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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01/27/15 Day Two…Beautiful Views, Gorgeous People…and Antifungal Toothpaste???

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We have completed Day one and day two of our medical and dental clinic up on the mountains in beautiful Chanco. Our friendships are growing and we know that God is definitely in this place. We have seen around 65 people in clinic each day. The people here are beautiful and full of love.

Dr. Hook tried to invent a new dental cleanser as he decided to brush his teeth this morning with antifungal cream instead of his minty fresh toothpaste…. yikes!!

Heather and Justin sampled some fruit from one of the trees of a house visit we were able to do today. The people were so gracious in allowing us to visit their home.

Tim has done wonders alleviating back pain, shoulder pain, and other joint and muscle pains with his adjustments using his skills as a chiropractor. He is a huge asset to our team.

Allen and Dr. Hook, along with the help of Ron, Charlie, Heather, and Jennifer, have been pulling teeth one by one….to see these people have faith in our dental team and to see their boldness and braveness….it inspires us to be bold and brave in our faith and to share the great news of Christ.

Eric, Justin, Kelly, Nancy, Anne H, Anne B and Derek have been hard at work in the medical clinic and pharmacy providing medical care and medications for the people of Chanco.

As we look down the beautiful mountains, we realize that the people here are definitely not poor…in fact, they are rich in love and happiness. The smiles on their faces…the hugs and love that they have shared with us is just hermosa (amazing)!!!!

Tomorrow is another day…and yes, the rooster is still crowing at 2:45am…..

01/26/15

Ok everyone so sorry it has taken so long to update. We have been trying to figure out how to use the internet! Hope you enjoy the pictures. We had a good group of people come in today. Thanks for all the prayers please keep them coming. We are all having a good time getting to know everyone on our team  and look forward to see what God has in store for us. Our feather friend may become dinner if he decides 2:45 should be our wake up call, AGAIN………. Heather

She needed a pillow.

She needed a pillow.

End of first day... Please ask Mrs. Anne  about the van ride..

End of first day… Please ask Mrs. Anne about the van ride..

Lunch time

Lunch time

Setting up

Setting up

Packing the goods.

Packing the goods.

Our first dinner.

Our first dinner.

Leaving the airport.

Leaving the airport.

After our first dinner.

After our first dinner.

Safe, Sound and on the Ground!

The Guatemala Medical Team has made it safely to Chancó and are hopefully ministering in the village as I write! The internet at the hotel has been down, so that’s why we’ve not gotten a blog update already. Hopefully, the internet will be working soon, and we’ll get a report from Guatemala. Until then, continue to lift up this team, prayer warriors! We so badly want people to know and experience the joy and salvation that only Christ can give. Pray specifically that the will recognize their physical needs as outward representations of their spiritual needs!

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Until the whole world hears!

Jenna