Guatemala Mission Team – Day 6

*”Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to
him glorious praise! Say to God, How awesome are your deeds! So great is
your power that your enemies come cringing to you. All the earth worships
you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.” – Psalm

Praise be to God for he is mighty in power! How do you describe a day like
today? I’ll just be honest with y’all, I don’t know how to exactly express
it in words. Amazing, wonderful, powerful, praiseworthy, awestruck,
glorious, greatness, and majestic all seem to pale in comparison to what we
experienced today. Your many prayers came to fruition today! Thank you so
very much for your prayers. They were not in vain. God showed up today in a
mighty way. During the home dedications, we gained 12 new brothers and
sisters in Christ! Let me break that down by family so that you can see how
your prayers were fulfilled.

*The Hernandez Family*

Felix and his wife Angelica both accepted Christ today! They kneed down on
the porch of their new home and accepted Christ!

*The Lopez Family*

Sandra was already a Christian, but her daughter Wendy was not. As her
mother prayed over her, Wendy prayed to receive Christ as her personal Lord
and Savior!

*The Hernandez Family*

Carlos and Dora are both already Christians. During Cesar’s Gospel
presentation, their oldest child Karen decided to ask Christ into her
heart! Praise be to God!

*The Torres Family*

Both of Gracíela and Vernacíous’ grandsons accepted Christ today. With
tears in their eyes, Cesar and Romano both accepted Christ. Also, Reanna
Perez (sister-in-law) was at their home and accepted Christ. What a
wonderful sight to see God work in the hearts of these people!

*The **Guitterez** Family*

Dora expressed to us that her and her husband Juan were already Christians.
Cesar then challenged Dora with the great commission to make disciples in
her community.

*The Torres Family*

What a wonderful day to see a whole family of Christians in this community.
All three of Raul and Marta’s children (Lilian, Wendy, and Ezekial)
accepted Christ today! Raul and Marta are already Christians but Raul did
rededicated his life to Christ.

*The Lopez Family*

José and his wife Elizabeth both asked Christ to be their personal Lord and
Savior today!

*The Perez Family*

As stated earlier, Reanna accepted Christ when the Gospel was presented at
her in-laws house. Francisco was gone to work at the time. Pray Reanna will
express to her husband what happened in her heart today and spread the Good
News to him.

It is truly a thing of God what we witnessed today. The images of
grandparents and parents praying over their children as they accepted
Christ will forever be engrained in my head. One lady said she prayed for 7
years for her grandson’s salvation and that someone would come and present
the Gospel to him. Today, he became a Christian! How great it is to be used
by God for his plans and purposes!

Thank you so much for your prayers! Please continue to pray for these new
Christians as they start a new chapter of their lives. Pray that Christ
will be spread like wild fire throughout the community. May God be
glorified in the “Community of Blessing.” May all the praise and glory be
to God and God alone!

*”Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!” – 2 Corinthians 9:15*

Guatemala Mission Team – Day 5

*”For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not
be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken
spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” Psalm

Today we had sort of an off day to go tour the Mayan ruins at Iximche and
do some shopping. That didn’t mean God had an off day working on our hearts
though. Before we began the tour, we were informed about how some of the
ruins are still used by modern day Mayans to worship at and make
sacrifices. When we arrived at this particular part of the park, there were
two groups of people performing ceremonial rituals. If our teams hearts
were not broken for the Guatemalan people already, watching them perform
these acts to a god who is not alive nor real certainly did it. It was
surreal to watch. You hear about these types of things still happening in
the world, but to watch it with your own eyes is heart breaking. Praise be
to God who does not want sacrifices, but a broken heart. He did not ask us
for a sacrifice but sent his son to became one for us. I pray that the
Guatemalan people will have broken and contrite heart before God so that he
can take their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh!

At our nightly group time we prayed over the supplies we are giving
tomorrow at the home dedications. We also split up with our prayer partners
to pray specifically for tomorrow and what the Lord is going to do. Please
continue to pray for the dedications. They are the most important part of
our trip in that it is the time that the Gospel can go out and do its
mighty work.

*May the Lord be known and glorified amongst the Guatemalan people.*

Guatemala Mission Team – Homeowner Profiles

We’ve talked all week about the homes we’ve been building and now is your
chance to meet the homeowners. We’ve compiled some information about each
family and ways we can pray for them. The village we’ve been working in is
called “Community of Blessing.” It is a community the government created to
give families of a local mudslide disaster land to own at no cost. With our
home dedications tomorrow, we feel this is a great way for y’all to pray
specifically for the families we will be sharing the Gospel to.

*The Hernandez Family*

Felix (not pictured) and his wife Angelica (center) have been living in
this community for a year. They have one child, Meily (center), who is four
and are expecting their second child in September. They currently do not
attend church at this time and used to be Catholic. They have asked us to
pray for Angelica who has high blood pressure caused by her pregnancy.

