Teaching Them to Serve
  » 5/25/2016
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On the ministry side of things we are pleased to report that the children and families of the home are serving in the community. One thing we’ve learned about the kids we serve is that when they only receive the benefits of the ministry they become ungrateful and selfish (aren’t all people this way?). Therefore, we’ve mandated that our house-parents establish opportunities for our kids to serve in the local community. The results are amazing.


  Healing, Baptizing, and Feeding the Hungry
  » 4/11/2016
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One of the favorite parts of our ministry here Guatemala, is delivering food baskets to needy widows and children. Most of you already know about the orphanage and what takes place in that part of our ministry, but we don’t often share about the ministry outside of the orphanage walls. There are many in need here in the country and in our little town. It’s always a blessing to deliver food to widows who have no help, families without fathers, and children with special needs.


  Stories and Outcomes from Guatemala
  » 3/1/2016
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We can measure is the number of kids that we serve each day, the amount of food that is purchased for them, the achievements they earn in school, and the cost-per-child it takes to run this ministry.


  Death and New Life
  » 2/2/2016
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My initial thought in drafting this news letter is to pour out my thoughts and feelings in relation to the passing of our son. For this is what my heart wants to do. But I know it would not be the best thing to do. We are still grieving, and will continue to do so for as long as is necessary; perhaps forever. But instead of sharing the pain of our loss, I will instead share the joy of life and more specifically the joy of our life as missionaries.


  End of Year Thank You and Invite
  » 11/24/2015
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As we approach the end of another year, we would like to say how much we appreciate your prayers and support. Without your help, we would not be able to serve the women and children of Guatemala. Nor would we be able to submit to God’s call on our lives.


  Scorpions, Hooligans, and University
  » 11/10/2015
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We can do all things through Christ, who gives us strength. This is something we whole-heartedly believe and something we count on. Because without Him, we would be lost and helpless. So the focus of this month’s newsletter is the accomplishments we’ve made through Him.


  Experiences in Small Town Ministry
  » 10/1/2015
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One thing we’ve learned after two years on the mission field is that life is either busy or boring. There is rarely any middle ground. The paradox is that when we are busy we wish for things to slow down, but when it’s slow we want things to pick up. It’s not a case of being wishy-washy, non-complacent, or high-maintenance. It really is a case of extremes.


  Language, Lessons, and Laws
  » 9/11/2015
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One of the advantages of being the directors of a ministry is the ability to make decisions that not only benefit the ministry, but ourselves as well. Such was the case last year when finalizing the schedule for team visits this summer.


  5,000 Miles Later
  » 7/31/2015
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5,000 miles driven, 80 hours in the car, 12 states traversed, 18 meetings with donors, and 4 fundraising events attended. A vacation? Ha! Tiring? Absolutely! Hating being in the car right now? Oh yes! All worth it? You bet!


  Knocked Down But Not Defeated
  » 5/27/2015
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The dictionary defines the word stress as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances: something that causes mental strain”. Every part of this definition is true in the circumstances we’ve faced over the last month or so.


  Feeling the Heat - Literally and Spiritually
  » 5/11/2015
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Back in November we expressed our frustrations about one of the judges assigned to our kids. This judge was new and inexperienced and felt that she knew best. Her philosophy was that no child should spend more than 30 days in an orphanage.


  Our
  » 3/30/2015
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There is a boy in our neighborhood who resembles “El Macho” from the Despicable Me II movie. If you haven’t seen the movie, imagine a husky, 8-10 year old boy with long curly hair, and a Pit Bull’s determination.


  Throwing Eggs, Crazy Boys, and Babies
  » 2/27/2015
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Some of our most rewarding moments are sitting down in the boys’ home and explaining their God given responsibilities and purposes.


  God is Moving, Time in the States, and New Additions
  » 1/26/2015
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To say it was an amazing year is a bit of an understatement. It’s an overwhelming task to attempt to mention all that God did through the ministry this year, but this month we've included a few of the highlights.


