to complain about.

About a month ago now, we wrote a post called We Are Asking You For Money. In that post, we told you about a few of our friends who were in desperate need for financial help. One of those friends is a janitor at our school, whom we call Don Juan. His wife has been having stomach issues, and has not gotten better. In fact, the situation has gotten worse. A lot worse.

A few days ago, we received the following email:

"Dear IAS Teachers and Staff,

I pray to God for you and your families, for this new year full of opportunities to serve and praise our sweet savior Jesus Christ. Don Juan Alredo called me this morning to let me know that his wife is very sick. She was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer. I believe in the power of prayer and this is the reason I am emailing you guys. As a part of the body of Christ we could pray for her recovery.

Thanks for taking a minute to bless and pray for Don Juan's family."

We also believe in the power of prayer. We also are asking you, as the body of Christ, to take a moment to pray for our friend's wife, and to keep both her and all her family in your prayers. Please pray for a miracle.

Grace and Peace,