Friday, July 29, 2005

Leavin' for Mexico...again

Hey folks - Sunday night I'm headed off to Mexico City for a church conference! Thousands of people, about 10 speakers, it promises to be very very interesting! I'll be there for about a week, with many other church members. I do not know if I will be able to update my blog, so I am just letting you all know what will be happening. I hope to be able to visit the Mayan ruins and get lots of photos, so be prepared! I miss you all at home and will update again as soon as I am able! Email me at andy.catts@gmail.com or leave a comment here if you wish - I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, July 22, 2005

More photos of VBS...:)

Hey ya'll, just thought I'd give you a quick update - VBS is over, but it was HUGELY successful! Over 200 kids each day here in Gomez Palacio, and close to 800 each day in Nazareno! Plus the other places equals somewhere around 1500 kids hearing the good word of the Lord! What an amazing work the Lord is doing in this place!

as always, click on a photo to make it larger!
Perla, one of the cutest kids ever, caught candid:

Kids with their VBS diplomas:

VBS kids clamoring for the camera!:

Posing like models:

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Too darn cute...

Just one photo for now (though I took 138 today) this is one of my favorites. I swear it wasn't posed, she's just photogenic! :) Her name is Perla and she's one of the cutest kids I've ever seen. As always, click on the photo to make it bigger :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

photo fiend

well friends and family, I'm here to grant you all the gift of more photos! Pictures say a thousand words, and I'm too tired to type! Plus I know everyone loves photos - so here you go!! I've recently had the opportunity to take a whole lot, now that the Michigan team is here and Vacation Bible School has started, photos are what I do! For example, I took 255 photos today alone...got carried away I guess :) Here are 14 of my favorite photos, all from Vacation Bible School, except for 2 of the Michigan Team. As always, click on the photos to make them bigger!!

Setting foundations for flooring in the San Jose church:

Preparing to pour concrete:

Kids getting out and ready for VBS in Gomez Palacio:

Kids at the mic, VBS in Gomez Palacio:

2 Cute kids at VBS in Gomez Palacio:

Group of kids with Luis at VBS, Gomez Palacio:

VBS Class, Gomez Palacio:

Me! pictures of me never happen! With Paola, one of the VBS teachers:

Alex, VBS kid (he's mexican I promise):

VBS kids with Samuel, Pastor Antonio's son:

Elias, Pastor Antonio's grandson, reaching for my camera (He loves to take photos):

Group of girls at Gomez Palacio VBS:

More VBS kids, Gomez Palacio:

All 200+ kids at the Gomez Palacio VBS, praising Jesus!:

Saturday, July 16, 2005

just a photo


a photo of me for you all. since I am the photographer, I am usually absent in all the pictures :) so here you go!

Friday, July 15, 2005

PHOTOS!!!

Hey everyone! I am just fresh back from a trip to Laredo Texas (how does 17hrs on a bus sound to you?!) I went and picked up my new computer to replace the one that became a boat. :P However, I'm back and going strong with my new baby! It's a nice little 5lb 14" widescreen, and it does the job just fine. I promised I would bring pictures to you all, and I'm not holding back! A quick update for all: The RHCC team from Oregon left this morning at 7am, and the Michigan team (all 120+ of them!!) are coming in tomorrow at some time, I'm not sure when. I'll be working with them and catching up on some computer work that I did not have the time for while mine was out of commission. The Michigan team will be here for around 10 days, and when they leave it will be just about time for me to head down to Mexico city for a huge church conference! I'm very excited about it.

*NOTE*
For those of you who arn't exactly sure what a blog is (I realize that not everyone is as much of a tech-geek as I am) a blog is an online, realtime "live-journal." This one in particular I've had since Spring term of this year, and decided it would be a good way to share how everything was going with all the folks back home! I hope you all enjoy it! Also, an excellent way to let me know your thoughts, or anything you want is to post a comment on my blog!! It's easy. Right beneath the end of the post, it will say Comments. Click on that, and it will let you leave me a message! Or, you can always email me! I'd love to hear from you, I promise I'll write back! andy.catts@gmail.com

now for what you've all been waiting for....
PICTURES! Click on them to make them bigger!

