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Welcome to our blog page. After spending about five years serving as missionaries in Guatemala we are now in Minot, ND working at planting a Spanish church. We encourage you to check out the different information on this site. Thanks to all who have supported us with their prayers, thoughts, and finances. We couldn´t do it without you.

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the Goedkers
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The MOST IMPORTANT Question...

If you died RIGHT NOW, today, are you SURE that you would spend eternity in heaven? The Bible says that we can be sure where we will spend eternity right now. The Bible says, "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Rom 3:23). Sin is defined as transgression of the law (1 Jn 3:4). The Law (i.e. 10 Commandments) is God's standard of goodness. If we can keep the commandments, we can enter heaven. BUT, we must keep ALL of the Commandments and NEVER fail (Jam 2:10). Have you ever lied? If so, you are a liar in God's eyes. Ever stolen anything, the value makes no difference. If you have, you are a thief. The Bible also says that if we hate someone we are murderers and if we have ever looked with lust we are adulterers at heart. As you can see, it is impossible to keep the Law. The Bible says that "the wages of sin is death..." (Rom 6:23). Because we have sinned we have earned the wages of death and must pay for our sins forever in the Lake of Fire, Hell (Rev 21:8). God is just and thorough. He will judge every sin, even our thoughts and the secret intentions and motives of our hearts. God requires perfection in order to enter heaven and He will not let sin enter. Remember the story of Jesus on the cross when Jesus cried out saying " My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Mat 27:46). Do you know why He said that? For all of eternity the Father and Son had a close intimate relationship. But when Jesus was on the cross, the Bible says that all our sins were placed upon Jesus (1 Pet 2:24). God the Father turned His back on His only son. Why? Because of sin. Not Jesus' sin, He had no sin. It was for OUR sin that was upon Jesus that the Father turned away. Now, just think of what will happen to YOU if you die in your sins if the Father turned His back on His only Son Jesus who had no sin of His own. This is very bad and sobering news. It would appear at this point that there is no hope, that we are all doomed. But wait! There's more... God doesn't want ANYONE to go to hell (Jn 3:16). This is the reason that Jesus came to earth. God showed His loved to us in that "while we were yet sinners, Christ died FOR US" (Rom 5:8). In other words, we owed a sin debt that we could not have paid and Jesus satisfied it by shedding His own blood on the cross as a payment for us on our behalf. He satisfied the just demands of a holy Law. This is a free gift (Eph 2:8-9). We can not earn it. We can not buy it. We can not do anything in order to obtain it. BUT, we must turn from our religion, our good works, and everything that we have trusted in to help us get to heaven and we must turn to God. The Bible says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Rom 10:9). It's like this: You are walking along living life your own way when suddenly you realize you are a sinner on your way to spend eternity in hell. You stop, turn to God and say, "I am a terrible sinner. I deserve to go to hell forever. I am sorry God and realize that you are right and I am wrong. Please forgive me. I put all my trust and hope in the shed blood of Jesus Christ to wash away my sins. I believe that He paid for ALL of my sins and I believe that You accepted His payment by raising Jesus from the dead. Thank you God for salvation. Amen." At that very moment the Bible says that you are passed from death unto life (Jn 5:24). Please know that the prayer does not save you. It is the fact that you are putting your faith and trust in the saving and cleansing power of the blood of Jesus Christ for your salvation based on the promise of God's Word, the KJV Bible. Please don't delay. Think about the reality of these things and call upon the name of the Lord today for your salvation and forgiveness of sins (Rom 10:13). May God bless you.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Lost Toddler

