How quickly things can change. In January we were thinking that we would not need to bring a container in to Guatemala this year. Now, however, due to the current covid-19 crisis, we are seeing a critical need for another container of food to be brought in. The need has become very dire. This last week alone, around 3,000 families have received food via our ministry. We only have food to last another 4 to 6 weeks.
Most people in this country live a day to day existence, so with the shutdown of the public transit many have lost their jobs, in a country that already had a high unemployment rate. Many people are suffering, hungry and desperate.
We have spoken with North Okanagan Valley Gleaners and they have enough food on hand to fill a container.
We have checked with our shipping contact and we could ship leaving Vancouver on May 2 and would arrive in Guatemala on May 26.
We will move ahead with the booking for shipping on faith. Please let us know ASAP if you are able to help with the costs.
Just as a reminder, because of the density of the dehydrated soup mix and that 1 bag makes 100 servings, the cost of shipping a container works out to about .1 cent per serving. It is highly nutritious and has 29% protein. It is definitely worth it.
Denis and Eileen Nogue
Isaiah 26.3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.
As the world began to turn upside down a few weeks ago, this verse came to mind and has come to mind often as the news changes on a daily basis. Yet we know, and trust, that whatever happens, God is in control.
In the midst of all, we became grandparents to our 8th grandchild, Jackson Hayes Smith, born to our youngest daughter and son in law, their 4th child. All are healthy and well and we look forward to the day we can meet him.
We've had a few people inquiring about us, so we wanted to send an update. We are currently in Guatemala. We made the decision to stay rather than expose ourselves going through some busy airports to try to get home and we also felt that the need for Gleaners food will likely be in great demand soon. All public transportation has been shut down and many businesses are closed Many people are without work, in a country that already had a high unemployment rate. Many people here do not have transportation and depend on public transportation, and are now unable to get out to get basic supplies. The requests for food have started to come in the last couple of days. We are thankful that we have a good supply of Gleaners food here right now.
Right now in Guatemala there are 38 cases of Covid-19, one death, 10 recoveries. The borders are closed. A curfew is in place from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m and it is being enforced strictly. We have been advised by Sergio that we should stay out of the villages for now. There is a lot of fear around this virus, and because of the lack of education of many of the indigenous, some of them think that the virus was brought in by foreigners.
So for now, we are keeping a low profile. We are providing Gleaners food to those who are requesting it. Sergio has gone into one of the villages we have been working in to check on everyone and bring some food to one particularly needy family. We also visited with another very needy family. The only evidence of food in their home was a small bowl of soaking corn. Covid-19 or not, we will extend ourselves when people are hungry and desperate
We are all well and healthy and are safe and secure. We live a few minutes from the city of Coban on a small acreage. We share our home with Chris and Leah and our three grandchildren. We just take each day as it comes and are praying that the Lord will give us much opportunity to share His love in many practical ways.
Some prayer requests would be for wisdom, for continued safety, and that we are alert to God´s leading in these next days, weeks or months, and that many are drawn to Christ in these difficult days, both here and back home.
Blessings to all.
Denis and Eileen Nogue
Jackson Hayes Smith son of Erin & Michael. Sitting on his big sister Emery
beside his brother Jonah and sister Nora.
Beautiful had made quilt donated by the Gleaners’s
Widow living in extreme poverty caring for her elderly parents and 3 children (2 shown in picture)
Defend the weak and the fatherless; Uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Psalm 82:3
Several weeks ago, on an invitation to show the Jesus Film in a small village in the Department of Quiche, about 3 and a half hours from Coban, we met Cesar, a 35 year old man who lost both his legs below the knee in a tragic accident in Coban 3 years ago. He had previously, a good job, a wife and a one year old son, when one day while standing in front of a tienda, which is a small convenience store, a car went out of control and pinned him against the cement in front of the tienda. He tells us that incredibly, in that moment, he felt no pain.
He was rushed to hospital, but the Dr.s were unable to save his legs and they both had to be amputated. He spent many weeks in hospital as he developed an infection and the incisions had to be opened and more surgery had to happen. During this time, he said he just wanted to die as he was in such pain and could not see that there was any purpose for his life anymore.
A group of Pastors from Coban heard about him and he said they began to visit him one by one, encourage him and pray for him. It was through these acts of compassion for him that he struggled through what sounded like a horrific time in the hospital.
After being discharged from the hospital, he had used up all of his savings on hospital bills and so he and his family returned to his parents home in this remote village in Quiche.
When we arrived at the village, all we knew was that someone needed a wheelchair and so we brought one along. When we saw Cesar for the first time, he walked out of his house on his knees. What struck me first was the humiliation one must overcome in these situations. I had never really thought about it before, but you could see it in his eyes.
He is a kind and gentle soul, and said that he had been praying for a wheelchair, and gratefully thanked us. We asked him if there had ever been an opportunity for him to have prosthetics and he said he had looked into it, but because of the costs, there was no way he could ever afford them.
