The road to Chonco…

Today we woke to the sound of roosters and rain. We had a lovely breakfast and a wonderful time together in the Word before heading up the mountain. When we arrived in Chonco, we were met with the smiles and waves of the locals and the breathtaking views only Guatemala can provide.

We began our time in the village with prayer walking, and we invited all the children to join us for VBS as we crossed their paths. Later in the day we played some games with them before visiting around the village and kicking off VBS. Check in later tonight for more stories of the day!

Up the mountain to Chonco
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Fellowship with the locals
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March/April Guatemala Team

¡Buenos dias amigos!

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Team Members (left to right):

First Row-Morton Weil, Gabby Duff, Regan Thorpe, Kenny Halm, Brandon Grauert

Second Row-Sam Mosher, Hillary Dabrasky, Amelia Dresher, Darian Gibson, Caitlyn Richardson, Johanna Giles

Third Row-Paul Coleman, Staci Hallas, Jennifer Shideler, Rob Timmerman, Matt Erickson, Rachel Boyd

On Sunday, March 29th until April 4th, a team of 18 students and young adults will be heading to the beautiful village of Chancó once again! We are confident that the Lord has purposefully placed each person on this team, and we are excited to hear about all that the Lord has been doing and will continue to do in Guatemala. This team is led by Paul Coleman from LifePark. He will lead them in visiting homes, doing bible school with the children and intentionally sharing the gospel with those that they come into contact with.

How can you join with us in sending this team?

YOU CAN PRAY!

  • Pray that the seeds of the gospel that are sown would fall on fertile ground. We are begging the Lord that he would call many people to Himself!
  • Pray for the time that will be spent with the children. We firmly believe that they will be the first generation of disciples of Jesus Christ in that village.
  • Pray for the unity of the team. Pray that they would model Christ during every phase of the trip, and ask the Lord to give them hearts that are focused on the task of getting the gospel to those who are lost.
  • Pray for life transformation for the team members. Pray that their hearts would be gripped with a desire for all peoples to know Jesus.
  • Pray for the country of Guatemala as next week is Santa Semana–Holy Week. This team will experience first hand the strongholds of this country–much idol worship and rituals performed to earn salvation. Pray that this team would be a light that shines brightly in the midst of darkness.

We are thankful for your commitment to praying for these teams. We honestly could not do this without you. Thank you!!

-Jenna

1/30/2015 Good-bye Guatemala

Ok … so up bright and early and we left the baptist seminary for a day of sight seeing and shopping in Antigua. The bus ride to Antigua was uneventful, but rumors of highway workers who were supposed to be on strike today kept us on our toes.

After arriving safely in Anitgua we met up with David and Glennis Miller. It was great seeing them again as well as reconnecting with interpreters and drivers who had helped us out in the past. Many hugs and photos were exchanged and it was a time that warmed all of our hearts.

Now to the business of shopping! We split up into 2 person teams and attacked the market. The coffee stands were hit the hardest with the purses a close second. After regrouping we had lunch, did a little more shopping and then hit the road back home.

Tonights devotion was on attitude and we all reflected on the week and how it had impacted us. We talked about how even doing the same thing twice but with a godly attitude can make all the difference in the world. God calls us to be the light in this world and that means our attitude needs to be filled with hope and joy.
We are all excited about re-entry tomorrow and yet saddened to leave those on the mountain we have ministered to this week. However, it must be said that while were there to help remove burdens in hopes of eventual spiritual transformation, God also ministered to us.

What a great team and blessed week!!!

1/29/2015 Off the Mountain and Heading Back…

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Amigos! We are all now fluent in Espanol and ready to come back home! The people of Chanco have impacted us all differently, and in one way or another, they have changed our hearts.

After breakfast, we re-packed the medicines and supplies; but before we left the hotel, we took a quick walk around Jocatan. The team piled into the vans for our death defying road journey back to Guatemala City. We raced lightening fast motorcycles, broke through crowded streets and navigated around unexpected detours. The ride was full of laughter and tears as we continued to grow closer together as a team…a family. Listening to testimonies and recalling our time in Chanco made the road trip enjoyable. However, we had to say goodbye to some of our translators. Specifically, it was hard to see Hector leave. He was really invested and curious throughout the whole week. He was genuine in his actions to help others physically get the help they needed and to help them understand the Gospel. We made it safely to the City and decided to walk to dinner. No one was injuried crossing the street and we had a peaceful dinner. We continued to laugh, talk and be merry. There is nothing like sitting down to a warm meal with family after such an amazing week.

We ended the day as we started it…with thoughts about courage. Our morning devotional spoke about being unbroken in the face of adversity and we ended the day with a challenge to be missionaries in our everyday lives. May we live our lives with power, love and self-discipline…to be strong and courageous no matter what!

Love y’all and see ya soon!

01/28/15 Last Day of Clinic in Chanco

As we leave Chanco, we leave with wonderful memories and new excitement for the village.

The medical and dental clinics were steadily busy throughout the day. Many patients returned with family members to receive care, and still many new faces entered the clinic doors.

The Mission Team explored more of Chanco today, and we were welcomed into homes with smiles and hospitality.  Many of us shared testimony and stories, and it is clear that the face of God shines in this community.  Families asked us to pray for their health and well-being, for continued blessings in God’s grace, and for the continued work of this Mission to spread the love of Christ in their community.

One leader of the community named Francisco has been especially important for the Mission here. It was difficult for everyone to tell him and our new friends goodbye.  As we left his home after a short visit, he carefully selected ripe bananas to give to us.

We all agree that fresh Guatemalan bananas exceed all previous experiences with bananas…THEY ARE SO GOOD!

Grace and peace from Chanco,

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