Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Sorry we have neglected our blog lately...and thus have neglected you. We are still alive, and are enjoying our time in Guatemala. We arrived here last Wednesday and hit the ground running. We spent the first few days exploring the city, and then started our classes on Monday. We go to class each day from 8-12, and then have a few hours of homework each afternoon. I have only been in class 2 days but I can already tell I am learning a ton! We each have our own teachers. My teacher's name is Merli and Elliott's is Marcos. We are living with the Roma family. They live about 6 blocks from the school. We have our own private room (with 2 twin beds- pushed together of course) in the upstairs of the house. We have a great view of the mountains and see the sunrise each morning (yes, we have to get up very early). We eat all of our meals at the Roma's home. Our "madre" is a very good cook; her dad used to be a chef. We will write more detailed posts soon and include some pictures- we are just trying to get used to life here and our days fill up quickly because of our Spanish classes.

Thank you for your continued prayers as we adjust to yet another place (We calculated that we have slept in a total of 10 beds in the last 2 1/2 weeks!). God is faithful and helps us along.

Friday, February 8, 2008

A Tribute

It is hard to believe that we leave MTI in the morning. We are completely drained emotionally and are ready to get some rest, but are very sad to leave our friends and community. Yesterday we had a memorial service for Karin, Jessica, Isaac. It was a beautiful tribute to their lives that were lived so well. All three of them lived with passion. They are an inspiration to us.Please continue to pray for Scott, Andrea, and Em. You can read about their progress on the following sites:
Andrea and Scott

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

prayer & grief

Sunday evening we arrived back at the MTI training center after a wonderful trip to Santa Fe to meet dear friends. We were severely blind-sided by tragic news- earlier in the day six of our classmates were in a horrific car accident as they drove from Palmer Lake to Golden to hear Philip Yancey speak.

We soon learned that two beautiful women, 42 year old Karin Jordaan from Pretoria, South Africa, and 21 year old Jessica Pety from Duluth, Georgia, died on the scene of the accident. The others, Scott (29), his wife Andrea (28), their 18 month old son Isaac, and Em (24) were all rushed to area hospitals. On Monday morning, Isaac also went home to be with the Lord.

Andrea has multiple injuries, including a broken clavicle, a broken jawbone, two fractured vertebrae, two broken arms, a broken ankle, a broken leg and some internal injuries. She has undergone multiple lengthy surgeries and had a plate placed between her C7 and T1 vertebrae this morning. More surguries await her in the coming days. Her vital signs are strong, and the doctors are encouraged by her continued recovery.Scott has a torn rotator cuff and was transfered out of the critical care unit into a hospital room this morning.

Em also underwent surgery to repair fractured vertebrae. She is now breathing on her own and is recovering as well.

As you can imagine, this has impacted our community here at MTI in many ways. Although we only knew these friends for 2 weeks, we quickly grew to love them as we were all on the same journey and shared a common call and passion for missions. Our hearts are heavy. We miss them, and we wish they were here with us. The staff here at MTI has done an incredible job of allowing us to process the tragedy, grieve the losses, and rejoice that Karin, Jessica, and Isaac are now in GLORY with their Savior. What a roller coaster ride it has been. But, it has been such a life-giving experience to walk through this with such a loving community.

Please, please, please pray for the continued healing and protection of Em, Andrea, and Scott. Pray for Scott and Andrea as they grieve the loss of their only son. Pray for the families and friends of Karin, Jessica, and Isaac. And, pray for us as a community walking through this time of great sadness.