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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.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Roller Coasters and Guatemala Bus Trips!

Written on 09/21/2011
We just returned from our outreach to Nebaj. Nebaj is a town about 4-5 hours from Chimaltenango where we live. Because of the distance and the road conditions, we have been using the public bus to get there. On the way there it is about a 2.5 hour trip to Quiché where we then get on a passenger van for the remaining 2.5 hour trip. The first time we went there, about a month ago, on the first leg of the journey the bus was so crowded the whole way there that there was not even room to stand in the aisles. But there is ALWAYS room for more on a Guatemala bus! When we arrived in Quiché and got in the van it was a drastic improvement in comfort. This time, I started out the journey with some stomach problems which only got worse as time went on. There are curves and hills, and more curves and hairpin curves and "tumulos" (speed bumps) every few feet in various places. All the while the bus driver is keeping it at top speed. I happened to be sitting in the very last seat in the back so every bump was magnified in intensity at least 10 times. We were about 45 minutes outside of Quiché when I couldn't stand it any longer. My friend Elvido was in the seat in front of me. I had informed him earlier that my stomach was not feeling so well. Suddenly, I rose from my seat and quickly moved to a seat in front of Elvido where I hoped the intensity of the bumps wouldn't be so great. I lowered the window which only lowered halfway. I started quickly processing what I might do if I really needed to let loose. Would my head fit through that small gap? Could I just push my face into the gap and let 'er go? What would the other passengers think? Would there be puke all over the side of the bus? "Oh Lord, pleeeeease help me," I prayed silently. The fresh air seemed to help along with the lessened intensity of the bumps. I was able to hold back for the remainder of the trip. Upon reaching Quiché, we went to buy some pills for nausea. We then went to get some coffee and walk around a bit until my stomach calmed down. On the second leg of the trip we rode in a van which was much more comfortable than a bus. But they decided to pack it full; so full that the helper rode outside of the van for at least an hour on the ladder attached to the back of the van. I was thankful it wasn't me that had to stand out there! On the return trip, we took the "midnight express" instead of paying for another night at a hotel. Of course, it is virtually impossible to sleep during a ride like that. This trip lasts 4 hours and there are NO stops. It is bad enough being on a bus for 2.5 hours that won't stop for anything when "mother nature calls." But 4 hours, I was definitely NOT looking forward to. I purposely deprived myself of liquids from the afternoon on so as to minimize any problems in that area. However, the trip itself was no different and it seemed that my stomach was only a little bit better. I tried to sleep but the rocking and reeling of the bus makes it impossible. The best you can do is try to rest your head somewhere; on the window, on the back of the seat, on the back of the seat in front of you, or on your knees. I tried not to look at my watch too often for fear of being disappointed in the length of time remaining. When I got home my only thought was, "Riding in a Guatemalan bus for 4 hours is like taking a 4 hour ride on a roller coaster. And I HATE roller coasters!!!!" I kept praying during the trip, "Lord, let this trip be a sacrifice to You." I don't know what makes me want to keep going back. The food is horrendous (that is another story) and the ride is terrible. It is the people that makes it worth it. The people there are wonderful and God has put a love for them in my heart. I truly believe that God is going to do something great in the hearts of the people in that little town of Nebaj.

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