This is the 9th men’s team sent down by Peoples Church in Bourbonnais, IL and we are super grateful! They’ve assisted Pastor Luis and his congregation in the village of El Molino to set up the initial Start With One coffee project since it began. Pastor Luis had this vision for this project to raise funds in order to purchase land and build their church which is the first evangelical one in this community. Coming from winter sub-zero temps to the land of Eternal Springtime was an added plus for the team who worked hard throughout the week. We are so thankful for another wonderful group of men, and so blessed to witness and be a part of the amazing progress in El Molino. God willing they will be able to inaugurate it by next year!
What a wonderful week of ministering together that JESUS TE AMA (Jesus Loves You) everywhere we went! From the villages, to the streets feeding the homeless, sharing with the children at Casita Benjamin and at El Oasis, the team of 12 so intentionally prepared and shared God’s love in action. We are so blessed to have a friendship and be in partnership with First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains, New Jersey. They not only ministered to the people and children of Guatemala, but they ministered to us too. Thank you team for all your hard work, and for investing your lives with love into ours and everyone you encountered.
We just spent last week with an amazing team from Praise Family Church, which is our home church located in Mobile, Alabama. The team led by Pastor Jeremy Patrick was super intentional, well prepared, and so passionate in all that they did to share the love of Jesus with all whom they came in contact with from the mountain villages outside of the city, to feeding those who literally live on the streets inside the city limits. What a joy to see the huge smiles on the men, women & children as the team shared skits, sang songs, gave out lots of clothes, as well as handed out both physical & spiritual food! It was such a blessing to be able to ignite passion and empower vision everywhere we went. A special THANK YOU to Pastor Tom, & our Praise Family for all of their love, prayers, & support over the many years!
Seven days full of serving, sharing, loving, crying, laughing, encouraging, worshiping & praying together with this amazing team of women! We went to the mountain top village of El Tablon, back down to feeding street people and to prostitutes in Guatemala City, and up to another humble church of Chicamen located towards Antigua. We are so thankful to serve, to partner with, and to represent NEXT LEVEL MISSIONS of Fort Myers, FL. THANK YOU to all the team members and everyone back home at NLC who made this happen! To God be all the Glory!
Super blessed to have another men’s team from Peoples Church, (Bourbonnais, IL) with us again! Coming along side of Pastor Luis in the village of El Tablón to empower him in his vision to reach his community with the love of Jesus is always the one of the highlights of their week here in Guatemala. To see how this small congregation worked together to plant and grow 100,000 coffee plants in order to build their church and now to see the progress on their building is simply amazing! From the very beginning of the coffee project, Peoples Church has sent a men’s team to work alongside, encourage and partner with us, to empower Pastor Luis & his family! A special thanks to my brother in law, Dick Toepper & Kevin Mansberger who have consistently led the team, and to Pastor Greg Eilders who always makes it a priority to come and be a part. We are so thankful to the whole team and to Peoples Church for your unwavering love and support, and so honored that together we are igniting passion and empowering vision for God’s Glory!
Another amazing team from FRC of Pompton Plains, NJ came to partner with us this past week and let their light shine (Spanish translation – brilla) for Jesus which was the theme that was woven throughout each message wherever we went. Together we ministered in the village of El Tablon as well as in the streets of Guatemala City, Casita Benjamin and at El Oasis. We are so blessed to have come into relationship with our friends from FRC only a few short years ago, and will always be grateful to Jenna’s former first grade teacher at CAG and her husband Chad who connected us. Thanks to the whole team for their servant’s heart and hard work, and to everyone who helped out by supporting, praying and sending supplies so that this great team could share the light of Jesus everywhere we went! Igniting Passion and Empowering Vision – Start With One
God empowers us so we can empower others, II Cor. 9:8-12. It’s been 3 years since we empowered Pastor Luis and his congregation in El Molino with the coffee project that has been generating funds to fulfill their dream of building their church in order to reach their community. So Pastor Luis & a group of guys from his church wanted to pass on the blessing and help another congregation by not only giving to supply the necessary funds for all the tin, but also by going and doing all the labor. It was a long day hauling everything up the mountain to the small village in Las Brisas and literally raising the roof all in one day! What an awesome day seeing Pastor Luis and his group of guys getting to experience the overwhelming joy of empowering others. Our passion still remains to “IGNITE PASSION & EMPOWER VISION”…the heart and soul of Start With One! To God be all the glory.
For the sixth year in a row, a team of men from Peoples Church, (Bourbonnais, IL) have come down to serve and work alongside of us here in Guatemala. They were the ones who initially helped Pastor Luis in the small village of El Molino, prepare the ground and dig post holes for the 100,000 coffee plants in order to build their future church building. Each year, they still come and bring physical, emotional, and spiritual support to Pastor Luis and this Start With One ministry project. Not only do they encourage and empower the Guatemalan people throughout the week, but they minister to us and one another, especially during the nightly devotional times. What a huge blessing it is to have this team of men every year at this time, and we are so grateful to the church, their families and friends who help make it all possible! A special THANK YOU to Pastor Greg, and team leaders Dick Toepper & Kevin Mansberger who always go above and beyond to pull it all together each and every time. To God be the glory for all that was accomplished in us and through us this past week!
This month marks the tenth anniversary of the inauguration of our Ministry Base! Over these past years we have had several teams and guests totaling over 1000 registered guests who have stayed & ministered in Guatemala with us. Aside from hosting many teams and guests, we also have been blessed with a comfortable office setting which has allowed us to administrate, train new missionaries, and minister to many who have walked through these doors. We are so grateful to all of our partnering churches and those individuals who generously came and contributed to the construction of this base! It is truly being used for everything and more that we ever dreamed of. We are looking forward to the next 10 years and Thank You from the bottom of our hearts!
It was such and honor participating in the 40th anniversary of the village church “Fuente de Amor” (Fountain of Love). Pastor’s Chemita, Rosa, and their three sons have been faithfully serving the Lord and their community in the mountainside village right outside of Guatemala City nearly all their lives because Rosa’s father was the founding pastor in this village. A huge thanks to our great friends who also helped us out in the celebration! Raùl Rodriguez lead the congregation in a special time of music, and Rodolfo and Miriam Montenegro encouraged and challenged the members to even greater things in the Lord. We all enjoyed a wonderful traditional meal of “Chuchitos & Ponche” (small tamales & hot cider) afterwards. It really was a special night of igniting passion and empowering vision!