Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Hey, leave our frogs alone!

Somehow our national frog, the coqui, got into Hawaii. They are trying to get rid of them because of the noise! The song of the coqui is the lullaby that puts us into a sweet sleep every night here in Puerto Rico! It is loud, but at least our little frogs drown out some of the unwelcome human sounds around here. When I am away from Puerto Rico, I want to call my friends on the island just so I can listen to the coquis in the background! Click here to hear. Posted by Hello

Did you get our new prayer card yet? If not, drop us a line at and we will get one out to you as soon as possible! Posted by Hello

Some of my classes are bigger.

These are my students in one of the Christian Education class I teach:" Introduction to Physical Science." The class is a lot of fun and the college kids are great. They come from all over: California, New York, Puerto Rico, San Salvador and even Nebraska! I require them to create object lessons from science experiments that they will do in class. We should have a nice collection of good object lessons in a few years that could be a great teaching resource for them to use in the churches, Christian schools and camps wherever in the world the Lord sends them. Posted by Hello

Some of my classes are small.

This is Cynthia, one of our students who came here all the way from Peru. I am teaching "Western Civilization" and she is the only one in that class this semester. I hope to get some of our smaller classes developed into independent study courses. I have asked Cynthia to outline the text book and gather info that we can make into our own web page. Our goal is to have a web site containing our classes contents and requirements so anyone can benefit from them anywhere in the world. Posted by Hello

Monday, January 24, 2005

A Welcome Surprise!

Adrian, a former helper at our church, transferred to a college in Indiana and I was wondering if I could find anybody to go with Tulio and me on Saturday visitation. To our surprise, a young man named Irvine decided to come all the way from Spain to our Bible college in Puerto Rico to study for the ministry. Irvine is originally from Peru, but went to Barcelona to get a degree from a technical college in draftsmanship. While in Spain he felt the Lord calling him into the ministry and heard about our Bible college. He has come here to prepare for the ministry and hopes to work especially in counseling teenagers. Irvine gave his testimony Sunday morning and helped us clean the church as well this last week. We are happy to have him in our church and will try our best to help him acquire all he needs to be an effective servant for the Lord. Posted by Hello

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Welcome, and greetings to you from our church on the mission field. After the service let out, I rounded up some of our members and a visiting family for this photo. We have about 38 people now in the church. A few days during the year (like Father's Day) we may have around 50-60 people. May the Lord bless you, your family and your church this Sunday! Posted by Hello

Friday, January 21, 2005

Our Puerto Rico Baptist College has started a new semester . We have a record number of students again, about 60! We have some Pastors who can't teach this year, so I am teaching an extra class. I do all my teaching on Mondays when I can so I can work on church planting up here in the mountains of Puerto Rico during the rest of the week. But Mondays are getting very long! I have 15 students in three classes: Introduction to Physics: one class in Spanish, the other for English speaking students. Then History of Western Civilization (taught in Spanish). I have a class in Apologetics in the evening, but don't know yet how many are signed up for it. I am using the Apologetics material for our Wednesday prayer meeting Bible studies and my Science experiments for object lessons during Summer Camp, so we are getting double duty out of some of our efforts. We do get tired. But then we see the blessings and we get recharged! Posted by Hello

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Bethany and Rachel go back to college tomorrow. Here are all our daughters with Itzel, one of their Puerto Rican friends. We really had a lot of fun and shared a lot of love with our daughters this Christmas vacation. Thank you to those of you who sent gifts and helped us financially so we could see them again. It will be hard to say goodbye. We wont see them maybe till next Christmas! Bethany will continue as a Graphic Arts major, but Rachel is considering a switch from Business to Missions. They just finished their first semester, so I am sure many more changes are in store for them. Posted by Hello

Tuesday we prayed with a 27 year old named Vernon to receive the Lord as his Savior. Sunday Vernon came to church! It was great. Vernon came in a little late, but walked down to the very front pew and sat directly in front of the pulpit and gave us a big smile! Miguel, who helped us meet Vernon, came to Wednesday prayer meeting tonight for the first time in a long time. I feel excited about the spiritual interest rising among our people. I know God has the power to change lives, but it sure is great to see it with your own eyes! Posted by Hello

Thursday, January 13, 2005

I came across this poem in my devotions today. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

"We are here to be perfected,
Only God our needs can see;
Rarest gems bear hardest grinding,
God's own workmanship are we." -Anon.

I am encouraged that God has chosen to make us into better people and will not give up until the job is done.

"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:" - Philippians 1:6
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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

We led a 27-year-old young man named Victor to the Lord tonight. We led Miguel, Victors' cousin, to the Lord about two years ago and helped him through a rehab program. Tonight, Miguel went with us to Victors house. We were well received and Victor listened with interest to the Good News of Gods' love for him and the better life Jesus has for those who love him. Victor prayed and asked Jesus to be his Savior tonight.

On the way home, I wanted to encourage Miguel. I said, "We all had a part in Victors' decision tonight, but you had the greatest part of all. I presented the gospel, but Victor did not let us in because I was the pastor. Victor has seen you live the Christian life and wants the kind of life he has seen in you. He let us in because he wants what you have, a changed life." Well, Miguel went home happy and I came home rejoicing. Thanks for praying for us. Tonight it made a wonderful difference. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

3 Kings Day. Tonight, all over Puerto Rico, children are filling boxes with grass for the horses of the three kings. They slide the boxes under their beds and then toss and turn in anticipation of the big day. Tomorrow they will find the grass gone and presents in the boxes: proof that the kings came, fed their horses and then left toys in gratitude for the kindness of the children who cared about their horses. Somehow camels never got into the pictures of this event in Puerto Rico! We are suffering a bit from colds in our family this week and will most likely spend the day resting and maybe redoing all our photo albums. We would appreciate the gift of your prayers. Feliz Reyes! (Happy Three Kings Day!). Posted by Hello

Monday, January 03, 2005

Bethany and Rachel were both in our Christmas play this year. We are encouraging our youth group to put on Christ-honoring plays as a way of evangelism and getting them used to using their talents for the Lord as young adults. Sunday night we gave our second production and are hoping for a spiritual impact within the church and some decisions for the Lord in the community. We had about 40 in each of the nights of the play. The youth group did a great job.  Posted by Hello

Tina worked like crazy, making the costumes. We spent a good bit of money on the material and a ton of time putting it all together. We needed a week or so getting the material and Tina worked at her sewing machine for about two weeks making the costumes. But the results have been well worth the efforts. We have an exited and motivated youth group who are working in the church and for the Lord.  Posted by Hello

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Wow! This was me 50 Christmases ago! I think I had more fun this Christmas! The youth group at church did a great job on the play. We will put it on again tomorrow for our church and a few others we have invited to the evening service. We made a video of the play, but we were so busy with that, we forgot to take any regular pictures. I hope to take some at our second showing and post the pictures here in the next few days. We have a baptism scheduled for the 9th, but the gentleman (Felipe Soto) is undergoing chemotherapy and may reschedule if he is feeling poorly that day.

If you want to see some more of my old photos, click here: Posted by Hello