Katie, how great that you are going to Guatemala! praying that you and the team have an amazing week!
We are going to GUATEMALA! AHH! This is crazy! Its the night before the big trip and I am extremely excited and nervous. This has been something I have wanted to do ever since I understood what this was. I grew up hearing the stories of awesome God moments or God planned tree falls but, I never experienced them myself. I am most nervous about not having any of those great moments this week. I am afraid of not being personally affected by this trip. That is what scares me most. The thought of seeing everyone else being touched by God while I just stand there thinking ‘been there, done that’. I want to be surprised. I want to experience something that no story can convey. This trip isn’t about sight-seeing it is about being touched and touching others with God’s love. His love is what I am truly praying will abound in multitudes this week. I am also praying for my team members as we travel to Guatemala. These prayers are for good health, safety, courage, and love. These things I believe will be needed in major amounts for each person on this trip.
I wouldn’t be going on this trip without help. I want to thank my sponsors, my parents, my grandparents, and siblings. You have all helped me with this trip that I hope I will be able to tell all about after. Thank you for your monetary support and for your prayers. This has been a trip I have wanted to go on for a long time so thank you for helping me. I also want to thank you for taking the time to read about my experience and for praying for my team and me. Thank you.
-In His grip, Katie
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Katie, I just left you at the airport and my heart is full of love! This has been a dream of yours for 15 years and it is now happening. God has been preparing you for just this time and you are going to do great! I love you so very much and I pray that you feel the strength, confidence and peace that comes from God that is equipping you to do His work. Praying that the cold you are fighting is gone and that you feel better.
I love you….MORE!!
Thinking of you this week, Katie! Open your heart to the people you meet and to their creator! Remember the biggest life-changing moments / lessons just start with you simply listening when you hear God say, “Seek me.” You may be looking for him to reveal what your future holds, but he may only show you the next 5 minutes. Listen to those moment-by-moment callings. Follow and Seek Him!
Hey Katie! I just wanted to let you know that I love you. You are such an amazing girl and I can not wait to see what God has planned for you in Guatemala. You will have an amazing and eye opening experience. Just know that you have tons of people praying for you non-stop especially me. I love you so much.
Hey there Kit Kat! I am so beyond proud of you and how you are taking God’s call to go to Guatemala. God is going to use you in so many incredible ways. My advice is this: Let Him! He knows what He is doing (especially when we don’t), and He will lead you to where you need to be whether that is helping a young girl making a bracelet or placing a hand on the shoulder of someone touched by the Spirit. He will make it clear. Love you lots, Kit Kat. Wish I could be there right along side of you. Peace and blessings be to you, and know that prayers are heading your way.
In His Grip,
Praying for you to feel good and get good rest tonight, Katie!
I am so glad that you finally arrived! I am sure it was a very long day for you and the team. Praying for you as you start this day in your village. It is going to be a big one that is setting the stage for the rest of the week. Praying that you feel better and you have the energy to do what God has called you to do. Have fun with your team and with the kids. I love you so very much and am proud of you.
Love you MORE,
Katie, look for God often in the face of the children and the loving older people that you are going to meet. He is there. Dios te bendiga.
Katie, it is so good to see your beautiful smile as you are hard at work! I am sure you and Martha are having a blast together. You two make a good team! So what has been your God sighting today? I am sure there are more than one. I look forward to reading some of them. You are exactly where God wanted you to be and I am so very proud of you. Thank you for your willingness to serve others. Your joy, smile and care for others is surely making Jesus smile. I love you so much!
Hey Katie! It looks like you had a fabulous day yesterday. I’m sure you are being blessed and blessing others with your joy. Keeping you in prayer!
Katie, I’m so glad that you are feeling better! It looks like stucco day went well. What was your God sighting today? I have been praying for you all day. I love you so much and am praying that you have a great night of singing! Love you more, Mom
Thank you all so much for all of your prayers. This week so far has been amazing. By the time we got through 4 boarding times and 3 terminal changes at the airport we finally got on the plane at 8:30 and arrived in our beds by 2 in the morning! Everyone was exhausted that morning but by the time we arrived at our village we were all excited about finally meeting the people we hoped to touch with our faith in Christ.The road to the homes was long and frightening at times but the view was breathtaking. There were misty mountains, lush trees, and beautiful people. I was very surprised at the sheer amount of dogs I saw roaming around. We must have passed 30 dogs in the 40 minutes we were on the road. When we arrived at our homes we separated into our groups. My group consists of Martha, Tony, Olivia, Nancy, and Julian. At our home we are serving a family of 6 with 4 beautiful children. The family was very helpful in helping us by providing food and drink, and through the father, Mario, and his oldest son, Alex, with their assistance in building. It was slow at the start but as the day went on we began to be more of a team and understood each others abilities. Tony took charge and lead our team because he was able to speak to the Spanish men helping us and he understood the job. Julian became our interpreter between our Paradise Bound leader, Daniel, and us. Nancy was the mom of the group always there when you were lost at something. Olivia was the returning vet after 2 previous trips and gave good tips as to how to get things done. Martha became good friends with Rosa, the youngest daughter, through many ‘bribery’s’ of crayons and dulce. I was the photographer, always snapping shots of the mountains and the home. We all did our part and I think became almost a kind of family. We had started the day an hour late but we still finished it by the time most teams do. Today was much of the same but we finally finished these homes with a few final touches of bible verses on the interior walls.
