Shelby Bond


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  1. Jeff Bond says:

    I’m so glad to hear you guys made it in safe last night. I really look forward to hearing how things are going there. We’re so proud of you and the work you’re going to do there and all that God is able to accomplish through you! Know that we’re all praying for you and already missing you. Love you a lot!


  2. Kevin says:

    Great to hear you made it safe! I just got back to Florida, I knew I should of taken the plane south, instead of going North back home =-). I hope your having a blessed day, and i’m praying for you! Hope to hear from you soon! I’m so proud of you my friend! Talk soon!

  3. Lori says:


    Glad to hear you made it safe. We miss you! Hope you are having a wonderful experience and what did you think of your first real plane ride? Keep us informed on what you do. We are very proud of you! Grace and Peyton say hi and will write soon. Los Aztecas caught on fire and is destroyed and we got a lot of smoke but now you can’t even smell the smoke. Daddy took pictures to show you when you get back. Again, we are very proud and love you very much!


  4. Kevin says:

    p.s. I wish you had accuss to your email there because I can’t wait to show you the new pictures of me with Derek……come home soon so i can send them to u! p.s. did u get my postcard?

  5. Lori says:

    This is Gracie I miss you a lot. Big-Grace and I are having a sleep over at her house. We have been praying for you and all the others in Guatemala. I love you! bye.

  6. Christopher Love says:

    Shelby, I am glad you made it there safe! I hope you’re getting good sleep! This is great for you to do this, and it is something that makes you feel like you have Jesus in your heart big time, my dad told me. See you soon!

    -Chris L.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hey Shelby,
    So excited that you are in Guatemala!! Yeah! Praying that God will protect you, use you, bless you, and fill you as you do this mission for Him! Have fun and sing lots!!! 🙂

    Mary Jo Kleyn (Emma’s mom)

  8. Donnie and DiAnne Haler says:

    Hi Shelby, We’ve been thinking about you and glad to hear you made it to Guatamala safely. Donnie and I are very proud of you and wish you the best in this great experience! We are looking forward to hearing about your adventures. We know you have God in your heart and we will be continuing to keep you and your friends in our prayers.

    Donnie and DiAnne

  9. Brittany Kulikamp says:

    I miss you already, so glad to hear that you made it there saftely! I know that God has big plans for you in your life, hope you are having a great time shinning your light for others to see! I hope you continue to have a great trip! Abby and I are going to practice with Emily tomorrow, we will miss you, but we’ll smoke you when you get back!! haha just kidding!! Hope to hear from you soon, miss you!! 🙂

  10. Allison ;) says:

    Hey Shelby!!!
    Hope you are having a great time! I am so glad that you have gotten a chance to take this wonderful opportunity!
    Can’t wait to see you at the end of July and can’t wait to her the stories and testimonies you will have when you get back!

  11. Jim Maness says:

    Shelby — loved the big smile you had at the GR airport when you were leaving. Hope you have such joy all week long. – Pastor Jim

  12. Anonymous says:

    Shelby your an awesome young lady and im so excited you get this awesome experience! Go get em!!!!

    love cindy [:

  13. Anonymous says:

    Shelby I can’t wait to see you again! Your awesome! Hope you have a good time and bring someone to Christ! I miss you!

    Love Erin :]

  14. Kristie Kulikamp says:

    Hey girlie,
    Glad to hear you made it, how exciting!! We have been praying for safe travels, not missing home too much, but most of all that God would fill your heart with a deeper love for Him and that your eyes will see Him in a whole new light! I can’t imagine how much fun you are going to have playing with all the little kids!! Have an amazing trip, see ya when you get back 🙂

  15. Teresa Hundley says:

    Shelby I know God is going to do great things this week both in you and through you. Stay open to his leading and see how he works. Keep smiling.
    God bless. -Teresa Hundley

  16. Kris says:

    Hi Shelby – I can’t imagine what this week will show you, but I know that God has great things planned for you. Listen for His voice in those quiet moments and watch for Him in the faces of those around you. Relax and have fun and bring home lots of wonderful stories to share.
    Love and prayers,
    Miss Kris

  17. Sharon Bylsma says:

    Hi Shelby. Glad you all made it to Guatemala safe and sound… we’ll be praying for you and the team all week. Have an amazing week and can’t wait to hear the amazing stories as God works in you and through you. Enjoy your time on this awesome trip!

