John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (Jesus)
Dear friends and family.
We are thankful we are in Guatemala right now and that we have this work that the Lord has put before us. With the troubles going on in the world right now, we remind each other often that this world is not our home, we are but passing through. Our citizenship is in heaven. We pray often to keep focused on what is eternal and keep a loose hold on what is temporal.
We made the decision a couple of months ago to visit each student in the Pastor Training program in their homes. This has been such a highlight for us. To get to know these men and their families has been a real privilege. To hear their hearts for their communities and their desire to strengthen themselves in their knowledge of God and their desire to be able to reach their congregations and communities better. These are humble, genuine men of God, who love the Lord and love their communities. We see God at work in each one and it is a joy to be a part of their lives in the Pastor training.
In our last ministry update we spoke a little about the community who had lost everything including their homes in a mudslide last November during the hurricanes. They had relocated to another area where land had been given them. No water, no infrastructure, just 36 families carving out an existence on the side of a mountain.
Helping with the needs in this community was a project too big for us to take on and so we reached out to a couple of other ministries and they have responded favorably to help with the water situation and with proper housing. We also received a donation specific for that community and we are thinking to put it towards a multipurpose community building which would facilitate a school/clinic/church. Some legal work was done by one of the other ministries in order to ensure that the land they were building on is actually theirs and they are not squatting. We received word that they have the title, so we are excited to see things move ahead for them. They called their community El Mirador, (the Viewpoint) which is so appropriate. They have the most spectacular viewpoints from their village.
Pastor Mateo is a friend who first brought our attention to this community and asked if we could help. He and his wife make the trip up to the community twice a month to hold a Church service. Pastor Mateo and his wife were telling us just a few weeks ago that the community seemed closed to the gospel, but he just sent us the great news that at the last service 7 people came to Christ. Praise God.
Other exciting news is that in the community of Santa Marta, (where we built the second maternity clinic) and where Sergio has been leading a Bible Study twice a month, they have decided that they want to have a Church, with a service on Sundays. So Sergio, bless his heart, preaches at his own Church Sunday morning and then travels to Santa Marta to preach in the afternoon. They meet in one of the congregants houses. God is moving and it has been exciting to the change in this community.
The vegetable seeds continue to go out into many communities, and Calixto (the young man we helped with a prosthetic) oversees several of them. The photos and reports that we get back indicate that the seeds are germinating and growing well.
We continue to provide Gleaners food and medical into the communities as the needs present themselves.
Lord willing, we would like to bring another container this coming September or October. Seeds, food and medical equipment when there is enough for a 40’ container. If you would like to contribute to the costs of sending a container, the information is provided below.
We do appreciate your prayers. We also love to hear from you. A note about what’s going on in your lives is always appreciated. Helps us to feel like we are staying connected.
Denis & Eileen
Francisco is our oldest Pastor student at 65. It has been a sacrifice for him to attend the Pastor training as he is the sole caregiver for his bedridden wife who has been sick for 4 years. They have no children. He was the inspiration behind the Pastor training as he wanted Sergio to come and teach him the Bible when we first met him, over a year ago.
Marcelino is Franisco's brother and has helped him in his Church as a Deacon for the last 40 years. He is also in the Pastor training. His wife recently passed away and he is pictured here with two of his grandchildren.
Juan, another student in Pastor training travels 2 hours one way to preach at his Church on Sunday. He is also Pastor to many families in the community. Juan's desire is to grow in his walk with the Lord and to be able to preach better.
The women of El Mirador preparing a meal called Sakik.
One of the homes in El Mirador.
One of the beautiful views from El Mirador.
The growing Church at Santa Marta.
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