I have been enjoying myself immensely throughout this whole trip even during our 7 hour layover. During that time I met a young boy named David who was sitting near us as we awaited our belated flight. He laughed with us and showed us somethings he was very proud of. His joy just relieved any bit of stress still remained in me. I also found joy in the girl Rosa. She is just so energetic and fun that even if I can’t always understand her it doesn’t mean we can’t be friends. I even made her a friendship bracelet of her favorite colors today. Her smile lit up her face and was so happy about her new piece of jewelry. She also helped us with our big stuccoing job. I found that I loved hanging out with the kids. I even learned some Spanish from them. This trip has been so eye opening and surprising that I can’t even begin to describe it all. I have become friends with most everyone and have begun to understand the awe in my family’s eyes as they would exit the airport from their own journeys.
MOM- Thank you so much for commenting so much! I am so sorry for not responding sooner but the computers were always in use. I love you so much and miss you a lot. In answer to your question my God sighting today was the beautiful rainbow we saw. It had rained that night but we had glorious weather the rest of time so the rainbow was so unexpected. I got what I had been praying for at least, to be surprised. Anyway the rainbow was encircling the sun and I only saw it because of the youngest son in the family we were working for. My other one was that on tuesday during the layover my cold began to go away even without any medicince. Thanks to God and your prayers, thank you. I love you MORE!
JOSH- I love you so MUCH Yoshi!:) This has been such a cool trip and I thank you for encouraging me throughout the week leading up to it. I really just want to stay here forever with these beautiful people. I also saw Wendy and she was asking for you by name and looked so sad when I told her you hadn’t come with us. The string was also a great idea. I have made that bracelet for Rosa and have been kept busy with it. Thank you for your prayers and support. Love ya Yoshi!
CHRIS- Thank you for the comment and for your prayers. You are such an amazing brother and I am so happy that I have been able to see the pictures from your own personal journey here but to be honest they don’t do this place any justice. The mountains are a million times bigger, the trees three times greener, and the people are breathtaking. Thank you so much nad I love you bro!
-In his grip, Katie
Oh Katie, you made me one happy mama! 🙂 Thank you for sharing all that. I can hear the joy as you share your experiences. You are doing a wonderful job showing Christ’s love to your team and to your family. I am so very proud of you. I love you MORE!
God has blessed you very much so you can bless others. We will keep the prayers going.
Wow I am so incredibly excited for you this week! I know this is something you have dreamt of doing for your entire life and it’s finally here! I know for sure that God is going to do huge things through you this week! You radiate His love everywhere you go and I know that you will do the same in Guatemala! I just wanted to send you some love from West Michigan and let you know that I’ll be praying for you this week! Praying that God will use you to do His work and that He will touch the lives of those you encounter there. I also pray that He will give you peace in times that seem out of your control or when you feel exhausted and overwhelmed! I pray that you will live in the moment enjoying every victory, every trial, and every life changing moment you experience! (I wish that I could have been working by your side this week!) Keep that beautiful smile on your face! I love you so so much, sister! So proud to call you my friend! Cannot wait to hear all about the amazing things God does through you and the rest of the team this week!
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Thank you so much Carly! This week has been just amazing and I can’t wait to tell you all about it face to face! 🙂 Your prayers have definitely been evident here with perfect weather and Great people and the fact that everyone accepted Christ. Thank you so much!
