10 Years in Guatemala!

1o years! That’s how long our partners, David & Regina White, have been faithfully serving the Lord in Guatemala. In that time, they’ve had two precious little ones, Cruz & Ben, and have worked with a couple of different people groups throughout Guatemala.

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We love partnering with this awesome family. Our church’s desire is to be a blessing to them and to come alongside them to share the gospel with the Ch’orti’ people. Here is a picture of a sweet Ch’orti’ woman.

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Together with the Whites, our hearts’ desire is for the Lord to open the eyes of the Ch’orti’ to “taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Psalm 34:8) The Lord has done a miraculous thing in our hearts to make us new- to reconcile us to Himself through Jesus. In view of this reconciliation we’ve been given with God, we have a new desire to be a conduit of this message.

The Team of 5 you see below has each experienced this great gift of reconcilation. Because of this, they are compelled to join the work in Guatemala to tell those, who may not yet know, that there is a God who loves them and offers reconciliation through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son.

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Nathan Rhodes, Jennifer Lively, Mike Able, Heather Burton, & Laura Tyler

This Team will serve alongside the Whites from January 22-January 28. Would you pray for our Team Members leading up to and during their time in Guatemala?

A spiritual discipline I’ve often found to be helpful is to pray Scripture. Consider praying for the team and the work they’ll be doing using Luke 4.

In this passage, Jesus has begun teaching in the synagogues and he comes to Nazareth, to the very synagogue he was brought up in. He stands to read and the scroll of Isaiah the prophet is handed to him. He carefully unrolls it and purposely finds the place where it’s written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

He then carefully rolls up the ancient scroll, hands it back to the attendant, and sits down. He looks around to those in the synagogue and says, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:21)

Jesus has come to purchase our freedom from our slavery to sin and death. He has given us life by His Spirit and now we have been given the same power to proclaim this good news to others.

Pray that our Team and the Whites would abide in the Spirit and proclaim  good news to the poor. (vs. 18a)

Pray they would sense the urgency to proclaim liberty to the captives, among the Ch’orti’, who are still under the Accuser’s rule. (vs. 18b)

Pray the Lord of Light would reveal Himself to those who are still in darkness. And even that he would work miraculous healing if he chooses. (vs. 18c)

Pray for the oppressed of the Ch’orti’- many of whom very tangibly feel the oppression of sin and its effects on the earth (lack of rain, crops not producing, etc). (vs. 18d)

And lastly, pray that this year would be a year defined by the Lord’s favor poured out on these people. That many would be granted repentance and faith, be discipled, and that churches would multiply! (vs. 19)

Continue to follow this Team as they head to Guatemala in a few short days!

Liz

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