Monday, January 11, 2016

A whirlwind of a Christmas season!

This was a particularly fantastic Christmas season.   We have a our friends from Chile here.  They are not just friends, but more like family.  Pastor Jorge and his wife Carla were saved in our ministry in Chile.  She was saved as a child, and has been Eileen's friend since forever.  Jorge was saved when he was 16.  He became Neil's shadow.  Three years ago, they were married, he was ordained, and he now pastors the church the we started.  He is Neil's son in the faith and in ministry.  What a blessing!

Last week, we took them sightseeing in California.  First, San Diego and the Creation museum.   Next, a drenching, rainy day at California Adventure.  After that, we took them to Forest Lawn, Glendale, to see the Crucifixion painting.  If you've never seen it, I heartily recommend you take the time to see it.   We visited the Spanish Baptist Church in South Gate and had a time of sweet fellowship with Pastor Jack and Becky Hurtado.   The following day was an absolutely fabulous day at Disneyland.

In all my days as the self-proclaimed "Tour Guide Rhonda", we have never had such a full Disney day.   We got them on all the big rides, some twice.  Eileen and Carla got photos with 13 different characters, and they saw several shows and one parade.  The only thing they missed was the fireworks which were cancelled due to high winds.   We even managed to get a silhouette of little Cintia.   They were so happy.

And because we can't do anything easy, we drove to Grand Canyon the next day.   We stopped by to see our former sending church.  We had another hour of sweet fellowship with Pastor Dunlop and his family.

We awoke the next morning to dense fog.  I was afraid that there would be no visibility at the Grand Canyon.  We prayed as we drove, and saw the clouds and fog miraculously open up before us.  Sure, the temperature was 14 degrees, but we had a great couple of hours seeing the beauty of the canyon.  We drove back, stopping for an hour at Bass Pro Shop.  Jorge was awe-struck!

Needless to say, I should be cleaning this house instead of blogging, but I wanted to share our blessings.  Thank you, Jesus.


  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas season. I love your header, love seeing your face.

  2. Thank you, my friend. Maybe when we get to Heaven, we won't live so far apart!