san carlos This is our San Carlos Missions Trip Story. San Carlos Serve Slideshow Arizona Adventure Slideshow 204 Comments Meghan on August 1, 2009 at 5:25 pm Hey everyone! Can’t wait to see you guys and hear all of your exciting stories. Have a safe flight back and a fun rest of the day! See you tomorrow. Reply Greg "Big Man" on August 1, 2009 at 2:20 pm Hey guys i hope you are having a great time. Sorry it took me so long to blog my computer isent working. I have been praying for all of you by name. i cant wait to see you guys and here all about it Reply sarah on August 1, 2009 at 2:19 pm hey laura! i hope ur having a great time!!! i heard u guyz were going to the grandcanyon, i hope u have fun! luv ya! luv, sarah Reply Valerie on July 31, 2009 at 11:49 pm Just about 24 hours before we see you all. We will be praying for a safe journey home for you. May this trip, the lessons learned, and the changes it has created in each of you remain forever through God’s strength and power which is yours to claim – Valerie Reply Mama Gabs on July 31, 2009 at 8:36 pm Hi Everyone…. I hope you enjoy seeing the sights these last 2 days. Joshua, I can’t wait to see you. Guess what??? We got to see Janell and Emma today. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL!!! Still praying for all of you. Love, Mrs. Gablin Reply brandon w on July 31, 2009 at 12:00 am hi mom and dad love you having a good time this is the last blog. Reply tomi on July 30, 2009 at 11:40 pm hi mom this is the last time that i am able to write on the blog mom we are leaving tomorrow at like 7 so yea creo que manana va ser muy diverido 😀 te voy a ver el domingo en la manana hahah a la una. hehehe te quiero mucho y dile a mi papi que lo quiero ver y a mario tambien buh bi jocelyn 😀 oh si y dile a la cuzz cuzz que la quiero ver y decirle muchas cosas Reply Valerie on July 30, 2009 at 11:38 pm Hi there teens. I got a chance to talk to Ken tonight and he told me that you really had an awesome time of bonding, confession, and really opening up. What a mighty God we have. I am praying that this will be the moment you look back on when you are older and remember as the moment when your life changed direction. Embrace God’s power to defeat Satan who will try to take this away from you. God bless you . Reply tomi on July 30, 2009 at 11:30 pm well today was our last day here and i have to say that i’m really gonna miss this place i made so many connections with the people here they remind me so much of my relatives thank u steve nd ms z for the support i appreciate it Reply matteo on July 30, 2009 at 11:18 pm final day here in san carlos was eventful. got to talk to construction workers downtown, lead a bible study, and play some basketball. Highlight was rocking baby moni to sleep. i wouldnt mind being a dad someday i think…. Reply Mrs. Z on July 31, 2009 at 9:40 pm Matt, Last year your long story brought me to tears. This year it was a 3 sentence posting. You will be an awesome dad! I saw Sue Smith (the reading teacher) last weekend. She asked about you. I thought of her when I read your post. Her quote was “man could that kid write”. MIss you all, Love, Mrs. Z Reply sarah on August 1, 2009 at 2:12 pm aaaaawwww how cute!!! Reply Mr. & Mrs. B on July 30, 2009 at 9:24 pm James, We are so proud of you for sharing part of your story at church on Wednesday night. We ar so glad that Laura, Tomi and you felt you could share your life with the people in San Carlos. James, things like that change the lives of people. Just by you sharing you could help one or more people understand what they need to do to except Jesus. You could be responible for saving a life. We Love You!!!And a proud of you!!! Dad and Mom Reply Norma Fernandez on July 30, 2009 at 9:23 pm To Jen. Hola como estas, me di cuenta que estabas un poco enferma, espero que te encuentres mejor. Gracias por estar ahi con las ninas cuidando de ellas. que Dios te bendiga. Norma Fernandez Reply Jane Cookson on July 30, 2009 at 7:27 pm Hello to all of the teens: I am been sitting hear reading the blog and just Praising God for all of you. The way you are serving God by reaching out to others in need and sharing your faith with them. I cannot wait till you all come back and hear all about the trip in person. Jane Reply Nancy Hellstrom on July 30, 2009 at 6:42 pm Hi Kirk- Thank you for the awesome pictures. It is such a blessing to all of us at home to get a glimpse of what you are doing and of the kids we miss at the same time 🙂 Reply Nancy Hellstrom on July 30, 2009 at 6:40 pm Praise God! What an awesome thing to read about- can’t wait to hear more about it. It is such an answer to prayer- that God would work on all of your hearts. So proud of all of you for being open and honest before God and each other. See what you started by being open about your fears at the beginning of the trip, Jocelyn? 🙂 Reply Mom Weisfeld on July 30, 2009 at 6:30 pm Brandon W. WE LOVE YOU. WE MISS YOU. Keep on doing what is right. Reply Mom Weisfeld on July 30, 2009 at 6:29 pm They may not know it now, but those prayers really help. Alcoholism is a severe addiction that affects so many people. Having the courage to speak to others about it can be life changing for them. I lived this problem in my own home and never had to courage to speak up when it mattered, or for that matter pray about it with my father. Sometimes you don’t think about change, or changing when it becomes everyday life. You fall into a pattern of normalcy and you don’t think that it can be different. Thank God for all of you caring for others. You and the Apaches are in my prayers. Reply Mom Weisfeld on July 30, 2009 at 6:23 pm I am so glad that you are doing better. You almost sound like a Mom. Doing for everyone and forgetting about your self. Your love for our teens shows. Thanks. We’ll gratefully keep the prayers coming. Reply Mom Weisfeld on July 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm way to go teens. We are all praying for you back home. I’m happy to see new leaders emerging. I’ll pray that meeting your challenges becomes easier and that you continue to do so when you come home. Reply Todd on July 30, 2009 at 5:40 pm The good Lord knew what you needed. Reply Todd on July 30, 2009 at 5:30 pm K & K I am thrilled that the two of you are on this trip (and jealous). I know how much the teens impact me and know that I get so much more out of trips because of them. I also know what the two of you bring to the table and that the teens are blessed to have you both along. Thanks for watching over them for me, I feel better that you are there (not to forget Mr. Lou as he gives everything of himself). Take in as much as you can, I look forward to hearing about it. Praying for your growth. Reply Sir on July 30, 2009 at 5:18 pm what a ride you all are on Tomi – way to step up, I knew you could do it James – So glad you made the choice to make the most of this trip – proud of you Laura – quite a change from that young lass in florida huh Brandon W – hold on to the feeling of sharing your faith, then make sure to repeat again and again Erika – hope that you have reached for your goals and did not settle for comfort Jocelyn – way to let yourself love others Reply Erika on July 30, 2009 at 4:31 pm Hey Guys!! Yesterday was an amazing day. In the morning a group of us went out to hand out cups of cold water and I attempted to learn how to play and Apache card game. After lunch, the rest of the girls and I took a drive with Susie, a missionary here, to pick up girls at a Safe House. The drive was a challenging experience for all of us! Then we went to a fun and exciting worship service, the guys really got into it. After the 3 hour worship service we concluded with a 3 hour debrief session filled with tears, testimonies, recommitting, and prayer. I have never seen our group so connected!! It was amazing! Can’t wait to see whats next! Love, Erika Reply Ayan on July 30, 2009 at 3:48 pm before the trip started, I had friends. Now I have A family. Brothers and sisters. All one father. All for Christ. Reply Donna F. on July 30, 2009 at 3:31 pm Hello Teens, You all are awesome. God is doing great things through you. I’m praying for each of you to continue to be