RHCC Team painting Pastor Antonio's new house:


RHCC Team at the Jesus Statue:


RHCC Team working with kids at VBS in the San Jose Ranch:


The crowd that came to see the puppet show & Jesus film in Nazareno:


Here in Torreon, we don't have rainstorms. We have dust storms. Yes, that is a cloud of dust.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

God Provides!

God is amazing. I know many of you already know this, but once again, He reinforced that in a situation down here which was very unfortunate. As you know if you ready my previous posts, my laptop was destroyed in an accident(details below.) Down here, I prayed hard, and I am sure many of you in the States also prayed, and I thank you for that! The LORD provided an answer to my prayer. Many of my friends and family (both by relationships and through Christ) came together and I am going to be able to purchase a new laptop this week! The LORD is awesome. Thank you all for your continued support, and I hope to bless you with pictures as soon as I am able!!

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Gone to that great electronics store in the sky...

Well folks, my laptop has bid it's last farewell to the world. Apparently the water shorted out the power transformer and the motherboard, so it is officially kaput. At this point, I am not sure what I am going to do, knowing this now. I would appreciate your prayers for this situation and any offers of help or anything would be greatly appreciated. Thank you again for all your prayers, and I will get back to you with pictures as soon as I can.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Long time, busy life

Alrighty blog readers...

first of all, i apologize for the lack of an update. However, I promise that there is good reason for this. Just last sunday, the RHCC team came down from Oregon. My life since June 29th has consisted of preparing for the entire month of July. Beginning on Wednesday the 29th, I started visiting the ranches (satellite churches) all day, taking pictures of various needs for construction and other things. That took all day. Then, Sunday the 3rd of July, the RHCC team arrived. Quickly, my days became full. Breakfast at 8am, then off to work sites to paint, pour concrete, and dig a ditch in dirt that was half solid rock, half concrete (or so it seemed.) Then in the evenings, we went to more ranches to show the Jesus film and a puppet ministry for the children. Returning at 9-10pm, we collapse into bed, ready for another day. Things being this way, I apologize for the lack of time spent updating you all about my goings-on, but I hope you realize that the time has been well spent doing God's work!!! It is a blast having the team down here. I get to be much more of myself, given that when i solely speak spanish I cannot be quite the joker that I like to be...plus I am not as comfortable with the people, but I'm getting there! With the RHCC team down here, things have become more interesting. Example? Well, today was going perfectly normal...we were packing up for the day, we had been painting Pastor Antonio's house. It was time to wash the brushes and be on our way. Now, understand me, I did not start this. Seve came up behind me and swish swish, proceeded to paint my arms. Retaliation being in my nature, she soon found herself the recipient of 5 gallons of water from a bucket. Fun? Of course. Also, just to let you all know, it is rediculously hot down here. Yesterday, reports have it, up to 115º F here. That's hotter than anywhere I've ever been in my life. So what did Josh and I do? We slept on the roof of our host family's house, because inside was like an oven. Outside was heavenly. Perfect temperature, stars (through the pollution haze) and about the best night's sleep I've had since coming here. I am having a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the summer. Thank you again for all your support and prayer! I want to apologize for the lack of photos on this update, but last night there was an overflow of the bathroom next to my bedroom at my host family's, and my laptop was liberally doused with water. Not a good situation. I am ferverently praying that it will be OK. I took it all apart and separated the pieces and have them drying in this rediculously hot weather, and given that it is not humid, my hope is that the air will suck up the water and my laptop will be just fine. I'll find out tonight when i put it all back together, but everyone please pray for it! If it is fried I am not sure what I will do, so pray for answers to that question as well. Again, thank you all for your support and I will get pictures up as soon as possible! ¡Dios le bendigan! (God bless you all)