Photo of the week - "Amanecer" (sunrise) | Ordinary Missionaries


Jul 9, 2018 Beautiful Guatemala

I like to get up early, usually at around 4:30 or 5am.  It gives me a chance to get a jump on the day.  I prepare for Bible class, I reply to emails, I write, I meditate and I pray.

On this particular morning, just as the sun was coming up, I could hear someone working in the field next to us.  I walked out, introduced myself and asked if I could take his photo.  I knew the light would be perfect.

We didn’t talk.  I let him work, and took photo after photo.  I probably took 150 photos to get to this one image.

I found out where he lived and stopped by to give him a printed copy.  Vonda and I probably spent an hour visiting with his parents as their grandkids ran in and out of the room, laughing and playing and staring at the “gringos”.  They wouldn’t let us leave until we took a bag full of oranges from their tree.  The kindness in this country is hard to describe.


Everyone who shares this weeks photo AND TAGS ME by next Monday night, will be entered into a drawing to get a postcard of this weeks Photo of The Week!  Just scroll down and click on the blue Facebook SHARE button.  Easy.

AND THE WINNER OF THE NEW BIBLE APP, Dwell, is Holly Dykstra!  Congratulations!  I’ll be in touch soon!  ALL SHE DID WAS COMMENT on last weeks blog!  As a matter of fact, everyone who leaves a comment below will be entered to win a postcard of this weeks photo!

Also, if you’ve gotten a postcard in the mail?  How do they look???  I have no idea!  I order them online and always wonder what they look like when they show up in your mailbox!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND COMMENTS of past Photos of The Week!  Seriously!  I means a lot to me.

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Husband. Father. Missionary. Head Saturday morning pancake maker.


  • John Kosterman
    Jul 9, 2018 at 7:13 pm Reply

    Love you George!


      Jul 10, 2018 at 7:47 am Reply

      I love you right back man! Never stop praying.

  • Holly Dykstra
    Jul 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm Reply

    Another awesome photo George. I got my photo card in the mail so fast, it is lovely. Thank you!!


      Jul 10, 2018 at 7:48 am Reply

      AWESOME! I’m glad! I’ve never seen one. 🙃

  • Cora Hall
    Jul 9, 2018 at 8:27 pm Reply

    Another beautiful moment you captured George of who and what God created. I received the picture postcard and it is fabulous, thank you so much!


      Jul 10, 2018 at 7:49 am Reply

      THANK YOU Cora! (Every time I see your name I think of my granddaughter!)

  • Anita Byle
    Jul 9, 2018 at 9:14 pm Reply

    Always great Pictures, George! And encouraging stories to go with them. I love how you were able to use this one as a ministry tool. And got blessed with oranges in the process!


      Jul 10, 2018 at 7:50 am Reply

      Thank you Anita! And I’m not exaggerating when I say those were the best oranges I’ve had in Guatemala. Super sweet!

  • Stephanie Young
    Jul 9, 2018 at 10:29 pm Reply

    Excellent example of diligence. Thank you for sharing!


      Jul 10, 2018 at 7:50 am Reply


  • Kevin Deyo
    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:50 pm Reply

    As ALWAYS, the picture is fantastic!! Love you my friend!!


      Jul 10, 2018 at 7:51 am Reply

      Thanks man. Counting down the days!

  • Beverly Sisneros-Ramirez
    Jul 10, 2018 at 7:30 am Reply

    I love the pics & the stories that go with them. And I love that you share what you’re doing. You are touching lives there & here too.


      Jul 10, 2018 at 7:52 am Reply

      Thank you Beverly. That means a lot. I hope to see you again in October! ❤️

  • Mary Ellen
    Jul 10, 2018 at 7:40 am Reply

    What is this farmer growing in his field?


      Jul 10, 2018 at 7:53 am Reply

      Most people grow corn and when the stalks are tall enough they plant black beans at the base, which crawl up the stalks. Pretty cool!

  • Cathy Addison
    Jul 10, 2018 at 8:28 am Reply

    Thanks for an image of amanecer. Not a time of day I see very often! 🙂


      Jul 10, 2018 at 9:38 am Reply

      You are welcome!

  • Sara
    Jul 10, 2018 at 10:27 am Reply

    Absolutely stunning photo, George!!! 💛💛


      Jul 10, 2018 at 10:36 am Reply

      THANK YOU Sara! We can’t tell you how much we miss your face!

  • Renee Van Horn
    Jul 11, 2018 at 8:26 am Reply

    Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise…my father always said! 👍😀


      Jul 11, 2018 at 11:11 am Reply


      I think my dad just said, “Get out of bed or you’re gonna miss the bus!” Haha.

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