They arrived in Chiquimula on Monday evening. We got them checked into the hotel and then joined them for supper at the hotel restaurant. Afterwards they walked over to our house for chocolate chess pie, devotion, fellowship, football, and a round of Phase 10.
the team at our house on Monday night
Ken, Ben, Hilary, Anne, David, Cruz, me, and Charlie
This was Hilary and Charlie's second trip down this year and Anne's third. Ken's son Ben was on the June vision team and his wife has plans to come on the February 2016 team. All of that just blesses our hearts!
The goal of the week was to make visits in many of the villages we are currently targeting. Our first stop on Tuesday morning was the village of Lagunetas. We had a time of sharing in the home of the family that hosts us for Bible study. Afterwards we had a time of prayer for them.
the team praying for Leonardo, Dionicia, and their 8 children
We have not been able to do Bible study in that village for a while. I was excited to get to talk to them about starting it back up. We made plans for us to return on Saturday, Dec. 5 to have a Bible study. I am very excited and already making plans about how I will share the Christmas story with them that day. Our goal is to get our Bible study there back up and going on a regular basis the first of the year. Would you pray for that?
Leonardo and Charlie in Lagunetas
Playing games with a few kids in Lagunetas
At one point some of the kids brought us flowers. Here are Anne, Hilary, and me holding our flowers.
Before we left she shared several bananas with us to snack on. Here is Ken enjoying his.
hiking in Churischan
Cruz smiling big because he got to ride in the truck with the team
After a roadside picnic lunch we headed to the village of Tarchaja to make a visit. While there we got invited to a birthday party in late December. We are making plans to attend because it will give us a great opportunity to meet others from that village and let them know our family.
Anne and Ken on the trail in Tarchaja
my boys taking a break from the hiking
Miguel, from Chanco, was with us all week. He was our team driver and helped with translating. He had two other visits he wanted us to make that afternoon. We let him lead out for most of the week and he did a wonderful job. He is really growing in the Lord and is a wonderful ministry partner to us.
Later that night a few of us became sick with a stomach flu/ food poison illness that pretty much took me out the rest of the week. I missed being with the team but was able to borrow a few of their photos from the rest of their visits to share.
beautiful mountain view
arriving and crossing the creek in Muyurco
Miguel singing songs with the children
Cruz at Bible study in Muyurco
supper in Guatemala City on Friday night
We traveled back into Guatemala City on Friday and were there overnight with the team. They did some shopping at the market and then we had a delicious meal together that night. In spite of some sickness, this group had a great week. We know that some good things are going to come from the visits that were made. We could see God working in the hearts of the people and it encouraged our hearts to know that we are making a difference.
We are looking forward to 2016 and the teams that are being put together to work with us. In addition to the three that LifePark will send we will host four from First Baptist. We also have a vision team from Tennessee scheduled for March. That makes eight teams already for next year. It's going to be some busy days but some fruitful ones as well. We just know it!