Monday, April 21, 2008

So This Is Who You Are!

Hello All,

As you might have noticed, just about 3 weeks ago, give or take a few days, we put up a counter on the right side of our blog. Within a week, we were surprised to find out that we had visits in the hundreds. This makes sense, as the rule with non-bloglines using readers, is to check in on someone to see whether or not they have updated their blogs recently. Sometimes, that can be a couple of times a day. Lela and I routinely check throughout the day, to see if anyone has commented, so there is 10% of our visitations right there.

Then today, I got really curious to see more about our visitors. I went to statcounter's website and logged in. I was able to find people from California looking in. No surprise there of course. Saw some people in Spain. Yeah, pretty normal. Germany? North Carolina? Canada? Cave in Pakistan!? Ok, the last one was a joke! But wow, we have an international audience! Pretty cool.

So, welcome to each of you, whoever you truly are. Perhaps you are old friends who remember the mullet days, or you are friends of other friends, or you are just entirely bored and are surfing endlessly until something mildly entertaining piques your interest. In any event, I'm glad you're here.

You might be wondering why I blog as I do. This whole thing started with Jason Dean telling me that I should have a place for my Spain mission supporters to check in on. I thought that this was a great idea, and he graciously set up a page for Lela and I. Most of the first half of our posts were dedicated to letting our supporters in on our life in Spain.

But hey, what about now!? Why continue? We are obviously no longer on the mission field, but the fun of blogging just keeps me coming back for more. I love to write and I love that my family and friends can check in on our family, and the happenings that...well, happen!

In many ways, I wish that my Grandfather and Father had blogs back in their day. It would be fun to have read about their lives, in their words, as things were happening. In that way, I feel like I am writing for my kids as well, so that they might have a little bit of an idea of what I was thinking when they were growing up. Thankfully, I have enough tact to greatly edit what I actually write, but they will get the gist of the good memories!

I like to write about God, my family, the ministry of the gospel and just about everything else that touches my heart. Somehow, whoever you are out there, I hope that you will see a Pastor who loves Jesus, life and the people around him. I pray that you might find me normal enough to approach, and dedicated enough to respect.

More than anything though, I hope that you share my love for Jesus and His life. Wherever, whoever you are, Jesus has a passionate love for you. His submission to the capital punishment of His day, the cross, on your behalf proves His love and because of His subsequent, bodily resurrection from the dead, all who call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved. I pray that you are in that number, and that your love for Him increases to the day of His return. For my part, that's my proclamation; that is all of my hope! I pray that it would be yours as well.

If you wanted to ever submit your life to Christ because of something that you have read here, that would not only utterly amaze me, but it would humble and honor me to know about it.

To all the rest, I hope that you will keep laughing right along with me.

Blessings...To Our Friends,
Frank Sanchez


Anonymous said...

Hello Frank and Lela!
I noticed Spain took forth place! I started to check everyday and sometimes twice or three times to check out the comments! Heehee! Curious Jorge (George)!
Your blog is fun! You guys do great on your posts! Looking forward to reading some more!
Love you guys and miss you!
In His time,

Patty said...

Hey look! There I am! Number 153 of the USA! This blog is great because I really miss talking to ya in person.


Frank & Lela said...

Thanks gals for checking in!

I also miss talking with both of you and your respective families. That is one of the nice things about the net: It occasionally brings us all into one place.


Carrie Marie said...

I tried getting the program but I think Biola's internet is too slow or something because it's not working. Oh well, one day I will figure it out...thanks for sharing your tip!