Discovering Family Far From Home

This post has been submitted by team member Kara Burrer.

Today we painted the primer on the outside of the house at the second worksite. It’s been my favorite job so far! A little girl named Sophia who is the niece of the people we are building the house for lives next door. She played with me by singing the riddles that you do with another person with your hands. I think we did that for a good 15 minutes. It’s kind of frustrating sometimes not knowing what they say but it’s awesome to see how you can really interact.

This afternoon we had our culture activity. We made puppy chow for the Cristo Rey Church. They loved it! We played tag and hide and seek with some kids. All the kids had a blast with the piñata and balloons. I also got to hold the cutest baby girl! Her mom looked to be about only sixteen years old. It’s amazing how fast the kids become attached to you and how fast you adore them. You leave feeling like you are family.

This has been my first experience on an international mission trip. It has certainly opened my eyes. It’s made me realize how blessed I really am!

About Pastor Craig Schweitzer

I like to think of myself as a pretty easy going person who seeks to daily discover anew how God is present in my life and in the world in which I live and serve. I am a husband, father, brother, son, friend, pastor, and maybe most significantly – a child of God! My beautiful spouse Wendy and I live in Bismarck, ND with our twin daughters, Ilia and Taegan and our crazy dogs Henri & Sadie. I’ve serve on the staff of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck, ND since July 2001. I was first called to serve as Music & Worship Minister, in 2010 was called to serve as Pastor of Worship and Youth Education, and in January 2014 was called to serve as Senior Pastor. My professional background is a diverse collection of musical and educational experiences that ranges from live concert production and promotion to recording studios, and live performance to music education. Prior to joining Good Shepherd, I was an Instructor of Music at Bismarck State College and owned and operated a successful teaching studio called 6x6 Guitar Studio. I am a graduate of the University of Mary in Bismarck and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA and was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in September 2010. Outside of Good Shepherd, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, reading, listening or playing any and all music, a relaxing round of golf, or spending some quiet time with God. View all posts by Pastor Craig Schweitzer

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