Last night as Amanda and I were leaving the house to catch the church bus, a little boy toddled past us. The sun already set and darkness upon us, this boy, maybe two years of age at most, seemed to know where he was going. Amanda and I exchanged words between us that the situation seemed strange, even for Guatemala. But we were in a hurry to catch the bus. We continued talking between us of the strange incident as I continued looking back to watch what would become of the little tyke. He turned the corner and headed up toward our back door still appearing confident in his purpose. I looked back one more time out of unbelief of what was happening before my eyes and as he was near our back door he suddenly turned around as if to say, "I am LOST." I immediately, with a quickened pace, walked toward him and, upon reaching him, crouched down asking him, "donde esta su mama? (i.e. where is your mommy)" At that question, the little tot burst into tears and I knew for sure he was lost. He was filthy dirty and probably had dirty diapers as well. I picked him up and tried to reassure him that we were going to find his mommy. As we walked toward a little tienda (i.e. store) near where we had been standing I continued to try to comfort him. I walked into the tienda and asked the grandmother and children if they knew the little boy. They said they did. But when I asked them if they could take him home for me, the grandmother said the children could not leave the house because the parents weren't there. They pointed me in the direction of the boy's house telling me it was the house with the "black doors." Almost every house here has black doors! Amanda and I began walking in the general direction and as we did Sherri came out of our house. I quickly informed her of the situation and asked her to go to the bus stop and ask them to wait for us. As Amanda and I walked toward the instructed location, the darkness continued to cloud our vision making it more difficult to know where to go. I stopped at a friend's house along the way hoping to either give the boy to him or get more precise instructions. They pointed me to go right at the light which is where my friend Mynor lives. "Good! We are getting closer." I thought. As we headed toward Mynor's house another little 10 year old friend, Eber, walked toward us. I greeted him and explained the situation to him, asking him to show us exactly where the boy lives. He agreed and we headed toward the location. As we approached the light where we were to turn, Eber saw a girl, probably 12 or 14 years old. He pointed to her and said, "Hermana! (i.e. sister)" So I asked her if this boy was her brother. As I did she stared blankly at me as though I spoke Chinese or some other foreign language. I tried asking in a different way as Eber reassured me that she was, in fact, the boy's sister. As I handed the boy to the young girl, he began to cry and I felt relief. The girl looked put out but I thanked God that he helped us find this little boy's family. The night was not yet over however. As we got to church I greeted my friend Renatto at the entrance to the church doors. We talked for a minute or two and suddenly there appeared a boy near the bus. I was going to invite him to church and give him a tract but realized that he was crying profusely. As Renatto and I approached him we came to find out that the boy was 10 years old and was crying because he was unable to make any money for his parents shining shoes that day. He was afraid that he would go home and have to confess his failure to his parents and suffer a beating. I asked how much money his parents were expecting him to bring home. He said, "Q10 (i.e. 10 quetezales or about $1.50)." I felt real bad at this time so I asked him how much a shoe shine cost. He replied, "Two quetezales. (i.e. about 25 cents)" I reached into my pocket finding I had only Q3.5 with me so I asked him if he would shine my shoes for that much. He said he couldn't because he didn't have any cafe (i.e. brown) shoe color, only black. In the mean time, Renatto instructed him that it was his parents responsibility to provide for their children and not the children's responsibility to provide for the parents. He instructed him that he should just inform them that there was nobody that wanted their shoes shined that day. That if they beat him, he should contact the police because it isn't right to be beaten for his situation. The little boy, slightly comforted, picked up his shoe shine box and head toward his home. As he was leaving, I asked Renatto if he thought the little boy was being honest and he said he was. How heartbreaking. This little boy is not the only shoeshine boy his age. There are many others in Guatemala, some much younger than him. It is such a shame to see children that young having to work so hard, having such pressure put on them, and missing out on their childhood. Whenever I need my shoes shined and I am near the park where most of the shoe shiners work, I try to have my shoes shined by a younger boy. They will typically quote me a price higher than the going rate and I will negotiate for the normal price. When they are finished with their work I hand them the amount they originally asked for along with a Gospel Tract. Then I pray that they can read it or that someone will read it to them. Life certainly is different in a third-world country...

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Are YOU evil?

If you KNOW something is evil, and DO nothing about it, you are COOPERATING with evil. If you COOPERATE with evil, you are PARTICIPATING with evil. If you PARTICIPATE with evil, you are DOING evil. If you DO evil, You ARE evil. In a court of law you would be PROSECUTED. Don't think for one moment that willful ignorance is a valid defense. Not asking questions amounts to giving permission for evil. Today there is no lack of evil in this world. But many Christians are burying their heads in the proverbial sand through sports, entertainment, and other self-interests. They are either unaware or are willfully ignorant of what is actually going on in the world. They expect our government to solve all the moral issues of the day including alcoholism, drug addiction, poverty, etc. But morals absolutely can not be legislated. It is OUR RESPONSIBILITY to change the hearts and minds of the people through the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is NOT the responsibility of the government. Once the heart is changed, changed morals will follow. But too many Christians involve themselves in the political process in order to effect this change and neglect their first duty; to preach the gospel to every creature. IF you are a Christian, DO something. Look around. Ask questions. What seems to be is not necessarily so. Read your Bible! Prophecy is being fulfilled in front of our very eyes each day. Just because you will be raptured before everything gets really bad does not mean that you should neglect your primary responsibility; to seek and save the lost. Go! Do something! Make your life count for something bigger than your self. One day you will stand before God and give account for what you did, or didn't do, while on earth. If that doesn't make you tremble, perhaps it is time to ask yourself if you are really saved. May God bless you as you go about HIS business.

The Crash of the Dollar will Fulfill Bible Prophecy...

The Bible talks about 10 economic unions that will form in the last days (Dan 2 & 7;Rev 13 & 17) like the European Union. This is coming to pass before our very eyes. There are 10 ecomomic unions already planned, the USA, Canada & Mexico being one of them. One way to cause this union to come to pass is by destroying the dollar. Many countries have already backed away from using the dollar as a standard. It is just a matter of time before the dollar crashes and we see hyperinflation with all of the bailouts from the Bush and Obama presidencies and the Quantatative Easing measures of the current administration that have taken place in the recent few years. One way to protect yourself financially is to change your dollars into silver or gold. I believe that silver will outperform gold due to the lower cost and greater ability for the masses to obtain it. Please go to Silversaver to find out how you might protect your assets during these difficult times. "Lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21:28)

Are YOU 100% Sure That You Will Go To Heaven When You Die?