the light in San Carlos. And that you will continue to taste and see the goodness of the Lord. Keep up the good work. God is smiling on each of you. Mrs. Freeman Reply Susie, Duane & Jamie on July 30, 2009 at 2:38 pm We continue to be impressed with your dedication to the Lord, to each other and to the people of San Carlos. Thank you for an AMAZING week of ministry! Thank you for loving God enough to sacrifice a week loving on the Apache people. Our prayer today for you is that you will see the fruits of your labor here: “Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest,” John 4:35. San Carlos is ripe for harvest and thank you for being here to help bring in the crop! We love all of you! Reply Marina and David on July 30, 2009 at 12:59 pm Hello teens, After a conversation with Daniel yesterday pastor David and I fervently prayed for you all throughout the day. I felt the Lord asking me to pray all night. I was thrilled when I received Daniel’s text at 5:00 am. I fell asleep immediately. Today I am praying that Satan would not interfere with the work of the Holy Spirit in each of your lives. I am looking forward to talking to each of you. We will be in NJ taking care of my mom for 2 weeks. Talk to you when we get back. Love you all deeply, Pastor David and Mrs. Marina Reply matteo on July 30, 2009 at 10:52 am Wednesday was a “breakout” day of sorts. After confronting a man named Joseph about sharing beer with minors, we brought him to a local AA meeting here in town. Our teens did lots of serving and evangelizing today and I’m sure they will tell you all about it. Following a 3 hour evening worship service, our team had a marathon tearful exchange of personal fears, prayers and hugs that lasted into the wee hours of Thursday morning. It was very emotional, truthful and real. Kids are sleeping in till 9 today. The guys will be leading two seperate 2-hour bible studies today. My team (Josh, Adam, James, Tomi and Ken) will be meeting with a group of young parents this afternoon. We plan to share some personal testimonies, present the gospel using the bridge illustration, and pray for their requests. Please pray for us today. Lou Reply Kirk on July 30, 2009 at 10:37 am Wow what a week. Every time I think that I have seen something wonderful, along comes something even more amazing. I know that on this trip I was going to be the photographer, but I think I am getting as much out of it as the kids. I have felt my own faith growing stronger each day. I hope that everyone is enjoying the photos as much I am enjoying taking them for you. Reply Ken on July 30, 2009 at 10:29 am We are having an unbelievable time with our devo’s. The kids are really bonding and caring for each other. Today may be the best day yet. Valerie, I miss you, and even though we are having a great time, I’ll be glad to get back. I see if I can get the camera. We were up till3:00 AM praying for each other. ZZZZZZZZZZZ Ken Reply Mrs. Hartigan on July 30, 2009 at 7:06 am Good Morning Matthew, I was reading through Lou’s blog yesterday and he told of how powerful your prayers were for the bootleggers. I could feel your heart reaching out to them. I am so proud of your strength and wisdom. I love you and I will see you soon. -Mom Reply Mrs. Hartigan on July 30, 2009 at 6:45 am Good Morning Laura, Mrs. Z has been forwarding me her Twitter stuff and I just read that you, Tomi and James shared your testimonies last night. Wow, I know that was a huge step out of your comfort zone. I am so proud of your courage. I love you and hope that your last day in San Carlos is all that it can be. -Mom Reply Mrs. Z on July 30, 2009 at 6:35 am Tomi, I thought you went with with to Arizona.? Except for the fact that the blog was named after you yesterday for a short while you havent posted anything. I am curious (Claire would say nosy) to see how God is working in your heart. Praying for you every day. Be Strong!!!! Mrs. Z Reply Mom Weisfeld on July 30, 2009 at 1:07 am Brandon, we are all very proud of you and praying for you back home. What an awesome feeling it must have been to help somebody feel the way that you do about christ. I’ll be praying that you meet him again, loving you and missing you. Mom and Dad Reply Amy on July 29, 2009 at 11:49 pm Hello everyone! I am so impressed and excited by everything that I am hearing about you! I am praying that this trip impacts every one of you in a life changing way. I am also praying that the decisions you feel God calling you to make will not be made solely out of emotion, but that you will think them through and commit to living them out when you are back home in your normal routines…that’s the tough part, but I know you can do it! I want you to know that I am SO proud of each of you and can not wait to hear the details of everything that has happened when you get home! Love, Amy 🙂 Ps- Laura, Tomi, and James… it is AWESOME that you had the courage to get up and share your stories during the church service tonight! God used each of you to reach out and share his promises of love and forgiveness to others tonight. I am sure that you impacted people in ways you don’t even know about Reply cheese on July 29, 2009 at 10:57 pm Hi everyone. It was great to get with your parents tonight and share what you are all doing in San Carlos. Wow tomorrow is your last day there. I am praying that you will have a really great experience for your last day there. I so wish I were with you. I am praying for the people that you meet as well. Sad that alcohol is such a problem there. Praying that everyone is feeling better. Drink drink drink. May God truly work in your lives and equip you with all you need. Love Linda Reply Valerie on July 29, 2009 at 10:22 pm Hey Kirk! Great pictures! I can’t wait to hear all the stories that go with them. Thanks for using your gift of photography to share with all of us. I am so thankful that you were able to go on this trip. Reply Grandpa Jack Childers on July 29, 2009 at 10:20 pm ADAM LAMEY: WAY TO GO. YOU ARE TO BE COMMENDED ON YOUR TRIP. Reply Mrs. Hartigan on July 29, 2009 at 9:43 pm Hey Laura and Matt! I called Grandma tonight to read to her what you wrote on the blog. (She could never get on that thing without me!) She was SO happy to hear from you. She said to tell you how proud she was of you and that she is thankful for our church and that you have an opportunity to strengthen your relationship with God. I got together with some of the other parents to pray for all of you and the people of San Carlos. Sleep well, I love you. -Mom Reply Valerie on July 29, 2009 at 9:41 pm Hi Ken – Thanks for the reminder about the alarm clock switches. Now that I look at it again, I do remember you telling me how to do the last time you went away. Hey grab that camera away from Kirk and get a few pictures of him, too. I bet Amy Jo would appreciate it. I have only noticed him in one picture and it is a shame not to document his experience, too. We prayed for all of you tonight. I hear that some of the kids were not feeling well, but are better now. Take care of yourselves! I love you. Reply Mrs. Z on July 29, 2009 at 9:33 pm Brandon S. Is that a picture of you and your grandpa? He looks like a million bucks! lol Praying for God to work in your heart. Mrs. Z Reply Donna F. on July 29, 2009 at 9:01 pm Hi Paul, Hope you are doing well. We are sooo proud of you. It’s pretty quiet around here. Keep seeking the Lord, he has great plans. Stay cool. I’m praying you meet your goal to be able to share your faith with someone your age. Love ya, Mom Reply Mr. & Mrs. B on July 29, 2009 at 8:24 pm Hi Everyone, All us parents got together tonight to pray for you and each other. We all really prayed that you would all have experiences that you could bring back and that those experiences would have a life long impact on your lives. Drink, drink, drink(water) and be safe! We miss you!! Mr. and Mrs. B Reply Emily on July 29, 2009 at 8:20 pm We miss you too Meghan! The funny thing about your comment is that today’s devos were about surrendering to God! Thanks! Reply jocelyn on July 29, 2009 at 8:16 pm hi mom i love you too and i have so much to tell you like the fact that it is so easy to love all these ppl i feel different