Sonya Shaw


42 Responses to Sonya Shaw

  1. Grandma Gleckler says:

    Hi Sonya. Hope your trip was great, and your days there will be full of God’s blessing! I’m so proud of you!

  2. Dad says:

    Sonya, been praying for you and team. Miss you but glad you are out there doing things great and eternal!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hey Sonya,
    Miss you at the play already 😉 Who else will remind me when I come an hour early….ahahahah…
    So happy you’re back in Guatemala! Love your heart for missions, girl. Know that we’ll be praying for you and the team…for protection and blessings…love them in Jesus, Sonya!! Hugs!

    Mary Jo Kleyn

  4. Sonya Shaw says:

    We had a great first day travelling. You’d think that with two long plane rides and a five hour layover that I would have some time to read a book but nope. We didn’t go to sleep until eleven o’clock. Today was a good work day. I got to see the family that I built for last time I was here. We got the walls up, including drywall and cement board. Tomorrow is stucco day so that should be fun. I’m so excited to continue in this adventure.

  5. JoJo says:

    sonya: first off i am jealous that you are there without me i wanted to go again so freaking bad it was crazy… i hope your trip goes amazing and i can’t wait to here all about it… do me a favor and visit my family for me.. i miss them im in tears writing this.
    – praying for a safe trip..
    – your guatmala sister. 🙂 ❤

  6. Kris says:

    HI Sonya! You are the seasoned pro on this trip, so I am sure many of the other girls will be looking to you for guidance. Just be yourself and mentor them through this like you were in the spring. I hope and pray that you will grow just as much from this trip as the first.

  7. Lori says:

    Sonya, That’s great that you got to see the family you helped last time. I am so glad you are doing this adventure again and look forward to hearing stories of your journey!


  8. Denise says:

    Sonya, It’s so good to hear from you. We are praying for you. I am so proud of you and I love you VERY much. We miss you terribly. Have a great day of dedication! Love, Mom.
    By the way, Los Aztecos burnt to the ground on Tuesday.

  9. Sonya says:

    Today we stuccoed and mudded and put up the porches. I got to go to the house that I built last time and talk with the whole family. Well, almost the whole family. There were 5 kids and the oldest was a 19 year old named Elder. Elder had liver failure and died in early April. But he accepted Christ when we dedicated their house and he lives in heaven now. These people exert a joy that is uncomprehendable and all the other sibilings smiled all the time. I spent the whole day with Isaac, Mildre, and Rena. Tomorrow is dedication day and we will get to see God’s work even closer. I am so tired, but it’s a good tired and I’m hoping to have a good day. Keep praying, especially for the souls of the people in these houses. Good night!

    • Debbie Cowling says:

      I got goose bumps reading your post… Thanks for sharing.
      I am glad you are having a great time doing Kingdom work. You are an amazing young lady. I will continue to pray for those you are serving as well as you. I pray that this will also impact your faith in new and exciting ways!

    • Arica says:

      Oh wow, so bittersweet about elder. So thankful he is with our heavenly father.

      • Jordan says:

        wow i am an emotional, RECK.. its okay though.i know hes in heaven and god is protecting him now. No more pain! ❤

  10. Richele says:

    Sonya, did you get my note? If you did, did you like it, because I really mean it and I really am glad you are helping out and I am sorry that Elder passed away. I miss you and can’t wait until you return. 🙂

  11. Hi, Sonya! Wow – your posts are bringing tears to my eyes!! I am so glad you were able to take this trip! It is truly inspiring to hear what you are doing and with such joy ~ am very sorry to hear of the family’s loss, but how comforting knowing he is with our heavenly father! Enjoy the rest of your trip – we are praying for you all!!
    ~Amy Brandon

  12. Savannah :) says:

    Hey Sonya! I dont know if you remember me..I’m Savannah Coone, we were in a play together. Well Its such an encouragement to me seeing how much God is already impacting your life in only a few short days! Its sooooo AWEH-SOME! Keep up Gods work! 🙂 I’m so happy, and proud of you! Love you! 🙂 (ps keep smiling!)

  13. Shelly Holstege says:

    Praying for you!! Hope you’re having an amazing time sharing God’s word with others. You’re a blessing to those around you down there!!

