Hey friends & family,
I apologize for the delay in updating the blog! We’ve been on “Guatemala Time” 😉
Let me begin by giving you an idea of what our days have looked like. We flew out of Charleston very early on Saturday morning, got into Atlanta and from there flew to Guatemala. We arrived in Guatemala City Saturday around 11:30 in the afternoon. David & Glynis Miller, our IMB missionaries, met us at the airport and from there we traveled to Zacapa (a city 4-5 hrs from the capital) to spend the night. Sunday we worshipped with the two Guatemala churches we will be partnering with. It was such an encouragement to see their heart for the Lord and to see their desire to reach the unreached peoples of the Chorti. It was especially encouraging to meet their pastors and to hear them encourage their people to be apart of this work. Please be praying for these pastors, their wives, and their congregations! We’ll try to post pictures soon– but for now please pray for our nationals:
- Pastor Rolando & his wife Marcia Ines. They live in Zacapa.
- Pastor Fido & his wife Marcia. They live in Chiquimula.
Praise the Lord, both of these churches will be partnering with us over the next 3-5 years in order to reach the Chorti people of Chanco. It is our prayer that through this partnership, the Lord will raise up an indigenous church among the people in the village of Chanco.
Today the team went to visit Chanco, the area where we will be bringing teams. As we arrived, the pastors took us to the home of a local believer, Alecea. She and her family are the only believers in Chanco. As we sat in her home, she shared her testimony. 26 years ago, her father was listening to the radio and heard the gospel for the first time, repented, and believed! Because of this, his family also believes and has been trying to share this good news with their family & neighbors. However, no one else has come to faith… YET! So, we spent some time prayer-walking the area, going to homes to meet some of the people and to pray with them. We also were fortunate enough to get into a school to share a couple testimonies, hand out the Story of the Bible in Spanish, and other small gifts. We can not tell you how encouraged we were to spend time with these people- to see the openness the Lord gave us today and particularly to spend time with Alecea and her precious family.
We praise God for providing a believing family to help us with this work! We previously did not know of any believers in the area. But praise the Lord their is not only one– but a famiy of believers. Alecea and her family have offered to host a Bible Study in their home weekly. Our national pastors and some of their lay leaders will be starting this Bible Study very soon with the hopes of building relationships & sharing the Gospel with more of the Chorti people that live in Chanco. Please pray for this Bible Study- it will be every Thursday from 3pm-5pm.
We’ll update again soon! Thank you for holding the line for us back home through your faithful prayers!
Til’ All Hear,
Liz for the Guatemala Vision Team