Some time has gone by since we've sent out an update to y'all about what's going on in the ministry and our lives. And we haven't been able to hear how y'all are doing through your replies and emails either. We pray that y'all are hanging in there and going strong! I pray that we all make the most of every opportunity that God gives us to show His love and who He is to everybody we see and to all who see us! I get worried thinking about that, but His invitation and opportunities come every moment and every day. If I miss one, I pray for His mercy and grace to cover that moment and for more opportunities to come. Don't forget that we are connected to the Life and Truth, live it and share it! Why would I not...LOVINGLY...share that with everybody?
God continues to pour out His presence and love on our lives! We are truly amazed and blessed in ways we never even imagined or thought about asking for. The connection He has brought into our lives with the folks here in Guatemala and with the folks in the States fills us to overflowing! God has used y'all and the folks here to lift us up and strengthen and encourage us to keep pressing on towards the goal and to live in perfect peace and joy! That's why Jesus and the Word teaches us to stay connected and active in the Body of Christ! What can we do alone...well apart from Him we can't do anything! But separated from others...it makes it so much harder and exhausting! We need y'all just so you know! And we need the folks here too! Thank you for your prayers, emails, and for coming and working with us and leaving us stronger and motivated! This is why we are connected and a part of the same family!
We have had incredible opportunities to minister along side so many people here that have come from the States over the months of June and July...7 weeks with 7 different groups! We have laughed so much, cried a lot, used the bathroom too much (hahaha), and ministered to so many areas and lives. We have seen so many folks make the decision to walk in a relationship with God, healings, restoration in families, laughing and playing with kids, pulling teeth, and sweating like a stuck pig doing construction work at the ministry learning center. What a joy to be invited into God's good works and see Him reaching out and touching and providing for so many people in different parts of life and parts of the world. He is an awesome God...a good Father! Please rise up and continue to do His good works where He has you and how He wants you to do it! There is no other joy or experience like it! Taste and see for yourself, the Lord is good and there is no one or nothing that can compare! And right now, our world needs to know this love and passion that God has for them. How else will they come to see it or have it??
We had two interns during June and one has stayed and will be here until the end of August. Brooke beat Tristen in arm wrestling! Just saying...lol We had so much fun with Tristen...he's so much like his dad it's scary for those of you who know him. And if you don't, you're doing good! hahaha Brooke is a beast and has shown up so many guys here this year! She is awesome with the kids and willing to do anything. One time we were unloading bags of food from the back of my truck that weighed about 20lbs each...Brooke comes up and says, "Give me four of them." They were carrying them up the mountain to the church. One of the team members, Shaun, started to walk away with just two...saw Brooke walk by with three...then stopped and turned around and looked at me and said, "Ok. Give me another one." Couldn't let the girl do more! hahaha Good stuff!
God has been doing so much at the construction site. Lord willing!! Lord willing, we are going to be moving into our house this weekend! The second dorm and bathroom have a roof now! The bathroom stalls and shower walls are finished and we are about to put the stucco on the walls. Next will be the floors. We had to make a lot of unexpected repairs on the electricity for the ministry and our house...unexpected expenses. But we are still moving forward little by little and trusting the Lord to do His thing and complete His work! We want to say thank you so much to all who have contributed to the construction and who have been praying for God to provide! He is so faithful! Please keep praying and contributing to see this finished! There are pictures on the ministry Facebook (www.facebook.com/
EyesWideOpenMinistries) that show some of the progress. We have even started using the dorm room to host seminars! We have had two seminars already in the new facilities! Awesome! You can also see a few updates to our website at www.eyeswideopenministries.com .
May y'all be filled with boldness to speak and love boldly everyday! We are praying for y'all! May God bless y'all and fill y'all with His presence and peace! Please keep us in your prayers! Levi is getting so big...Mary Kathleen is starting to worry about her looks and whether she's fat or not...Help us! And Uriah only stops when he is sleeping! And Brandi has only snapped a few of my bones this year...better than the past years! We're good to go! Can't wait to hear from y'all and see y'all at the end of the year! God bless!
Daniel, Brandi, Levi, Mary Kathleen, Uriah