Archive for October, 2014

Oct 31

Barrera Bulletin – October 2014

Carol and Ridrigo Barrera write:

Barrera Bulletin – October 2014

Where are you?  What are you doing?  Those are the questions some of you have written to us.  Hope this will help answer that.

We expected to be back in Guatemala before September, but that trip had to be cancelled.  One of the leaders who had planned to help with a Pastors Conference in September, had a change in his schedule.  But the main reason was that because we are now based in Cheyenne, we are applying for Rodrigo to have U.S. residency so that he can stay in the USA for more than short visits once in a while as a tourist.  We started the long, complicated and expensive process in June.  We have now submitted all the documents and forms, and are just waiting for Rodrigo to be called for an interview.  There are travel restrictions regarding his leaving the USA while his application is being processed.  So a big prayer request is for his permanent residency to be granted so that we can travel.  We urgently need to be in Guatemala at least by early December to get ready for the Pastors Conference the first week of January.

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I (Carol) have been checking drafts of the Achí Old Testament for Deuteronomy, Judges and now, 1 & 2 Samuel.  This involves looking over the Achí translation and comparing it with the Hebrew and Spanish, plus consulting commentaries.  I then write comments and suggestions to the international consultants working on the project and to the Achí team of translators.  I also respond to questions on specific verses that they send to me.   (You may wonder why I am needed if there are international consultants checking the Achí Old Testament.  The reason is that I am the only one of the consultants who knows the Achí language. They are checking the exegesis from the Spanish translation of the Achí drafts that the Achí team makes. My comments are more Achí language specific.)

Besides Facebook messages with Achí friends, I also Skype with missionary Kathi Archer for an hour or so every week.  She gives us updates on San Miguel and friends and situations there for us to pray for.  We end our sessions reading together a passage from the Achí New Testament.

Prayer request:  I love this translation work, but find it hard to work it into all of my other responsibilities and activities (physical therapy 4 times a week, interacting with Arlan’s family, watching the grand-kids, finances, housework, church activities 4 times a week, etc.)  The international consultants will be checking over several historical OT books with the Mayan translators the last two weeks of October, and I am way behind in sending my notes to them on the books to be checked.

Rodrigo spends the majority of his time interacting via Internet with Achí friends, counseling, praying for them and inspiring them to pay heed to the Scriptures and walk with the Lord.  As the weather turns colder here, his deep desire to be in Guatemala intensifies.

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The first two weeks in August we had the great joy of hosting our daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters in our newly renovated upstairs room. The paint was barely dry when they arrived. Their visit was a stop-over on their way back to the Middle East, where they reside. They met Anita, our youngest grandchild, who is their niece/cousin, for the first time.  Adding to the fun was the visit by my dear friend/sister Candy from California, with her son and two grandsons.

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(Sorry, they are not in the photo below.)

We have not yet retired. Our support still comes from the donations you make.  We ask God to bless you for every gift of support, every letter, every call of encouragement and every prayer for us and the Achí people.

Mailing Address: Rodrigo and Carol Barrera, 1520 E. 18th St.Cheyenne, WY 82001

Telephone: h: (307) 514-1756, c:(307) 214-8666

Mission address:  PO Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862-8200

Oct 26

Silent Auction Begins Today – Cocoa Beach Florida Vacation Home for a Week!

Come and shop the Silent Auction for SNAP starting today (Sunday, October 26th) in the West Wing at 8AM, and ends Wednesday, October 29th, just before the Lord’s Supper Service.  Lot’s of cool services, experiences, and products for auction.  The highest bidder gets each, and if you don’t want to mess around, there are “Buy it Now!” prices on each item.  This is a great way to help raise funds for our two church planting (SNAP) families headed to North Africa in early 2015!

One of the featured items is a Cocoa Beach Florida Vacation Home for a Week!

Seven days/nights in a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, completely remodeled beach front vacation home in Cocoa Beach, FL. Sleeps 10 people, and located 1.5 hours from Orlando attractions including Disney World, Universal Studios, Seaworld and Legoland.

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Oct 25

Silent Auction for Missions Preview – List of Items

Come and shop as you support our Sunrise North Africa Partnership (SNAP) in the West Wing through Thursday!

Auction opens 8AM on Sunday October 26th, and remains open until around 1PM.

It will open up again during business hours Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Then, it will close for good at 6:20PM on Wednesday evening just before the Lord’s Supper service starts.  All the auction and raffle winners will be announced by text message at the end of the Lord’s Supper service.  If you don’t have text capabilities, then please check at the cookie bar in the foyer for your name.

Happy missions sending shopping!

Auction includes:

  • Services:  Dental, painting,auction globe and tag for save the date 2015 yard turf care, yard cleanup, landscape design, kitchen or bathroom design, baby sitting, music lessons…


  • Experiences: Cocoa Beach Florida vacation home for a week, Elite Dance performance tickets, club level Lobo basketball tickets…


  • Products:  iPad mini 2, sonic wall home safety, Photography, handmade baby hats and blankets, lifesize ruler, market bags, Norwex Kitchen Dream Pack, gift baskets galore, Brooks Brothers watch, Coach bag, North African jewelry and decorative items, wedding cake, pearl necklace and earrings, American Girl items, sports memorabilia, handmade aprons…


  • Raffles: Mary Kay Gift Basket, a Coach bag, and gift cards to Land’s End, Bass Pro Shop, Putt-Putt, and Papadeaux.