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!
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!
It was an amazing week training a team of 10 students from the Leadership Academy at Next Level Church in Fort Myers, FL! This week was focused on mission’s life and ministry on the mission field, specifically in Guatemala but can be applied anywhere in the world. Their main assignment was to plan a children’s outreach and empower the local church in the mountain village of El Tablón. After planning, organizing and a taste of language school, we walked through the village inviting all the children to the Saturday outreach. It was a week packed full of learning, loving and serving as unto the Lord, without expecting anything in return. We are excited and proud of each student and can’t wait to see how God ministers to, and through them as they walk out His plans for their lives. It was super fun and a huge honor to spend time and pour into their lives these past few days! We are so blessed to be in relationship with Next Level Church, and to be able to count on their valuable partnership with us!
For the last few days we ministered in full force with an on- fire team of young adults from Next Level Church, Ft. Myers, FL! The theme of “Restoring Broken Dreams” was woven throughout the variety of ministry activities which included loving on the impoverished toddlers who attend Casita Benjamin near and within the city dump, sharing with the ladies at El Oasis, and feeding the poor who live on the streets. The team also got a good taste of village life in Guatemala by ministering in 3 different villages. Hiking an hour and a half up a mountain to the small hidden village of Las Brisas (the Breeze) to deliver protein drink powder to children who are lacking proper nutrition was an eye-opening experience, and and exciting time to share the love of Jesus. (All the protein drink powder was donated by the team from Community Worship Service, Elmont, NY.) Thank you to Pastor Will Hutcherson, the team and Next Level Church for their valuable partnership with us and the ministry of Start With One. We believe that God restored broken dreams as we ignited passion and empowered vision everywhere we went this week!
For the last 8 days, we ministered with an awesome group of women from Next Level Church, which is located in our home town of Fort Myers, FL. The team was led by missions director, Sandi Kistner and co-led by Holli Merideth. We had a week packed full of ministry activities which included decorating at El Oasis and holding a “Salon Day” along with medical exams provided by team member, (OBGYN) Dr. Anne Lord. The women who work in prostitution were shown the love of Jesus by each and every hug and service given to them. Spending a morning at the government school is always a highlight, along with blessings Yusepi’s ministry by making 300 sandwiches and six gallons of soup to feed the street people. A personal highlight was hosting a luncheon and encouraging a group of 14 missionary women. From fun ice-breakers, to powerful testimonies, an encouraging message, heartfelt skits and personalized gifts, I can say that we missionaries walked away very pampered, super blessed and really ministered to.
Thank you to each team member for all your hard work! You went above and beyond! Thank you to Next Level Church and the leadership for your passion and partnership with us! You are empowering us in our call to take the Gospel to Guatemala by igniting passion and empowering vision. To God be the Glory!