Sharon Bylsma

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  1. Sharon,
    Hope you are having a wonderful week with Scott and Seth! Praying for your time together – health, safety, unity and bringing God Glory! Love you girl, Nancy

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    1. Thank you Nancy! It’s been amazing as always! So much uncertainty going into this one, but God ALWAYS provides and gives us a way. Thankful He has opened my eyes to seeing HIM in all things! See you soon!

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  2. Hey, my beautiful Glorrior!!! I know it’ll be a few days before you read this but man I cannot wait to hear about all of the miracles and works of our Lord that take place on this trip!!! Love you so much and am sooooooo incredibly thankful that we didn’t throw you out of the van that one day! ;0)

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    1. I sure am glad too!! Love you mucho and love getting to know your beautiful daughter better! She’s my bunkmate 🙂 These girls are pretty amazing. Cant wait to share all the stories and more to come yet this week! Jamie, I have been brought to tears more than once watching these amazing friends my husband has take care of him. This tribe is so special. love you!

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  3. It is likely Thursday before you will see this. I am sure you already have a suitcase full of little friends from Guatemala you want to bring back with you. I hope you are loving everything about your trip. Praying for you and the team. Praying for your family to unite like never before. All our love to you from The Albachten Gang 🙂

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  4. Hey gorgeous!! Welcome to the base! I bet you’re having an awesome week loving on all those beautiful children in the village. What a blessing your team is to them I just know it. 🙂 How’s Emily handling the responsibility of being your potty partner? Is she reliable and up to the challenge of being woken suddenly at night..lol.
    Oh friend – we are praying for you and can’t wait to hear of the many that have accepted the gift of salvation! Covering you daily sweet beautiful friend and keep building the kingdom!
    Ellen

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    1. Hi Ellen! Thank you sweet friend! It’s as beautiful as ever! Emily stepped in well as my potty partner. LOL! I think of you every night when i lay down, turn off the flashlight and realize I still have my glasses on! Oh the memories. Thank you for your beautiful encouraging note. What a blessing you are. Em and I read them in Los Latos and you brought tears to our eyes! Filled our hearts to begin the journey. Thank you for covering us in prayer, keep them coming!! Love you fiercely! Shine bright!

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  5. Hello!!
    I have been praying for you and the rest of your team daily. I can’t wait to hear all about it when we finally get a date together to sit down for coffee/hot chocolate! 🙂 I am sure you have wrapped up every little one you have come in contact with, and have shown them the love of Jesus. I pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to show himself to you daily and you will find peace and joy through Him. Keep shinning His light. ❤

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    1. Thank you sweet girl! Oh the stories I can share from this week! God is good all the time! So thankful the God truly has us in His hands when we take these leaps of Faith. There is NOTHING to fear!! We will for sure get together when I get back!! It’s been a long time coming and the time is now!! 🙂

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  6. Hi my sweet friend! I can’t believe you are there and I am here writing to you! I can just imagine how hard you worked at building and sanding and painting, ugh the sanding! I am not missing that sort right now but I am missing the spiritual journey I know you are on right now and wishing I could be right there by you. Praying for you so deeply this week and I can’t wait to hear how God is moving in your midst and the miracles He is already beginning to provide! Lots of love, hugs and prayers sent your way. Thanks for taking care of my girl (I know you are:)!
    Love ya,
    Sharla

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    1. Your girl is amazing!! She is a might warrior far beyond her years! Ihave loved watching these girls experience this!! Cant wait to share stories! We heard the update on Romey. So awesome!! We are continuing to cover you in prayer. Love you friend!!

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  7. My Glorrier Friend! Have been thinking about you all week (wishing I was with you). I can’t wait to hear how the Lord worked through you for the people of Guatemala. Thank you for taking this step to be his and feet this week! Love you Friend.
    Praying the heat subsidies a little for you!

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    1. It’s been hot thats for sure! Cooler now by the base. Our village was not far from the Pacific Ocean. If you looked real hard you could see it way out on the horizon. It was a beautiful village with lots of banana, mango and plantain trees. Coffee plants too! Beautiful people! Wish you were here too, but God has you exactly where you are supposed to be dear friend! Love you and see you soon!!

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  8. Hey Sis, I am so glad God has taken you out of the being just the ” Traverse City will give me anxiety” girl to a super mission trip warrior.. we all have been praying for each one of you daily and we feel so blessed to be doing this life together with you.. Praying for safe travels home,for strength, miracles and peace for when you return and of course I have to throw in 34 DAYS to our next BYLSMA adventure.. woot.. love ya and see you soon..

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    1. Thanks Sis! Amazing as ever even with new challenges. So thankful God made a way for us to be here!! The family we built a home for was so amazing. The father at one point hugged Scott during the emotional dedication and said to him “No Worries, you have Jesus in your heart” Such a beautiful moment!!! God is so good! Talk to you soon. Every Bylsma adventure is epic, right?! Love you!

