14 thoughts on “Sara Van Peursem

    • Hey! 🙂 It’s been a busy couple of days! We woke up at 5:00 this morning in order to have personal devos and get ready to be off by six. It took us an hour and a half to get there to the village. I slept on the paved roads on the way there.Their houses are like literal shacks. Tin surrounds a =:little frame of their houses with a dirt floor. They don’t have much but they are content. Our minimal Spanish entertains the kids. The kids were a lot of fun. Our family that we have a house for have a little child named Justin Daniel, for Justin Schrock and Dan Smith.

      We put on the house and the roof and the patio. It was a lot of work but also a lot of fun.

      Apparently after I did all the tree hauling, I bruised a tendon. My arm hurts to move. Thanks, Dad. THanks, Mom. I blame you. It hurts. Darn you.

      And let it be known that I actually can do a five minute shower. My fish better be alive, parental units!!!!!!!

  1. Fish still alive. Dad feeds them in morning. Mom feeds them at night. Sounds like you are really busy. Our house will look like a castle:) we love you!

  2. How are things going? Did you get your houses built. We continue to pray for you. Send rain this way. It is hot and dry. Your fish are still alive:) love you!

  3. It’s been awhile since I said anything. It’s been a long couple of days. Dedicating the houses was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. I’ve never been involved in such spiritual battle before. It was intense. I see God everywhere and He answers my prayers almost right away. Yesterday we were dedicating houses and a medical clinic. We prayed for cloud cover from the hot sun and it happened. Well, we also prayed for healing rain on the houses so it was raining as we left. Unfortunately this healing rain turned to pouring and we couldn’t hold the clinic right away. But we did. IT was fun. We handed out pills and we did fun stuff with the kids. MY stickers were a hit. The medical clinic took place at a squatters village, the real slums. I’ve never felt so bad for these people. At night, we showed the Jesus fllm which was an experience. My legs couldn’t stand all the time. Then Hermano Jesus gave a message after a bunch of us gave our testimonies. I’ve never cried while talking about Grandpa before to others. But I did that night and my tears weren’t stopped. He gave a message and even though I heard him in Spanish I could understand every single word. Everyone gave their lives to CHrist. It was so amazing.

    Dan Smith is the leader here. He’s an amazing man. Kind of reminds me of Ned. He pushes us out of our comfort zone all the time and it’s amazing. It’s really really impressive. He’s cool.

    I’m so mad I’m missing throwback Sunday! TELL ME HOW IT IS!~!!!!! I NEED TO KNOW!

    We have another medical clinic today, so I expect more tears and more Jesus. You better expect Him to show up in a big way. Whenever we get close to a heart for Jesus the dogs go wild or babies cry. Focus is my middle name here. You know, I’m glad that I came here instead of Jamaica.

    The dogs are so skinny. I want to touch them and pet them, but we’re not supposed to. They don’t look very good. Yesterday we had a guard with us. With a gun. A big gun. Guards are everywhere. It’s huge!

    Tomorrow we head to Antigua for the market and spending my money. The coke and Pepsi tastes amazing here. We’re an hour earlier than at home. THe roads are insane but I still slept all the way home. My brain naturally wakes me up at around 5. Don’t expect that when we go home. So tired. But it’s a good tired.

    I wash my hair every night and I have huge welts on my legs from the bugs. I get headaches a lot, but drugs always help. We see the volcanoes and it’s amazing. THere’s Agua and Fuego and another one that I can’t remember. They are huge. The hills are great but I don’t feel called here.

    I can’t wait to sign up for YWAM when I get home. Yes, that’s happening. I feel more at home here than in the States. It’s so amazing. I know God has a lot of work to do throught me but it’s going to be amazing.

    It’s going to be so hard going home. We have so muich stuff we don’t need. Our houses are huge. These people are so content with so little, and I want to be like that.

    Well, love you guys. I’m praying for Dad for the colonoscopy and surgery. I love you, Dad. I love you, Mom. Good luck. Give Pastor Tim a hug for me.

