Wednesday, August 25, 2004


Here is an address where I can recieve mail and/or packages. Please, PLEASE, send me letters!! There is nothing more exciting than getting letters from home. I LOVE IT!!

So, send them to:

Proyecto Santiago

Miss Amanda Tomlin

Apartado Postal 26-14

Guatemala, Guatemala 01911


A letter (air mail) will take 1-2 weeks and a small package could take 2-4 weeks.

:) Thanks! And I am excited to hear from you!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2004


It's been awhile, hasn't it?

I feel like I've been busy, but what have I been busy doing? I couldn't tell you.

I have one more week of work, and two more weeks of the U.S.A. I'm so very ready to go. It's slipping up on me and I really haven't even realized how little time I have left here.

I only have one more Monday night service at The Rock. I'm sad about that. But they have been such a blessing to me and in my getting ready for this time in my life. God's timing is so perfect. Since I've been there, I have grown so much and I have gained so much that I KNOW will be vital in my relatioship with these girls.

I will miss my family. And it does make me sad, but God has placed such a desire in my heart to go, that there is almost no room for sadness. I'm sure when the time comes that it will be hard. But we have that hope that we will see each other again, if not on this earth, then in Eternity. :)

I have a praise that I would like to share with everyone. There is a little boy at Casa Aleluya who had been horribly abused and needed prayers for his healing. Well, he had already went through two surgeries and had a colostomy bag. When they went to do the other surgery last week, it wasn't needed because he was already healing!! So, now all that is needed is a surgery to reverse the colostomy. God is good!! My prayer now is the God will remove the bad memories that this little boy may have in his memory and fill him with HIM!! Please be in prayer for this little boy.

Sunday was an awesome day at church. During worship we sang one of my favorites, a song called "love Song". The chorus says, "This is my love song to you", but then a guy came up and said, "God is just wanting to say, 'Will you be my love song for them?'" And I could just hear Him saying to me that I will be His love song for them... meaning the girls at the Shadow of His Wing. It was so awesome and precious!!

I only hope I can be all that I need to be for those girls.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Pastor Merari Rodriguez

I just got an e-mail from my friend, Tono, in San Lucas. (Merari's brother) He was updating me on Merari. They went to the doctor a few weeks ago, just for a three month check.

For those of you who don't know, he is the pastor of a small, but amazing church in San Lucas, where I attended last year, while in Guatemala. They quickly became my family. They are a precious family.

Just to get you up to date on the siuation, doctors found a brain tumor last year, just days before Christmas. Merari was in the States for over a month having surgery and treatments, his family could not even come with him. Then he came to the States in May, this time with his wife, for two months for radiation treatments. (That's just the quick update)

So, today Tono writes to tell me that the doctor said that the treatments have worked completely and he is healed!! Of course, Tono knows that it was God who worked through the medicine to heal him. So, it was a great report! They will continue to have check-ups every three months, but the family is believing that he is healed.

Please continue to pray for Merari, his wife Luky, his two daughters, Lizzy(3) and Naomi(1), and his brothers and parents and family.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

I just wanted to share this.

I woke up early today, so I thought about reading more on something that's been in my head for two days now. Sunday I went to church with my dad, and there was a guest speaker. One thing that he brought up will not leave my brain. He didn't actually say anything, I guess, it's the scripture he used that spoke to me.

Mark 4:35-41, "That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side". Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him up and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?" And he got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?" They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"

Now most people stop reading there. But I would like to add the next verse, chapter 5, verse 1: "And they crossed the lake..."

He finished what he had set out to do.

First, he said, "us" because he is always with us. Second, he said, "Go", and commanded action. Third, he finished the mission by saying "to the other side", so it was as if it was already completed because he spoke it.

In verse 36, it says the disciples "left the crowd", just as I will have to leave some people and things behind. But they took Jesus with them, "just as he was" because he is all we need.

The storm, to me, represents the hard times and struggles that will inevitably come. I may feel at times that I can't go on or that Jesus is "asleep under the boat". But I have to remember that he is always with me because he said, "I will never leave you, nor forsake you." (Joshua 1:5)

Also, I have to remember that he who, in 3 words, calmed the storm, can also calm any 'storm' that may enter into my life. And I should never forget that he is with me, "always, even until the end of this age." (Matthew 28:20)

Back to Mark 5:1, He finished the task before him. Should there have ever been any doubt? He spoke it! And completing that task it brought them to their next, which was healing the demon-possessed man.

It took faith in Jesus and His word, and trusting that he would fulfill his promise to get them across the lake. It was rough, but Jesus never left them. And it allowed them to arrive to the real purpose which was waiting on the other side of the lake.I may not know what lies ahead, but I have to trust that God will get me through this task He has in front of me and bring me safely to the next task, according to His Will.

Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Its a done deal!

I just bought a plane ticket. I will officially be leaving the 8th of September.

Today was a hard day. I got stressed about buying my ticket. Thinking about missing my family and all of that. I know it will be hard, but I also know that it will be awesome. I guess it goes along with being human. Our flesh only thinks of itself.

I'm happy about getting my ticket finally. I really am. It had been just hanging over my head, staring at me every day. Now when people ask me when I'm going, I can say, "September 8th" :)