Friday, January 30, 2009


A perk of living in Mexico in the winter months is taking advantage of strawberry season. The strawberries supply a large source of employment, as does the mango season. They pick a field of strawberries every other day and water on the off days.

Now, like most things, strawberries are best when fresh picked, something that is altogether common in Indiana, although possible. The thing is these strawberries are big and tasty. They are also extremely plentiful during the season and so very easy to come by. So I thought I would share with you some of the bounty of the land, by picture of course, I can't just send you strawberries, not over the Internest anyway.

So here you are:

Here is my bowl of strawberries, all ready to be eaten and enjoyed. As you can see, I am Regg Beer and I approve of these strawberries.

Just a little picture of the size of these strawberries. No eating these thing in just one bite (although you can try, and I have, which doesn't end up working too well.)

This is what happens when I live by myself and take my own pictures. I still end up making a fool of myself, and posting it on the Internet. I will probably regret this during an interview someday. (at least that's what everyone says)


1. Pray for wisdom as we adjust form having five people doing studies and three. A big difference, especially when one of us is gone. Pray that we would be excited about sharing with others and that our energy and excitement would spread to others. Pray for endurance on our part when it seems like we are going nowhere.

2. Praise for Rosario's visa. Rudy and Rosario are now in Indiana to spend 3-4 months in with Rudy's parents. We will miss them and Nathan here in Ixtlan. We don't have anyone else to scream and make noise through church and Bible studies. Pray that this time could go well for them and that they could make the most of the time that they have with Rudy's family in the next three months.

Friday, January 23, 2009


On Sunday, yeah, almost a week ago already, part of the young group cooked up some cena, supper, after the singing. We had to use whatever I had in the fridge which limited what we could do, but everything seemed to go pretty well. We had quesadillas and fijolillas (I just made the second one up, I don't know what exactly you would call them. Tortillas filled with refried beans and then tossed on the skillet for a little bit). There was also some salsa whipped up that was pretty tasty itself. To top it off we had smoothies which turn out to be pretty easy to make considering all the fresh fruit that exists in the area.

The kitchen was a little full, but that's what makes things fun.

The salsa came out of the blender with some pretty spicy fumes, but it turned out to be pretty good stuff.

Here we are with content and full bellies. Good food... I mean 'Good times'...I mean 'Good times and good food'.

Prayer: (If you haven't noticed, I am trying to be a little more objective in posting prayer requests.)

1. Pray for wisdom for us to use the opportunities in front of us to share the love that God has given us. Pray that we can use the resources that we have to the best of our ability and that we can always be open to the Spirit's guidance here.

2. Praise for the encouragement that God gives, even through the small things.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

School improvements.

I said that I would post some pictures of the school. Here you go. The carpet on the walls seems to have made a difference with the amount of echo in the room which has made a big difference in way that class goes. It also makes the room feel a litte nicer. We even thought it might work to hang student work or other teaching material. Very functional as it turns out.

My room. Not much to look at besides the newly installed carpet. Feels a little more schoolish actually.

The new fancy cabinet to hide the electric box and whatever else ends up going in there.

There isn't much to update about right now. Things are still continuing forward here even without Marshall and Jan which is surprising. (It isn't until they're gone that you figure out what all they get done in a day.)

I just turned around and saw a big ol' stack of books on my bed. Grading. I guess I should get to work.


1. Pray that I, and all of us, can be like Josiah (2 Kings 22-23). Pray that it can be said of me that I "turned to the Lord with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my might" (2 Kings 23:25). It is amazing to read through 2 Kings and see all the evil that was done. It becomes mind numbing. King after king succombs to the easier way out of doing what everyone else does and not following God. Then, all of a sudden there is a Josiah, tearing out everything that has to do with evil and following the directions of God to a 'T'. That is who I want to be.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Feast and Famine....and Feast

I am in the middle of two extremes right now. We just had a group of visitors down for a week. They left this morning. So did Marshall and Jan.

(Ruth and Keith Herrmann, Grant Herrmann, Brittany Sreitmatter)

You may remember Grant from early, more frequent posts, Grant Herrmann was here this summer to help. He came back to visit with his cousin Brittany Steitmatter and his aunt and uncle Keith and Ruth Herrmann. They spent a lovely week here cooking up some wonderous food (with many leftovers going into the freezer to feed me while Marshall and Jan are gone), working on improving the sound in the classes in the school, mingling with the church members, and enjoying the nice sunny weather. (A couple of side notes: I know that you are all enjoying record levels of cold, so I thought I would let you know that it was a nice sunny 76 degrees today, but then it started raining. The first rain we've had since September. To bad you had to leave so soon, Grant.)

I will have to supply some pictures of the school in the next couple of days. Thing are looking pretty good in there. We definitely appreciate the work that they were all willing to do and the friendships that were started in just a short week.

Marshall and Jan will be gone for the coming 3 weeks visiting their daughter in England. Pray for their safety traveling. They left today at about 9:30 and won't get there until tomorrow afternoon, I believe. This does leave me all alone here at the compound, if I can call it that. It will be a strange couple of weeks. At least Matt and Ruth are around a lot. I am sure the time will go fast, but I will get lonely, I am sure. (This would be the famine I was talkning about in the title.)

The feast comes again in February. Straight visitors from the 7th to the 28th. Should be interesting.


1. Please pray for safety for all those traveling now and in the next months. Especially pray for Marshall and Jan as they will be doing a lot of traveling.

2. Pray for me in the next three weeks. Pray that I don't get too lonely and that I can spend the extra time that I have profitably and get a little extra work done before we get busy in February, March, and April.

3. Pray for the school that we would make progress in the accredidation process and that we can find qualified, Mexican, Christian teachers for the school. Pray that we would have wisdom as we continue making plans and considering the needs that we will face in the next year and a half.

Adios, from the rainy way south.

Monday, January 5, 2009

I'm back

Hopefully I will be able to keep up a little better now. I am equipped and ready to take on the blogging world again. A little break and a chance to see everyone at home gives me the push that I need to get going again with this blogging thing (hopefully).

It was really nice to see family and friends over break. There is so much to catch up on and so many experiences that I missed out on. However, Christmas is over and it is time to look forward and to see just what the year that is coming is all about. It is weird to think that the next time I am in Indiana, there will be no ice, snow, or below zero temperatures. Instead it will be hot, humid, and green. I will say that I came back to a pleasent surprise. It is a pleasent, sunny, and breezy 72 degrees today. :)

I will start out the blog for this year with a request. Pray. Pretty simple, I guess. Pray for mission here in Ixtlan. There are many aspects and we can easily get caught up in this one or that one and we miss where God is leading us. Pray that we would have clarity in our positions here and that we could be open to whatever God drops in our laps.

Feliz Navidad!

(This is a poinsettia for those that are confused. A little bigger here in Mexico.)