GUATEMALA 2015
MISSION TRIP TO GUATEMALA-----MARCH 27-APRIL 3, 2015 by Karen Weeks
 
Isaiah 6:8 “I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:  “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?”  Then I said, “Here am I!  Send me.”
 
 I want to start out with declaring how extravagant God has been as we prepared for this mission trip. He touched the hearts of His people here to give that those in Guatemala would have their needs met and prayers answered. 
 
The team leader and organizer were Pastor Sam Glenn and others from the Central Church of God in Kentucky. It turned out to be a team of about 25 from several different churches (including 5 from First Baptist Church of Swannanoa) all with a love for spreading the gospel by showing God’s love in action.  The mission we visited was Catalyst Resources International (CRI) about 40 minutes outside of Guatemala City.  Guatemalan churches and their congregations were ministered to by the construction of 2 homes, 6 block stoves, 60+ eyeglasses, 59 treated by a Dentist and 400+ shoes distributed. VBS was held at the work sites everyday and the salvation message given along with Bibles and tracts. 120+ village members were seen in the medical clinics.  A new project was launched as 8 village women were taught how to make jewelry to earn money to support their families.  When they realized they could take home what they had made and would be making more tears filled their eyes.
 
The last two days of the 4 days of clinic were held in the courtyard of a village church member’s home.  This arrangement allowed all the people lined up to watch us in action as we ministered to the ones being examined.  I realized how blessed I was to be laying my hands on them, in the name of Jesus, as I examined them.  How precious to look into those faces as we started each conversation with God bless you so they knew this care was because God loved them and cared about their needs.  Because of donations from those who sent us we were able to give out antibiotics, pain medications, vitamins and ointments.  Donations paid for the 3 days of dentistry. (The numbers were given out for the 3 days in minutes as they were lined up waiting when we arrived.) Donations also paid from a young pregnant mother in pre-eclampsia to receive care, a boy to have eye surgery and the Pastor of one church to go into the hospital that was having kidney failure.
 
We visited the “House of Hope” set up to hold 10 children.  Six children currently are living there.  Their stories are sad but they are receiving love, care and Jesus.  There are many needs to run this orphanage and children are available to be sponsored.  I will gladly put you in touch if you are interested.   Thank you all who prayed and gave and donated.  Did I mention the 10 trunks of medication went through customs without a hitch?  God is definitely on His throne and we can trust Him from beginning to end!  If you want to be involved in a mission trip here or abroad start getting ready for when the next opportunity comes your way!  junglenurse1@yahoo.com
 
 
 
Diane Herman and daughter Isabelle (who live in Guatemala full time) with Karen
 
 

MISSION TRIP TO GUATEMALA

MARCH 31ST-APRIL7, 2014 by Karen Weeks

I am no singer but I want to start out with:  “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, sweetest name I know, fills my every longing, keeps me singing as I go.”  I went on a 9 month mission to Guatemala about 35 years ago and have been longing to go back ever since. When the opportunity presented itself and my husband said you should go; you talk a lot about going back, I went!

The team leader and organizer were Pastor Sam Glenn and others from the Central Church of God in Kentucky. It turned out to be a team of about 35 from several different states and churches all with a love for spreading the gospel by showing God’s love in action.  The mission we visited was Catalyst Resources International (CRI) about 40 minutes outside of Guatemala City.  Guatemalan churches and their congregations were ministered to by the construction of 8 homes, 3 chicken coops, 45 block stoves, 65+ eyeglasses given out, 25 were saved in bible studies, VBS was held at the local school and 232 village members were seen in the medical clinics and home visits.

Susanne from my church went and with two others (Anna from Ky. and Diane a missionary on site) we held clinic.  Another longing for me was to be able to assist in the “examinations” for the first time instead of working the pharmacy.  Susanne got promoted to pharmacy manager. (I don’t know if that was her longing!) Since we were tied up 3 days in clinic I did not get to present my Spanish bible stories and puppets to the schools.  Jesus met another longing when on Friday we worked with the children while parents went to the eyeglass clinic. By the time the 2 hours were up I had got to tell 4 stories to 55 children and mama’s with my tic tac toe review games and props and watch those precious faces hear the gospel.  We gave out the silly bands salvation bracelets made by the children and teachers of FBC Swannanoa.

We visited the home by CRI set up to hold 10 babies once the paperwork comes through. Cribs set up with sheets, blankets and toy ready and waiting to love on those babies.  Six team members were baptized one evening and the American Journey Church had communion on Sunday.

Thank you all who prayed and gave and donated.  Did I mention the 6 trunks of medication went through customs without a hitch?  God is definitely on His throne and we can trust Him from beginning to end!  If you want to be involved in a mission trip here or abroad start getting ready for when the next opportunity comes your way!  If you don’t answer His call, someone else will.  God is good, all the time, all the time, God is good and He is in the business of answering those longings in your soul to be used to further the Gospel.

Home visit, man with spinal bifida, he sang us a hymn before we went on our way after giving medicine and sharing the gospel with the salvation bracelets.