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  9. Hi Honey, I’m sure by now you have some little ones giving you lots of love. I’m so thankful that you Seth & Scott could make this trip. Praying your week will be full of Miracles & Blessings. You are Scotts rock & I thank God every day for you. LOVE YOU SO MUCH. ❤️ Can’t wait to hear from you. Jacob & Molly are fantastic .

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    1. Seth is doing great! And of course all the kids love him!! He has experienced a lot this week! This trip has presented new challenges, but with God’s strength leading us we are navigating. And these awesome men here help him so much. We are blessed with amazing friends!! We miss you and will see you soon. Tell Molly i found a stray puppy and packed it in my suitcase for her. Just kidding!! Please continue to pray for strength and health for our team. We are tired but still strong!! The Holy Spirit is powerful!!

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  10. HI All! We made it back to the base just before 9pm tonight (Thursday) Words cant quite describe the van rides to and from Los Latos. PBM van rides can be epic and no exception on this one! The village was amazing!! Not a lot of time to post tonight as we returned late and need to shower and settle in at the base. But a quick word to let you know we are all healthy and safe. Many amazing God moments! The Holy Spirit is as strong as ever here but so is the enemy who wants to slow us down. But we are strong warriors!! Keep praying us through the week! Lots to do yet. We would love prayers for continued health and strength!!
    Hi Molly and Jake! We love and miss you!!

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  11. Hey Sharon
    What a blessing to share this with 2 of your men!!
    I have been praying non stop for health and safety for you all!!!
    I can’t wait to hear all about this trip in more detail!!
    Thank you for being a ma’am to these girls and setting such a great example!!!
    Also thank you for being his hands and feet this week I am sure these families are blessed more than ever by this team!
    Hugs
    Jaimy

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    1. Thank you Jaimy! An amazing week! So amazing watching this group of Freshmen kids see experience God in a whole new way. This is something that has changed their hearts toward Jesus forever and I pray they continue on the path the Lord is leading them this week! They are going to do great things!! Amazing kids and its been a priviledge to experience this with them! We will see you soon!!!

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  12. Sharon,

    It has brought tears to my eyes to finally hear from all of you and to hear how this team (and men) are bonding in a special way through this trip! I am so happy you all enjoyed being in the village and even more excited that everyone accepted Christ! What an amazing adventure God has you all on and I can’t wait to hear all the stories. Praying you through the village today and another epic 🤪 van ride!

    Love ya,
    Sharla

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  13. Hey Sharon, So happy to be able to finally send a note to you all. Praying everyday for God’s blessing on each and everyone of you. Can’t wait to hear what amazing stories you will tell. Continued prayer for the medical clinics and your final devo night. Love to all, Sandi

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    1. Thank you Sandi. We love your prayers and you! Thank you for covering us. Truly an amazing trip, so thankful for God’s provision to experience this. Will see you soon with lots of stories to share.

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  14. Hi, Sharon! It is Friday and everything is going great. It is soooo quiet here. It is great reading about how well things are going for everyone. Prayers for the remainder of your trip and safe travels home. Love you.

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    1. Hi Mom! We are so thankful for your help this week so that we could experience this trip. Things are going well. We are tired but still strong! God strength! Seth had an amazing night last night at the medical clinic. His heart broke wide open for Jesus! He met a Guatemalan boy who was also 15 and he spent hours kicking a soccer ball around with him. At the end of the night his friend accepted Jesus into his heart in part because of the love and friendship Seth showed him all day. Such a special night. Thank you for your prayers and we will see you soon! Love you!

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  15. hi mom it’s molly I have been prying for you. I hope you are having a great time. I wish there was an acual dog. I think its is awesome that everyone you were building for excepted jess into the lives and remember god is always with you no miss you lots and love you more!!!

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    1. Love you Molly! Glad to hear all is well at home! Miss you so much! Always think of you when I meet these sweet little girls here. Love you so much! God is definately with us this week! Keep praying us through the week! See you soon sweetie!!! Love you tons!! Have fun with Leah this weekend!!

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  16. Hi beautiful friend!! I’m missing our daily texts…feeling a little lonely in Waterline without the crazy Bylsma clan! 😉 My heart is bursting thinking of all of the work you are doing for kingdom. Now that I’ve been there it makes it so much easier to imagine the what your days would be like. It is definitely a feeling/memory that is forever etched in my heart. I am so thankful you were able to be there with Scott. I am praying for you all everyday and can’t wait to hear about the many God moments. Continuing to pray for strength, safety, health, MIRACLES, and that your life will be forever touched by yet another amazon mission to Guatemala. Love you! 😍

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    1. Hi dear friend. Yes, another amazing trip. This one was so much more difficult to take that leap of faith. But no doubts that this is where we are supposed to be. God is faithful, amazing and sovereign that we surely know. The family we built for was so amazing, truly orchestrated by God. Looking forward to sharing all of that with you over a hot cup of coffee. Thank you for your constant prayers. We feel them and they hold us up each day and are keeping us strong. I am so amazed at the strength Scott has. Experiencing this all with him is such a blessing. Please continue to pray for us through the remainder of the journey. And pray that MIRACLES can happen here! Love you friend and will see you soon.

