Blog updates

I’ve spent some time on some updates here recently, and want to point them out to any readers out there. I found and added the subscription button to the right over there. If you click the button and fill in your email, then anytime I post here you’ll get an email. The idea is that you don’t have to check for updates.

I’ve also added a few links. The main Torre Fuerte website, which is in Spanish, is first. Then there’s the TF cause on Facebook, where we currently have over 380 members and have raised a little over two thousand dollars for the home. The next link is to the TF Facebook group, which is mostly in Spanish, with current posts of photos and news from the home. Finally, there is a link to the TF youtube channel, where you’ll find videos posted from the TF ministry.

I’ve also started a blogroll, with the first addition being our son Micah’s blog. Micah is headed to Peru with Extreme Nazarene, where he’ll work at church planting for the next two years.

Thanks for your prayers and support.

Face Time

I’ve been watching Pastor Darío embracing computer technology as he runs the girls’ home in Arequipa. They have a bank of donated computers for the girls to use for homework, and they have pretty good internet access. I found that out in January, when I tested their connection by trying to “Skype” with my family.

I assume that most of you probably know what that means, but for those that don’t, Skype is free program that allows you to use your computer as a phone, and even has video capabilities, so that you can see and talk with your friends. The program worked well in January, from my new computer in Arequipa to my son’s new computer in Chelan.

The funniest part of it all was watching the shock on the faces of the kids as my wife, Leslie, greeted them by name. I think several of them had thought they were watching a video until she did that.

In the last few months, I’ve seen that Pastor Darío begin to post video to Facebook, start a new website for the home, and add me to his new Skype directory. A few days ago, I saw he was logged on to Facebook, so I tried a chat with him. That’s quite a challenge for my Spanish skills, but I think we communicated well.

Today, as I sat at my computer, I got a call on Skype. I looked and saw it was Pastor Darío, calling with video! I answered with video, and as the video opened I saw six of the kids sitting in front of the computer, waiting to shout hello. What a blast to see their smiling faces and hear their voices again!

I want to go to Arequipa.