about all this i miss you and papi cant wait to see you i got to go jocelyn Reply Norma Fernandez on July 29, 2009 at 8:34 pm Hola Jocelyn, que bueno es saver que sienta amor por esas personas. Ese es el amor de Dios. Me di cuenta que Jen, Emily and Paul se enfermaron. Estamos orando por ellos y por todo el team pare que todo este bien. Jocelyn laquiero mucho y I miss you so much. Papi dice que la extrana muchisisssssssimo tambien. dice que la esta esperando para que lo ayude a poner outlets. jajajaj Love you. Mom Reply jocelyn on July 30, 2009 at 4:39 pm haha ok dile que si lo quiero ayudare con eso haha mom i love you so much and today is the last day here on the reservation. voy a extrana a todas las personas que conosi 😀 siento que aprendi much de todo esto. no tengo mucho tiempo porque tengo que ayudare con onos ninos aqui. te quiero mucho y a papi. dile a janelle que la quiero mucho and a mario tambien i love you jocelyn Reply Norma Fernandez on July 30, 2009 at 9:20 pm Hola Jocelyn, Me alegra mucho sigua escribiendo asi me doy cuenta que esta bien.Y que ya pronto la voy a volver a ver. Espero que pueda dormir mejor es Sedona. y que le guste ahi es bien bonito. Que Dios la cuide y la proteja. Mom Reply jocelyn on July 29, 2009 at 8:14 pm mario wats up brother!!! you have no idea how much i miss you and guess wat the other day some kids were playing guitar hero and it was metallica i thought about you the whole time you have no idea how much i miss you its funny becasue i never knew how easy it is to love all these ppl they are so kool!!! i have a lot to tell you and i cant wait til gene and judes!! love you jocelyn Reply Ken on July 29, 2009 at 8:14 pm Reply to Valerie The little 8 legged guy was more scared than the kids were. They all wanted to kill the poor animal. Turn the clock off by turning the switches to off, you know that. It wasn’t on my to do list Hope the dragon has not bit yet. We are having a great time. talking to a lot of people, sharing the Gospel and doing work around the church. The people, especially the older ones, are willing to talk. We passed out school supplies to the kids on Tuesday night. I’ll talk more later. Love, Ken Reply Meghan on July 29, 2009 at 8:01 pm Hey everyone! Youth group is not the same without everyone here, but I know God wants you to be in San Carlos. I just wanted to remind you guys to forget what you want to do and let God lead you where He wants you to go. It sounds like you’re doing this, but I just wanted to remind you. I miss you all! Come back safe! Reply Meghan on July 29, 2009 at 7:55 pm Hey Daniel- We miss all of you guys back here. I am getting excited as I am reading this blog all that God is doing through you and your team. I’ll keep praying for you guys. Stay safe and have fun! Reply A-Bomb on July 29, 2009 at 7:53 pm Sup So today we went to downtown San Carlos and met some friendly people. We were able to hand out lots of cups of cold water and Gatorade. We are soon going to go to Wednesday night service were we are going to meet the Pastor of World Evangelism Church. P.S. Matt and Paul and the Hellstroms say hi. P.S.S. Hi Hellstroms P.S.S.S Hi Hartigans Reply Mrs. Hartigan on July 29, 2009 at 9:45 pm Hey A-Bomb! -Mrs. Hartigan Reply d. schaefer on July 29, 2009 at 6:58 pm Hi Brandon, Enjoyed looking at the pictures that are being taken. Glad to see you are finding ways to keep cool. I’m praying for you. I love you, Mom Reply papa on July 29, 2009 at 6:30 pm What a great placeto go to see God at work. I am impressed with you and your group. It was great to make a personal contact with everyone especially your leaders. This trip will bee rmembered for a life time. It was a great joy to see you among your friends. Stand firm in God word Love everyone around you and talk with them about what Jesus has done in your life. Love grandpa Reply Todd on July 29, 2009 at 6:04 pm Letting you know that I am missing all my “kids” – my friends. When you left my prayer was for safety but even more important that you would be challenged. We were hoping that you would be uncomfortable and not allowed to just hang out there. It sounds like God was definately listening and I cannot wait to hear all about it. I am proud of all of you and I know that if you ask GOD to be with you, you will see and experience incredible things. Love you all and praying for you. Let God lead! Reply Dawn Armstrong on July 29, 2009 at 2:52 pm Just wanted to say hi Josh! Thinking of you and praying for you and your group! xoxo Dawn Reply Em on July 29, 2009 at 2:47 pm Hey! We just finished lunch and are going to do some Ask the Lord praying before we go out for the afternoon. It’s crazy to think that tomorrow’s our last day on the reservation! It feels like we just got here. Thanks for praying for us! Love you! Reply Grandma Graf on July 29, 2009 at 11:14 am Dear Laura and Matt, Surprise! A Blog from Grandma! Hasta la Vista, Matt. Laura, I love your hair. Do the Apaches speak Spanish? Have fun, from your abuela (Sarah told me that. Love you both! Reply Laura and Matt on July 29, 2009 at 2:41 pm Hi Grandma! i loooove ur hair, ur Apaches dont speak spanish they speak Apache! lol Matt says hi. we miss u! Reply A-Bomb's mom on July 29, 2009 at 11:13 am Hi Adam (er A-Bomb). I miss you. Are you enjoying all the new experiences? I am grateful that you are keeping your sense of humor so far. Are you making everyone else laugh too? I pray for you as soon as I get up, before I go to bed, and every time I look at a clock and try and figure out what you are doing two hours behind us. Stay connected to God and your team mates. Luv Mom Reply Lou on July 29, 2009 at 10:55 am On Tuesday, some of us felt challenged by God to directly face and pray for the source of so much trouble here in San Carlos. In the morning, a few of the guys and I walked up the hill behind church into the neighborhood known as “the bootleggers”. Here is where most of the locals come to buy liquor and feed their addiction which has caused so many families grief. We stopped to pray along the way at each house we passed, met with and shared the gospel with a young family, and encountered Bobby who was transporting beer at the moment. He refused our prayers, but we prayed for him anyway when he left. We made an “outrageous” prayer request of God, that all who drink the booze here become ill from it and not want anymore. Matt was especially awesome and purposeful in his prayers on this walk. In the afternoon, a second group of guys and I drove through the gang turf, crypts and bloods, another major source of the sin so prevalent here . . . drugs, violence, and selfish pride. We drove down some ugly streets, tagged with gang graffiti and littered with garbage and broken bottles. We prayed another “outrageos prayer”, that God would change the attitudes of these people to no longer see gangs as a way to gain respect, but to revile them as something that reflects ignorance and shame. James was an outstanding leader on this prayer drive. I’m impressed with all our teens in rising to meet God’s challenges to us this week. Reply Gaby on July 29, 2009 at 10:25 am Hi Joshua – I just got back from New York last night so just found out you left on your mission trip. Pleased to hear you and your group are doing so well. You’ll all be in my prayers. What’s the story about the babies in the kitchen? I love you, Gaby Reply Ken Bucheit on July 29, 2009 at 9:46 am You guys rock, I am proud of each and everyone of you. And Josh I am particularly proud of you. Keep up the good work of Jesus. Grandpa Bucheit Reply Jan Bucheit on July 29, 2009 at 9:38 am Hi Joshua, God’s blessings on you and your team as you struggle with the heat and work. Han in there and He will strengthen you! I’m praying that God’s wonderful will be done this week THROUGH you! Grandma Jan Reply jen on July 29, 2009 at 9:32 am thanks for all the shout outs and prayers. I guess I got so worried about everyone else drinking water that I didn’t drink quite enough and I got a pretty intense case of heat exhaustion that put me out of commission for a day and a half. When I was sick I put Erika and Brandon on as the “hydration nazis” and I think they did a wonderful job keeping everyone hydrated. Yesterday I was able to jump into Girls bible study led by Erika, Laura, Emily, and Jocelyn and I was so blessed by it. They taught on Esther and how we are princesses of the King of Kings. It was great. We had about 10 apache girls here. 