  18. Abby says:

    Heyy it’s you fabulous red headed friend!! Really glad to hear that your plan didn’t crash; wouldn’t want you dieing beofre you got there!! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear about everything once you get back!! Can’t wait to hear waht God did for you for the past few days!! Ohh yeah we worked with Emily today too! Wish you could have been there! Maybe when you get back 😉 Miss you and can’t wait till you get back!!

  19. Kris Grace says:

    Hey Shelby! I hope the second day was as smooth and blessed as the first. We know that you have the heart and spirit to do great things, just be yourself and let God use you. Good luck, kiddo! Miss Kris

  20. Lori says:

    this is gracie . i miss u sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much. we all llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllloooooooooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee u.

  21. Lori says:

    peyton: Shelby have a nice trip and make some people HAPPY!!!! I wove you

  22. Jaimy Stevens says:

    Hey Shelby I hope you are enjoying your time in Guatemala!! I am so excited for you and can’t wait to here all of your stories!! I know God is going to do amazing things through you!! I am sure all those kids are loving on you and you are loving them right back!!!
    Hugs to you

  23. Denise says:

    Shelby, Have a great time. We are praying for you all.

    Denise Shaw

  24. Shelby says:

    Hola!! Gustamala is seriously the most amazing thing I have experienced in my whole entire life! From seeing all the children and people who have practically nothing here but can still be happy from getting little pieces of candy (Dulce), it really makes me think about how much we really have. The past two days we have been building homes for people and tomorrow we will be dedicating the homes and seeing if the familes we are building for will except Christ into their lives. Please pray!! We are all saying it is like going into war, which it is!! I am really enjoying speaking Spanish to everyone, even though Im not the best at it..but its still the best experience I’ve been apart of. I’m really looking forward to seeing what God has instore for me, the families, and the rest of the team!!

  25. Good morning, Shelby!! I can hear the happiness in your post!! 🙂 I’m so glad for all you are experiencing! We will continue to pray for you all, especially today for the dedications! Have a great day~

  26. Shelby,
    I’m glad you are getting this wonderful experience. Make the most of it and please realize how many people are praying for you and the team, especially today as you do the house dedication. Keep up the good work.

  27. Jim Maness says:

    Hey, Hey, Hey we’re rooting and praying for Shelby Wrey! – my buddy Fat Albert wanted to pass that along. Hope this day is the best so far — stay strong in the Lord and in his mighty power!
    – Pastor Jim

  28. Lori says:

    Shelby, So glad to hear from you! We will be praying for you all today! I’ll have the gals that are kayaking with me today stop and pray on the water. I guess you can see now what Daddy saw when he was down in Guatemala about how happy they all are with very little. Also glad to see that your spanish is coming in handy…thank goodness we saw Puss In Boots to sharpen those spanish skills (haha). We miss you and are very proud of you. Can’t wait to hear stories and see pictures! – Love you! – Mom

  29. Anonymous says:

    Praying for you today (and all week). Glad to hear that you are enjoying it and that God is using you to help others. Keep up the good work!

  30. Shelly Holstege says:

    Praying for you!! So excited to hear about your amazing adventure that God bless you with!!

  31. Jeff Bond says:

    Keep up the great work, Shelby! I know this is a big day for you while you’re dedicating the homes. We’ll be praying especially for you guys today. Tell us about the family that you’re building the home for – is it a family or an individual? How’s the weather for you guys? Have you used your cool poncho yet? Are the scrubs coming in handy?
    Have a great day! (PS – had coffee from Guatemala this morning at the coffee shop in Zeeland this morning in your honor…)
    Love you!

    • Shelby Bond says:

      The weather has been a blessing! The three days we were building, the weather was not too hot and not to cold! It was perfect! The second day when we were leaving it rained though, but we were already on the road back. We did get out at a gas station and dance in the rain 🙂 The the two days we were at different villages, it rained, but it felt so good! Both the villages had soccer fields, so we played soccer in the rain and got all muddy and soaked! I was sooo dirty! I was so caught up in the rain feeling good that I did not use my rain poncho, but I did end up using my scrubs on the stucco day! That was so fun! We’re going to go to the market soon!

