Thursday, May 17, 2018

Trying Out the RV for the First Time

My parents and I tried the RV for the first time and we considered it a success!

We arrived in plenty of time to get set up.  Dad was always working on something and staying busy.

 Mom stayed busy too..................I just kind of messed around :)

We had a very private site next to the pond.

I was toasting a marshmallow and was very intent on making sure it was the right color.

Mom giving Dad a post for Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!  I can not remember when I was in The States for the last Mother's Day.  This year, it was very nice to be with Mom.

Just goofing around!

Mom and Dad searching for something on the GPS.

It was a great trip and I look forward to the next time that we will be able to use the RV.

It is almost time to get back to Guatemala!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Jericho Church of Christ

I was invited to the Jericho Church of Christ in Mocksville, NC to speak about Health Talents.  Tom is the minister there and we have known each other for several years.  Also attending that congregation, are Janet and Tony who are long-time friends.  We had a great evening and I was thankful for their questions and participation.

My parents and Sally were able to join us.  Sally has had a death in the family and it has been very difficult for everyone.  I know that she would appreciate your prayers of comfort and peace for all of her family.  Thank you.

This is Tom.  We have both been associated with the Carolina Bible Camp for many years.

 The presentation from behind.

 My parents and I also visited on the Sunday morning, prior to Wednesday evening.

 I must have been trying to make a point.

Many thanks to the Jericho congregation for the invitation.  Always feel free to email me:

Thank you!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Spending Time with Pine Ridge Presyterian Church

Today, I was invited to speak at the Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church at the "Mothers-Others Banquet."  There was a good turn out and we all had a great time together.

Sally and I before we headed over to the dinner.

Sally lives so close that we did not need to drive..........we enjoyed the walk!

Enjoying dinner, which included salad, spaghetti, garlic bread, cake and drinks.  It was all very good and it was obvious that the ladies had worked very hard to prepare the meal.  The men of the congregation served the dinner to us.

I love to share information about HTI and the work that is being done in Guatemala.

It was a very good day!  It was nice to visit with Sally in Pilot Mountain and I will have the chance to see her one more time before I return to Guatemala!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Visiting With Roanoake Church of Christ

My parents and I enjoyed being in Roanoake, VA over the weekend and worshiping with Roanoake Church of Christ.  This is Keith and he is the minister of the congregation.

Susan, introducing me to the congregation.  We met in Montellano in 2006, at a surgical clinic.

Speaking about Health Talents and the work in Guatemala.  I love to share the information with people who are interested!

The congregation.

In the basement, there was a board with several photos posted of ABC children that are sponsored by the congregation and photos of Gaspar and his family.  These photos were taken around 2005-2006.

Megan visiting Chichi in 2006, before I moved down.  She was there today and it was fun talking about what she remembered from the trip.

Also, there was a photo of Harriette, who is on the board and of Lisa, who are with Megan.

Mercy came to visit today. She and her family drove about two hours to see us.  She has been down to Montellano one time to translate.  She has hopes of visiting again.

This is Erma and she has known Pancho, from OK for many years.

The invitation to visit was from Susan and Lyn.  My parents and I had dinner with Susan and Lyn on Saturday evening when we arrived in Roanoake.  We had a fabulous dinner together and appreciate so much the hospitality of Susan and Lyn.  We look forward to seeing you guys again in December!

It was a great visit and we appreciate the welcoming from the congregation. I hope to visit again in the future!  On the behalf of Health Talents, thank you very much!!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Walked NC Zoo----North American

This morning, Sally and I took off for the NC Zoo and visited the North American section. We had a great time and the weather could not have been any better!

It was not too crowded and the flowers were blooming.

Around and around and around.....................

Basking in the sun...........

 Enjoying the sun.........

 Around and around...............

I could take him home with me!

Bears doing what bears do best!

Calm and peaceful.

New growth.

Dainty fingers.

All creatures enjoying the sun.

Camouflaged in the sand.

We had a great day walking around.  We enjoyed a seafood dinner and then studied in the evening.  My kind of day!  Thank you, Sally!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The RV and Nissan Meet

Before I left Guatemala, I called Carmax and told them what I was interested in.  I told them what day that I would be on their lot and that I would not have much time, so please have something that I might be interested in.  Austin listened, he was ready for me and he made a sale.

So, here is the RV and the Nissan.  Now, we just have to have to get all of the connections done.

The awning works well.

Dad helping with everything that needs to be done.

I just returned from visiting Kristi and Barbara in IL.  Tonight I visit the Lenoir Church of Christ.  We hope to take the RV to Statesville on the 9th for about a week...................we will see how everything goes!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Mt. Carmel Church of Christ

I flew to NC following the HTI Board Meeting.  I had a few very busy days but they were good. I purchased a Nissan Pathfinder to pull the RV, which is a Dutchman Kodiak.  It has been a very exciting time and hope to take it out on the road and actually spend the night in it.

I went up to visit Kristi and Barbara, her mom.  I was also invited to speak at the Mt. Carmel Church of Christ about Health Talents International.

Kristi has been studying for her certification as a Spanish Translator.  I knew how busy her schedule has been so I took my studies as well.  I am preparing for my Nursing CEU's and they are on Death, Dying and Bereavement.

Kristi took me to an area that her family has by a river.  Different family members park their RV's by the river and enjoy their weekends together!  I think that this is an awesome idea.  It was good to see Barbara again and I also had the opportunity to meet her dad :)

On Sunday morning, following worship, we had a meal together and I shared what Health Talents is doing in Guatemala.

Barbara will be returning in August and will also bring one or two people with her this time.  I have encouraged more people to come down and participate in the groups.  There is so much work that needs to be done and everyone can find something valuable to do.

I shared these photos with the congregation.  This is Barbara with Victor and his mom, just minutes following his surgery.  Kristi's Spanish Class sponsored Victor's surgery for a class project.

This is Kristi, when she was translating in the OR in Montellano.  It was her first trip in this role and it is one that she loves!
Kristi and I as we finished in the afternoon.............

It was a quick trip but a good one.  I also met Ava, who sponsored Dillon's surgery and the rest of Ava's family.  I am disappointed to say that I did not get any photos of her and I am sad about that. 

I will be returning to NC to visit some other areas.  I am looking forward to the challenge and hope to encourage many new people to visit Guatemala and the work that Health Talents is doing.