Proverbs 16:9: “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”
A reminder of this by the following story.
We posted a bit of this story on Facebook, but for those who don’t see our Facebook posts this story is for you. Several weeks ago we were delivering a few water filters into a remote village for another ministry. There we were introduced to Yeimy, a sweet little 5 year old girl with a huge abdominal tumour. The Community Leader asked if we could help this family and so what was intended as a quick trip for us, God had other plans.
A quick trip to Antigua just before Yeimy’s hospital admission.
The short story is that they had a requisition for an ultrasound, already several months old, but no money to pay for it. We made the decision to take them to Coban (about an hour away) and pay for the ultrasound, which is a cost of a little over $30 Cdn. (not much for us, but unaffordable for this family).
The results of the ultrasound determined it was likely cancer and involved a kidney, and on a follow up visit with another Dr. near her community, she gave her a referral to a national children’s cancer hospital in Guatemala City where she had further tests and it was confirmed cancer. They started chemo immediately. After four sessions she had surgery and then chemo was commenced again which is where we are at now.
A recent visit with Yeimy's Dad and brother at the shelter.
For the Indigenous people, the hospital stay, surgery, and the stay at Ronald McDonald house between treatments is all free for them. It is the costs of the travel back and forth that makes it impossible. So we are supporting them with the transportation.
When we can, and with the Doctor’s permission we bring them back to their village between treatments which they have appreciated very much. They have probably never been much more than an hour from their village and to go to Guatemala City is, for them, like going to a foreign country.
One of the most precious memories I have of Yeimy is just prior to her being admitted to hospital, we had a bit of time with them, so we took them to Antigua which is a beautiful colonial city nearby. As we were walking down the street, single file because it was narrow, Yeimy was walking in front of me and I could hear her singing. I didn’t recognize the song, but from the words I could hear, I recognized that it would be a song that they sing at Church. Just walking down the street, singing to the Lord, and totally oblivious to what she would be facing the next day. We have been praying for the best possible outcome for Yeimy, and we know that she is in the Lord’s hands and in her innocence she loves and trusts the Lord.
At this point she is a very sick little girl and we would sure appreciate your prayers. This family has become very precious to us and we have been through some special times with them. We want to see them all back home in their village healthy and strong.
Other news is that our second group of students for Pastor training has commenced with 11 students and they have come excited to learn.
The first group has worked very hard and their graduation is coming up in May. We are in process of planning a ceremony and celebratory lunch. It will be a special time with their families as they come to see them graduate. It is so good to see the bond that has formed within this group.
One of the students in the new class is from the community of Santa Marta which is where a church has arisen out of the maternity house project we did a couple of years ago. This is a big answer to prayer. They have visions to build a Church, and a donation has come through our ministry to start the project. If there weren’t all the difficulties with travel right now, it would be a wonderful opportunity for a group to come alongside the men of Santa Marta to raise up this Church. It would be an awesome mission trip. Praying for restrictions to lift and if it is the Lords will, then we will see this Church built soon and a Pastor in place.
Our first Pastor training group to graduate in May, 2022
The vegetable seeds, Gleaners food and medical equipment continue to be distributed far and wide as we distribute but also share with different organizations, who follow up with photos and stories of where and how it is being used.
We recently received a photo of some beautiful looking kohlrabi and they sent the following message “we grew these beautiful vegetables but what are they and how do you eat them. Do you eat them raw or cooked and can you put lime and salt on them? “. :)
A significant amount of Gleaners soup and seeds went to the region of Huehuetenango where many communities are struggling right now.
We had the blessing of being able to attend a missionary conference in February for a weekend. A Pastor and team from a Church in Texas came and the preaching and worship was excellent. It was such a blessing to spend time with other missionaries, to make connections and just be able to share with others who understand some of the difficulties and trials we all go through from time to time. We loved the solid biblical teaching, and to be able to sing in English was a real treat. We felt renewed and refreshed and thankful for this opportunity.
We pray all is well in your lives and we always love to hear back from you.
Denis & Eileen
Seeds to Harvest Ministries
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