Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Fam

We've been super busy lately, but did get to enjoy some sun the other day as a family -- now that Spring is in full swing the garden is growing up real nice, we've whipped out the sunscreen and sunglasses, and the pup and I have had even more fun on our morning beach runs.

Happy Sunday Morning!

Everybody enjoying the sun

Kitsune lounging


Quick verse for you all --

“Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him[!!!!]. - Acts 2:22-24

How GREAT is our God!


(Oh yeah, and check out our new "addition" on the flickr photostream on the right)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Kids Ministry

We recently had a bunch of kids show up for Sunday school - so many that we actually had two separate classes! (Can you tell that this is really unusual?)

Anyway, the younger kids were busy coloring and reading some Bible story picture books (Thanks Mom!), while the older kids were learning about God leading the Israelites in a pillar of cloud. Then they made a craft with it, and they never cease to amaze me with their creativity. Love these kids, they are the best.

On another note, last Friday was teacher-appreciation day, and on Sunday the church had all of the Sunday school teachers come up to be prayed for - we also got a gift  (bonus!). It was such an encouragement to be prayed over, and to be reminded how important teaching the kids is. I'm very thankful to be in the position I'm in. Not only to spend time getting to know the kids of the church, but also to teach them about such an amazing subject as God, His word, and His Son.

Blessings this week!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


So I decided to try my hand at gardening...and though I wasn't too sure about where my thumb was on the green scale, Jordan and I have worked hard the past few weeks to see if anything would grow in our vegetable garden.

Here is the before shot:
We had to work the soil like crazy because it is basically clay. After adding in a good amount of sand and organic material (along with a bit of better dirt) it was looking a lot better.

Now for some of the after shots...
The beets are doing really well! Go beets go!

Also, the garlic has popped up super fast...

The lettuce has a few good sprouts, I'm hoping more make their way to the surface, I'd really like some organic lettuce.

Alright, so my tomato seeds weren't having any of it so with these plants I kind of cheated and bought some tomato seedlings from the farmers market -- they were 20 cents a plant, how could I not?

And that's where we are at so far with the gardening, it's been a blast (and I'm a little in awe) to see the little plants come up out of nowhere and grow. How amazing, don't you think?


Monday, October 17, 2011


Hey All,
Here are some pictures of a few socks I've recently finished knitting. I really wanted to learn how to knit socks, and since one of our close friends down here is a knitting master with her guidance I've been practicing like mad! They turned out pretty well for my first pairs, let's not talk about how long they took me to knit though...

Jordan's socks

Missy's socks

Sock ends

These socks are super warm.Great for the evenings when it gets pretty chilly.

The first thing J said when he put his on were, "These are the comfiest socks I've ever worn!"

The cat finds socks super interesting...and for some reason believes that when a foot has a sock on it, the foot is not longer present and thus can't feel the pain her claws are inflicting. 


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bathroom Construction

So we've really been moving these days in constructing bathrooms in the emergency camps located in the nearby town of Dichato. Need a quick catch-up of what we are talking about? Here you go --

After the earthquake of February 27th, 2010 a town near Tome was washed away by three large tsunami waves. Most people escaped up into the hills, but practically all of the houses were swept into the ocean. Following a few weeks of living in tents, the government moved people onto land in the hills around Dichato. They constructed emergency houses that look like this, basically a one room 18x18 meter square. Now, almost two years later, there are hundreds of people still living in this emergency houses in five different camps located around the outskirts of the town. For nearly two years the people have had to use port-a-potties and water-tower showers. They have gotten their water from large tanks of potable water located in the camp, there was no running water anywhere.

Last summer, a Merge team from Wisconsin installed running water to every home in one of the camps. Since then, more of the camps have now been equipped with running water to their homes; and after putting some pressure on them, we were able to get the government to install a septic system in these camps as well. After the earthquake our church, Riversgate, raised some money to help with reconstruction. So after a lot of prayer we have found a way to use this money raised in a way that can offer the most help to the people displaced by the tsunami. Just $100 buys a toilet and sink along with a bathroom floor and the other necessary pieces to install a bathroom in one of these houses. Currently we will be able to buy about 60 bathroom kits, and are planning on providing bathrooms to the 28 families in this camp and then going to other camps to provide bathrooms to the elderly and sick.If you are interested in donating, go to the Paypal button on the top right of this page. This will link you to the church Paypal account. Specify in one of the information lines that it is for a bathroom, and in providing your name and address your donation will be tax-deductible.

For a testimony from one of the people this reconstruction project has helped – check out this video:

It's been an amazing experience to not only minister to these people during the time we are installing the bathrooms, but also to be able to provide them with such a basic necessity. Again, while we are the ones on the ground with this project, we are in no way responsible for how it came to be. Without your prayers, donations, and encouragement none of this could be happening. The people in these camps are so thankful to all of you, and we thank God that we have been able to partner with so many of you in order to provide such help to so many people.

God bless you today,
Jordan and Missy Reid

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Just a Quick Reminder

We just wanted to give you a few photo reminders that we are going into spring! be sure to check in with our flickr page for daily photo updates.

Jordan and Missy

PS. Stay tuned for some big video related news

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pastor Luciano's Preaching

For those of you who are unaware, We have been putting Luciano's preachings up from nearly ever week we have been back down here. The new one will show up on Thursday night or Friday morning usually. So for those of you who speak spanish, be sure to check them out at

Here is the preaching from last Sunday ( The date is 10-2-2011 for those of you in the states and 02-10-2011 for those of you in the rest of the world) Enjoy!

Jordan and Missy

Monday, October 3, 2011

Video Blog September 2011

We shoot a lot of video that is never really put anywhere, some of it is behind the scenes stuff on projects we are working on, some daily living stuff, some travel, and other miscellaneous things about living. I have always wanted to put it togther in what I thought would be a yearly video, but I think it will be much easier to keep on top of monthly (we shall see about that!)

So for your enjoyment, GoWithTheReids video blog September 2011 edition. 

(I would recommend watching it in HD)

more Fiesta Patrias here
August 2011 here