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Guatemala

Posted in: Uncategorized ♦ Thursday, January 27th, 2011, 10:13 pm ♦ No Comments

January 15 – January 22, 2011

At 4:00 a.m. on January 15, Amy (age 11), Shannon (age 14), and myself (age ?) were airport bound for our missions trip to Guatemala. We went with a team of 10 adults and 7 kids, ages 6-18 years of age. This trip was the culmination of my Missions Discipleship class, a partnership between The Springs Church and Youth with a Mission (YWAM) of Colorado Springs.

Our class was modeled after the Crossroads Discipleship Training School (CDTS) conducted by YWAM world-wide, condensed into a 12 week format. The material as well as the speakers and teachers were excellent, however, it was a challenge for them to try to fit in all the material taught at the regular CDTS.  We were the guinea pig class.

Although the children did not attend the class, they were invited on the trip because CDTS is geared towards family missions. I am excited at the prospect of this training being offered in this condensed format all over the world, as I have wanted to attend it for a long time but was unable to commit to the on-campus living required. How many more people are out there that feel this way?

Guatemala is located in Central America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Mexico, and bordering the Gulf of Honduras and Belize. The area we were in is called San Pedro La Laguna and we also visited other villages around Lake Atitlan. The Mayan culture is practiced there, and traditional dress is worn.

The people were very poor with most of the population living in poverty. Yet they were very warm, kind, and giving. Although most of the kids learned Spanish in the schools, most of the adults only spoke the local tribal Mayan language of Tz ‘utujil. During many of our ministry times, two different translations were required.

Our ministry in Guatemala included vacation bible school, prayer seminars, marriage conferences, youth rallies at two local churches, as well as assemblies at two different public schools. We also participated in home visitations and prayer walking. It was such a blessing to get the opportunity to encourage the local church!

All the kids did such an excellent job. Our schedule was rigorous, with only seven days on the ground and so many things scheduled. But everyone was up for the challenge. We were all stretched as we ministered in several different ways and places.

My favorite part was that all of the kids and adults shared their testimonies at the different venues; stories of broken homes, deaths; drug addiction, divorce, abuse, and alcoholism. These were powerful times where we were able to glorify God for the healing and redemption that He had brought to our lives. We serve a God of HOPE and this was the message received by all those God touched through testimonies.

It was so moving when we were told through translation that the people were honored that we shared our problems with them. They had felt inferior to Americans, believing we had it “all together”.  Now they knew that we have problems just like they do. It saddened me to think they had previously felt this way about us, but knew that this was the perception of other nations as well. I came home wondering, what if we all shared our testimonies when we are serving abroad? Wouldn’t this tear down a lot of the perceived cultural barriers that separate us?

The Lord did a work in all of us as we acknowledged our weaknesses before Him and before the precious people of Guatemala. Much healing within our team occurred as we ministered, and as the Lord ministered to us. We acknowledged our prayer times as our most important part of the day. Prayer is so CRUCIAL! We can do nothing in our own strength.

Only by the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through us can any transformation occur in us as individuals or in a nation. And this, of course, begins with prayer. No matter if you are serving locally or abroad, always remember to “Seek Ye first”, and you will be humbled and amazed at what God will do through a nobody like you and me.

Until All Have Heard,

Cristy

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