A Visit to Rochester

Jan, John Edmund and I want to thank you for your continuing support.  Your thoughts and prayers for our mission and well-being are an important part of our mission.  We think of you often and are aware that you keep us in your public and personal prayers.

Our family will be in the US from August 7-28.  We plan to spend about two weeks of this time in Rochester with a week spent traveling to visit friends and family in Indiana and Michigan.  It is hard to believe that we will have already spent six months in Guatemala at that time.  Our time here has been blessed.  I tell you this is a visit because this is home for us now.  I have been having a difficult time trying to decide what to tell you about because, in general, things have been going so well.  In many ways, life is similar to what it was in the US.  Oh, we have problems, quite likely the same ones we would have had in Minnesota.  Politics are a shambles, life with a teenager can be difficult, there’s never enough time to do all the things you want and of course, my favorite, the world can be a cruel place to live in.

Having said that, it is clear that God is working here in Guatemala and through your generosity we have the privilege of being a part of that work.  While our jobs here are not on the front line of the medical or education work that Project Salud y Paz (saludypaz.org) does, the work we do clearly helps to enable the organization continue to serve the indigenous Mayan population here.  The whole family has been doing work in different ways to help improve the pharmacy system, Jan is involved with a team that will improve the processes and experience for short term mission teams and John Edmund is designing a way for Salud Y Paz to let people who are coming on short term missions, know what equipment and supplies they can bring that would help us the most.

Please consider donating to Salud y Paz as a part of your giving through the United Methodist Church Advance.  They are Advance #14060A.

Thanks again for all the ways you support us!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Jan, John Edmund and John Lage, Jr.

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