What an amazing God we serve! Day three in Guatemala presented both challenges and rewards. Our goal for today was to do house to house visits with the Chorti in their homes, letting them know about our upcoming health clinics on Tuesday and Wednesday, and also sharing our testimonies and the Gospel message. After a breakfast of eggs and black beans, we loaded our vehicles and made the forty-five minute ascent up the mountain to an elevation of 4,000 feet. We arrived at Miguel’s house, a Chorti believer with a passion for ministry. He helped us identify people who had attended a prior clinic held by one of our medical teams, and who showed interest in learning more about the Gospel. We divided into two teams, and with our translators we went into the homes and shared our stories, but getting to the homes was a challenge we did not anticipate. The terrain was extremely steep and treacherous, and the temperatures reached 107 degrees. When we decided to break for lunch, we suddenly realized that Charles had become overheated, dehydrated, and was possibly suffering from altitude sickness. We were able to get him back to Miguel’s house where he spent the afternoon recovering, and though it was not a pleasant experience for Charles, he will tell you that he was able to see how God ministered to him through Tony, our driver, who was able to calm Charles in Spanish, Miguel who carried Charles’ bag, and Miguel’s mother who squeezed fresh lemon juice for Charles. Though he had us worried for a while, we knew he was feeling better when he declared that Liz needs to incorporate bridge workouts in future team preparations.
That was not our only exciting event of the day. In the afternoon visits, one of the teams visited an elderly woman, Rosalina, whose questions about Jesus prompted Pablo, one of our interpreters, to present the gospel to her. She told the team that what she had heard was better than anything her priest had told her, and she wanted to pray to receive Jesus as her Savior. The team members who were there were so overcome by the presence of the Holy Spirit, that they knew without at doubt that God had divinely orchestrated that moment.
Great things are happening here in Guatemala, and we depend on your prayers. We ask that you continue to lift us up as we strive to complete the work God has for us here. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7)