  32. Kevin says:

    Glad your having a great day my friend! I’ve been wondering all day what your doing at the same time while I’m busy at work! So glad you can talk spanish to those living there! They are so lucky to meet a awesome person like yourself! Hope you countine being a blessing to those in your life, you have a great friendly personality! Praying for you as always! I’ll miss you on Sunday at church, I’ll be thinking of you! i’ll cya soon! 🙂 -Kevin
    p.s. what kind of food are you eating??

  33. Denise Shaw says:

    We have been praying for dedication day. Tell us if all the families accept Christ. We are so grateful that this opportunity has come for all of you. We are missing all of you, too. We are praying that you also will be blessed by God as He is blessing the Guatemalans through you.

    Mrs. Shaw

  34. Sheldon Shaw says:

    Prayed through dedication day and praying for the clinic and the Jesus film. May your hands, heart and feet be God’s ambassadors.

  35. Shelby Bond says:

    Yesterday we had dedications and I have to say, it was the most powerful thing I’ve ever experienced. The family I built the home for was a single mother and her young daughter. When it was our time to dedicate our home, my team (Riley, Sarah, Bill, Alivia, Dayton, and Erin – the nurse), the family, Dan and Hermano Jesus all went inside the home and presented gifts to the family. Then Erin gave gifts like salt, soup, beans, and the Bible which represented God and his love. Afterwards, Hermano Jesus preached to the family about God’s love towords them. After his message, the mother said she accepted Chirst into her heart, but she either still had boughts or she didn’t think she was worthy (which none of us are!). We then prayed over her, placing our hands on her, and thats when I really felt God’s power over us. Even though I couldn’t tell what Hermano Jesus was saying, I could feel the power in his words. The lady started shaking and crying, and that’s when we all could feel God. While dedicating the other homes, we would sing and pray outside while the other families and teams were in their own homes. All the family members besides one accepted Jesus into their hearts. In the last home, the father of the home accepted Christ, but the mother didn’t. It was really hard, but we will be praying for the lady (her name’s Nanci) that her husband will lead the home and show her God’s love. It was really hard leaving the village when it was time to go though! There was a little boy named Jose who I am in absolute LOVE with!! He would follow we around everywhere I went, always grabbing my arms or having his arms around my waist. At the very end this little girl named Marina constently wanted me to pick her up and never put her down. She had the biggest, most beautiful eyes ever!! I wanted to just take them home with me in my suitcase!! I am in absolute love with Guatamala!!

  36. Kevin says:

    so glad your having a great day!! 🙂 feeling god move is the best feeling ever! Glad he’s working through you! Kevin 🙂

  37. Vicki ferrier says:

    Shelby I am so proud of you! What an amazing story you have to tell and we are praying for you daily as you serve the Lord. May the Lord continue to bless you as you live out what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus!

  38. Rich Joslyn says:

    Hi Shelby,
    So enjoyed reading what you had to say about Guatemala and the people there. God is really blessing your socks off! Medical clinics are another amazing experience for all of you.
    Praying for all of you and placing God’s hand of protection on you.
    Excited to hear about your trip in person!
    Sandi Joslyn

  39. Terri says:

    Shelby- Thanks for your wonderful descriptions of Guatamala, you make me feel like I’m right there with you. I’m so proud of you and the way you are giving of yourself. Those children can tell that you love and enjoy them. We are praying for you often! Love you, Terri

  40. Kristie Kulikamp says:

    Wow, it sounds so exciting!!! It is always so incrediable to see God at work and feel His amazing power! We have been praying for you all week and are rejoycing with you at all He is doing in Guatamala! Isn’t it so life changing to be His hands and feet!! I am always a little jealous when I hear the stories…maybe Brittany and I will have to join on the next trip 🙂 I am afraid I would leave my heart at the Orphanage and it might not ever be the same!! Keep shining and smiling for Him, He has so many wonderful things planned for your life…this is only the beginning! Hope to see you when you get home and hear more stories. Enjoy the rest of what God has in store for your trip!!!


