#108 Our story

We are back in Lake Charles and getting the last of our items to take back to Guatemala on Thursday. We already have 3 of our 4 suitcases packed. We are anxious to return home.

Debbie’s nephew, Heath, has extensive jaw damage and neither the hospitals in Lake Charles nor Lafayette can repair it so he will be sent to Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans. The bullet cannot be removed.

The largest-ever survey of a region from the Mayan civilization has located over 60,000 previously unknown structures in northern Guatemala. It includes farms, houses and defensive fortifications as well as 60 miles of roads and canals connecting cities.


In April 1996 I had a special treat. It was very difficult for the Maya Indians to understand my Spanish. In many villages the men learn Spanish but the women do not. Dottie and I crossed the lake to Tzanchaj where I preached.

But it was an experience I never had. I preached in English and it was translated into Quiche and then into Kachequil. How anyone could follow that sermon was a miracle. Only the Holy Spirit could do it. There were a number of salvations.

Dottie was the recipient of a tradition here in Guatemala as fireworks went outside our bedroom at 5am. It was her birthday. On Dottie’s birthday we had a special service with Dottie on the piano; Estela was on the guitar and Fernando on the bass.

I took two of my daughters, Tanya and Becky, with an Indiana medical team scheduled for 3 days. The girls translated for the doctors. These trips always opened me up to pastors in the area. They believe that since we have built so many churches that I am wealthy.

When we returned to the house the courts had sent us a 12 year old girl. The next day she told me that she was pregnant. We had a test done and she was pregnant. The courts sent her to home for pregnant teens.