#153 our story

At 7am Dottie, Gladys & I went to the market in Antigua to purchase the flowers for the quinceaneras. At 9 we went back to Antigua but the road was blocked & the traffic was incredible. Two vehicles hit one anther. There was one dead and 6 critical.

The teachers did a beautiful job decorating and the girls each made their bouquets.

A new boy arrived.

I gave my testimony to the visitors.

[caption id="attachment_19895" align="alignnone" width="225"] The girls making their bouquets[/caption]

May 12, 1994. Today was Mother’s Day in Guatemala so the children had a program for Dottie. They had songs, poems, hugs, skits and handmade gifts.

One of our young teenage boys did something that I had to send him to court to explain. The judge sent him to a boy’s home. But they let him return to tell his siblings goodbye. It was a very tough decision and two years later they would allow him to come back and live with us.

Our children were riding inn the back of a pickup going to school when someone ran in front of us and into the path of a bus. He was hit so hard that his leg was taken off. So we decided to skip school and bring the children home so we could minister to them.

June 8, 1994. John and Sharon moved onto the property for an extended stay. Their help was invaluable and they stayed many months before moving to Chi Chi to start their own ministry.

Dottie and I took 11 children to the states where we were met by Malcolm and Claire met us and drove us to Lake Charles. From that time on Malcolm would always say he was called to be our driver. Nearly 25 years later he is still picking us up in Houston and driving us to LC and back again at the end of the trip.

The trips that Dottie and I take twice a year to the USA are the only time we get to see our families so it is such a blessed time. We share our story wherever we go and try to visit family.I believe that any missionary would tell you that the most difficult part of the calling to ministry is leaving family back home. Of course, for Dottie and I we had 5 of our children when we moved to Guatemala but in time all of them would grow up and return to the USA.