🙂 Today, i’m feeling pretty good and ready to join the team in full effect again, thank God! Reply Meghan on July 29, 2009 at 7:43 pm Jen- I’m glad you’re better. It sounds like you guys are doing amazing things down in Apache. I am really excited that you all are doing so much down there for God and not yourselves. You’re a great leader. Thanks for everything you do for us and now the junior high. Enjoy the rest of your trip!! Reply Dan 3.0 on July 29, 2009 at 8:48 am Hey Brandon, That’s awesome that you got to see your grandpa! Praying for you, sounds like God is and will do some awesome stuff!!!! Reply Mrs. Hartigan on July 29, 2009 at 8:19 am Dear A-Bomb, You can make me laugh all the way from San Carlos!!! Know that I am thinking about you and praying for this experience to touch your heart and the peoples’ hearts you are meeting. Do good work Adam. Thank you for being such a good friend to my son. Love Always, Mrs. Hartigan Reply Mrs. Z on July 29, 2009 at 8:11 am me too What is Nerf Paintball and if it really involves paintball I can’t believe that Pastor David would approve that activity. Thanks for asking that ?, Mrs. Gablin. I didn’t ask cuz I thought I was the only one who didn’t know what it was. Mrs. Z Reply Valerie on July 29, 2009 at 6:18 am Ken, remind me when you get home to talk about what the phrase “Is your alarm turned off” means. Suffice it to say that I do get a reminder to pray for you each morning about 5 and somehow when I hit the “off ” button the machine thinks that I only want to do it for today. Oh well, have a wonderful day, San Carlos! Reply Mama Gabs on July 29, 2009 at 5:27 am Is this Allan? You have such a tender heart. Thank you. Mrs. G Reply Amy Jo on July 29, 2009 at 12:02 am There is going to be a pile up of garbage around here! Kirk does it too! RJ — you never grow out of that job! 🙂 Reply Valerie on July 28, 2009 at 11:43 pm Hey, Cuz – Have I told you lately that I think you are awesome and a wonderful leader for our teens? We love how you challenge all of us, not just the teens, to grow closer to our Lord through prayer. I am praying for you. Love!! Reply Valerie on July 28, 2009 at 11:40 pm Hi Ken – The castle is secure. We’ve been on patrol and investigated the 4 corners of the room while I was on the phone with Marina. I think she was trying to get to her cave to avoid meds. We miss you! You are in my prayers always. I love you! Love – “Jane and the dragon” Reply Em on July 29, 2009 at 8:12 pm The little 8 legged guy was more scared than the kids were. They all wanted to kill the poor animal. Turn the clock off by turning the switches to off, you know that. It wasn’t on my to do list Hope the dragon has not bit yet. We are having a great time. talking to a lot of people, sharing the Gospel and doing work around the church. The people, especially the older ones, are willing to talk. We passed out school supplies to the kids on Tuesday night. I’ll talk more later. Reply Erika on July 28, 2009 at 11:26 pm Hey Mom and Dad! It was really nice talking to you today. Today I served cups of cold water in downtown San Carlos and was really impressed by a convo Jocelyn had with a man there! Later the girls and I had a Bible Study that went really well. I think we started some really good relationships with the girls here. 🙂 We are starting to get used to the heat. Please keep Jen, Emily and our team in your prayers as we are starting to see the affects of heat exhaustion. 🙁 Love you all lots, Erika Reply Mama Gabs on July 29, 2009 at 5:30 am Wonderful news, Erika!! We’ll keep praying. Sara and I loved seeing the pictures of everyone so soon. Keep up the great work. Love, Mrs. G Reply brandon S on July 28, 2009 at 11:19 pm hey mom im doing great, it was fun to see grandpa here. i hope your doing alright and am not completely lost without me. and hi back kelly Love brandon Reply Ayan on July 28, 2009 at 11:06 pm today was an extreme day, I got to meet many of the people that we had prayed for before. there is a lot of connection between the local Apaches, weather they are cousins brothers or friends. They are noticing us and they really want our prayer. So, everyone who is reading this, please don’t just pray for us, pray for the people that we meet, pray that we make more connections, and pray that the devil may leave San Carlos and that they may see God as their savior. Alcoholism is a pretty major problem with the locals, not just in some people but basically everyone we meet. I miss what we have at home, but God really wanted us here to serve him. hope to see everyone soon. Reply Valerie on July 28, 2009 at 11:36 pm Thanks for reminding us to pray for the people you are meeting. It shows your insight and compassion. While we are praying for them, we aren’t letting you know that. We are praying for God to touch lives there and free the people from the Devil’s snare. Keep serving faithfully there and we’ll do our part on our knees Reply Mama Gabs on July 29, 2009 at 5:35 am Is Ayan Allan? What a gentle spirit and tender heart you have. Thanks so much for the gentle reminder, and we’ll definitely pray your prayer requests. Love, Mrs. G Reply Meghan on July 29, 2009 at 7:47 pm Allan- It is so great that you are down in Arizona. I think God has big plans for you because you’re so nice to everyone. I’ll keep the Apache people in my prayers. Reply Mama Gabs on July 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm Unrelated post as I sit here staring at the computer screen…what the heck is nerf paintball??????? Reply Mama Gabs on July 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm Allan…. Haven’t heard from you at all. How are you doing? I hope the heat’s not getting to you. I noticed you were swimming, so I knew you must have been hot. Are you able to use any of your Spanish like you thought you might, or are you learning another language? Boy…it’s SOOO quiet around here without the guitars, amps, drums…should I keep going? 😎 Praying for you all!! Love, Mrs. G Reply Marina and David on July 28, 2009 at 10:00 pm Hi there Teens, I really like your HALT saying. Have to use it around here. When I read that I thought of this verse ” As God’s grace brings more and more people to Christ, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory. This is why we never give up. Though our bodies are (hot, tired and hungry), our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurable great glory that will last forever.” 2 Cor. 4:16-18 Something to think about. Why do we have so much materially, physically, spiritually when others do not? Why has God called you to such a place at this exact time? Praying for you all and loving you all. Mrs. Marina Reply B Soden on July 28, 2009 at 9:05 pm Prayers for you all to stay focused on your ATL’s!! I am sad not to be there with you – who is reminding you to use sunblock? Drink lots of water? And go to sleep? Your experience as “outsiders” will teach you powerful lessons that will last your lifetime. Depend on God, talk to him all day long. Be good, kind and patient with each other. God bless you all — Love, B Reply Mrs. Z on July 28, 2009 at 9:04 pm Allan, I hope you are well and this trip is turning out to be a giant step of faith for you. I am praying for you every day. Mrs. Z Reply Mrs. Z on July 28, 2009 at 8:13 pm RJ, I hope you are doing well. I am praying for you every day. Mrs. Allemana has been asking how you are doing. I asked her to check the blog to keep up with you. I am missing you. Your dad is missing you too. Liz walked in the house today and was calling your name, so she is missing you too. Claire, I’m not sure about tho. I’m praying for God to work in your heart. Who will take out the garbage tomorrow? Not me…. because that’s boy’s work. Love you lots, Mom Reply Nancy Hellstrom on July 28, 2009 at 7:56 pm Hi Em- It was great to see you and everyone in the photos! Praying for you to be stepping out of your comfort zone-and that you and Erika are focusing on