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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


Guatemala 2016-Day 3 (Food Distribution)

The crowd waiting to receive food

The crowd waiting to receive food

Setting up/preparing the food to be distributed

Setting up/preparing the food to be distributed

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16
 


Guatemala 2016-Day 3 (Construction)

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Click here to see pics from the medical clinic.
Food distribution pics are here. 
 


Guatemala 2016-Day 3

Another full day of ministry has been completed–a medical clinic, three construction teams, a group of teacher assistants, and a food distribution that provided one month’s supply of basic grocery items for 150 families! 
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Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of your crops. ~Proverbs 3:9 (NIV) Posted on the wall of the church where the medical clinic was held.

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Explaining to a son how to provide therapy for his mother at home.

 
 
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Excited to get glasses and BONUS–They matched her sweater. 🙂

 
 
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Playing peek-a-boo with a patient

 
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Elders of the church praying with one of the patients before she leaves the clinic

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These girls taught Mrs. Karla a little Spanish

Ms. Shirley helped entertain the kids while they waited to be seen at the medical clinic.

Ms. Shirley helped entertain the kids while they waited to be seen at the medical clinic.

Construction photos here...
Food distribution photos here


Guatemala 2016-Day 2

Today, our 25 person team was divided into four different work sites. Three groups were sent to begin construction on houses and one group was sent to the local seminary to help with English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
 
We are excited to report that after the first day of construction, SIX houses are near completion and construction on houses #7 and #8 has begun. 
 
And as promised, here are more pictures…
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Sarah reading “Jesus Loves Me” to an English class. 
 
 
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Attentive students practicing their English skills.
 
 
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This lady was so excited about having her house built that she met our team at the truck and carried tools to the worksite–even with her baby on her back. 
 
 
 
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Praying with a family before the construction of their new home began. 
 
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Construction
 
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More construction
 
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Investing in eternity as we build relationships with the people.
 
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Hanging with the locals. Who said language had to be a barrier?!
 
 
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The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. 
Psalm 19:1