Hey folks.  Happy 2013.  Wow… what a whirlwind month we have had!  I wanted to let folks know of some exciting news after spending a few days with Dr. Michael Cooper and businessman Jim Boston here in Uruguay last month.  The good news is that we are mobilizing resources to back the business venture of one of the young entrepreneurs in our community.  Martin Fleischer, whose wedding I did in September, together with myself, Michael Cooper, and Martin’s childhood friend Emilio, have been incubating an ecological construction company concept over the last two years.  

The short story news is that the financials are sound, the civic and governmental leadership has praised the plan, and there is strong ministerial initiative to see this company spearhead church-planting and community development in the interior of the country. 

I wanted to get our investor’s presentation up here for you to take a look at.  We are seeking $75,000 in seed capital to get the equipment back.  We estimate a payout at near 9% over the next five years.  If you are looking for something that will give you a spiritual ROI as well as a great financial ROI, then please give this a gander.

Matt

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Whistling Herons

The Whistling Herons of San Geronimo

Toni always smiles when she looks at me the first morning out at San Geronimo.  It seems like she is looking at me, but also like she is looking at someone else.

She tells me she is looking at someone else.  She is looking at “old man Matt,” the one who has matured with the ages.  She says it was a picture God gave her one day when she was praying.  Me, out on the lawn in front of the house.  Dancing.  In the rain.  In that picture she is on the porch drinking coffee.  The kids are grown and gone.  The early “life and death” struggles of the project are part of distant history and there are only a handful of us that still remember them.  

And I am dancing in the rain.  

Other than the Stuart and Irene Heath, now passed away, I have met only one other couple that seems as crazy as we are about this place.  It is a pair of Whistling Herons.  They have been here since we first came in 2009, and they seem to appear in the meadow every time we are out here.  Sometimes I see only one of them, and I worry a little bit.  A lump appears in my throat, and I get thirsty, and I scan the whole place until all of the sudden, I see a pair of feet land on the ground and wings fold into the sides of the graceful female.  Then they’re both there.  Never too close to each other.  Never too far apart.  They walk gracefully across the grounds, the assured true lord and lady of San Geronimo.  Their colored heads and grey-blue necks lead the way, followed by their yellow breasts, until, stock still like statues, some beetle, worm, or lizard reveals itself and their heads lightning-strike down into the dirt for their meal.  I call them Stuart and Irene, and remember that I am a steward here of something so much larger than ourselves.

And then, as though nothing had happened to interrupt their stride, they start again.  Head, neck, body.  Head, neck, body.  

By this time, Matty or Anne or Emma (the dog) has become aware of their visit, and head off into the chase…  ”Birdie, Papa, birdie!” “Ruff, ruff, ruff!”

The herons take wing and perch up in the tree, annoyed by the intruders, but secure that in a few moments, when the children bore of their chase, the grounds will be theirs once more.   And then they land again.  He, absorbed in his morning task.  And She? I swear this morning I saw a glint of a smile on her face as he danced across the grass in the rain and plunged his head downward into the matted grass, lost in his morning hunt, oblivious to the wonder and delight all around.


Verse of the Day:
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)


It’s September 17th, day 27. 13 days left. $0 pledged yesterday!  $9,998 pledged total.  $50,002 left to lower.*


Questions for the heart:
When is the last time you watched something in nature that brought you closer to God?  What was it?  As you bring it to mind, ask yourself, “How does this feel?”


T.A.L.K. to Jesus

  • T- THANK Him for what you read in the daily story. TELL Him how you feel about you and about San Geronimo.
  • A-ASK Him, “Jesus, is there anything you want me to know about this, today?”
  • L-LISTEN: Pay attention to any Scriptures, thoughts, feelings, images, or sensations He brings to mind.
  • K-KNOW: Receive “God peace” and be reassured by His presence “Be still and know that I am God.” Ps 46.10

After you TALK with Him, can you share with us?  We are birthing something together, and He has invited us along with Him.


Share your replies on the wall of the “66 for San Geronimo” facebook site or below in the comment box.


*We believe it is OUR job to RAISE hands, RAISE prayers, RAISE praise, RAISE our cries.  It is GOD’S job to “shower blessings,” to “pour out” resources, to lower down what we need to us.

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September 3, 2012

  Stuart Heath and Irene Shepherd-Heath, ca. 1960 It was around 1970 when they found this lovely piece of property.  A Scottish missionary and businessman, Stuart Heath and his wife Irene, bought the land and built the house for their retirement. Their sister, Dr. Gwendolyn Shepherd, moved out there with them, and continued to treat patients […]

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Day 11 | Alison Hill

September 1, 2012

“I was in South Africa visiting family when via FB I saw pictures of a place, a house,  outhouses, grounds, views, trees, an overgrown prayer walk, and the name San Geronimo. I read the excited captions penned by Matt and Toni and tried to piece all this news together. I came back intrigued to know […]

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Day 10 | Betty Carter

August 31, 2012

Day 10 | Betty Carter, Collierville, TN “When I think of San Geronimo, I think of the table and the conversations we had there. ‘Tell me how you came to know Christ…’ I think of good food and open communication and laughter and prayer. I enjoyed working with others in preparing the food, too. We […]

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What do you think?

April 14, 2012

I am playing around with a definition of leadership and would love to know what people think. Leaders are people who have appropriate maturity, skills, and knowledge to call out strengths and overcome obstacles in themselves and others toward the achievement of a common end.

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Return your Return…

March 20, 2012

WARNING:  If you have a penchant for deep cynicism about talking to church people about money, then quickly and quietly hit delete before you go any further.  But if… if, if you are looking for the courage to take a wild and risky step into a whole new reality, then maybe you should just read […]

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Seminarios sobre la Transformación Sustentable.

March 11, 2011

Nos vemos el viernes, 8ABR, en las Oficinas de SCIO, Barrio Palermo,  San Salvador 1954 esquina Jackson El sábado retomamos en el Establecimiento San Geronimo, Araminda Norte, a las 9 horas.  Tenemos la opción de transporte desde Tres Cruces saliendo a las 8 hrs con arreglo previo.  Llame al 099 07 24 20. The Timothy […]

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Diego Melgar gets this… even at 11:59

March 1, 2011

Diego Melgar understands this plain and simple. With 12 hours left on the clock and $2,425 left to go, we are glad to know we are working with guys like Diego. Here he breaks it all down… especially about how we don’t “menace” people. I love it. If you would like to sweep in like […]

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$3,400 now $2,875 to go!">Celebrate!!! We are SO CLOSE… $3,400 now $2,875 to go!

February 22, 2011

A month of calling out is coming to a close.  So many who have been praying and giving and cheering on this project, and I get to be head cheerleader!  Last week we saw another $2,500 come in, leaving our total left to be raised at $3,400. [525 came in since writing this, and now […]

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