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New Year. New Decade. New Hope.

Our fundraisers in November were INSANE. Our goal was to raise the operating budget of $58,024, which to be honest, was a stretch. We’ve never raised that much money in two nights. We ended up raising just over $70,000.

This is what that extra money will do.

We usually build one, maybe two, houses a year but right now we have THREE houses scheduled, and it’s just January! Keep an eye out for photos and updates. We’re actually praying about building a fourth house. I recently met a pastor in our little village who is a former gang member! He’s in the middle of building a home for his family. When I say “in the middle of building his home”, I mean that literally.

In the villages of Guatemala, people START building a home with all the money they have. Then, the house sits, until they have another chunk of money. It might take a family 5 years to build a home. Pastor Carlos is building a very humble, one room home, and his walls are 5ft. high. We’d like to come in, add a room, a bathroom, and kitchen and finish it. We’ll keep you updated.

Raising more money also means that we were able to buy $1,000 worth of water filters. We give water filters to every family we find that’s drinking contaminated tap water. (90% of all water in Guatemala contains fecal matter.) We’ve already identified 3 families who will get filters.

One last thing. For the first time in my life, I’m focusing on memorizing scripture. Can I just say, I LOVE IT! What are your favorite scriptures? Do you memorize scripture?  How do you do it?  Let me know if you’re interested in the technique I’m using.

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  1. I’m in the process of memorizing Psalm 23. It is not too long, thankfully :-). I’m doing in conjunction with a church my wife’s nephew planted and has challenged his congregation to memorize. I’d LOVE TO HEAR YOUR MEMORIZATION PROCESS!!!! By the way, I reaqlly enjoyed the update and look forward to future updates on the few items you discussed, especially more about the new pastor you met.

    1. Kevin, THAT’S AWESOME! Thank you for always encouraging me in my writing. I’m looking forward to getting together with the pastor. Next time we talk, I’ll tell you about how I’m memorizing scripture!

  2. We started last year using Sword Grip, a scripture memorization program. We love it and it is easier than I ever thought.

    1. WOW! I’ll have to check it out. I do it old school. Read a verse 10 times out loud. Then, recite it 10 times out loud. (Try to photograph it with your mind.) That’s it.

      Next day. Recite yesterdays verse 10 times. Read todays verse 10 times out loud. Recite it 10 times. That’s it.

      Day 3. Yesterdays verse 10 times. Then read all verses together. Read new verse 10 times. Recite the new verse 10 times.

      You will quickly see that day one and day two verses are now easy. It’s worked for me.

  3. Love reading the updates George, so uplifting and inspiring. Wow!!! What a fundraising few nights you had. God is good most definitely.
    I sent you a private message on Messenger. I know your a very busy man, as we say here, up to your eyes lol, but if possible can you get back to me with some info and a picture of my new sponsor kid Benik. Would love to know more about him. I just want to wish you and the whole family a blessed God filled 2020 with exciting and amazing things to take place. I’m still astonished at God’s hand in your lives from when I follow you guys from the very start to right now, even though I’m in N. Ireland. When I look back on the memories of the little apartment you guys had to the beautiful buildings you have now I’m so grateful to be a partner to you guys and to sponsor Benik. Keep er lit bro and love to all!!

    1. Byron, WHAT AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY IT HAS BEEN BROTHER! Thank you for standing alongside us! And thank you for everything you do in N. Ireland. I pray God pours down massive blessings on you and your ministry.

      School starts at the end of January and you can expect an update with profile and photo of Benik in February. Keep ‘er lit!

  4. God is good! I am so happy the budget was met, and the extra that will benefit so many other lives!!!! All the glory be to our faithful God. Please share with me how your are memorizing…..I paste it in front me and read it over and over and over…..Psalm 23 took me a long time 🙂

    1. “All the glory be to our faithful God.” YES!

      I do it old school. Read a verse 10 times out loud. Then, recite it 10 times out loud. (Try to photograph it with your mind.) That’s it for day one.

      Next day. Recite yesterdays verse 10 times. Read todays verse 10 times out loud. Recite it 10 times. That’s it.

      Day 3. Yesterdays verse 10 times. Then read all verses together. Read new verse 10 times. Recite the new verse 10 times.

      You will quickly see that day one and day two verses are now easy. It’s worked for me.

  5. Oh, you!! You’ve encouraged me to look back at the Memverse.com, the program I used several years ago to memorize verses. (There’s an app, too, but the website is much more powerful and really cool.) I hadn’t realized that many of the verses I carry in my head (and remind myself of regularly) are ones I memorized that way.

    Favorite verses to learn? There are so many! Ones that remind me of Jehovah’s goodness and power: 2 Kings 6:16; 2 Chron 20:15; Psalm 56:11; Isa 26:3; Isa 40:31; Isa 41:13. Things I need to remind myself: Psalm 141:3; Prov 3:5-6; Prov 14:29; Matt 6:34; Luke 6:45; Phil 4:4-8; 2 Tim 1:7 … and so many more.

    You’ve inspired me. Have fun memorizing!

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