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About the Drive In Service

This past Sunday, I announced that Heucks Retreat Baptist Church was planning to do a drive in service for Easter.  While I know many of you were thrilled at the prospect, there were some stipulations that I mentioned that might put a damper on those plans: government, weather, and health.  For weeks, the deacons and staff had been discussing this plan and were excited to be able to gather, even if we were all locked in our cars, together for Easter.  When the Shelter-In-Place hit, we were worried that our plans would be immediately squashed, but that wasn’t so.  On Saturday, we received an email stating that Governor Reeves encouraged churches to meet in such a way and that we would be fine.

A day later, that message changed and churches are now being discouraged to do such meetings.  And while there would be no intervention, in the minds of your staff and deacons, this is a sign that the health risks for such an event would far outweigh the benefit of meeting.  Combine this with the fact that the current weather projection for Sunday is thunderstorms, and we’ve made the decision to cancel the drive in service and continue with our Live Stream instead.

I know many of you reading this are saddened by this news, but we believe it is for the betterment of our congregation that we make this decision.  Believe me when I say that it is not one that excites us, but one we know needs to happen. 

With that said, we have a great morning planned for Easter, one that we are praying will allow you to worship together as a family with all of your heart.  Though we may be separated physically, nothing can separate us from the love of God and nothing can separate us in spirit.  The current plan for us is to have a service just like we’d have if we were all gathered together, with a couple specials, worship, and an excellent Easter message from Bro. Daniel Hall.  I’m genuinely excited for this Sunday and I hope you are too.

As I close, I do want to acknowledge that many of you have limited data usage each month and bandwidth is a premium commodity.  First, I want to thank you for choosing to use it to be together with us.  But second, I do want to say that we plan to shorten our time closer to forty-five minutes each week as a courtesy to those who are limited, but want to join us and not sacrifice their ability to use the internet the rest of the month.  This will take place after Easter because we really want to blow it out of the water.  It’s Easter!  It’s a celebration!  We hope you can celebrate with us this Sunday at 10:30.

Thank you so much for being part of Heucks Retreat.  We are continuing to refine the ways we reach people with the Gospel, especially during this unprecedented time.  While this situation may feel like an obstacle, we’re taking it as an opportunity.  I’m so glad you’re along for the ride with us.  Look out tomorrow for another message from me regarding the state of giving for Heucks Retreat. 

I love each and every one of you and I can’t wait until we can gather once more.  Until then, may Christ be with you and guide your every step.

In Christ,

Brett
 


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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