why you are there and not any distractions like a “S. Dileo” type issue. Love you both- Reply Nancy Hellstrom on July 28, 2009 at 7:47 pm Erika-Praying for you and so thankful to see pictures of all of you! We’ll be praying for Jen too. If you see your sister around there, let her know that we miss her! Reply Nancy Hellstrom on July 28, 2009 at 7:45 pm (replying to Daniel’s latest post) It is interesting that the night you left for Arizona, Bill Oberlin preached about cross cultural ministry and the challenges of being willing to adapt and adjust. It has been on my mind each day as I pray for the group. Praying for all of you to die to self and seek God’s wisdom in adapting. Reply d. schaefer on July 28, 2009 at 7:34 pm Hi Brandon, Talked to grandpa. Glad to hear you are doing well. Hope you are listening to what the lord has to say. Kelly says hi. Love you, Mom Reply Mrs. Hartigan on July 28, 2009 at 4:41 pm Hey Matt and Laura, I’ve been thinking about the two of you a lot today and I’ve been praying that you would be able to connect with the teens in San Carlos. I would love to hear a little about some of the people you have met and how you felt speaking with them. I love you both so much I hope you can hear my heart. Love always, -Mom Reply laurali on July 28, 2009 at 11:05 pm Hi mom! we miss you 2, nd dad <3 Reply Steve Hellstrom on July 28, 2009 at 4:11 pm Spartans are good, should finish in the top three of the Big Ten. Right now I’m more concerned about how things are going for you in San Carlos. I’d pray for you specifically if I knew who “A-bomb” was. Is it Adam or Allen? Steve Reply amy :) on July 28, 2009 at 3:53 pm hey guys! i hadnt read the blog since yesterday morning…so much has happened since then! its so exciting to hear how God is using you and your stories to reach out to the people you are meeting! today i am praying especially for your group to be unified im hoping your team building stuff this morning was not only fun but brought everyone closer together! jen, im praying for you too that you have strength and are able to beat this heat! stay safe guys! i miss you all! Reply mario on July 28, 2009 at 3:51 pm Jocelyn, Whats up sister, i miss you so much. You’re crazy dude crazy for Jesus that is the best kind of crazy. I cant wait til you get back Sunday gene and judes for sure so you can tell me all about the trip. I hope you are only focused on God overthere and keeping your mind right. I have been praying for you everyday. Reply mario on July 28, 2009 at 3:42 pm Jocelyn, Whats up sister, i hope things are awesome overthere. Keep your eyes on the Lord while you’re there don’t think or worry about anything while you are there. I miss you getting crazy over here but i know you need to be there. Do what you gotta do over there i have been praying for you everyday since you have left. When you get back on Sunday gene and judes so you can tell me all about the trip. Reply Grandma and Grandpa Pickett on July 28, 2009 at 1:24 pm We continue to rejoice with all of you as we read about how God is working. Prayers going up for all of you and your new San Carlos friends. May God do great things in your lives this week. Reply Mama Gabs on July 28, 2009 at 12:13 pm Who’s Raymond and why hasn’t RJ posted anything? I had no-one to read with yesterday! 8-( Reply Mama Gabs on July 28, 2009 at 12:11 pm Hi Joshua, How are you doing with the heat? It is soooo quiet here. We miss you! I e-mailed my professor from my Language and Culture class about colleges for Language Study/Linguistics. I’ll let you know if she replies. Sara and I went to dinner with Claire and Mrs. Z last night…..now she’s whining cuz I wouldn’t get her McDonalds Breakfast!!!! Go figure. I think she doesn’t know what to do with herself since she doesn’t have you and Timothy here to yell at. Tim swam great in the meet on Saturday and is finally doing the horsemanship merit badge as I type. He’s thrilled. After reading everyone’s comments, I’m praying you’re not overwhelmed….I know you don’t like sharing your feelings openly, so grab the guitar if you need to. It seems to be a great outlet for you (just like Dad). I Love & Miss You!!! Mom Reply cheez on July 28, 2009 at 12:07 pm I am at work and just felt the need to blog to you guys. I am so excited for all of you and the great things that are happening. I am praying that you are all open the God’s leading. Just know that the Holy Spirit will give you the words when you are speaking to those that you meet in San Carlos. I couldn’t open the pics at work but will check them out when I get home tonight. Loving the stories. Miss you all. Jen I am praying that you beat the heat. Lots of liquids. Reply Mama Gabs on July 28, 2009 at 11:53 am We’re right on the prayer requests, Lou! I’m sensing discomfort from many of the updates, and know for myself that the more discomfort I feel, the more my character defects glare and seem to grow and take on a life of their own!!! Consequently, humility is nowhere nearby in those circumstances. So, your comments are completely understandable and don’t sound harsh. The kids all look up to you and you have such a tender heart….I know they’re open to your thoughts….even if they don’t appear to be!! Knowing that God can handle it ALL, and can remove and work in spite of character flaws, and praying for this….. Kristy Reply Mama Gabs on July 28, 2009 at 11:05 am Hi Jen… Just wanted to let you know that I’m praying for you and your struggle with the heat. I went to South Carolina once in July and got so sick from the heat, I couldn’t do anything but stay in under cover. Kristy Reply Mr. G on July 28, 2009 at 10:59 am This is Mr G from upper Michigan (dictating to Mrs. G via cell phone…isn’t technology great?). I’ve been getting updates and am praying for your requests and that you will all shine together and people will see the Lord in your eyes…..Be still and know that HE IS. Reply Mr. & Mrs. B on July 28, 2009 at 9:59 am James Mom and I are praying for you. Even tough its quiet here and I haven’t filled my gas tank this week we do miss you. Don’t forget MOM”S BIRTHDAY is tomarrow Stay focused on God Love you Dad Reply Lou on July 28, 2009 at 9:57 am Dear Friends, all your messages of love and encouragement give our teens a tremendous lift so please continue blogging. They read all your posts even though some of them do not reply back as often as you would like. They are busy serving the Lord and enjoying it. We feel your prayers too and I have one simple prayer request now. Please ask God to humble our entire team. That may sound harsh, but until each one of us completely surrender our will to Him, I suspect we cannot accomplish all that God has sent us here to do. The heat and other physical challenges will not stop us from serving and sharing our faith, and I’m impressed with how our teens have responded. But ocassional ego and self-centeredness is a bigger challenge for us that requires some help. Thank so much for you prayers. Lou Reply Donna F. on July 28, 2009 at 9:56 pm I will be praying for total surrendering and obedience as the team seeks the Lord daily. You are all in my prayers daily. Donna Reply Meghan on July 29, 2009 at 7:52 pm Lou- I am so glad you were able to go on another trip with our youth group. You are such a great leader and you’re always so positive. I pray for you guys everyday and I can already see that God is doing great things. Have a great and safe rest of the trip! Reply Daniel Riemo on July 28, 2009 at 9:16 am Good morning San Carlos, It’s another beautiful morning in sunny Arizona. We are letting our students sleep in all the way to 7:30 (yes, we are generous!). The goal is to be well rested to combat the intense heat today. I was very proud of our team yesterday morning as we did an ATL (Ask The Lord) to discern how God wanted us to serve. This was an exercise in learning how to trust God and step out in faith and follow Him. We asked Him to close our eyes to the physical things we saw and open our eyes to the things He sees. This trip has been ripe with challenges so far. We have an acronym we have often needed to repeat to ourselves: HALT. If you are Hungry (or Hot), Angry, Lonely, or Tired; Halt and allow God to control