-In His Grip, Katie
Hi Katie! So thankful you’re doing well and experiencing all the blessings you’ve been waiting for! You’re a huge blessing to those you’re serving, too. Praying for you and this life-changing opportunity 🙂
Oh Katie, It is so good to hear you really are experiencing what you have been hoping and praying for. Thank you for giving us word pictures of what you see, do, and feel. So thrilled you can live this trip and this time with your dad. I am proud of both of you. Know that Grandpa and I keep praying you will be safe, healthy, joyful, and filled with God’s love and power. Love you so much. Grandma
Hi Katie! So glad you are experiencing such an amazing adventure! It’s on my bucket list. I’m hoping someday soon! God is so good! Keep looking for Him wherever you go! Much love, Mrs. Vos
Today was Dedication Day and wow. I could physically feel the Holy Spirit’s presence as we prayed and sang at each home. That was earth shattering for me and I will never think of prayer the same way again. When it came turn to dedicate the home I helped build the mama, who we never saw since she had been very sick was the first to break down crying out for Jesus. Her Love along with the tears on every single member of her family’s faces. It was such a beautiful moment and every single one of them accepted Christ. I hope to be able to convey the whole story to everyone face to face eventually. Thank you for your prayers for today was a battleground of prayers and we won. Every single person accepted Christ in their hearts that we ministered to. That in itself was amazing and awe striking in my heart. Tears were falling down my face constantly. My God sighting of the day was these three girls on the last house. We were singing the song Great I Am in prayer around the home and they joined us. They were singing this English song right along with us and continued on after. That to me is what this week is about. Those little moments where God means SO much.
-In His Grip, Katie
So glad you could finally have your turn to go to Guatemala too!!! And how wonderful that you can be there with your Dad. Trips like these are so special and are ones you will never forget. We are praying for God to continue to reveal himself to you in many new and different ways. Praying for God to continue to change many lives for Him!! Enjoy every minute of your time there Katie!! It goes so fast! Love to you!!
Bill and Lisa Van Dyken
Katie, I am so very proud of you and thrilled that you had such an incredible day yesterday! Praying that today is just as powerful and you week once again feel the Holy Spirit flow thru the village. Praying for you and the team. Love you, mom
Katie. You have been in my thoughts and prayers during the past week. Know life is not easy right now but you have so much strength from God and you are doing something amazing. Your letters are very inspiring. I enjoy your writings. Will continue praying for all of you.
Katie, thank you for your service there! You are doing great work and I am praying for you to have energy and good rest, and also to see God’s glory! Blessings to you 🙂
Good morning Katie, so grateful that you and the team had an amazing med clinic!! I can’t wait to hear the stories and see the pictures. Did you spend your time playing with the kids or were you in the med clinic? Have you made many balloon animals? So very proud of you and I have been praying non-stop. I am so happy that you get to be with Dad on Father’s day!! That makes today so much more special. I know how hard it was for him to be away from you guys over the years but to be able to have you there today with him, is incredible.
glad that you got to sleep in and that you are feeling better from your cold. I can’t wait to sit down with you and hear all the stories. I Love you so very much!!
Katie, I hope that this chapter in your life has been amazing not in what you wanted it to be be being aware of what God wanted it to be for you. Anda muy cerca con él.
Katie, I am so glad that you can be there to see the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of the people in those villages. I know that they see the love of Jesus in you and I am sure that your smiles display the joy you have in being on the front line of God at work. Thank you for the notes you are writing to all of us. Grandma and I are very proud of you. Grandpa
Katie, before I went to bed tonight I stepped out on our back porch and looked up at the stars, thinking about what you were doing right at that moment.You are probably listening to Hermano Jesus preach and standing next to a few of your new Guatemalan friends. Praying that they will accept Jesus into their heart. If you looked up at the stars know I was looking at the same ones praying alongside of you. 😊 I love you so very much! I’m so proud of all that you are doing. Goodnight
Good morning sweetheart! Praying that you had another incredible day at the med clinic. It doesn’t seem possible that today is your last day there. You have done so much and I am so proud of you. Thank you for being bold in your faith, loving of others and willing to go where God calls you. I am already praying for tonights last worship time! Praying that once again you feel the Holy spirit surrounding you. I love you so much and can’t wait to see you tomorrow!
This week has gone by SO fast! It is insane to think that in a little more than 12 hours from now I will be on a plane to the states. I have learned so much about my own faith and about what it means to pray to God. I look forward to describing this incredible experience to you all in person because how can you describe the presence of God through a computer? You don’t. I have been moved emotionally and spiritually throughout this week through friend’s testimonies, children that eventually break my heart, and through all of the praying we have done. This week has had wonderful weather and it has been amazing thanks to your prayers, thank you.
Thank you mom for your continual posts and support. I love you so much!
-In His Grip, Katie
Katie, we are so thankful that so many prayers for you have been answered. It has been thrilling to see you and your Dad in pictures ministering together. What a special time for both of you. How we look forward to hearing you tell of your highlights and to see you live out your new insights. We love you so much and may God bring you safely home.
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