  OUR FIRST YEAR, CEILIN, AND ANSWERED PRAYERS
  » 10/30/2014
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One year ago on October 14, we officially began our positions as directors of James Project of Latin America. One year ago we barely knew what we were doing. One year later and we still don’t know what we’re doing. However, with God on our side, it has been one amazing year. Yes, we are still learning as we go, but we still consider it a blessing to be serving in Monjas.


  Harvest Time, Bible Classes, and Ministry
  » 9/30/2014
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God performed a miracle on the project this past month and we are still in awe!


  TRANSITION PROGRAM, WORKING TOGETHER, AND PREACHING THE WORD
  » 8/11/2014
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It’s hard to believe that we’ve lived in Guatemala for a year. Looking back to July of 2013, we were excited, anxious, happy, scared, nervous, and thrilled all at the same time. The one thing we were most certain of, was that we were walking in God’s will. One year later we are even more sure of this. We are walking in God’s will and He is faithful to remind us of this every single day.


  Encouragement from a Judge and Finding the Lost
  » 6/9/2014
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We received amazing encouragement from three different judges this month as they expressed their appreciation for the work we are doing.


  Breakthroughs, Salvations, and Blessings
  » 4/30/2014
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Mission wise, we are thanking God for some major changes that have occurred in some of our most troubled kiddos.


  Ministry, Visitors, and Travels
  » 3/27/2014
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We’ve been able to pray for sick kids and staff, comfort those who’ve lost loved-ones, train and enable house parents, and love on kids who are hurting.


  Changes, Blessings, and Plans
  » 2/6/2014
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It’s a new year and we couldn’t be more excited about what God has in store for us here in Guatemala.


  Coming to Missouri, Salvations, and Outreach
  » 12/12/2013
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We've experiences salvations, cold, and joy this month!


  Gratitude, Parasites, and Graduation
  » 11/18/2013
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As we approach Thanksgiving Day, we certainly have a lot to be thankful for. God has blessed us with more than we deserve and we are truly thankful.


  Work, Ministry, and Feeding Children
  » 10/17/2013
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Recently, our behavior specialist, staff nurse, and Tiffany were able to visit the homes of the orphanage in order to educate and minister to some very serious issues.


  Adapting, Adopting, and Facing a Hard Reality
  » 9/16/2013
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Life in Guatemala has begun to settle down for us, as routines are beginning to form and acclimation is settling in. We are learning a lot about the town we live in, the Latin American culture, and the requirements of our new positions. God has blessed us with great neighbors, many new friends, and an incredible staff. We are happy here and have been received well.


  Food, Bibles, and a New Daughter
  » 8/16/2013
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A lot has happened since the last newsletter and God has greatly blessed us in that time. We have settled into our home in Monjas, Guatemala, begun language school, and are becoming acclimated with the town, the culture, and the weather. It already feels like home here and our girls are making friends.


  Where We're Headed
  » 5/23/2013
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Growing up as a little boy, I always wanted to be a cowboy.However, living in town prevented that from happening.Moving to Guatemala may fulfill that childhood dream, or at least give me an excuse to wear cowboy attire.


  Join Us On Facebook
  » 4/3/2013
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  Our Journey
  » 12/4/2012
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Six years earlier we began praying about entering the mission field of Guatemala. Six years of annually returning to Guatemala, usually with teams in tow. Six years of yearning to be where God wanted us to be. And six years of falling deeper and deeper in love with the people of Guatemala.


  You are My Father
  » 12/4/2012
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“You are my father”, sounds like a line out of Star Wars, but when I heard this from the mouth of Josselyn, it brought me to tears. In fact, it still does.


  What is JPLA?
  » 11/4/2012
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James Project of Latin America is a Guatemalan non-profit that was founded to fulfill the mandates of James 1:27 (“to look after orphans and widows in their distress”) in the country of Guatemala.