Full of compassion & mercy – Day four

Categories: High School,Students

Today’s blog post was written by Katie Ring. It’s a day late due to a lack of power most of the day yesterday where the team is staying. Look for another post about today on the blog tomorrow morning! 

Every morning here at The Promised Land I am astounded by the beautiful sights that are all around us. This morning we had the chance to read our Bibles and devotionals like normal and I read the book of James and came across a verse that I wanted to share. The verse is James 5:11 and the part of the verse that stuck out to me was “The Lord is full of compassion and mercy”. Throughout the day this verse was on my heart and was shown to me in different ways.

In the morning, we split into two teams and went to separate construction sites, one at Happy Tummies and one at the location for the new abuelitos facility. I was with the group that went to the new construction site where we moved cement blocks from one part of the field to the other end and stacked them in piles near where they will be used. We set up an assembly line of sorts where one person would carry the block half of the way down the field and another person would carry it the rest of the way. By working together, we were able to get the work done much faster and it was much more enjoyable as well. The blocks kept getting heavier, but by working as a team we were able to get a lot accomplished!

Guate-2219The site of the new library for children at Happy Tummies in San Juan La Laguna




At around 11:00am, we walked over to where the rest of the group was at Happy Tummies for lunch. Shortly after we finished, the kids began to arrive for the Happy Tummies program. We served the kids their lunch and then they went over and had a small Bible lesson which included a Bible lesson that we shared with them as well. After this, we split back up into two groups and half of us went to move the blocks while the other half stayed to help the kids with a craft and to play with them after. I was with the group that stayed to help with the kids.








You would think that the language barrier would make it hard to communicate and to have fun with the kids, but it wasn’t as big of a deal as I expected. The kids loved to be picked up and to be spun around and they always had a smile on their faces. At the end of the day as we said goodbye, it was amazing as the kids came up and hugged us and then ran home fed and happy. As we drove home many kids were walking by and would wave and smile and say goodbye. This made me think back to James 5:11.

I could see Gods’ love shine through the faces of the kids and parents as they smiled and waved whenever we would walk or drive by.

Today was an amazing time and throughout everything I was able to see God’s love shining all around us.

(P.S. Tom Uzzell, Abby moved blocks like a champ!)














The leaders got to ride in the Tuk-tuks that are all over town!

Author: Jonathan Andersen

Assistant Pastor

14 Responses to "Full of compassion & mercy – Day four"

  1. Steven Ring Posted on April 5, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Glad to hear that all is well and that God is showing His compassion and mercy through your actions. Sounds like you guys had a day filled with hard work and fun. I am sure that Tom will be so proud of Abby and expect the same heart for service when she returns home.

    We miss and love you all.
    – – Steve

  2. The Ring Family Posted on April 5, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Katie Ring-
    It is so cool to read about your day from your perspective. I am so happy to hear how blessed you are this week as you serve God, and how you are seeing His word revealed. We love you bunches, and can’t wait to hear even more about your trip!
    Love, Mom, Dad, and Macy

  3. Baba & Poppie Posted on April 5, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Katie Ring,
    We love reading about your day and seeing the pictures of all the good being done. It is apparent that you guys are being blessed in this adventure as much as the kids. Great job with the blog. We love you and can’t wait to see you. By the way don’t forget your sunscreen!
    Love, Baba and Poppie

  4. Connie Garmon Posted on April 5, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    So happy to see everyone smiling after a hard days work! God is working through each one of you! You can see it in the faces of those precious children. Praying tonight for continued strength and that God will show you His love as you share His love.
    Amanda, praying specifically for you as I know your back wasn’t feeling great when you left. I miss you terribly but I know this is where God wants you to be at this particular time. I love you my sweetness!

  5. Lindsey Garmon Posted on April 5, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Hi Amanda,
    It’s me, your sister. Don’t get mad, but momma let me drive your car. I didn’t wreck it (well, almost). I mean I didn’t wreck it. I have a new way of ordering cheeseburgers at a restaurant, but I’ll explain that when you get home. Anyways, I hope you are having a fun time! I love and miss you! I PROMISE your car is okay…


