Yesterday was our last “official” day of ministry to the people of Guatemala. It was once again a relaxing morning as we spent time in personal devotions preparing our hearts and minds for another day of ministry. We were able to hear how God has worked in the lives of the people here and IT. WAS. GOOD. It always is, isn’t it?
We loaded up the vans, took our meds (for our rollercoaster of a ride), and headed into the village to share God’s love with His beautiful people. Man, pulling up and seeing the smiles on the faces of these folks…wowza! Everyone is eager to help us get the supplies from the vans and be useful in any way they can. There were lots of kids eager to play and we were pleasantly surprised that the adults were just as anxious to be hands with us. What a blessing that while some of us were getting needed medication to the people, there were others who were able to play games, color, paint nails, do hair…oh, joyous day! God moved in all of us. Love was shared and….wait for it—IT WAS GOOD.
Tim was able to get a game of football going with the men of the village and a blast was had by all. He taught them to shout, “butterfinger” when they dropped the ball and the laughter that ensued was infectious.
You would think that our first world influence in this country would be that of the sanitation, health and hygiene….Jesus. Nope, it was iPhones. One of our devotions here talked about how our world can revolve around our Apple devices, but if you look at that icon, notice that it reminds us of Adam and Eve in the garden and the fall of man. The forbidden fruit that was eaten….while we worshiped in song, you would not believe the number of phones that were out recording us. There were villagers who had facebook on their phones asking us for our names to friend request us—what??? It might be VERY interesting to see what might happen, especially since the majority of us do not speak Spanish :).
As we packed up the medication from the medical clinic, cleaned up the crayons and coloring books, we began to show The Jesus film. There were many distractions as the kids were running around and babies crying, but we kept praying for the distractions to stop, for the babies to be quiet. The movie finished and our whole team went to the front and began singing in English a few worship songs and then began to share some testimonies. In the middle of Nico’s testimony, the skies opened up and it began to pour. Thunder and Lightening were all around us as we quickly ushered people under our tiny roof where we were standing. We had kids sitting on the floor, people sitting close to each other – we made it work. As Nico continued, we began interceding for the rain to stop, for distractions to cease and for the people’s hearts to be softened to hear the Good News of Jesus. It was a hard night as satan was trying his best to distract as Pablo was preaching the Good News so passionately, but the Power of our Almighty God prevailed as Men, Women and children stood up to receive Jesus into their lives to be their Personal Lord and Savior. All of Heaven was rejoicing as satan was defeated and people’s lives were altered for Eternity. It was a powerful night and we are thankful to have been given the opportunity to be Christ’s hands and feet. Our lives have been challenged and changed as we have experienced the power of Christ in us and seeing the Holy Spirit move and work in the lives of these precious people who said Yes to Jesus! Praise the Lord!!! He is the GREAT I AM and we serve a Powerful and Almighty God!
Today we will be heading into the city of Antigua for a day of shopping at the market and then closing our time together in worship one last time. Our God is so GREAT and we are all thankful for our team – our team that God hand picked to be together this week to work, worship, pray and grow together. We are thankful for our new friends and thankful for the week we have shared together. In one way, we came here as strangers and now are leaving as friends, as Brothers and Sisters in Christ! THANKFUL, THANKFUL, THANKFUL for ALL God has done!