We went to the airport at 4am and arrived in Nashville at 4pm. Thom and Shawna met us and then we had dinner with their daughter Haley who works with street people.

We have two interns for a month. One will work in the baby dorm and the other in Esperanza.

Vanessa who has been here all of her life moved on to live on her own. She works for the San Bartolome government.


Ever tried a diet that didn’t work? If so, sympathize with William the Conqueror a man who lived almost 1,000 years ago. Apparently, old William apparently got so fat he had trouble staying on his horse! His solution? The French king decided enough was enough, so he confined himself to his room and consumed nothing but alcohol.

Though the days that followed were undoubtedly interesting, the diet didn’t work. He eventually died in 1087 when he fell off his horse at the Siege of Mantes. He was so obese, clergy had trouble fitting him into his stone sarcophagus, and the stench of his body filled the chapel with a foul smell.

At least his horse must’ve felt some relief.

The alcohol diet? It won’t ever work, but it’d probably be plenty popular.

James 2:18 ‘ “someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. The bother of Jesus, James, has the right idea. Diets do not work for long periods of time. Whatever you are going to do, do it with all your heart.

You cannot will yourself in making a difference. You first believe and then you work. Being a successful Christian means you work at it each and every day. Too many Christians, like dieters, begin with good intentions but fall to the wayside. Start small and build your spiritual stamina.