- Chuck Guth
- Abingdon, Md, United States
- Director of Operations & Sponsorship Engagement for Remember the Children,Serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for Compassion International in Md, Va and DC. Avid Disney lover (OK- I am a kid at heart!) but my focus is reaching out to the lost and least of these. My heart belongs to our sponsored children in Romania, Honduras and now Tanzania!
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Our work project for the day was basically creating a garden area for the project. Next to the building was a lot filled with rocks, trash and all kinds of foliage. We spent the entire time removing the trash, digging down and removing all of the rocks and then finally grading the area as best as we could. The rocks had to be taken by wheelbarrow out of the area. Apparently the lot was used as a dumping ground prior so we found loads of garbage that needed to be cleaned out. While we worked several of the group also played with some of the kids and kept them entertained with a parachute.Well the reason we switched teams is such a "God Thing". We ate breakfast with Richard and his daughter Elizabeth. Elizabeth sponsors 3 children and her father had come on the trip with her. He does not sponsor any but at breakfast was talking with me about sponsoring an older child. Karen and I shared our story with him and I knew he would be sponsoring one by the end of the week. It was just going to happen. As we loaded the buses Sean (our tour leader) asked for 3 volunteers to switch teams as two people from the other team wanted to go to this project and possibly sponsor a child. As soon as we heard that one of the people was Richard we were off the bus gladly. It was such a God Thing as we got to see the record keeping (which our original team did not) and that would be beneficial in my ministry. Also for the simple fact that Richard did sponsor a 10 year old boy. He actually got to work along side of the boy during their work day and then ended up meeting the boy's mother and sponsored him!!! As icing on the cake- the boys best friend was sponsored by Elizabeth. Good is Good!!!!! Dinner was such a Central American Experience- we ate at Applebees! LOL......
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Bump #1- Whoops….seems no body realized that the tour was schedule for Easter week. Honduras would be basically shut down. It would have to be rescheduled for May 16th to 23rd. Major disappointment- the girls would not be able to go. (We were not going to pull them out of school that close to the end of the year)- Deposits were refunded for them but airline tickets (for the girls) were a loss. We had bought non-refundable/non-transferable tickets. So unless we stick them on a plane to somewhere and back we are out those tickets. We had to pay an exchange fee for ours.
Bump #2- We are notified by Compassion that apparently our return flight from Honduras to Miami on 5/23 is cancelled. We will not fly out until 5/24. Good news in that we now have an extra day. Bad news in that we now have to change our return flight from Miami home. There is another exchange fee. Compassion graciously reimburses us for that problem.
AT THIS POINT I CAN ONLY THINK THAT GOD MUST HAVE BIG THINGS IN STORE SINCE SATAN IS REALLY TRYING TO MESS UP THIS TRIP.
God Moment #1- I had thought I would just kind of sit back this time and “help” – that is not take on a leadership role. Seemed like a good decision since I was on my second trip and there would be first timers that would be excited to be involved. (Just as I was in 2007). We told Sean (our Tour Leader) that we would serve wherever needed. Well last Friday I found out I would be in charge of the Bible Lesson/Drama portion of VBS. Those of you that know me are probably laughing as this is what I love to do in Children’s Ministry. Leave it to God to put me where I belong (even if I try to hide). The only problem was finding a suitable/culturally relevant type drama to do. Through a series of “God Moments” I connected with Jenny at Mountain Christian Church. She had just returned from a mission trip to the Dominican AND had written a great puppet skit that would work perfectly for our program. Graciously she shared it with us. THANKS JENNY!!!!!!!
God Moment #2- Compassion sets up a Yahoo message board so we can get to know each other and communicate prior to the trip. The big difference since the last time is the advent of Facebook. Most of us have accounts so we have REALLY gotten to connect, encourage, Pray and know each other. Tomorrow when we actually meet in Miami it will be like meeting long lost friends. Can’t wait!
Well time to get things together….the journey is about to begin! Keep us in prayer!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
So it is now time to return. We are going back on another Sponsor Tour from 5/16-5/24. I have decided to blog the adventure this go around. A group of about 35 of us will meet in Miami Saturday afternoon to fly down to San Pedro Sula and start our week of ministry. Several of us are going for a return visit. Some are going to learn about Compassion. Most are going to have that experience of meeting their child. The one thing I know this go around is that no one will return home unchanged.
So for the next week or so my musings will be posted here regarding the trip. I encourage you to follow along. Blessings!