Leah, Jacob and I are having a great time with Aunt Karen!! On Thursday, we were able to get some much needed rest.  Leah went grocery shopping with Karen for a couple of hours, and Jake and I took a long nap in the afternoon.  I was able to help Karen with some projects around the house and she has a few more for me to accomplish in the coming days.  Thursday night we had dinner with the Kinman’s and the group of pastors that are down here from Texas.  We took it easy on Thursday because we were all worn out from a long day of travel on Wednesday.

FRIDAY

Today we were able to go to Antigua with Karen.  Her language school is located there in the old town.  We met her teacher and several other people at the school.  It was very interesting.  While she was in class, Leah, Jake and I were able to walk all around the open air markets in Antigua.  It was an awesome blessing to experience that.  Think of Walmart with no walls, spread out over many city blocks, with no sanitation requirements, lots of noise, and the ability to bargain your price.  Anything/everything you could need is sold here.  Washer/dryers, foods, clothing, toiletries, trinkets, bedding, cd’s, movies.  Leah felt obligated to contribute to the local economy, so I shelled out a few Quetzales (Guatemalan for money).  We had a lot of fun. 

Jake continues to take everything in stride.  Has not shown fear once, a little shy sometimes but seems to regard a thousand people yelling in Spanish as normal.  People are amazed at how big he is.  They continually overestimate his age.  Some of you already know that everyone here is small of stature and short.  I stick out.  So their 3 year olds are tiny compared to Jake.  We told a few Guatemalan grandmas that Jake was 11 pounds at birth and they about died right there.  “No wonder he is that big now” they said.   

One funny story – The public bathrooms around the market are not very clean, there is a picture of one of them on our facebook page.  Jake has been doing really good potty training for about a week.  We took him four times this morning into public bathrooms, but he would not go.  Finally, after being awake for four hours and trying several times he told us for the fifth time that he needed to potty.  Leah told him she would take him to the bathroom, he said, “No mom, I wanna go in the bush.”  So he did.   

Saturday –  Lord willing, we are planning to go back to the Sumpango Church for Kids Club in the afternoon and youth service in the evening.  We will spend most of the afternoon and all of the evening there.  WE are really excited to see that. 

We covet your prayers for our three main concerns, they are still just as prevalent as when we left: Safety, Wisdom, and Courage.

Just a reminder to all Christians, a verse I read today: 

I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  It is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes. Romans 1:16

Grace Baptist Church, and any other believers reading this, be encouraged to know that our God is saving people from all tribes, nations, and tongues for HIS own glory.  It is really cool to see that up close.

Kurtis