Praying for safe traveling tomorrow for you and the whole team.
Thank you! God has kept us safe on our travels the whole week even though the roads here are pretty crazy!
Name: Nicole Applebach
Message: I am sitting here in the airplane typing, and I think it has finally set in that I am going to Guatemala. It has been five years since I went to Guatemala for the first time, and I have been waiting to go again since the day I got back. I am so excited to share this trip with some of my closest friends and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for our group! I am so ready for this week. I am ready to be renewed in my love for God by serving His people. I am ready to see God change hearts. There is a reason that I am on this trip; God has something He wants to teach me, and I am ready to learn. I pray that my heart will be accepting of what God has in store for me and that He will use me to further His kingdom. I anticipate that some amazing things will happen this week, and I am super excited to see how God will work!
Coley!! You are back in Guatemala again – how awesome is that! Remember that first trip way back with your mom and Brett. What an awesome week that was! I pray that you experience God’s presence this week. Look for HIM everywhere! Give a hug to Estuardo, Noami, Yohana for me (nothing for Dan!!) Can’t wait to hear all about it.
Thank you for the prayers! It has been such an awesome week full of the Lord’s power. I have thought back on that first trip a lot this week 🙂 Haha okay I’ll tell them you said hi!
Hey Coley! We are so excited for you this week! After reading your blog, we see that you have exactly the right attitude to get the most out of God’s leading you through this week. We pray that the Holy Spirit leads you into many memorable moments as you serve Him with your eyes wide open. What a blast! We are praying for you in many ways, especially for God’s special blessings on your and the team. Enjoy your journey!
(BTW, Kenia made it to Baltimore today – we are so lonely!)
Love, Mom and Dad
Thanks mum and pops! It’s been amazing and I’m so excited to tell you guys all about it! Thanks for the prayers. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, DAD! Love you!
I am sooo excited that you are on this trip with Laura!! I pray that you are touched by the Holy Spirit throughout your time in Guatemala. Continue showing the joy of the Lord to the wonderful people in Guat. Just let your effervescent personality keep on shinin’. 😉
enjoy the adventure,
ps. keep an eye on my sister for me. 🙂
Thanks so much, Kerri! Your prayers worked; the Holy Spirit has been doing a lot in my heart this week. And okay I’ll try to keep her out of trouble 😉
Day two of Guatemala is already coming to a close; this week is going by way too fast! I love this beautiful country. I love the Guatemalans, I love my team, I love the countryside. The last two days we have been building, stuccoing (is that a word?), and painting homes. My team of six team members is building a house for Dominga, an older widow who lives with her son, Rudy. Dominga’s gentle kindness humbles me so much. When I first met Dominga, I was trying to use my not-so-awesome Spanish to converse with her and ended up saying something that made no sense at all. She just smiled up at me and gave me a gentle hug and kiss. Her acceptance of me, a young stranger from another country, humbled me so much. And the kids… I never want to leave the kids. I see the Lord in every one of their joyful faces. The way they run to you when they see you coming and bombard you with hugs melts my heart. These people give me so much joy with their generosity and their contentedness. They have so little, yet they smile so much. Tomorrow is dedication day, and I know that it will be a day full of God’s powerful presence. This experience has been awesome so far, and I am excited to have God change my heart more and more as the week goes on. Thank you for all your prayers and support!
Your Spanish is strong enough to do the job but more than that read Mark 11:22 😀
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I just read it – such a great reminder for me today. Today is our last “real” day. All that’s left after today is Antigua and the plane ride home. I’ve been getting a bit anxious about going home because I don’t know how to translate all that I’ve learned about the Lord into my life back at home. So, thank you for the reminder that all I must do trust God and have faith that He will be with me. Thank you!
Nicole,I am so glad that you are there! You are such a blessing for the team and to all who meet you. I am praying that the dedications go well tomorrow and once again you experience the tipping point of eternity. Big hugs,
Thank you so much! Dedications were AWESOME. It was incredible to see the Lord work so powerfully in the lives of the villagers. See you soon!
Nicole. I love the picture of you and Laura on the side of the grassy hill with your beautiful smiles and stucco boards in your hands! Your fun and joyful spirit is a blessing to those around you! Praying that this may be a powerful and life-changing day for you! The DeGraafs
Haha I haven’t seen it yet but I remember Kevin taking it. That was such a fun day! Thank you so much for the prayers!
Hi Nicole! I’m so glad you could return to Guatemala! God bless you and the team as you finish your time there. So great to hear how God is using you and the team to impact lives for eternity.
It has been such an awesome trip. God has worked so much in my heart and I have loved seeing Him work in the hearts of the Guatemalans. I’ll have to tell you some of the stories when we get home!
Profe here,. Enjoy playing with the children and sharing God’s love. Dios te bendiga.
Hola profe 🙂 No se porque los ninos aqui son tan lindos! Hoy vamos al segundo pueblo. Estoy muy emocionada amar mas ninos y ver mas personas dar sus vidas a Dios!
Claro que sí. Es difícil amar a todos pero cars uno necesita amor.
Hi Nichole, I enjoyed reading your blog comments and am excited to hear that you are experiencing the Holy Spirit working in your heart. That is such an awesome and exciting experience. God cares about you and your growth in Him as much as he cares about those you are serving right now! I hope you have a great day today helping with the medical clinic!
Hi Nicole! You are doing wonderful things there in the name of Jesus! I’m so glad you and Tim can be on the same team and I’m sure you are such a blessing to those around you 🙂
Hi Nicole, It’s really great to hear about the work you are doing in Guatemala and how the Holy Spirit is at work in your life. I’m praying for you, the team and the people you are serving. Love Aunt Donna
So, today is the last day, and I really don’t want to leave. I feel the Holy Spirit here so much more than I feel it back at home because I am surrounded by people who love the Lord and I see people giving their lives to Christ all the time. On Saturday, the first med clinic day, the entire village answered God’s call and gave their lives to the Lord. It was so powerful. Last night, I thought no one was going to accept Christ. Pablo (the preacher) kept asking people to come up to the front and give their lives to Christ, but no one moved. I was so confused. Why didn’t God fill these people with the Holy Spirit? Didn’t he want them? Then, after Pablo had called the villagers up multiple times, an elderly woman slowly shuffled to the front. Her courage led many other villagers to accept Jesus into their hearts. The mother I was praying over and the 12-year-old girl, Cindy, both accepted Christ into their hearts. It was incredible to see God at work in their hearts. After seeing God work in such powerful ways, I am afraid to go home. I am afraid that I will forget what God did in my heart and lose my awareness of His presence. Even though I am afraid, I know that God will be with me. He will guide me and show me how to live for Him back in West Michigan. I know that God’s work in me is not done. He will use me in the states just as He used me here in Guatemala if I only keep my heart open to His leading.
PS: Happy Father’s Day, Dad! Cya soon! 🙂
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