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.