you. One of our students made an insightful comment, “We are struggling to connect with the Apache youth because we are struggling to not be selfish with our own group.” Please pray for each of us that we will remember that life is not about us. Personally, I have never experienced a truly “missionary-outsider” mentality as like this trip. We are visitors. This can be a struggle since we know we are still in “America” and yet we are guests in this land. Further, our cultural way of thinking about situations is very different. Finally, I asked our teens last night to consider a simple question: “Why you?” “Why do you have the resources and opportunity to be on this trip and what are you going to do about it?” Thanks for praying for our team. That is the only reason why the “God moments” above have happened. Reply Donna F. on July 28, 2009 at 9:51 pm Thanks Daniel for your great leadership and coming alongside the teens. I appreciate all you do. Donna Reply norma fernandez on July 28, 2009 at 8:14 am Good morning Jocelyn, and the rest of the team. I miss more then the first day. But I know that you are having very good time serving God. Love you. Mom Reply brandon w on July 28, 2009 at 12:49 am hi mom and dad, im having a good time, we had a great time at San Carlos lake today, i almost brought a man to Christ, we are gonna try again tomorrow.. I LOVE YOU!!! – BRANDON Reply Donna F. on July 28, 2009 at 9:48 pm Way to go Brandon. I will be praying that you will have the opportunity once again to share the good news with this man. Mrs. Freeman Reply Erika on July 28, 2009 at 12:33 am Hey guys! We had a really great day with ATL, everything just really fell into place. I helped out Susie, a missionary here, by watching Moni. Please keep Jen in your prayers, she is struggling with the heat. I love you all! Erika Reply Mrs. Hartigan on July 28, 2009 at 7:00 am Hey Erika, I am thinking about you often and praying for you. I love your beautiful, loving spirit that always makes you jump right in to help people. I know it will serve you well when you are a nurse. Thank you for letting us know about Jen. I love Jen and I will be praying that the heat does not get the best of her. Take care of yourself. Love ya, Mrs. Hartigan Reply Donna F. on July 28, 2009 at 9:47 pm Thanks Erika for letting us know about Jen. I will definitely be praying for her as well as everyone to stay healthy as you adjust to the heat. Keep up the good work. Mrs. Freeman Reply A-Bomb on July 28, 2009 at 12:22 am Dear Mr Hellstrom Sup. Hows it going? How bout dem Spartans Reply laurali on July 28, 2009 at 12:19 am hey matt 🙂 Reply Mrs. Hartigan on July 28, 2009 at 6:51 am You are awesome Laura! -Mom Reply A-Bomb on July 28, 2009 at 12:17 am Sup. Today we walked around main street San Carlos then we went swimming in San Carlos lake. Afterward we heard the story of how a man named OT who was able to come to god along with his wife Karen. We had fun!!! P.S. Hartigan Clan please write to your favorite son who is frowning on the inside 🙁 when he doesn’t hear from you. Reply matteo on July 28, 2009 at 12:07 am hello once again family, just got back from getting swoll with paul and awesome night at the san carlos lake. we swam across it and heard some great testimony from the natives. Today during our morning ministry we were able to help out at a library as well as at an elderly wellness center. please pray for humility for our group as we try and blend in with the native culture here. Reply Mrs. Hartigan on July 28, 2009 at 6:51 am Hey Matt!!!! OK, I guess I didn’t know thay Matteo was you and that’s why I didn’t reply before, now I know. I am pleased to hear that things are going well for everyone. Your Dad and I are so proud of you and we can’t wait to hear all the stories when you get back. Hey, do you or Laura have any idea where the shed key is? Do I have to come to San Carlos to get it? I love you and I am praying for you and I know God will show you how to have humility. -Mom PS Who is A-Bomb? Reply matteo on July 28, 2009 at 11:13 pm haha as long as i am in the south i am matteo a bomb is adam and the shed key is in lauras purse had a great day today praying for some bootleggers near the church and building some stuff dad you will be glad to know that i used my duct tape roll to fix lauras sandal haha did you finish the barn or is it still raining? 🙂 Reply padre of matteo on July 29, 2009 at 2:10 am Greetings , i hope all is well with you, laura, and the rest of the gang. Nice work with the duct tape- your a natural. i had to rescue aunt pam from a killer toad on sunday – man can she squeal.. stay cool and know that i am praying for your success. love dad Reply sarah on July 28, 2009 at 11:13 am heyy matt! sounds like ur having a good time so far, hope it dosen’t get 2 hot 4 u, drink lotz of water! luv ya lotz, sarah p.s haha we made pie! : P Reply Amy Jo on July 28, 2009 at 12:03 am I’m back. I had logged off for the night, and went to do my nightly devotional and I had to come back to share. My passage tonight was Psalm 121: 1-8 “Shall I look to the mountain gods for help? No! My help is from Jehovah who made the mountains! And the heavens too! He will never let me stumble, slip or fall. For he is always watching, never sleeping. Jehovah himself is caring for you! He is your defender. He protects you day and night. He keeps you from all evil, and preserves your life. He keeps his eye upon you as you come and go, and always guards you.” May this lift you all up in encouragement this evening. Reply jocelyn on July 27, 2009 at 11:58 pm Type your comment here Reply norma fernandez on July 28, 2009 at 8:16 am Hey Jocelyn, what this mean? Ice say Hi!!!!!!!!!! Reply Amy Jo on July 27, 2009 at 11:28 pm OK…I WAS totallly confident, but there is NO mention of your super awesome photographer…did you lose him to heatstroke? Thought he’d have some photos posted? Praying for you all 24-7. Glad to hear you have had some spiritual successes already! God is awesome, isn’t He? Love, Amy Jo Reply Mr. & Mrs. B on July 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm James, We are praying for you and know that God is with you and will use this trip in great ways in your life. Some things you will feel now, others you will not recognize for many years. Send us a quick blog to let us know how the trip is going. We love you! Dad, Mom, Max and Little Jacks PS Jackson misses you; he is sleeping in your bed. Reply Mr. & Mrs. B on July 27, 2009 at 9:54 pm Daniel, Lou, Ken, Jen & Kirk, Thank you so much for taking this time to spend with our Teens. We really appriciate all that you do. You are a great example. We are praying faithfuly for you and all of the Kids. Thank You! Greg And Ellen Bjorvik Reply Valerie on July 27, 2009 at 8:48 pm Hello, all. Please keep up the blogging. It is so good to be able to pray very specifically for you and your needs. What an awesome God you are serving! He will do mighty things in you and through you. Be strong and know that we at home are lifting you up in prayer. Love you all Reply Grandma and Grandpa Pickett on July 27, 2009 at 8:27 pm Hi Erika and Emily: Great to hear that you arrived safely in AZ and that your trip is off to a good start. We continue to pray for you and that you will have super experiences as you serve God in this special way. We love you. Grandma and Grandpa Reply Marina and David on July 27, 2009 at 8:04 pm Hello All, I enjoyed reading all your blogs. Pastor David and I have prayed for you throughout each day. We count it a blessing to be able to lift you all up before God. Looking forward to tomorrows blogs. Love you all, Mrs. Marina Reply Janelle on July 27, 2009 at 6:44 pm Hi Jocelyn! I love you and miss you! I am praying for you! Continue to do God’s work and amazing things will happen. Can’t wait for you to get back and see my new puppy. love, Janelle Reply Steve Hellstrom on July 27, 2009 at 4:31 pm Glad to hear the weeks stared out well with lots of prayer, I’m sure it is needed. So many of us are praying for the trip back here at home. I’m praying that you all will be salt and light. I’m proud of all of you and your willingness to serve. Erika and Emily, I miss you and look forward to heaing