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When You Want to Change Your Husband

What should a married woman do when she wants her husband’s behavior to change? What’s a good starting point for initiating this kind of conversation with your spouse?  Nancy Guthrie,
Jen Wilkin, and Jackie Hill Perry discuss this question and more in the video below.  
 
 
 


Guatemala 2016-Day 7

For our last full day in Guatemala, we visited Cesar’s church. Several of our team members participated in the service.
Heading into church

Heading into church

Sarah shared her testimony

Sarah shared her testimony while Cesar translated. 

Clay share his testimony as well.

Clay share his testimony as well.

Kevin sang "New Again" by Brad Paisley.

Kevin sang “New Again” by Brad Paisley.

 
Bro. Ken brought the message. Cesar translated.

Bro. Ken brought the message. Cesar translated.

 
What a beautiful time of worship it was with our Guatemalan brothers and sisters. And Bro. Ken’s message was a great reminder that once we are in Christ, we are all family. It doesn’t matter where we live, how we live, what color our skin is, or what language we speak, we are united in Christ–“one Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5). 
 
As our time here draws to a close, it’s bittersweet. We are all ready to be reunited with our families back home; and yet, we know we’ll miss this beautiful place and these beautiful people. We’ll be leaving the guesthouse early in the morning to get to the airport and catch our flight back to the U.S. Please pray for UNeventful travels. Lord willing, we’ll see y’all soon!
 


Guatemala 2016-Day 6

Today was House Dedication Day. Our entire team went back to the house sites where the 12 houses were built this week. We took the gift baskets filled with basic household needs–bowls, cups, a water pitcher, salt, sugar, corn meal, and more–and a Spanish Bible. 
 
Each family was expectantly waiting for our arrival and had their homes decorated with streamers, balloons, and flowers gathered from the area. When we arrived at each home, we talked with them and explained how our obedience to Christ brought us to do this for them, and we shared the gospel. 
 
The team divided up into two groups, with each group going to dedicate six homes as the homes were scattered all around the mountainside. For one group of six, each home had at least one person receive Christ as Savior. The other six families were already Christians, and our group was able to encourage them. One woman told how she had been praying for a home, and this week her prayers were answered. All glory to God! He has done great things, and He has allowed us to be a tiny part of His great works. 
 
House dedications where the gospel was presented, and people were saved.

House dedications where the gospel was presented, and people were saved.

A young husband and father receives the keys to his home and a Bible.

A young husband and father receives the keys to his home and a Bible.

 
One family offered these baskets of granadia to thank us. Their generosity is amazing.

One family offered these baskets of granadia to thank us. Their generosity is overwhelming.

When we were done, the community gathered together. They prayed for us. We prayed for them. And then they again showed their generosity by giving everyone a bottle of juice.

When we were done, the community gathered together. They prayed for us. We prayed for them. And then they again showed their generosity by giving everyone a bottle of juice.

 
This community seems to be mostly single moms. Please pray that they would come to trust God to be the Father to the fatherless.

This community seems to be mostly single moms. Please pray that they would come to trust God to be the Father to the fatherless.

 
A new home owner reading her Bible.

A new home owner reading her Bible.

Rosemary loving on kids in the community.

Rosemary loving on kids in the community.

Please pray for this community and for these families to continue to grow in Christ. Pray that the local pastor will be able to follow up and disciple them for Christ. 
 
Tomorrow is our last full day here. We’ll be attending Cesar’s church (He’s pictured above in the 4th photo from the top.), and then we’ll do a little more shopping and exploring.
 
Please continue to pray for our team to reflect Christ in all that we say and do.
 
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. ~Matthew 5:14
 


Guatemala 2016-Day 5

 
G-Team 2016

G-Team 2016

Today was a “rest day” for the team. We spent the day together at Lake Atitlan and the surrounding towns shopping and relaxing.
 
Driving to the lake

Driving to the lake

 
Evidence of our awesome Creator--the view as we took a boat ride across the lake to explore another town.

Evidence of our awesome Creator–the view as we took a boat ride across the lake to explore another town.

Beautiful craftsmanship

Beautiful craftsmanship

Shopping

Shopping

 
While we waited for our boat ride to go back across the lake, these ladies attempted to sell us many beautiful things. A few of our ladies gave them Spanish gospel tracts. Please pray that God's Word would land on fertile soil.

While we waited for our boat ride to go back across the lake, these ladies attempted to sell us many beautiful things. A few of our ladies gave them Spanish gospel tracts. Please pray that God’s Word would land on fertile soil.

Tomorrow, we'll be dedicating the 12 homes that were built this week. Please pray that the recipients of the homes and these gift baskets understand that God alone is the source of these gifts.

Tomorrow, we’ll be dedicating the 12 homes that were built this week. Please pray that the recipients of the homes and these gift baskets understand that God alone is the source of these gifts.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. ~James 1:17


Guatemala 2016-Day 4

Just to recap…
 
Our team arrived in Guatemala on Monday afternoon. Our work began Tuesday morning. Since then, we have COMPLETED 12 homes, provided food to 300 families, seen 200 people in a free medical clinic, provided about 15 hours of aid to the ESL classes and teachers at the local seminary, given away two suitcases full of clothes and a countless number of toys and candy.
 
Not bad for three days of work. 
 
Today, the construction crew completed the last of the 12 homes we came to build, the medical clinic saw more than 100 patients, and 150 more families received a month supply of basic necessities. All glory to God!
 
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
 
Today’s Construction Photos:
 
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The family looks on while the guy put on the finishing touches

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Pushing the truck up the hill to the next project

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Construction is about so much more than tin and wood and nails

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Resting and having lunch on the “porch” of a completed house

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Sharing Christ with kids in the community

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Getting her hair “did”

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Piker’s contribution to construction: He was the only one small enough to fit into this space and get the screws into the wall.

 
Investing in what matters: The lives of people

Investing in what matters: The lives of people

 
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let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, ~Hebrews 12:1b

Photos from today’s medical clinic:
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Our medical clinic mascot

 
Mrs. Sheila kept the children busy with coloring pages

Mrs. Sheila kept the children busy with coloring pages. The clinic was held at the local church. The entrance is to the left where the older man is standing, and the line of people waiting to be seen is down the wall of the church and wrapped around to the right under the tent/canopy. 

 
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The pastor praying with a family before they left. We were also able to bless them with clothes.

 
Today’s food distribution:
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Getting ready to bless some families

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It’s about SO much more than food

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Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:35 Praying these people find true satisfaction in the Bread of Life.

 
The team will have a “rest day” tomorrow. We’ll do a little sight-seeing and shopping.
 
On Saturday, the 12 homes will be dedicated to the Lord and the gospel will be presented. Please PRAY that hearts are being prepared to hear, receive, understand, and accept the gospel. Pray for the salvation of these people. 
 
For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. ~2 Corinthians 4:5