Each missions team sent to Guatemala has one day to rest at the end of the week and today was our day of rest. The day involved visiting the shops in Antigua and the surprise of getting to eat lunch with David and Glennis Miller! Those of us who’ve served with them know what a blessing they have been to the teams from FB and LP, and it was wonderful hear about what was going on in their lives over some authentic Guatemalan cuisine. The team had a lot of fun today, but I know there were some mixed emotions as the village we left, just a day ago, was still fresh in our minds. We will be returning home tomorrow, but our minds will travel back to to Chanco as the Lord brings to mind those faces and stories of those we encountered. Those people that He loves… Marta, Lena, Eusavio, Christian, Flora, Francisco, Patronila… to name a few. People who, like us, are created in the image of God. People who, like us, need salvation. People who, like us, need Jesus.
Nestled in the highlands of the Sierra Madre mountains is a small village called Chanco. The people there are poor but they are warm and friendly. They live a simple life and have very little to speak of as far as wealth goes, but are quick to take time out of their busy lives to invite a total stranger into their homes. They work very hard to scratch out a living on the side of a mountain, and most know no other kind of life, nor would choose another if given the opportunity. They appreciate the simplicity of their lives and, for the most part, are very humble. As content as they may seem, most of them are missing the most important thing in life… Jesus.
We came to Guatemala 1 week ago to show the people of Chanco the love that Christ has to offer, through our love for them. I believe we accomplished our mission. I hope that many more will choose to serve, as there is so much more work to be done. There is so much work, but it is the most rewarding work you will ever do. As a fully devoted follower of Christ, you are called to make fully devoted followers of Christ. It can be challenging, but thankfully we have the One who put the moon the stars in their place to guide us and walk with us every step of the way.
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Roman 10:14-15