  41. Jeff Bond says:

    Thanks for the update, Shelby! We’re so glad to hear that God is using you guys in great ways. I know you’re being blessed as you’re blessing others. We’re really looking forward to hearing all about the medical clinics. It’s awesome that you’re able to be there – though we really miss you here.
    I love you and I’m proud of you and I’m praying for you! Keep listening to God and for God!

  42. Amber Mango says:

    I’m soooooooooo happy for you! I’m SURE God is showing you true thankfulness during this mission. It must feel pretty good. People really care about what you’re doing and they are very appreciative no doubt. You must be over flowing with joy!
    Keep up the hard work and I will be praying for you.
    (Stay safe too 🙂

  43. Russ & Vicki Wierenga says:

    Hi Shelby! This is Dayton & Russell’s mom. Thanks for the great update, so awesome to hear what you kids are doing. We are praying for all of you and are so proud of you. You kids are an inspiration to all of us and we are so greatful for each and every one of you. Looking forward to hearing all of your stories!

  44. Jeff Bond says:

    Shelby, so glad to hear about your experiences and how God is working. It would be really hard to leave the kids in the villages once you spent a week with all of them…that must have been very sad for you. I hope you are taking pictures so we can see the children you are talking about. We also have been praying for Nanci over here. Have a fun day tomorrow while you shop…that will be interesting! Love you and miss you….Mom

  45. Becki Visser says:

    Oh Shelby, I just loved reading your post about the dedication day. You are a very articulate young woman and I felt like I was there when I was reading it — and got lots of goose bumps! I am so glad you are there and having this wonderful experience. From what I am reading, all of you have fallen in love with the children and have made one or two special friends. I think most of (if not all) of us parents wish we could be there as well and all of your descriptions have definitely confirmed that one of these days I will be heading to Guatemala. You’re in our prayers.
    Becki Visser

  46. Kevin says:

    I hope your Sunday day of worship was as great as ours! Pastor Jim gave a great sermon and i took so much to heart! Peyton sat next to me in 1st service, and Grace sat next to me when I was helping with the kids during 2nd service, so I wasn’t alone. I sure missed you a lot today, but I knew you were having fun with your own service. You were there in my memory! I’ll prob see you this week at the family night at church on Wed or at Grace’s play this coming weekend…Thinking and praying for you as always! Have a super day, and have a safe trip home! Can’t wait for you to tell me more stories! Cya soon!
    So proud of you!
    I love you sister Shelby! 🙂 -Kevin

  47. Jaimy Stevens says:

    So proud of you Shelby!!! Thanks for the update I bet you will be hooked just like Sonya is!!! This is pretty amazing what you guys are able to see, God can move mountains and he is doing it through you guys!! Hugs

  48. Lynn Albachten says:

    Good morning everyone – The Lord is blessing the Allendale area with a much needed storm, rain, wind, thunder and lightening. Awesome!! Thinking and praying for all of you on your last day in paradise. So proud of everyone for taking God’s leading and sharing the love of Christ with so many wonderful and beautiful people in Guatemala. Thank you all for sharing little bits and pieces of your adventure. You have been such a blessing to all of us back in the states. The world has been a better place because of your trip, due to all of us praying for you and your trip. So many more prayers have been prayed in the last week than usual. Praise the Lord! Enjoy your day shopping and relaxing with friends and family. Hugs to you all! Can’t wait to hear all about your trip when you get home. Safety, health and love to you all! Be sure to keep your hearts and minds open to what God has in store for you all in many different ways. Heaven must be celebrating about all of the new followers from Guatemala. Thank you for your role in their new lives with Christ. We will continue to pray for Nancy that God will soften her heart and have the opportunity to welcome her into His mighty fold someday. Bless you all in mighty ways!!
    Hugs – Mom, Mrs. A, Lynn

  49. Anonymous says:


    What great work you’re doing! Keep up the good job knowing you have so many supporting, praying and encouraging you. The Hermachs are proud of you and wish you the best on your continued journey.

    Best wishes, Cheryl

  50. Kevin says:

    cant wait to see u in a little bit!!! 🙂 Have a safe flight back! Remember dont smile when you show your passport they will think you are a criminal lol!

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