Archive for the ‘With One Hope’ Category

Everything Changes

Graduation days rock! They are beautiful, TANGIBLE reminders that lives really are being impacted by our work. They also help me remember why we do what we do: because EVERY life and EVERY soul matters! So who are we celebrating today?!? The Guitierrez family! A family of 5 that


Smiling I am sitting here at my computer looking at pictures of our most recent class of kids from our school in Leon, Nicaragua and I can’t help but be filled with hope! My smile is wide and my heart is rejoicing. Why? Because

Grateful for Goodness

Sometimes life sneaks up on you. It shows up unannounced and unexpected. Other times life rages toward you like a freight train – the preambles of which are heard and felt before it is finally seen – without surprise. And sometimes, life can

Saying Goodbye

With very mixed emotions, I wanted to let everyone know that Harvy passed away yesterday. Over the past month his health had deteriorated rapidly and there was very little we could do for him other than make sure he

Six Years!

So much has happened over the past few months both in Nicaragua and here in the States! In Nicaragua we completed our 6th school year and graduation ceremonies! It is so hard to believe that

Graduation Day

The moment was here. Six long years had passed since the dream had been established, and today – TODAY!! – the dream was becoming a reality. No more waiting. No more mourning a dream lost. Anticipation filled the air and the audience sat on the edge of their seats as the guest of honor made [...]

The Turnaround

A lot has been going on in Nicaragua over the past few months and I have fallen behind on my blog entries! The good news?? I have lots of stories to share! But where to start?! How about one that will spread a little joy? Good. I’ve got just the one. Guiselle is one of [...]

Update on Harvy

Be still my yearning heart. Be still and know. I have long pondered what to share in this post. I know what I wish I could say, but I don’t know how to share what I must say. My heart cries out within me yearning to tell a different story, a different outcome, to tell [...]

Learning from Harvy

Harvy has had cancer for the past 5 years. It has been a hard battle that has taken its toll on both him and his mother, Sylvia. They found out he had the disease when he was 14, so almost all of his teenage years have been filled with IVs, chemo, radiation, and hospitals. But [...]

Dinner Time

The house was packed for a special dinner, full of the wealthy and influential of the city, each convinced of their own superiority over the others. It was a beehive of activity as they clamored for the best seats, all wanting to be as close as possible to the same man. Still more were gathered [...]

A Moment of Truth

I was sitting in a chair holding a piece of paper watching a mother speak to her daughter. Smiling from ear to ear, I felt a joy deep down inside starting to form. It was a moment I had been waiting for, more than that, praying for, and that others had been praying for too. [...]

Speaking in the Silence

I was sitting in silence, away from everyone and everything. “Finally a chance to unwind,” I thought to myself. I was on my bed – one of the top bunks in the room where we were all sleeping – and everyone except Heyner, one of our supported children and the little boy in the picture [...]

A Little Thursday Joy

Well, it is finals week here at SMU so my blog writing time has been taken up by paper writing and studying for tests. (It’s as fun as it sounds!) HOWEVER, that does NOT mean I can’t still share a little joy! Here are a few pictures from food and school supply deliveries to some [...]

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Today’s entry is the second half of a two part entry. Just to remind you who we are talking about, here is the intro from the last blog: “We have to go now!” he barked. Her eyes widened. Her fear was palpable as she looked down at the ground. The smile that had just covered [...]

Standing for Change

“We have to go now!” he barked. Her eyes widened. Her fear was palpable as she looked down at the ground. The smile that had just covered her face had been replaced with a worried scowl. Then she looked back at me. Her eyes carried a great sadness, conveying sentiments that words surely could not [...]

Hand in Hand

The sun was strong and I was hot. We had been outside for a few hours now and the sun was just starting to reach its peak in the sky. It would only get hotter from here. So I did what any person would do. I found shade. And as I stood there under the [...]

2013 Trip Video

It’s that time of year again! We have completed our year end trips to Nicaragua and have a video to share! So take a 3 minute break from whatever you’re doing, turn up the music, make it full screen, and enjoy seeing pictures and videos of

Still Going Strong

I am back in Leon, which means I am back in the land of being able to get some wifi connectivity from time to time. A lot has happened since the last blog entry and, honestly, I don’t really know where to start or how to catch all of you up. The past 9 days [...]

Building for the Future

While we were working today I took a few moments to step back and just watch what was going on all around me. To my right cement blocks were being passed down to a man in a giant hole to create the bathroom foundation. To my left blocks were being used to build the walls [...]

And So It Begins

Hey everyone! I haven’t had the chance to write a full blog entry, but I did want to make sure everyone got a taste of what the SMU team has been able to do so far! The majority of team arrived Saturday. I am still blown away by the fact that they were even able [...]