Chris’ Experience in Guatemala

Posted: September 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

Greetings Friends,

I’d like to share with you the testimony of a dear friend of ours….Rather a second mother….. So here goes:

 

“As you know, we headed off for the mountains on Sunday. After a brief stop in a city on the way we headed up to an established church to bring encouragement. The Spirit of the Lord is in this little mountainside church and the people genuinely exuded Jesus. They needed the encouragement, though, as I saw tears being wiped away while Brian preached the main message of encouragement – you are not alone when rejected…Jesus was rejected and he knows what you are going through. What a blessing! (I simply sang a song in Spanish I learned while we were still singing Spanish songs in our church services.)

Then to a house built by Americans for those missionaries (including themselves) while they are ministering in that area of the mountains. It was a little disjointed and Mel and Brian called it the ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ home.  🙂

The next morning we headed back to the home of a precious Christian couple in the city where we stopped going up the mountain. This family opened their home to 5 of us (our missionary guide lived there in-between travelling the mountain roads). After a few hours of rest (Which is needed with their roads) It was back to travelling the roads again to another small church.

After we arrived it started raining. This church (as was the other) was built with wood sides, tin roof, and mud floor. Again, the people were precious. Many little Guatemalan girls came up and they were thrilled to receive a Puffs tissue.

Melanie sang a duet of the Spanish song ‘Ven’ and the English song ‘I Love you Lord’. (Mel translated the Words so they would know the words.)

After the service we were given a good Guatemalan meal of chicken, rice, and tortillas. After which a battery powered amplifier was used with a microphone to preach to the people in the village below. The amplifier allowed them to go about their daily activities and still hear the message of the gospel.

The ride home was a little tricky as the roads had eroded from the rain and were slick. But, God was with us and we made it safely back to our base home in the city.

Tues. our plans were to reach 6 villages. Due to some setbacks we were only able to preach to 4. I cannot tell you how it feels to know your voice preaching repentance from witchcraft and dead works is reaching the ears of those in these little villages.

On Wed. it was time to go back to Guatemala City. We said good-bye to the wonderful family in  Chicaman where we stayed and to Wesley, the precious young man who allowed us to go with him on his missionary trip.

This trip was in a VW bug with 5 people, our back packs, and the balance of food. Guatemala has the interesting practice of putting speed bumps in their highways…that’s right highways. Needless to say we scraped the bottom of the car more times than we would like to think of.

After returning from the mountains on Wed, we hit the streets Wed. evening. Mel and Brian have connected with a brother named David who runs a ministry to the streets. We joined him along with 2 other men and Daniel and Micah.

These kids are as young as 12 and hang out together huffing glue. To gain their trust and establish a relationship with them, Mel does the women’s nails. She and I prayed with a young 16 yr. old girl who is being beaten and burned at home. This was the first time she opened up to Mel. However, at her age the government would have to be involved to remove her from the family. The girl probably would not say anything for fear of worse abuse. So she hangs out and huffs glue with those she knows will not physically abuse her.

To minister to the young men, Brian took a pair of clippers and Daniel and Micah gave ‘buzzed’ haircuts to help with lice problems.

A 12 yr old boy was standing by me. Every time he put the cloth up to his nose to inhale the substance I would gently pull his hand away. After a while I just put my arms around him and held him like a mother. He returned the hug and then gave me a long kiss on the cheek. Here is a child so desperate for the love of a mother. But instead, he fills the void huffing glue.

Friday we visited the dump. By the time we arrived, Micah and his crew had set up the chairs for the kids’ service. The children were lead in song, then a bible story, and then the memorization of a scripture. When it was finished the children and adults went just outside the dump where a vehicle with ‘atol’ – a drink made with oatmeal, water, milk, and sugar that has been cooked on the stove – was ready and waiting. This drink was given in glasses to everyone who wanted. Some women came with larger containers to take back to their family. (This was how the ministry first gained entrance into the dump.)

I was able to go into a couple of the “houses” made of corrugated metal. Oh, my, to see how these people must live tore at my heart. We were not able to go into the dump very far because of security issues (someone was recently murdered).

My neighbor found out where I was going on ‘vacation’ this year and I shared about the ministry in the dump. He asked if he could donate to the cause. Of course I said yes. Neither of us knew that just the day before Brian had been speaking to a mother whose oldest child is both physically and mentally challenged. She asked Brian to give her money for the special formula her child needed (similar to ensure). Brian told her that he had no money at that time for her specific need and prayed with her that God would supply. My neighbor’s donation bought the formula that was needed.

The last week has been life-changing for me. I am thankful to my ‘children’ Brian and Melanie for welcoming me into their home and ministry. I am also thankful to God that He has connected them with Wesley, David, and Micah. Each with their own ministry to advance the Kingdom in Guatemala – and yet they can work together without jealousy so that souls may be saved.”

 

-Chris

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