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!
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!
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!
What an amazing week of ministry with a team of ladies from Next Level Church, of Fort Myers, Florida! Every day had a completely different “look” of ministry, but the love of Jesus, the spirit of hope and forgiveness were constantly transmitted each and every time that God ministered through us! Spending time with the little children who attend Casita Benjamin was super fun, and loving on the ladies who work in prostitution on the Line was a bitter/sweet experience. The ladies & children who live in the village of El Tablón also received a huge blessing by the team as we partnered with Pastor Chemita and Rosa in their small village church. The team went all out to bless and spoil a special group of missionary women, me included! All of us women enjoyed an afternoon full of great food, rich fellowship and all out, personalized gifts for each missionary. Randall and I are simply blessed beyond measure to be able to partner with NLC and to be an extension of their church here in Guatemala! THANK YOU for empowering us as missionaries…MUCHAS GRACIAS…and to GOD be ALL the GLORY!
The Lord opened a door for Jackie to share her personal testimony of adoption and healing at the Christian Alliance for Orphans conference in Guatemala City. The orphanages are filled to capacity all over the country of Guatemala, and adoption is not as common or culturally accepted like in the United States. It was such an honor and a great opportunity to help bring orphan awareness, by challenging the church, encouraging adoptive parents, and ultimately helping the healing process of any adult adoptee who is still struggling. Our desire is that by sharing of God’s healing and restoration, others will be inspired to know Christ and experience the fullness of His love.
“I knew you before you were formed within your mother’s womb; before you were born I sanctified you and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.” Jeremiah 1:5 (TLB)