Greetings Guatemala Mission Partners & Friends!
“We have come from a far country,” said the Gibeonites to the Israelites. “Now therefore, make a covenant with us.” (Joshua 9:6) Thus we note the enduring biblical interest in making international connections. The practice continues today in “far countries” like Guatemala, with covenant partners witnessing personally to one another, enabling Christ’s mission to grow deeper & wider.
Presbyterian Complex: Five amazing groups traveled to Cobán recently, getting involved personally in all areas of ministry.
♦ In March,13 people came from St. Giles Kingsway PC, Toronto, Canada to initiate digging for the multi-purpose ballcourt, also squeezing in a visit to Chajul.
♦ In June, 11 from John Knox PC, Greenville, SC, labored with Guatemalan partners to level & fill the ballcourt area. Then, 26 from Trinity PC, Fairhope, AL endured 5 AM start-times to pour the ballcourt’s concrete slab & erect goals on each end.
♦ In July, a youth team of 14 from Westminster PC, Charleston, SC, grouted & painted at the theological center, signed a covenant with the La Patria Norte Protestant School, & broke ground for a new school building. A team of 12 from Cincinnati’s Northminster PC continued the grouting & painting, helped build an outdoor kitchen area & led a children’s Bible school.
Partnerships Elsewhere: Three more wonderful teams came recently to partner in God’s work in other parts of Guatemala.
♦ In March, 6 from Middle TN Presbytery visited the Petén in support of ongoing scholarship & animal husbandry projects, & to help with church construction in the village of San Juan Acul.
♦ In June, 7 from Williamsburg PC traveled to Chajul & Guatemala City to renew their 3-way covenant, to meet with scholarship students & initiate development of a Presbyterian middle school.
♦ In July, 15 from Evergreen PC, Dothan, AL, helped tile the floor of a church in the Canaan community, led Bible school, & renewed the covenant between the South AL & Chiséc presbyteries.
“Fire Volcano”: In June, a major volcanic eruption near Guatemala City destroyed several villages, with a death toll of 159. Cobán wasn’t directly affected. Thanks for your prayers for victims.
Family: Matthew is now in Bentonville, AR for a year, studying 10th grade & staying with Philip’s brother & his wife. Manny plays bass in the praise band & still competes in soccer locally. Stefi continues with her inline skate team & was crowned Niña La Patria Norte. Bacilia finished her nursing degree requirements & graduates in Oct. Daniel’s scheduled to deploy again in Oct. to Qatar for 6 months. Please pray for him, his wife & girls. Last May, missionary families with Antioch Partners (us included) gathered from around the globe for a partners’ retreat in Siófok, Hungary, a nice opportunity to recharge and reconnect.
Our family is deeply grateful for the covenant that we share with so many of you, & for your bonds with people like us in “far countries.” We send our blessings your way!