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  17. Sharon,

    It is so cool to hear little tidbits of each persons experience as I read the blogs. I am so glad everyone is staying healthy and for the strength and stamina God is giving Scott! And what an awesome story about Seth! God is so good to personalize our experiences for each person. I bet Seth is growing so much spiritually through this trip but also through experiencing this with his amazing parents. I am wishing so often that I could be experiencing this with all of you but as I watch little Romey right now, I know God has other plans this time! I am continuing to pray for health, strength, stamina, barriers to be broken and most of all for Miracles! They are coming my friend, I feel it in every fiber of my being.
    I can’t wait to hear about this last medical clinic!

    Love ya,
    Sharla

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    1. Oh Sharla! I cant even begin to tell you how powerful this trip has been. Especially for this amazing group of young people. They are truly amazing and God is working in their hearts! They will come away from this forever changed in the most amazing way. Very powerful prayer tonight in the village with the villagers, the village pastor, hermano Jesus and our whole team praying over Scott, Esuardo and Britt. Words can’t really describe it. Ive never experienced anything like it. I soooo look forward to seeing you when I get home and talking to you about this trip. Its late, just back from the medical clinin a little after 11pm. So tired!! Just physically and emotionally drained… but in a good way! You my friend are exactly where you need to be! I am so happy about the update on beautiful Romey! God is doing great things! Faith like a mustard seed, friend. Faith like a mustard seed! Most times I feel its really all I have but just look what God does with it!! He is so faithful!! Love you dear one and I will see you soon!!!

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      1. Last night Sharla sent out a text saying she felt a strong sense that we needed to pray for Scott at that exact time. I guarantee it was right around that same that Scott, Britt, and Esuardo were being prayed over!! We cannot wait to hear all about this amazing trip and all that God has done. Kevin shared with us about the medical clinic the night before and how the girls rallied around Seth. God sure has blessed us all with quite the amazing group of teenagers!!! Love you so much girl and we can’t wait to see you guys when you get off the plane….and I’ll have a beautiful sweet girl with me that I know will be even more excited to see you!!!

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  18. Jaime! That gives me chills! It was very chilly at the medical clinic last night and after that prayer I kept asking Scott if he needed his coat (because he chills easily) and he kept telling me no because he was so hot!! The fire of the Holy Spirit is alive and well. Praying for the manifesting of his healing today! Yes, the first medical clinic was powerful with Scott sharing testimony and just the power of the Holy Spirit. Those girls loved on Seth with such and amazing Godly love. These kids have bonded and forever are brother and sisters in Christ! It is always a little hard to leave as you just want to keep spreading the love of Jesus to these amazing beautiful people. But I am ready to see Molly and Jake. Miss my kiddos at home tons. Can’t wait to see you guys!!! Thank you for being a bonus mom to Molly and bringing her along. Bonus moms are awesome! And Seth has surely bonded with his bonus dads and has a new brother in Josh Modderman. 🙂

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  19. hi there! I can’t tell you how excited I am to sit down with you after you get home! Jamie shared a little that has been shared with her about how the teens (well, everybody 😉 are feeling so impacted by your time there. What an indescribable blessing that is for you all. Praying that you continue to feel God moving in ways you never have before and that those things can be carried with you as get ready to travel back to “normal life”. Praying you feel a renewing of your spirit that only God can give. Love you friend and praying you safely home!

    sarah

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    1. Renewing of the spirit!! you hit the nail on the head. Its been an experience we will not soon forget. God has tought me even more about authentic faith in my time here. Yes, please pray us home. you know how the enemy wants to hit as we leave these experiences and after the work we have done for the kingdom. Fervent prayers of protection would be a huge blessing. See you soon, friend! love you!

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  20. Wow, that is totally God that Hermano Jesus and the village pastor prayed with all 3 of them. It just gives me chills. That mustard seed faith is all God asks of us so anything else is just a bonus faith! Thanks for sharing more we are devouring everything everyone is sharing, it’s our way of experiencing it with you all! I know it is so hard to leave because it is such a spiritual high but now you get bring that Holy fire back here and watch how God will work all around you. I can’t wait to hear more and praying you all through final devo night!

    Love ya,
    Sharla

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