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.
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!
As missionaries, it is very important to be in relationship with partnering churches. These relationships empower us spiritually, emotionally & financially to continue in the call of God on our lives here Guatemala. It is always amazing to us how the Lord crosses our paths, and will always be thankful to Kim and Chad De Jagar who connected us years ago. Kim was a missionary and Jenna’s first grade teacher who not only impacted her life as a small child, but ours too!
The small team of men did two challenging, and large projects, the first which helped Pastor Chemita in the village of El Tablón. They installed a false ceiling and all the electrical connections in the room that will enable the pastors with the sales of food to provide education for their three sons. Then the team literally rebuilt a new kitchen for Casita Benjamin, a ministry to the children who live in the surrounding area of the Guatemala City Dump. The guys worked long hard hours to complete both projects and helped us to empower both ministries and encourage their leaders!
We are super thankful for this great team of men and look forward to growing in friendship with them and our valuable relationship with everyone at The First Reformed Church of Pompton Plains, NJ! Muchas Gracias!
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!
Another awesome week of ministry with another awesome team from our home church, Praise Family from Mobile, AL! The team, led by Pastor Tom Turner did most of their ministry in the small village just south of Guatemala City known as El Tablón. We did work projects to bless Pastor Chemita, his wife Rosita, and their three sons which encourages and empowers them to stay faithful to the call. The team built them a shower area which is the first shower in the whole village! Such simple things in life that we take so for granted! Other ministry highlights included feeding the street people with Yuseppi, visiting his school and ministering to the prostitute ladies who work on the “Line”. Thank you again Praise Family! We love and appreciate you so much! To God be ALL the Glory!
Just enjoyed an awesome team from our home church, Praise Family (Mobile, AL) which consisted of students from “Flipside Student Ministries” who were led by youth pastor Leo Colón. They put God’s love into action and shared in a variety of places from Guatemala City to the mountainous villages of Las Brisas and El Tablón.
Many of the parents of these students have come on several teams throughout the years so it was great to see the next generation rising up, being stretched and used to minister with the same intensity and love for Jesus. We are blessed to be part of Praise Family Church and fulfilling the Great Commission together in Guatemala. To God be all the glory!
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!
Off to an amazing start with an amazing men’s team from Peoples Church (Bourbonnais, IL). The guys enjoyed of week of ministry in the Land of Eternal Springtime while leaving behind the cold temps of the Windy City and many inches of snow that hit the Midwest! The group of 12 blessed a village church in El Tablon and its pastors just 45 minutes out of Guatemala City by doing some construction and painting. Watching the pastor’s wife Rosa, light up when she saw the finished walls & ceiling made all the hard work worthwhile. Pastor Chemita and Rosa were excited to finally have their own bedroom in their home. The team also helped make food and feed the homeless, as well as help Pastor Luis and his family in El Molino replace shade cloth over the second crop of coffee plants. Thank you so much to the team, Pastor Greg, Elaine and everyone at Peoples Church for your faithful commitment to the Great Commission and for helping us to Ignite Passion and Empower Vision in Guatemala!
We are off and running with a full ministry schedule for 2015 and it is such an honor and privilege to have been serving in Guatemala for more than 20 years now! God is faithful and we continually thank HIM for empowering us through all of our partnering churches, family & friends who so actively join with us through prayer, encouragement and generous financial support to take the Gospel of Jesus by Igniting Passion and Empowering Vision!