Greetings in Christ from Guatemala!
I send this letter to update you about our work here. As most of you know, Bacilia and I end our assignment with Presbyterian World Mission of the PC(USA) at the end of July. We are grateful to PWM for opening this door four years ago and for all of their support.
The Presbyterian Church of Guatemala (IENPG) has invited us to continue serving with them, and we have agreed to do so. As Partnership Coordinator for PRESGOV, much of my work will remain the same. Additionally, I will direct the emerging Presbyterian Complex in Cobán, and will work with the Presbyterian Seminary to coordinate the indigenous theological training program there. Our family already has moved to Cobán to be closer to this work.
I continue as a PC(USA) teaching elder, and my position with the IENPG has been validated by my home presbytery, the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee.
The focus of Bacilia’s mission service will be our family, help in hosting groups, and assisting with the new Presbyterian Church that is under development in Cobán.
The IENPG has offered to provide a salary that is in keeping with that of other IENPG pastors. We are so thankful for this! However, this will not cover all necessities, such as insurance, pension, education, social security, travel to the U.S., etc.
Some people expressed their interest, or the interest of their churches, in supporting our ongoing work with prayers and support in meeting uncovered expenses. The Outreach Foundation, a highly-respected Presbyterian mission organization with partners around the world, will administer support for our work in Guatemala. Any gifts should be designated “Beisswenger,” and sent to 381 Riverside Drive, Suite 110, Franklin, TN 37064.
Please contact me with any questions you might have about these developments.
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This is an exciting time for Christ’s mission in Guatemala. We solicit your prayers that all things work together for good according to God’s call, and look forward to more opportunities to serve in partnership with you in the future.
Philip & Bacilia Beisswenger