Casa Aleluya Blog: “Weekly Campus Life Updates”

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All things new

So much has been going on! A few weeks ago, one of our girls that has lived here most of her life went to audiencia. We found out that when she came to Casa as a child, the court gave her a name. At this audiencia the judge…

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Swoosh

The month is more than half gone, and yet it seems like it only just started! So, alas, I must play catch-up. We successfully finished painting the girls' sala in time for the judge's visit, and it turned out quite well (I will try to post pictures). Many…

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Live GOD Loud!!!

/> Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. Hey yal hope all is well. I am horrible at updating so here goes some catch up. So with Independence day coming up the…

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Night and day

Today we went back to immigration. As bad as our trip was Friday, our trip today was great! Yes, the traffic was slow, but we did not get lost, parking was easy, and we were in and out of immigration in less than 15 minutes! They took our…

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Blues Part 2

The painting of the dorm continues...this time the final, semi-gloss coat. It is going much slower because the paint is harder to work with than the water-based paint was, and we have to be more careful since it is the final coat. The walls are almost done except…

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Live HIM Loud!!!

10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,”Says the Lord of hosts,“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room…

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Live HIM Loud!!!

10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,”Says the Lord of hosts,“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room…

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I’ve got the blues…

...paint, that is! The girls' sala has needed repainting. It was a very dark blue/purple. Since there are no windows in there, we wanted to paint it a lighter color. I had no idea how much paint it would take, especially since we were going from a dark…

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Motivation

The girls had a difficult last bimester (marking period) in school. Some girls maintained or improved their grades, but many went down. The end of the school year is drawing near and their attention wanes. What to do? If they don't bring their grades up, they are in…

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One proud ‘Mama’

This past Friday night we had vigilia. This is a time of praise and worship through songs and dramas, as well as a time of prayer and a message. Most dorms try to have at least one song or drama that the children present. In the past (Buen…

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Live GOD Loud!!!

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. Luke 9:23 Hey yal Here we go folks. Just an update from us. All is well we have had a blessed U.S.…

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Keiser

We have had many emotional moment over the last few years with the children on dialysis here at Casa. Recently a child was taken to the main hospital in Guatemala City and simply left there with a change of clothes. He was so small although he was 8…

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Well adjusted

The teams that come down here are so great. A team from NC just left today, but while they were here they did maintenance projects, foot washing ceremonies and giving of shoes, and food ministry in a village (if I left anything out I know they will forgive…

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Mis hijas!

This past Saturday was the big move! Jim & I have gone from having 37 'hijos' (sons) to having 32 'hijas' (daughters). We are getting settled in, and are thoroughly enjoying our 'honeymoon period' with the girls. We finally have time to study our Spanish! Jim has started…

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Lasts & firsts, old & new

With our move to Esperanza only a few short days away, I have been reflecting a lot on 'lasts' and 'firsts'...like, this is our last exam week with the boys, Sunday was our last visita with the boys, this is our last birthday celebration with the boys...But soon…

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Winds of change

If you've read Papi's posts lately you know that change is in the air for Casa. We will be switching dorm parents around the weekend after exams, and Jim and I will be trading places with Alex and Sarah. I have a mixture of sadness and excitement -…

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New ‘lights’

Sunday Papi performed baptisms for those children who professed to receive Jesus and asked to be baptized. Three of our boys were baptized, so we have some new, shining 'lights' in our dorm. Two of them were already part of Jim's discipleship group, and the third is a…

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364 days

Yesterday was my sweetie husband's birthday. I could not resist teasing him that the countdown had begun. As of today, he has only 364 days left until the big 6-0! To celebrate yesterday we decided to go check out Galerías Miraflores, an upscale mall in Guatemala City. It…

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I’m All Shook Up

This morning we were greeted by an earthquake that was reported to be 7.0 in magnitude centered in Chiapas, Mexico (which is about 362 miles away from Guatemala City). It was the strongest and longest I have felt in the year and a half we have been in…

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The good, the new, and the funny

The good - Today 28 of Casa's students are participating in the Olimpiadas de las Ciencias (Science Olympics). Ten of the 28 participants are from Buen Pastor! Pray for wisdom, but also good sportsmanship. We are very proud of our boys and all the other participants. The new…

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