When we returned, Denis and I both felt compelled to search out the possibility of prosthetics for this man as there are some ministries who work in this field. We contacted a fellow missionary who highly recommended and gave us the number of a prosthetic specialist in Guatemala City.
We contacted Erick, and although this is his career, he also does work for the cost of the prosthetics for situations like Cesar. He offered to come to Coban and assess him. Cesar and Erick met at our home in Coban where the assessment took place, and then Cesar returned to the city with Erick for 5 days where the prosthetics were built and he had some therapy and training for walking. The look on Cesar´s face when Erick told him that he would return from the city walking was incredible. Erick is also an amputee. He lost his leg in a motorcycle accident 20 years ago, so he is such a good advocate and encourager. When they can see an amputee working in a good career, but with such a generous heart to give back to his own people.
We returned Cesar back to his village last Monday. It was an emotional moment when he got out of the truck and walked into the home of his Mom. His boys 4 and 2 years old, at first were afraid of him. They had never seen their Dad at full height. As we sat in his Mom´s kitchen, one by one friends and neighbours came in to greet him and see his new legs. They had never seen such a thing. We were so blessed to have had a front row seat to this event. If you are able to help towards the cost of Cesar's prosthetics ($2400 USD) tax receiptable donation options can be found at the bottom of this email.
The second story is about the village of Santa Marta. We were invited to this village almost two years ago now, where we showed the film The Hope, in Qéqchí. It was well received and it was decided that they would be a good recipient of a maternity clinic. 125 families in this village and 3 midwives, but the clinic will serve 3 other villages. The rural nurse who visits once per month for each village, will now use the maternity clinic for his visits to all four villages. I have posted a photo of what the rural nurse used before for his visits. The people of the village of Santa Marta have been a real joy to work with.
Recently one of the leaders phoned Sergio, our interpreter and also a Pastor, and said that 5 families in the village want to become Christians. That they would like to be discipled and after this, start a Church.
They asked if it could be done outside of their community due to some persecution from some others in the village.
We said if they were willing to come all the way to our home, an hour and a half, we would open our home to them.
Last week hey studied for about 3 and a half hours with Sergio. They have never owned a Bible, and so we gave a gift of a Qéqchí Bible to each family. Sergio said they had lots of questions. It just blessed our hearts to look out on our deck and see 11 people so open and learning and hungry for the Word of God. They will come once per month for Bible Study.
They have received us and fed us many times in their village, and so it was a pleasure to host them and feed them, Canadian style, in our home.
Please pray for these new believers and pray for Sergio as he leads.
We had an opportunity to bring Gleaners food and our films to help another CTEN missionary, LynnAnn Murphy, in Huehuetenango, a northern department in Guatemala. We love to go and see other parts of Guatemala. Two very needy communities received the food and were very moved by the film Magdalena. We will be making arrangements for more food to be sent, as it was well received.
Blessings, Denis & Eileen
Wow where has the year gone! Its been a busy one for us with 2 moves happening one in Canada moving from Victoria to Nakusp and in Guatemala from Antigua to Coban. God has blessed us with each move. We both love the quiet of countryside, and we are fortunate to be living in the countryside in both countries. We have the added blessing of another grandchild expected to arrive around the end of March 2020. This will be our 8th grandchild.
We are spending our first Christmas in Guatemala this year with Leah and Chris and the grandkids and it is a little different for sure without the Canadian snow!!
However, we do have a few poinsettia trees, yes, actual trees, and they are beautiful this time of year (see picture below).
We have been busy with ministry since returning November 5th and have a busy few months ahead of us.
We continue to work in the village of Chitu where we built the first maternity clinic. Sergio continues with a Bible Study twice a month, and it is well attended.
Construction continues with the maternity clinic in the village of Santa Marta and is close to being done.
We continue to visit villages, by invitation, to show our films, and provide the Gleaners food, usually through the Pastors or community leaders to the most vulnerable in those villages.
We have been helping Sergio´s church with a hospital visit once a month or so. They prepare ponche with the dehydrated apples, and are allowed to go in to the Children´s ward, which is always full, provide the apple drink and pray with the families. It always feels like such a sad and hopeless place and we pray that they sense the love of the Lord in these visits. On the next visit we will be providing gleaners soup and tortillas.
We just had our Christmas events in two villages and thanks to many generous donations, were able to provide gifts to over 120 children and 10 seniors. These gifts included toys, but also some practical items as well, such as blankets, soap, etc. These children come from very poor families and it was such a joy to see their faces as they received these gifts. Just makes it all so worthwhile.
We are looking forward to sharing our ministry with the Gleaners team, coming mid January and Shiloh church from Alabama beginning of March.
We want to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and many blessings in the New Year.
Denis and Eileen Nogue
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Matthew 1:23. “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
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