your stories. Tomi, glad to hear you are learning another language. Be strong and very courageous. Reply erick perez on July 27, 2009 at 3:35 pm hey allan. i just spent a weekend at lupes! im good, how are you and hows your trip? we all really miss you Reply youth group on July 27, 2009 at 3:31 pm atta boy, Matt! Reply erick perez on July 27, 2009 at 3:27 pm im good, i just spent a weekend at lupes. hows your trip so far? Reply Sara G on July 27, 2009 at 3:23 pm Hey Josh! Ive been missing you and praying for you! i hope that you are having a good time! love you! Sara :] Reply josh buche on July 27, 2009 at 2:28 pm No babies in the kitchen! No exceptions, No babies! Reply Mrs. Hellstrom on July 27, 2009 at 2:20 pm It was awesome to read about your experience. Praying that God keeps amazing you with His timing for running into people, etc. Love you! Reply Mrs. Hellstrom on July 27, 2009 at 2:18 pm How awesome is God! We are so thankful that you are there, with our teens, Lou as they go through experiences like this one! Reply josh buche on July 27, 2009 at 2:18 pm Thus far, the trip has been good. I have had a great time. | | | _ _ |__ | / /_ | _/ _/ _/ | | Reply tomi yo on July 27, 2009 at 2:08 pm today was an amazing prayer walk we met roidy and i learned how to say watup brother in apache deco de she kish Reply Ayan on July 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm Deco De she kish (how are you brother) Reply Monica Weisfeld on July 27, 2009 at 12:33 pm Oh, by the way Brandon WRITE something already!! We miss you and would like to hear from you soon. Reply Monica Weisfeld on July 27, 2009 at 12:31 pm Hey Brandon, I miss you and love you! I hope God is working through you on the paryer walks you take. I can’t wait for you to come back home! So you can tell me all the cool experiences you had with Christ and the people you met in Arizona. I Love you Brandon, Monica Reply Daniel Riemo on July 27, 2009 at 9:06 am Good morning Arizona, To describe this trip so far…It reminds me very much of my missions trip experience in Matamoros, Mexico in high school, except that you can drink the water and everyone speaks English. We are being challenged by many new experiences such as widespread poverty, the feeling of being a recognized outsider, being in the minority, spiritual warfare, church worship style, landscape and climate Reply Mom Weisfeld on July 27, 2009 at 12:15 pm Our prayers are with you. Thanks for loving our teens. Reply Daniel Riemo on July 27, 2009 at 8:58 am Hi Valerie (Cous), Just wanted to say that I’m so glad you let your husband Ken join our group. It has been great to watch him love the experiences. And yesterday the boys found a tarantula…of course I start thinking “oh great, here comes the hospital visit.” But thankfully we had Ken, the native Texas resident… When I arrived on the scene, it was Ken who had the spider on a stick showing it off! Reply Valerie on July 27, 2009 at 8:43 pm Gr-ea-a-ate! Just what I needed to hear! Like I haven’t been praying enough already! Thankfully he is a wise man and I know he wil love his time with the teens. Reply Mrs z on July 27, 2009 at 7:10 am RJ, I’m kind of freaked out that you signed your post Raymond. What kind of changes are happening to you? I’m praying for God to work in you and thru you. Are you really missing all of us? Even Claire. Miss youLove you! Mom Reply Mrs. Hartigan on July 27, 2009 at 6:29 am Hey Laura! We miss you too but we are so glad you are where you are at and that God is working inside of you. Love you so much, -Mom Reply Aunt Marcia on July 27, 2009 at 7:24 pm Laura, I continue to be in awe of your willingness to try new things. Keep your heart and mind open to God and he will guide you in the right direction. I hope you had a great day. Love you- Aunt Marcia Reply Lou on July 26, 2009 at 11:17 pm People we met today: Kay M. Macintosh Westly Melissa Raymond Ronalda Julie Marilyn Micheal and family Reply Valerie on July 26, 2009 at 11:05 pm Dear Teens I am so impressed by your first reports. God is working with you and through you. I am praying that you will be open to his teachings for you and that he will use all of you for his glory. Can’t wait to see you all again! Love, Valerie Reply Lou on July 26, 2009 at 10:17 pm Dear Parents, your teens are awesome, but you already know that. The group I prayer-walked with today (Emily, Jocelyn, Brandon S, Tomi, and James) saw God working through them in a powerful way today. He put us on a path that crossed with Raymond, a local Apache who believes in Christ and asked us to pray for work, better health and the will power to beat alcoholism. After we prayed, we walked him to a nearby food vendor for a meal. Then, a van pulled up with 3 women and asked us to pray for one of them. The woman named Rinalda tearfully explained her struggles with alcohol and that she needs help. We all prayed and hugged her as she sobbed in our arms, thankful that God showed Himself to her through us. He really did. We were just where He wanted us to be so Raymond and Rinalda could find us. More later . . . Reply jen on July 26, 2009 at 9:51 pm hi prayer supporters, we are so grateful for you. Your times of talking with God and depending on Him to work in our midst is hugely appreciated and it’s fruit is evident. This morning we had a great time learning about walking by faith in our devotions, and then enjoyed worshipping with other believers (some of which we didn’t understand because it was in Apache- but that just made it more awesome). This afternoon we had Bible study with Apache youth, learned about the culture, and then had an amazing, incredible prayer walk. God really showed up and we were able to hear some stories from some of our new neighbors that I’ll never forget. One of the people we met in on our prayer walk is Kay. She works at the Apache Market/Deli. She has been suffering from anxiety attacks in her sleep lately. She is exhausted. Please pray that Kay would be able to sleep tonight and that her heart would be filled with God’s peace. Please continue to pray that God will give us his heart for this community I love serving with the teens from bloomingdale church. they’re great 🙂 Reply laurali on July 26, 2009 at 9:40 pm Linda! i wish u were here, we went prayer walking 2day nd God has been teaching me a lot about trusting him, i cant wait 2 help out here 4 the rest of the week. i love you mom dad sarah grandma and aunt marcia and casey. i miss u guys tons! -laura Reply cheez on July 28, 2009 at 11:13 am I wish I was there too. It sounds really exciting. I can only imagine. I used to tell people that I spent the summer on an apache reservation when I was in grade school when I found out that I had indian blood. Ha ha. I am praying for all of you to totally let go and let God lead you. Reply padre of laurali on July 29, 2009 at 2:29 am Hi laurali, i hope all is well . how is that farmers tan coming along? Have you seen any scorpions? It sounds like you are connecting with the people out there, and you are following gods path. I am very proud of willingness to grow closer to god and help others in need. take care, love padre Reply Raymond on July 26, 2009 at 9:35 pm Dear family, I miss you all. It is hot. Today we went on a prayer walk. All of the people that we talked to we also got a chance to pray for. Tonight we are having lasagna for dinner. I’m exhausted but glad to be here. love, raymond Reply jocelyn on July 26, 2009 at 9:31 pm hey mrs. hellstrom, mrs.Z mrs. hartigan and linda i hope i didnt miss anyone thank you guys so much for replying to me and praying for me also id like to say that things are getting a lot better and we did something kool today …its hot.. all moms thanks for being there for my parents while i am gone. and mom i love you and i miss you i know that me being here is a good thing . i know for sure that i am learning how to adapt. thanks again 😀 love you all -jocelyn Reply norma fernandez on July 26, 2009 at 9:42 pm Hola mi Jocelyn, no tenga miedo Dios esta con usted, estamos orando por usted y por todos los demas muchachos. La queremos mucho y no se imaguina como la extrano. Su papa me dice que le diga que la extrana mucho. Dios me la bendiga y la proteja. Thank you to everyone for praying for you. Love you. Mom. Reply J-Dawg on July 26, 2009 at 9:21 pm I miss you Erick. And you too Sara. Reply Em on July 26, 2009 at 9:17 pm Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a great time while we are in Arizona. We just got back from our prayer walk/drive and we had some great experiences. After we finished praying for a guy(Raymond), a woman pulled her car over saying that her friend(Renalda) needed prayer! It was AMAZING! Love you all! Reply Meghan on July 27, 2009 at 12:58 pm Hey Emily! It sounds like you guys have had great experiences and it’s only Monday. I miss you and I will continue to pray for you and the whole group. Reply Dad Weisfeld on July 26, 2009 at 8:20 pm Brandon, I am glad you got there safe. Have a fun time. I am proud of you. Dad Reply Parker on July 26, 2009 at 8:15 pm Brandon, I went swimming today and I miss you. Don’t get lost. Be good. I got ice cream and you can’t have any. I slept in your bed. Ha Ha. I love you. Bye Parker Reply Mom Weisfeld on July 26, 2009 at 8:13 pm Well hello there everyone. