The hard work begins …

We spent the morning learning about the many education, health, and nutrition programs offered by Mission Guatemala.

And then we were introduced to our work project and began our work.

We are tired, but as one team member remarked, “it’s a good tire!”


e are having trouble with uploading photos to the blog, so look for photos on my Facebook page as we are able to share them.

We already have so many stories to tell. And the stories are even better than the pictures.

We plan to have members of our team available to talk to sunday School classes on August 19 plus we hope to have a video to share on Sunday August 12.


Sunday in Guatemala

We have arrived in Guatemala!

What a first full day.

Today we got to spend the day learning about the Mayan culture and seeing the beauty of the area.

We also discovered the presence of God in the active churches in all of the communities.

From centuries old Catholic churches to newer protestant churches and even Methodista churches.

We found time for our worship in the quiet of the River House after dinner.

We enjoyed the colors of the land and even found ways to embrace the culture.


As the much needed rain falls on the land … it is a gentle lullaby for our weary yet excited travelers.

We are ready for work to begin on Monday morning … God is already at work in us.

Life in the Minor Leagues …

It was the bottom of the 8th inning. The Texas Rangers were playing at home against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, a new expansion team based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Royce Clayton was the next Texas hitter.Jim Morris, a 35-year-old rookie, was warming up in the bullpen. He had suited up for his first game in the major leagues. A few months before, Morris was a high school science teacher in Big Lake, Texas. Improbably, the bullpen call came for Jimmy Morris. When he took the mound, and fired four pitches at Clayton, each ball traveled faster than 95 miles an hour.

Some might think the moment was the stuff of fairy tales. Except in real life, fairy tales don’t “just happen.” They usually follow years of disappointment and hard work. And some might think that fairy tales require a “happily ever after” ending. They usually do. Except in real life, heroes of a story often have their own definitions for that term.

What Jim Morris hadn’t counted on was how much time a professional baseball player actually spends in the minor league – or what his life is like while he’s there. He found out soon enough when his Brewers roommate filled him in. Morris describes the enlightening conversation in The Oldest Rookie:

…I didn’t know the minor-league system from astrogeology…I learned that the lowest level of play was rookie ball, and that if you played well there you were sent to either low-A ball or high-A ball, depending on whether you did really well. After that came double-A, then triple-A, then the big show – the major leagues. 

In other words, just because he was recruited by the Brewers, and was paid a $35,000 signing bonus, didn’t mean Morris had a slot on the Milwaukee team. The hard reality? He might never have a place on the team! His buddy, Tom Candiotti, explained why:

It can take years – five, six, eight, even ten years or more. And most guys never make it at all. Major-league rosters are only twenty-five players, and every year a lot of new guys try to take their place.

So what were Jimmy’s chances of actually pitching for the Brewers?

By the time you’ve made it to the top, you’re standing on a couple of thousand dead bodies, all of whom had the same dream you did and no idea what to do with their lives if that dream didn’t come true. Fewer than one percent of those drafted ever make the big leagues.

Jimmy realized he probably wouldn’t be in Milwaukee the year he was drafted by the Brewers.  You can read the rest of the story here.

Perhaps Jimmy’s story is revealing our own story of faith.

Forgive the analogy, but far too many of us are “drafted” at a young age into the journey of faith and then quit, retire, walk away, become injured, you name it.

Perhaps that is why Jesus said, Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven Matthew 7:21 NIV

Faith, not unlike baseball, is a journey of persistence.

Do not be discouraged.

God has chosen you to be on His team.

Now you must do the work to prove yourself faithful because one day, the Manager will call your name and hopefully He will be able to say of your life, “Well done …”

See you Sunday … game time is 9:30 am …