Feliz Navidad!

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I spent an hour carefully color coordinating our outfits. We had the perfect location planned: The beautiful, scenic town of Antigua. We had all the fancy equipment thanks to some friends of ours. I bribed the kids with promises of candy if they behaved and pretended to be happy. We took tons and tons of photographs. And you know what? Not a single one turned out right! The setting on the camera was a little off causing all of the photos to be blurry. We had no idea until we were back at our home, snug and warm in our pajamas. So today we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with a Self selfie, taken from the back of a tuk-tuk :)!

Isn’t that the way life goes sometimes? Our lives are not Pinterest fairy tales and that is ok! Life is hectic and messy and doesn’t always go the way we planned. Even in Guatemala, surrounded by poverty I find myself losing perspective and worrying about unimportant things. This holiday season I am going to try my best to focus on what is truly significant…and maybe try to make a Christmas wreath…ok, who am I kidding, that is not happening :)!

The only necessary thing in this life is to sit at the feet of Jesus and humbly learn how to be His disciple (Luke 10:38-42). With that in mind here are some truly important things that have been happening in our lives in Guatemala!:

∞ Hannah is teaching her 7th graders about God’s creation through Science.

∞ Jordan is teaching students about the Bible and teaching a class about Psychology from a Christian perspective.

∞ Jordan is helping many students through the ministry of counseling.

∞ We are both helping with discipleship groups. Once a quarter we take the students off campus to minister to others. We recently helped at a school for children that are homeless or come from extremely poor living conditions.

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(Most of the kids that we helped with live here. Many of their parents salvage things from the dump and live on $2 a day.)

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(Perspective.)

 ∞ Solomon is learning so much in kindergarten and is beginning to read!

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 ∞ Grace is dancing and singing and being a princess everywhere she goes.

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(Jordan is going to star in next season’s Duck Dynasty: Guatemala!)

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 (Hannah’s 8th grade discipleship class)

We pray that you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with the love of Christ!

Jordan, Hannah, Solomon & Grace

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1st Day of School, 1st Day of School!

Hello! ¡Hola! 안녕하세요 (Annyeonghaseyo)! This is how you say hello in each of the major cultures represented at CAG. Although the school is taught in English, the students come from all over the world! When we made the decision to teach at the Christian Academy of Guatemala several years ago, we did not realize that we would be ministering to not only Americans and Guatemalans, but also to Koreans. We love the incredible amount of diversity at the school!

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8th grade girl’s discipleship!

We hit the ground running as soon as the plane touched down in Guatemala and have not stopped yet! The day after we arrived here Hannah attended a new teacher orientation to prepare to teach a 7th grade Life Science class. Since she had never taught in a classroom setting before, this has been quite a learning experience for her. At our teacher in-service where the teachers were prepared for the new year, we were taught how to integrate the Bible into our daily lessons. What a blessing that we are not only allowed to talk about the Bible in class, but that we are encouraged to make it a part of any lesson that we choose. Hannah has already been able to relate the functions of body of Christ to the study of cells and their functions. God has truly woven His image into creation to point us to Him!

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This was during spirit week where we dressed up like the wild west!

Jordan is teaching Bible and counseling like he did last year, but he is also teaching a Psychology class this year. He completed his Masters in Counseling from Covington Theological Seminary this summer (woohoo!) and has been learning so much information about Psychology and counseling. I recently read a quote posted by a member of Ravi Zacharias’ ministry that said “The Christian faith enables us to grasp the big picture—integrating science, history, philosophy & experience more than any other worldview.” This sums up CAG’s teaching philosophy perfectly. We are looking forward to all of the ways that we can impact these students’ lives! Please keep the students of CAG in your prayers!

In other news, Solomon has started Kindergarten! We cannot even believe how fast he has grown. Please keep him in your prayers during this transition. We are thankful for his wonderful teacher, Mrs. Brown. Mrs. Brown and her family are missionaries sent out from The Church of Brook Hills in Birmingham. It is refreshing to be able to use the word ya’ll with her!

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Antigua!

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support. We could not be here without you! There are so many scary things that can happen in Guatemala that we just forget about or get used to. Knowing that we have loved ones praying for our safety is an amazing thing and we never get tired of hearing someone say that they have prayed for us. We truly covet your prayers! God bless!

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I thank my God with every remembrance of you,

Jordan, Hannah, Solomon & Grace

“You know you’re a missionary kid when you’d

“You know you’re a missionary kid when you’d rather never say hello than have to say goodbye.” –UnknownImage

“Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos.” -Snoopy

These are just a couple of quotes posted on Facebook by fellow teachers at the Christian Academy of Guatemala this week. As the school year ends and the senior class graduates, a large group of teachers and students will move on to other places all over the world. New teachers and students will arrive for next year. Many tears have been and will be shed. How do the teachers and students learn to say goodbye to dear friends and learn to love new ones? How can they be excited about more hellos?

This is just one of the issues that will be covered at Camino Global’s first missionary kid conference this summer. Jordan will be addressing this specific topic on making meaningful friendships. Both missionaries and missionary kids have to be careful not to shut out newcomers because they have had to say goodbye so many times. If they don’t have an attitude that new friends will be forever friends even if they live on the other side of the world then there is a tendency to build walls to keep themselves from getting hurt again. Our hope is that the MKs at the conference will learn to embrace more hellos!

We will be in the States this summer for the conference July 3rd-7th, but we will also be in Alabama for a few weeks before and after. We hope it will be a time of great fellowship with friends, family and churches and a time of recharging our batteries before the new school year begins!

 Jordan will continue teaching Bible classes, a discipleship group and will counsel students. Hannah will be teaching an 8th grade girls’ discipleship group and one other class, possibly photography. So many teachers come and go that we won’t know the exact needs until closer to August. The Christian Academy of Guatemala has many openings that need to be filled for next school year. Please check out their website for more information if you or someone you know may be interested in teaching at CAG (www.christacadguate.org).

Thank you for keeping us in your prayers and we hope to see you this summer!

 

I thank my God with every remembrance of you,

Jordan, Hannah, Solomon & Grace

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