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. My sweet Brandon, things are quiet without you. Call me crazy but I kind of miss the noise. I actually slept 5 hours today, but I went to sleep thinking of you and praying for you, and I awoke thinking of you. I pray that God is working through you. Drink plenty of fluids, take your meds and grow with Christ. Love youAlways, Mom and Dad Reply Donna F. on July 26, 2009 at 8:05 pm Hi Paul, It’s pretty quiet around here. I know God is going to do great things through your group. Stay encouraged and keep listening. Stay cool. Love you, Mom Reply Mrs. Hellstrom on July 26, 2009 at 7:47 pm Hi Em- Hoping you are doing ok 🙂 Prayed for you this morning- We miss you- Mom and Dad Reply Mrs. Hellstrom on July 26, 2009 at 7:45 pm Joceylyn- We’re praying for you too. I really admire your willingness to be honest about feeling scared and uncomfortable- that’s just what God needs from us! Praying that you will be encouraged by everyone around you and that you will encourage others to be honest too! Mrs. Hellstrom Reply Mrs. Hellstrom on July 26, 2009 at 7:43 pm It’s so great to hear from you and to hear that you actually got to see the mountains! 🙂 We prayed for you tonight at dinner and are excited to hear how God is going to be working in all of your lives this week. We miss you- Mom and Dad Reply Hellstroms on July 26, 2009 at 7:41 pm Hi Em- Hope you had a great day today- prayed for all of you when we heard you were on a prayer walk/drive. Miss you! Mom and Dad Reply Erika on July 26, 2009 at 7:39 pm We’re praying for you too, Jocelyn. How awesome that you can be honest about not feeling comfortable and being scared in a new situation. I hope your honesty with God and the others encourages them and in turn that they encourage you! Joshua 1:6 Be strong and courageous- the Lord your God is with you! Reply Erika on July 26, 2009 at 7:37 pm Great that you actually got to see mountains! We prayed for all of you tonite. Can’t wait to hear how God is working this week. We miss you too! Mom and Dad Reply Mrs. Z on July 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm Jocelyn, I gave your mom a big hug too. She didn’t seem to be doing too bad. Praying for you! Love, Mrs. Z Reply Mrs. Hartigan on July 26, 2009 at 5:56 pm Hey Jocelyn, I can understand you feeling scared because you are in an unknown place far from home. My prayer for you is that you will be able to tap into the strength of the other girls in your group. Remember how you came together to bond? That was not just to have a good time but to build a relationship so that you cuold lean on each other during difficult times. Keep talking to God and trust that He knows what is best for you. We all love you and we are praying for you. Love always, Mrs. Hartigan Reply Charlotte on July 26, 2009 at 4:40 pm Hey Tomi and Jocelyn! I hope you guys are already having fun. Hope you get a lot out of this week. Miss you guys over here. Be good! <3 Charlotte Reply Dan 3.0 on July 26, 2009 at 3:33 pm Hey everyone, Just wanted to let you know that we are all super excited for you and are praying for awesome ministry!!! Reply Valerie on July 26, 2009 at 2:47 pm Hi Ken and everyone. Hope you are all well and doing some amazing things. The house is lonely without you. I miss you. Fiona behaved well and got her med this morning without biting me! I love you! Reply ken on July 26, 2009 at 9:39 pm I am feeding baby Mani. I will write later tonight. Thanks for the message. Reply Meghan on July 26, 2009 at 1:52 pm Hey everyone! I hope you all are having a great time and staying cool. I can’t wait to see what God does in San Carlos through you, I know that he wants you there. Stay safe! Reply matteo on July 26, 2009 at 11:42 am made it to arizona, tan is coming along nicely, it is very hot. ready to go to church now and excited for the upcoming week Reply Ayan on July 26, 2009 at 11:34 am hey everyone, San Carlos is so far fun!!! hope to see God do some work in our lives today. Reply josh on July 26, 2009 at 11:10 am Hello Mom and dad Reply tomi on July 26, 2009 at 11:07 am dear mom and dad i love you Reply erika on July 26, 2009 at 10:47 am Hey Mom and Dad!! We all got here safe and we took a scenic tour yesterday that was beautiful! I actually saw mountains…I didn’t sleep. When arrived at the reservation we got situated and then were surprised with a trip to a drive in movie theater. Its hot and unlike anything we’ve ever seen! I really think we are going to see some amazing things. I miss you! Love, Erika Reply jocelyn on July 26, 2009 at 10:36 am hi mom i miss you too mami i have to be honest i am scared and im not comfortable here but thats ok because i know that god wants me to be here nd i know that i will have a great experiance. i love you a lot and tell papi that i miss him too and mario and andrea 😀 i <3 you -jocelyn Reply Cheez on July 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm Jocelyn, I am praying for you to get over being scared. You have many people around you to get you through the week. God is going to show you amazing things. He loves you and so do I. Can’t wait till you get back. Missed you at church today. I gave your Mom and Dad a big hug. Love Linda Reply jocelyn on July 26, 2009 at 10:22 am Hola Jocely, Is been only one day and I miss you alot. Love Mom Reply Amy on July 25, 2009 at 11:14 pm woohoo! you’re finally in san carlos! i cant wait for all of you to start blogging and letting us know what awesome things God is doing through you! i’m praying that this week is amazing for each of you and for all of the people you meet too!!! ps i second mikey’s comment…stay safe!! i want to see all of your cute, smiling faces in one piece when you get back 🙂 Reply Mama Gabs on July 25, 2009 at 9:36 pm Glad you made it safely. Did you get to the reservation yet? Joshua, phone and internet are up again! Also, nice picture you took there for the team photo……..hmmm what are you trying to convey with that look? Reply Mikey on July 25, 2009 at 9:16 pm Hey every one!!! I hope u all had a great first day! I’m praying for u guys! I know God has great things planned for all of you. Stay safe! That was more directed twards the guys. Have a great trip Reply Janelle on July 25, 2009 at 2:45 pm I am sooo excited for all of you! I will be praying for you and can’t wait to hear some updates about how God is working through you! love you all! Reply Erika on July 24, 2009 at 10:45 pm Hey Guys! So its the night before we leave for Arizona and I am sooo excited. I really think a ton of amazing things are going to happen this week! I just got back from the community clinic because I apparently scratched my cornia…Its not anything major but I was really nervous that it would interfer with our trip! I pray that my eye will heal and that there wont be any issues while we are there 🙂 I hope that you are all as excited and ready to see what God has instore for us!! Reply danielr on July 18, 2009 at 7:56 am Welcome to the San Carlos Blog. We cant wait to share our story with you! Reply Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of new posts by email.