  14. Jim Maness says:

    Sonya – keep up the great work in Guatemala with those on your team – the projects you do and the people you serve. God uses you! You have an eternal mindset that sees through the shadowlands we currently live in which is beautiful. Praying for you to stay refreshed for each day! – Pastor Jim

  15. God bless you and your service – appreciate the details in your blog and will be praying 4-u!
    Grandfather & Grandmother Shaw

  16. Denise says:

    I am so moved to hear what God is doing in Guatemala. I love to hear you talk about God’s work in the hearts of people. Keep up the good work and we have been praying for the dedication day. We went to the beach today with some other families of Guatemala youth. We all talked about the team what’s been happening. We are all so blessed by you and by God. Love you very much, Mom

  17. Allison Kessler says:

    Hey Sonya!!!
    I hope you are having a good time in Guatemala. We are praying for you guys.
    Don’t get food poisoning again!!!!
    Your Friend,
    Allison Kessler 🙂

  18. Shannon says:

    Sonya! I’m so proud of you… again!! You are such an impressive young woman. I am praying for your time there, and thinking of you often. What a moving story about your experience yesterday. You must be running an emotional roller coaster! Your choices here, your work for God in this way, what an amazing and lasting effect you are making.

    And just think, with the experiences you are getting in construction, the next time you come visit me out here, you could build me a second bathroom. 😉

    Bagheera and Marguerite say ‘lawn-mower-purr’ and ‘psycho-whine’ as ‘Hi!’ respectively. Be well and may God bless you and your time. Love and miss you, A. Shannon

  19. Sonya Shaw says:

    Today was way different than what I thought it would be. I didn’t think I’d get emotional at all but I did. All of the people that we built houses for accepted Christ except one. It was the mother of our house. I got done praying and dedicating the house, walked outside, and cried really hard. It was hard for all of us who built the house, particularly Micah. He said he got so angry he almost tore down the house. I praise God for all the souls that were saved but there’s still a hole in my heart for Nanci. We sanded, painted, and put the roofs on today. I made a couple stencil designs that were pretty cool. Unfortunately I haven’t taken many pictures (sorry Mom) so I can’t show you all when I get home. We found out that the 16 year old boy who has been helping us all week is an orphan who lives in a tiny shack that leaks. I hope he gets a house but I actually doubt it. You never would have guessed, he was smiles and laughs the whole time. Tomorrow is the first medical clinic so that should be fun. I am so tired. Talk to you all tomorrow.
    P.S., Richele I did get your note. It was very nice.

  20. Really wonderful to hear the Spirit moving so strongly – we in America hardly ever hear of a service or service opportunity where every one accepts Christ accept one -usually it’s the other way around. So glad to hear of those who have started their relationship with GOD thru you and your team’s willingness to allow His love to shine thru you. Obviously in your situation it makes it all the harder to deal with the one that doesn’t accept but you are planting some spiritual seeds and we are praying that you will continue to enjoy an exceptional harvest. May your rest be healing, strengthening and may you have a fantastic day today!

  21. Grandma Shaw says:

    Sonya, I’m so proud of you! May you continue to plant seeds of love where ever you go and who ever you meet. Know that God is using you to accomplish great things. Thank you for being a blessing to others and may God in turn bless you many times over!

  22. Dad says:

    Sonya, we are praying for Nanci. Thank you for being there for her and her family. As it has never been clearer, eternal things can be affected by brave people willing to put feet on their prayers.

  23. Shannon says:

    For me, today is a day of praying for Nanci, especially – that you will see her make it to the throne before you leave. Sometimes it takes understanding why an individual sees the Good News as bad news in order to get at the heart of their hesitation or rejection of it. And sometimes it takes children and siblings and family who have accepted Christ’s love and salvation to show the influence of God in how they continue to live their lives! Timing is our Lord’s, and hope never fails.

    Remember the 84-year-old woman I met who found Jesus at 83… and she was so empowered that she was on missions and leading her friends to Christ!? Hope never fails, never. Anger, frustration, fear, sadness… it will all come, but there’s no purpose in resigning to them – give in to hope! That will be a beacon for others, and show them a way.

    Forgive my soapbox – I love you and am so very impressed, and my heart is yours today. What an emotional roller coaster you’re on! (At least in real roller coasters, you get strapped in…)

    God bless you!

  24. Lori says:

    We will keep praying for Nanci…you all just might be part of the chain that will eventually lead her to Christ.

  25. Sonya Shaw says:

    Today will be avery good day. I’m posting now because we will get back from work very late. We are going to a village a little farther away from where we worked. We will be passing out medical supplies and playing with the kids. Then we will show the Jesus film and ask people if they want to accept Christ. I’m hoping that many people will accept and that we will have a good time with the kids. It might be difficult because these people may never have even seen Greengos before and, like many other countries, they may be very afraid of us. Hopefully everything will go well.

