Casa Aleluya Blog: “Weekly Campus Life Updates”

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Lighten up

Our son, Tony, moved today after being part of Casa for over 11 years. Dottie & I will miss him. Tim Doud and a group of folks from Indiana raised money and brought tennis shoes, backpacks, socks and school supplies. Davis gives us a list of items…

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Obadiah #5

Dottie took Marlin Estefany to get her dress as well as the clothes for bridesmaids & groomsmen. The civil wedding will be here at Casa on Saturday with the church wedding one week later. With needing dorm parents we also are in need of drivers. Court sessions, medical…

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Elijah #1

Oscar our son the architect took Felipe to Santiago to get permission to cross the back road with a pipe from transition house, the church & Ezdras’s house. Real professionals! Tomorrow we will have water baptism. The ministry team is doing a wonderful job. Gladys will baptize the…

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A church group came & ministered with games, the Word, etc. for three dorms. There are now 71 children in the baby dorm.  We received two new children. The men's Bible study & prayer time has grown & it is truly a blessing. Kevin & Mynor went to…

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Seals

Both Oscar and Analy have been able to put their college education as professionals to work. He made a site plan of 34 pages as part of the requirement for the education department and Analy wrote her first report as a social worker so they both legalized their…

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Baby

Last night a baby was taken to the emergency room. The two pediatricians said there were no problems and told us to take her home. Early in the morning she had complications and was rushed to the hospital and passed away. So another funeral. Then two hours later…

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the new gal in town

Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,The fruit of the womb is a reward. Ladies and Gentlemen; Friends, Family, Siblings in CHRIST Welcome to the news that's new to our family, news that's pretty and cute and nothing manly. June the 12th arriving miraculously neat.…

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A Faithful Servant #4

A medical group came from Guatemala City at the urging of a Guatemalan business man from San Lucas which is near to Casa. He met some of the children and wanted to do something for them so they brought medicines. Saturday is Parent's Day so a number of…

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Let the baking begin

With Jim's share of the turkeys done (10 in all I think), he cleared out space in the freezer and refrigerator so I could start my cookies. I had one of the girls come in and help me prepare the dough for the slice-and-bake cookies because that had…

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Shop ’til you drop

Jim and I spent the last two days trying to get the last of the Christmas shopping done for our girls. We were able to get (with some help from Mike) some much-needed new sofas for the girls' sala. They should be delivered next week as an early…

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Appreciation and tradition

Last night we finally got to go to the "White House" (briefly) before being redirected to the Feeding Center (the "Orange House") outside of Chimaltenango. Brother Teddy had invited the American staff to a Christmas dinner in appreciation for all the work we do for the children at…

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Gently shaken

We've had 5 (yes, 5!) earthquakes today off the shore of Guatemala near Escuintla. The first one was while we were at breakfast this morning, and the most recent one was just before dinner! They ranged in magnitude from 4.4 - 5.9, with the first and last being…

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Jim joins in

So, I'm lagging behind in the whole Christmas prep flurry. The girls decorated on Friday, and last night Jim began cooking some of the turkeys for Christmas. Turkey #1 is finished and de-boned, and turkey #2 is getting ready to go into the oven. Now, you may say,…

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Deck the Halls

Well, the girls were quicker to act than I was! I typically begin decorating for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving, but the girls got a one day head start on me and were starting to decorate bright and early Friday morning. Before I even knew what was happening,…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Even though Thanksgiving is not a holiday here in Guatemala, we still celebrated it in style! We started the day by letting the girls sleep in while we prepared a special breakfast for them (French toast and lots of coffee!). Later Jim and I enjoyed a wonderful traditional…

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Adventures in ice cream land

Praise the Lord! All of our girls are Level 5 this week! This wonderous event has not occurred since the first week we moved to Esperanza back in August. As a reward, Jim decided he wanted to take the girls into town for ice cream. Now that we…

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Maiden voyage

Now that Jim and I have a car officially in his name I have no more excuses for not driving here in Guatemala. So it was with some nervousness that I agreed to make my first trip. Sharron and Richard needed a ride to the airport, and, since…

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Ahhh, to be 15…

Turning 15 in the hispanic culture is a big milestone. It is their coming-of-age time and it is a big celebration. We have 9 girls in our house that have turned 15 (or will by the end of the year) and get to participate in the festivities this…

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Well adjusted

We have been blessed by having a chiropractor from Elevation Church come down to minister to us for 3 weeks! She was part of a team that came down this summer, and she felt called to come back. The kids remember her and will come running up to…

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School’s out…

...well, almost. Regular classes ended yesterday. Our sixth graders, however, still had their special math/science classes today. Most of our Aleluya girls will have remediation classes for one week. Then school will be out! Uniforms have been collected. Today I will go through them to see what needs…

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