Monday, July 31, 2006

The Road to Guatemala

Jimmy and his dad are driving to Guatemala with his pickup and I will fly and meet them in Guatemala City on Friday.
Jim got in the truck this morning, all ready to go, & turned the key to start the truck. It was dead! How is that for a good start! God knows everything, my dad had given us a portable power supply & jump starter when we started deputation. It came in handy this morning. I am glad that they will have that with them on the road.
They will cross into Mexico tomorrow morning. Please pray for their safety & that they will not loose much time at the border. Thanks!

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Last Sunday In the States

This morning we got the opportunity to share our burden for Guatemala at Jim’s grandparent’s church. The people there were very welcoming to us. It was nice to go through our presentation one last time!
Jimmy got to preach at Messiah tonight. I was so proud of him! I love hearing him speak. Our church family there has been so wonderful to us. We love them! They are so faithful to encourage and pray for us. There prayers have made the difference in our deputation.
We are also very thankful for our pastor. He has made time whenever we needed him. We are thankful that his wisdom and experience is only a phone call away.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Send Off Party

Yesterday evening Jimmy’s parents had a send off party for us at Messiah. About 70 people from our church came to celebrate. That was such an encouragement to us. These are the people we know have been praying for us. This has made such a difference in our deputation. We are so thankful for them. Each one of them has played a part in what God is going to do in Guatemala. We love our church family!
Both sets of Jimmy's GrandparentsOur friends the Atkinsons
My dear friend from work, Barb
The Humbles, Todd put together our awesome video for deputation, Ginger is the Boggs' daughter.
Thank you to everyone who came!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

More Shots!

Today we got the last of our shots. We were also approved by our overseas health insurance company. Yesterday we got a call from Larry Boggs that our container is in port. They should let us know about the taxes in the next day or so. After they are paid we will be able to get it about a week later. Please pray that all continues to go smooth. Jimmy was also finally able to get the paper work that gives him permission to take his truck out of the country, since we are still making payments on it. Almost everything is ready now. Thanks for your prayers!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

More Stuff Completed

Jimmy has been working so hard to take care of everything before we leave. Today we opened a Roth IRA for part of our retirement (not that we ever plan to come home, but we want to be responsible) and had our wills notarized. The man who did our wills charged us 1/8th of what we were expecting and the notary did not charge us at all. We have never asked for anything to be discounted because we are missionaries or told someone that we needed anything; God just keeps working everything out and meeting each need as they come and setting us up with the people he has chosen.
We are in Wichita now. Jimmy’s mom bought us these two water bottle purifiers for Guatemala. They kill 99.9% of all bacteria, viruses, and pathogenic cysts, including Giardia. I’m glad our mothers are still taking care of us even when we are countries away.

Monday, July 24, 2006

See You Soon

This morning we left for Wichita. My parents have helped us so much while we have been on deputation. We love them and will miss them. They promised to come visit us in February!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Last Service At Trinity

Tonight was our last service at Trinity. They had a time of prayer for us and our ministry and also gave us some money for moving expenses. We really appreciate those who came by afterwards and told us they would be praying for us. That means a lot to us. We are almost there!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

A Day of Goodbyes

Today we were able to catch up with a lot of our friends and say our goodbyes. These goodbyes are one more step closer to Guatemala.
Adam and Eli, my old students
This is Danielle. She accepted Christ on my bus route and was the flower girl in our wedding. Please pray that God will protect her and that she would grow closer to Him everyday. I wish we could take her with us!
Tonight my dad’s side of the family got together at my Grandmother’s house. I have a wonderful family. I am so thankful for their love and support. I thought I took more pictures than this!
Our friends Ross and Rea came too!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Done With Deputation!!!

We are now officially done with deputation! Thank you so much for all of your prayers (Please don’t stop). God has been so good to us. We are so thankful that He has chosen to bring our support in so quickly (11 months)! 14 more days until Jimmy leaves for Guatemala!
Putting together packets

If anyone is interested in being a missionary to Guatemala here is what it took us...
We have been traveling for 11 months
Made over 3,000 phone calls
Sent out over 550 packets of information
Slept in 67 different beds (we use this term
Visited 47 churches
Driven over 53,000 miles (enough to circle
the equator twice) in 33 states
Survived 2 bouts with food poisoning

For our Deputation photo album click here.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Hello... Hello?

Jimmy has been trying to call all the churches that we have visited to let them know that we are leaving for the field July 31st and also to thank the ones that have taken us on for support. Many times it is difficult to get to speak to the pastor because they are so busy, so it takes several phone calls per church. Many said that they wanted to take us on while we were there. Please pray as Jimmy continues to follow up this week. Thanks!

Friday, July 7, 2006


We are not traveling very much this month and it seems a little strange. We planned it this way so that we could be able to get everything done we need to before we move to Guatemala.
Recently Jimmy and my dad installed a winch on his 4-wheel-drive pick-up (our “Jungle Truck”). It only took about 7 hours. This is for the Peten since it has a 6 month rainy season.
The guy that Jimmy ordered it from was a Christian and gave him a good deal and several free extras. God always has everything worked out before we even begin.

Sunday, July 2, 2006

Daytona Beach

It was so wonderful to be back at Crossroads Baptist Church in Daytona Beach. People still knew our names! I don’t think we could explain what that feels like. I didn’t even realize how much I missed it until we got out of our truck and several people yelled across the parking lot, “Hey Jimmy, Hey Shelley!” There are definitely people in this church praying for us. Jimmy got to preach tonight and they had a time of prayer for us at the end. We got to spend a lot of time with the pastor and his family. Everyone was such a blessing to us!
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