  6. Caroline Posted on April 5, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Part two of my super epic comment goes as follows:
    A few quick shout outs to my peeps in Guatemala:
    Mrs. Susan: You haven’t seen the last of me, and I will find a way to get back at you for what happened in Chili’s! Also Mr. Matt is an actual mess right now.
    Will: Hey fam I’m stealing yo girl
    Cameron: okay maybe just one garbanzo bean for old time’s sake
    Katie&Jordan: I’m digging the whole Guatemala it couple thing y’all have going on bc y’all are super cute
    Carlos: TREAT YO SELF
    David: Are you even there like I don’t see you in the pics¿
    Pastor Jonathan: Keep on hipstering on
    Katie Ring: nice article man
    Saralyn: you’re forever my fuzzle lumpkin, and whenever I’m sad I just think of the rat-toothed thing you made that’s sitting in the back of Mrs. Adam’s classroom
    Lindsey: nice job breaking will’s hand! never stop playing softball
    Becca: you’re probs taking a nap rn but if someone could just wake you up and say hi for me then we’re set
    And yeah that’s probs not everyone but I high key like completely forgot who the rest of you are bc I haven’t seen you in like a week.
    Stay tuned for part three!!

  7. Mark Westmoreland Posted on April 5, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Katie, thank you for a blog well-done and informative. It sounds like good work is being done and the love of Christ shared. And those tuk-Tuks look fun!

  8. Mr. Susan Posted on April 5, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Hey baby! I woke up this morning and there was kitty litter all over the place. I have no idea where it came from. Well our computer was down yesterday. Apparently mama raccoon was up all night One-Click purchasing boxes of food on Amazon Prime. I wish I didn’t have Amazon remember the credit card. Scared to see that bill! Ricky, the youngest raccoon, was messing around on the computer after mama, and because he doesn’t have thumbs, he canceled our water from the city by “accident”! So not only is there piles of laundry, but Drew and I haven’t showered in a while and are staring to build a little “funk”! The raccoon’s friends, the opossums stopped by for a visit and helped finish all the food Drew and I had hidden so Drew and I have been eating some green leaves from the back yard. For some reason my hands, lips, and throat have broken our in a strange red itchy rash. Btw when you stop by the store to pick up toilet paper on your way home from the airport, could you pick up some laundry detergent, and some BOD spray so you can use it to not gag when you see us. We I have to run. The itching is getting really bad! Love you

  9. Greybeard Posted on April 6, 2016 at 12:28 am

    We are so proud of your accomplishments. Looks like you were able to thu’um your way through the day. Get some rest, it is a long journey to Riverwood.

    Your friend,
    Jurgen Windcaller

  10. Tom Uzzell Posted on April 6, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Well Abby, typical week here. I have been called out by Katie Ring on the student blog. Mocked by her Dad. I tried to stop by the nursing home to check on the other Dads and there was a sign posted no visitors. I don’t know what that was about. While you have been gone your Mom did a little spring cleaning on your room and we found a family of raccoons that darted out of the window but the good news is it appears they have a better life at Mrs. Susan’s house. All that and it is only Wednesday morning.
    You know we miss you and we know you are experiencing the joy of being the hands and feet of Jesus.
    Love, Mom and Dad (and probably Carter. BTW he won’t make the airport on Friday as he will be at work. Imagine that.)

  11. Aunt Kimi & Christopher Posted on April 6, 2016 at 7:45 am


    We have loved keeping up with you on the blog. Really enjoying the posts (especially the 5th – you nailed it) and of course all the comments as well 😉. Christopher says Hi and it looks like a lot of work there – LOL. We are so proud of you and the team for serving God and doing what he has called y’all to do. We love you and can’t wait to hear all about it.

    Hugs and Kisses,
    Aunt Kimi and Christopher

  12. Uncle Neal Posted on April 6, 2016 at 11:45 am

    What an awesome experience to be remembered for a lifetime!! So proud of the young lady you are.
    Love Uncle Neal

  13. Dave Harris Posted on April 6, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Katie, what an awesome testimony of God’s love and goodness in action. Very proud of you! Also, it’s great to hear you guys are helping out on the construction on the abuelitos facility. As one who has worked on abuelitos facilities myself, I can appreciate the work you guys are doing!! : ) Seriously, praying for you and the team. Excellent job on the blog too!


  14. Aunt Shell Posted on April 6, 2016 at 7:22 pm


    I loved reading your post about your day! I know you’re learning so much and making memories that will last a lifetime. As you know, to make a difference in the life of a child, is to make all the difference in the world. Be safe, have fun, and do good things.

    Aunt Shell

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