*The Lopez Family*

Sandra (not pictured) is a single mother who have been living in the
community for a year. She has one child, Wendy (pictured), who is 15.
Sandra wants to become an archeologist. She has asked us to pray for her
family who has been moving from place to place a lot. She wants to stay in
the community and plant her life there.

*The Hernandez Family*

Carlos (35) and his wife Dora (33) have been living in the community for
four months. They have five children: Karen (11), Daniel (8), Carlitos (5),
Walter (4), and Rodrigo (1). Carlos works at a bakery. He has worked there
for 20 years and just recently became the owner. They have asked us to pray
that Carlos’ bakery would be successful.

*The Torres Family*

Gracíela (73) lives with her husband Vernacíous (63) and their grandson
Cesars (17) and Romano (12, not pictured). Vernacíous is a stroke victim
and is confined to bed. They have asked us to pray for his condition and
for their son who lives in El Salvador.

*The **Guitterez** Family*

Juan (not pictured) and his wife Dora have been living in the community for
about a year. They have a daughter Abbigail who is three. Juan works at a
coffee factory. They have asked us for prayer for his brother who is
addicted to drugs.

*The Torres Family*

Marta is married to Raul (not pictured) and they moved into the community
about a year ago. They have three children: Lilian (15), Wendy (12), and
Ezekial (8). They have asked us to pray for their family and for Raul as he
is off working.

*The Lopez Family*

José and his wife Elizabeth have one child, Elsa Sofia. They prefer living
here in this community. José used to help builders but currently does not
have a job. They ask for prayers that he will find a job to support them.

*The Perez Family*

Francisco (22) and his wife Reanna (19) have an eight month old baby girl
named Genesis. Francisco is currently not working but wants to become a
mason. They have asked us to pray that they will finally receive their
paperwork from the government to own the land they are currently living on.

Now you can put faces to the homes we have been building. We have
dramatically increased these peoples quality of life with these homes. But
if we stopped there, then this trip was nothing more than a humanitarian
project. Tomorrow is the most important day of our trip. Its when we get to
express to these people that the love of Christ in our own lives is what
has brought us here to Guatemala to build these homes. It’s when Cesar gets
a chance share the Gospel to these families. I pray the Holy Spirit is
already preparing these hearts for God’s word to come in and do a mighty
work in their lives.

*So that God would be praised and receive all the glory and honor.*

Guatemala Mission Team – Day 4

*This is the day that the Lord has made! I will rejoice and be glad in it!*

We started off our day singing this song as a part of Allison and Kat’s
devotional. It was a great way to get our spirits up and prepare us for
another day of ministry. Our teams split up again today. We had another
medical mission that was able to treat about 85 families. One build team
went back to the homes we built to put the finishing touches on them. The
other build team went to the local seminary to meet a need they had by
painting an apartment.

Tonight’s devotional was very special. Diane challenged us to trust God to
work through us and not to feel that we cannot do whatever God has called
us to do. She then beautifully reminded us of Christ’s sacrifice by drawing
a picture with chalk of Christ on the cross while music played. Also, Cesar
was able to join us tonight for dinner and group time. We gave him gifts
that we had brought for his two children and his wife. He was very grateful
and thanks all of y’all for your continued support of him and his church.

Tomorrow we are going to tour Mayan ruins and go shopping. Please pray for
safety as we’re driving and moving about the city. We’re not finished yet
with our ministry. Saturday we will dedicate all eight homes on the same
day. This is a special time to express to the homeowners why we’ve come to
Guatemala to build them a house and to share the Gospel through Pastor
Cesar. Pray that the Holy Spirit will go ahead of us and prepare the hearts
of those homeowners so that God can do a mighty work in their lives!

*To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.*

Guatemala Mission Team – Day 3

God’s blessings are new every morning! We were blessed to be all together
today to finish building our eight homes. The day didn’t start off well
when one build team found a large rock under where a post needed to be
placed (see pictures below). They persevered and were able, with much work
and many people, to get the rock moved. The day moved on better from there
and we were able to get all of our homes done early. As always, building
was not the most important thing on our minds. There was plenty of time for
loving on the locals and spreading the Good News as we had opportunity.
Through tracks, New Testaments, and broken Spanish we were able to plant
seeds of the Gospel that we pray God will continue to work on to bring more
children into His family.

Tomorrow we will be splitting up into three teams again to meet different
needs in the community. There will be another medical mission right down
the road from the mission house. One build team will be back at our homes
putting the finishing touches on them and the other team will be painting
an apartment at the local seminary. Continue to pray for God to strengthen
us as we are about half way through our week here. Also, pray that the Holy
Spirit will go ahead of us to prepare the hearts of those we will meet.