  26. Aunt Carol says:

    Hi, Sonya! Great-grandma Sims here. I hope Great-grandpa knows what you’re doing. I am so blest, knowing that you are serving the Lord in this way.

  27. Grandma Gleckler says:

    Dear Sonya, Paul said something about the situation you face with Nanci. In Corinthians he said he and another man planted and watered, but God made the seed grow. Nanci is in good hands with our father. He will pick up where you left off. He is a very patient gardener.

    Love you lots, and like Grandma Sims said, I wonder if Grandpa Sims is part of the great cloud of witnesses that is cheering you on. (Hebrew 12:1). (I don’t know why it labeled her post as coming from “Aunt Carol”. It confused me for a bit when I read it)

  28. Amber says:

    Hey Sonya,
    I’ve been thinking about you A LOT!
    Sounds like you’re having a blast but lots of hard work. It pays off in the end though. I’m sure it feels pretty good helping others. I am praying for you and I hope God keeps you safe.

  29. Dad says:

    Sonya, been praying through the day. Praying that the right people get the right medication at the right time and praying that the message of Jesus will be well received. Mom is reading alongside. She says “me, too.”

  30. Happy Sunday – Sonya. You are blessed and a blessing. As many of us take this day as a special day of worship I find myself being even more inspired by the work you and the team are doing. Thanks for being an ambassador for Christ.

  31. Becki Visser says:

    Sonya, thank you for sharing your stories! I am glad it is going well and am looking forward to hearing how this experience compares with your other two visits! Praying for you!

  32. Shannon says:

    You are such a good example of what a child of God can accomplish while on the path He calls you to walk. Never forget, you are loved, and admired dearly. You set the bar high for the rest of us – but always remember that I’m the Aunt who can make you laugh until you cry or choke on what you’re drinking… like a good, weird Aunt should be able to do. Come home safe – yes, that grammar is correct; I mean it as an adjective, not an adverb, although both are applicable! – and healthy. I’m so proud and inspired by you! It almost makes me want to go blonde again….. well, nah. But I remain always very proud and inspired by you!!! 🙂 My thoughts, prayers and heart are yours, my dear! Love you, Shannon

  33. Denise says:

    Hi Sonya. I have been praying for your time after the Jesus film that you would have many opportunites to pray with Guatemalans to accept Jesus. I am counting the hours until your arrival. I miss you sssoooooooo much. Love, Mom.

  34. Sonya Shaw says:

    Today and yesterday were awesome. I’m sorry I haven’t posted until now, but I’ve been so busy. Both nights went excellent. So many people came to Christ. There was this guy at the village tonight who may have been deaf, but he smiled all the time and was always wanting to shake our hands. We did the medical clinic and we played with the kids simultaneously and then we showed the Jesus film. After that, we sang some songs and shared some testimonies. Nick shared his testimony both nights but it was awesome so it worked. After that we sang another song and then Hermano Jesus preached his message. It rained a lot both days and the first day we stayed out in it and played soccer in the pouring rain. The second night I got smart and stayed under a roof. The second night, tonight, we were concerned about the van ride because we were way up in the mountains and part of the road was washed out but we made it back alive! I’m looking forward to the shopping day tomorrow.
    P.S. Happy Father’s Day, Dad! It’s before midnight so it still counts.

  35. 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

  36. Denise says:

    Hi Sonya! Have a fun day in Antigua. Show everyone how the bartering is done! I wanted to let you know I just dropped off your papers so you are all registered if you want to tell Shelby the news.
    Love, Mom

  37. Happy Monday – trust your day goes well.Looking forward to hearing about some of your experience in person. Praying for the LORD to continue guiding you and giving you inexpressible and glorious joy (I Peter 1:8 NIV)

  38. Sonya Shaw says:

    We had a great day in Antigua. I am completely exhausted of money except for ten dollars to get me througth breakfast and lunch tomorrow. It was so much fun. Shelby, Alexis and I went all around Antigua looking for the perfect stuff. We found it. Everyone got machetes. I hope we all have a safe flight home and the next time I talk to you, I’ll be in Michigan!

  39. Shannon says:

    “Everyone got machetes.” Not a sentence one expects to hear from their teenage niece. My brain doesn’t exactly know the best way to process that. 😉 So happy your time there has brought you joy as well as the blessings you are bringing to others! May your journey home be safe. Thank you for shining a brilliant light! Love, A. Shannon

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