The Inbetween

In Between

Miami airport…back in the USA

This is where

cultures move back
into place
hearts stretch or shrink
to fit back into the
shapes of what was before
except they cannot quite
when the pulse is stronger
the beat is louder
the flow of love moved
beyond boundaries of
quadrants, arteries and veins.
You have a new vessel
or one that has enlarged
it’s boundary.
This is where voice mails
ding ding ding
emails demand
sweet reunions over phones
we have arrived “home”.
Where no armed guards
trash is hidden
clothes are clean
toilets flush paper
salad is safe

someone is waiting; or not.

leaving Guatemala
This is where news comes
This is where
we each choose
what we take with us
what we leave behind.
Praying we will choose
to carry
wherever we go
from here;
the place
in between.


Vona Rose Wilson
(from Miami airport)

The Team

Every team is different. We tend to want to “repeat” experiences because they blessed our lives and we want “more” of the blessing God is giving.  So it’s important to remember that each team is new, unique and specifically equipped to join in what God is already doing in the places and people we encounter. Every time!


God calls us by name. The Spirit equips us for what we are to share of our lives. Each expression of the Spirit is the presence of Christ among us.  I thank God for bringing this team together for God’s glory and our transformation. A special thanks to all who have traveled with us in prayer, in hope and in love.

Before leaving San Antonio. This is in front of the John Wesley Clinic
Mitzi, Annie B and Gretchen
Emily White…her second time in Guatemala
Doris & Peter…Happy 1st Anniversary!
views from Antigua




VIM visit at the clinic


Emily B; Emily W; Lori and Melinda
this is how we roll


We voiced our thanksgivings during the last night devotion at Bambu.  I call it “The Report” because God gave us these beautiful minds that are designed to think, order, process and grow. So…this is a glimpse of that sharing.


The second floor of the building is up, aluminum is next and the room will be finished next week. Pastor Manuel’s work crew is amazing. We are so thankful to God for equipping the local people to do this amazing work. For us to be in a supporting, collaborative role is blessing upon blessing.

Those are are not afraid of dirt, hard work and love. Awesome Adam Fulton and Amazing Rachel Luna

The John Wesley Clinic is freshly painted, cleaned and READY to accept teams that want to come and be involved in the healing work of Christ in Guatemala. Salud y Paz is in charge of the use of that clinic and arranging medical missions. We pray for blessings to occur in that place often.

Adam Fulton ready for service!


Two days spent with the children of this special needs school connected our hearts in much deeper ways. The stories are numerous but one to share is this. An older student at Halo initially showed up there unable to speak and having been isolated all of her life because of her disability.  She came with a paper in her hand that had Jose Pablo’s name written on it.  He welcomed her in and during her experience of love, grace, teaching and acceptance, she has learned to read and write. And also to express the depths her life sorrow for healing. God bless the work that is happening in Halo Guatemala. It IS the work and grace of Christ healing the vulnerable one student at a time.


The medical mission concluded Tuesday afternoon after having triaged and treated 423 patients over five clinic days in the communities of Las Mantanita and San Antonio.  Can you imagine the blessing of these encounters?  Doctora Jenny and Nurse Practitioner, Mitzi provided healing and hope through their care. With the help of the Salud y Paz translators of Jose, Elsa, David and Luduin we were engaged in the healing of body, mind and spirit. Beautiful experience. One story from the last day is of a 6 year old child with cerebral palsy that had never been diagnosed or explained to the mother. She believed she had done something “wrong” to cause his CP.  A word of hope; an affirmation of love & caring; a prayer before leaving….these are the moments we see God changing lives forever. Changing us all.


The team installed 20 stoves in the communities where Pastor Manuel’s and Pastora Catalina’s churches are well established. This labor love offered the team “in home” time with families they loved to meet. On the last day of stove installation there was time to revisit those homes were installation was complete.

Cooking on the new stove!

What did they see?  Women cooking with joy for their families. I was able to visit one that was near the John Wesley clinic. She was SO HAPPY! And dinner looked fabulous! Some of the comments: “Now I won’t have smoke in the house anymore!”  “I can boil water faster”.  If you can just imagine the way this changes a family’s life; it is trans formative in every way. Blessings.


In the moments between work this team experienced so many “God moments” we cannot count them all.  Singing in the waiting rooms; playing ball in the backyard; hearing Kum By Yah being sung like a choir or Alabare bursting out as if the whole world needed to hear the praise to God…amazing. The heat of Mazatenango is nothing compared to the joy and grace of Christ so alive in that land and people.

Jenny Franke


This mission team is incredible With 7 people from Central Presbyterian in Princeton, Kentucky and 10 more from Franklin First United Methodist Church; along with Adolfo of Guatemala who took care of us all the time with transportation, advice, help and friendship; and Miguel, a local Guatemalan friend who worked beside us every day,

Felipa and Carmelina cooking for us, Doris arranging for us…..this team has joined God here.  New friends have bonded forever. Spiritual gifts have bloomed and blossomed. Being the “body of Christ” has shown us all how beautiful it is when every person simply offers what God has give them to share: presence, preaching, encouragement, leadership; helping; singing; playing; building; communicating; ordering; cooking….it is endless.

Felipa frying empanadas for breakfast
Visit from Pastor Sebastian, Pastora Mercedes and Doris de Leon of the Naciaonal Metodista Iglesia de Guatemala

We celebrated communion together before leaving Mazatenango. We celebrated Christ. We celebrated being involved in the presence of Christ on earth. We celebrated the work of the saints of God who have gone before us and the many that will come after us. Our hearts are full of love and thanksgiving. May all of this increase with Joy. Let it be.

Disappointments: Our Plans; God’s Plans

Joe Holmes & Richard Fronseca in waiting room

One of our morning devotions by Joe Holmes invited us to consider that the reason why we came may not be the reason we are here. I loved that teaching; it is SO TRUE!  This team has been so open to be surprised…to learn something new…to be changed.  One of our team members, Emily Browder, has been wanting to come to Guatemala since she heard about Ezekiel who attends school at Halo Guatemala. (you can read more about that story in the Guatemala 2011 category on my blog).  So when Emily and a few other members of the team spent 2 days at Halo this week, she was very disappointed when Ezekiel was not there!  She had come so far, to meet this young boy and to communicate with him in sign language.

God’s plans….trump ours EVERY TIME! Annie B and Emily White with new friends


Emily Browder & Ezekiel

Last day at the John Wesley Clinic in San Antoino.  Our work is wrapping up and a few team members are “hanging out” in the waiting room as we continue to see patients.  Emily B is one of those team members. And guess who shows up?? Ezekiel, his mom and several of his brothers and sisters!  My view from the triage room allowed me to see the Joy coming from Emily hands, eyes and face as she and Ezekiel spent the afternoon talking, laughing and learning from each other.  This was so much better than seeing him at school in a classroom with many others. God provided exactly what was needed at just the right time. We continuet to be humbled, grateful and overwhelmed by the goodness of Christ.

Waiting Room Blessings! Jenny Franke and new friends


Magdalena & family

Joe, Jenny, Miguel, Gretchen and Annie B! The Waiting Room of Blessing