    My Stucco clothes are nasty and ruined. But I’m still brinigng them home as paint clothes.

    This has been long. But it’s okay. Hope you enjoy it cuz I doubt I’ll get here again before we leave. Bye, all!

  4. Oh, yeah. The whole standing thing. My legs went weak after I finished giving my testimony. I couldn’t stand well the rest of the night or before I gave it. How Jesus cool is that, or what?

    My arm is better. I’m just a little sore. I had to give all my TEC bracelets away to these little girls who asked for them. The next day they were gone, but I know they needed to be given away because they stand for God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit always with them. These people need that. I believe that that was the right choice. My arms have never felt so naked, though. Well, bye for real now. Hasta luego!

  5. I speak Spanish sometimes when I pray and sometimes just in general. It’s getting harder for me to distinguish between the two.

  6. Dearest Sara!
    Your heart is beautiful and it is such a blessing to read about the Lord’s faithfulness through your stories. I am happy to hear that this trip has confirmed your heart’s desire and passion for mission work. You are a genuine leader with a truly humble attitude. I am looking forward to hearing all of your stories in person when you get back, let’s get together for coffee or ice cream okay? Keep relying on his goodness and grace-he will carry you through. I am lifting you up today on your last day of medical clinic!

  7. We are praying that your legs heal soon. How did your day at the clinic go? There are so many ways God is using you during this mission trip. Continue to pray for his guidance, protection and his will. Keep safe. We love you!

  8. As you go about your day tomorrow Sara, may Christ go with you. May he go before you to show you the way, behind you to encourage you, beside you to befriend you, above you to watch over, and within you to give you peace.

  9. Yesterday we held another medical clinic. Yesterday was Dan’s last day here. He had to go home to bury his grandma.mo Our prayers go out for him, so if you could pray for him too, that’d be pretty sweet.

    The medical clinic was fun last night too. I love the medical clinics. Part of me wished I had more experience so I could do a little re than just bag pills, but it still was worth it. The ride up was terrible. It was bumpy and we were going up and down hills on terrible gravel roads. It was almost two hours. That is the closest I’ve ever been to being carsick.

    We watched the Jesus film again and I gave my testimony again. It was pretty awesome. I slipped and almost said crap, so that would have been bad. It was okay cuz everyone laughed and a lot of people commented on my honesty. When Hermano Jesus went up to preach, I still feel like I could watch him forever. I can pick out what he’s saying and it’s moving to see the expressions on everyone’s face. He is so passionate and so loving at the same time. I’m going to miss him. You could also pray for him. He has to preach two days at medical clinics all summer. Pray for him to be filled back up with the Spirit. He needs it.

    I totally overslept this morning. Today we go to Antigua. I don’t really want to go because I don’t want to be all focused in stuff anymore. Maybe at the most, I’ll try for some Guatemalan coffee. I don’t want much. Dan told us to be careful, and I do want to be because I don’t want to lose what I have learned.

    Well, I don’t have much else to say. Laura, I’d love to get together for coffee with you when I get back. Just tell me a time. 🙂 And thank you, Stacey. I really need that. And Mom, my fish better be still alive. Or you’re buying me a new one. I can’t wait to pet dogs and cats again. Love you all.

    I still feel a calling to be a missionary. Pray for me too as the months go by so I know what God wants me to do. I do want to apply for YWAM the instant I get back. I feel shockingly more at home here than in the States. Even though here is not necessarily my calling. Thank you. Gracias. Hasta luego!

  10. I got some guatemalan coffee for you guys! Hope you love it! Oh, and a couple bracelets and a tshirt. One says Dios es mi PASTOR. I like it. 😛 We’re back. We wake up at 2:45 in the morning. Joy. Pray for our safe trip home!

  11. The coffee sounds great! Do you like it too? That is pretty early to get up:( we have to get up about 4 am so we can sleep in compared to you. Be careful! We are praying for your safe return. Praise God you had such an wonderful experience. Love you much!

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