Mission Report: Guatemala Mission Trip

On June 17-29, Carey and April Alexander led their 7th mission trip to Guatemala. If you followed my blog during those days, you saw frequent posts with plenty of pictures and videos. Last night, at Westside Baptist Church, we took a little more than an hour to share with the church what we experienced and […]

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Story of a Good Samaritan

This picture was taken at 3:21 AM this morning on I-24. Let me tell you about it… The Westside Guatemala team made our way back home yesterday morning. Mario, our primary assistant and translator at the Guatemala orphanage, took us on the 45 minute drive to the airport. We took off and landed in Atlanta […]

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Leaving Guatemala

Today was bitter-sweet. It was bitter because we had to say goodbye to some children in Guatemala City who claimed a portion of our heart. It also was the place where we gained many friendships and saw God do some wonderful things in Jalapa. But it was sweet because we were coming back to our […]

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Day #10 Reflections in Guatemala

We started the day off with “kid time.” All we had to do was step outside, take a seat on the sidewalk, and the kids gathered around us. A really sad part was when we realized that there was a collection of tortillas by one of the exits to the orphanage. We found out that […]

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Day #9 Reflections in Guatemala

Today marks the ninth day that our team has been on mission in Guatamala. It’s been fun and I believe that the Lord has done a lot of things in us and through us – but I’m looking forward to being home with my wife and boys. Tomorrow is our last full day here. The […]

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Pushing Through the Proverbial Wall

Today was our first full day in Guatemala City. To be honest, I think many of us are hitting the proverbial wall. For the past week, we have helped pastors and churches in Jalapa. It was a very full week! And now we are in Guatemala City until Thursday working at an orphanage – of […]

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Ministry At Los Laureles

A few days ago, we went to a church in Los Laureles (a community in Jalapa). This was a very special trip because the children who were in attendance were from the Jalapa city dump – some of who are being sponsored by folks at Westside Baptist Church so that they can be the first […]

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A Day Off: Hiking & Zip-lining

Our team has worked tirelessly for the past week in Jalapa. So, today, we took some time off and headed to Parque Pino Dulce. I hope you enjoy the pictures and videos from our time today. Here’s what the entrance looked like. And here’s the map of what this privately owned park had to offer. […]

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Spending a day with some very special children

It’s one thing to lament how bad the world is. It’s another to actually do something about it. Carey and April Alexander came back from a previous mission trip to Guatemala and wanted to do something about what they saw. Their hearts were broken that people created in the image of God were foraging through […]

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Miscellaneous Mission Moments

The past two days have essentially been identical. I have met with local pastors for a pastor-training seminar while the rest of the team is leading a Vacation Bible School a few miles away. My time with the pastors is from 9 AM until lunch and then until 3 PM. The rest of the gang […]

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