We'd like to give y'all a quick update about the ministry and what's been happening this past month and a half. We have been doing great since we made it back here January 23. It's always a little adjustment to our lives when we visit the States and when we come back home. But we are so blessed to have family and friends in both places that take such good care of us! We had an amazing supper waiting for us when we got back that our friends prepared here in El Morral. Many of y'all knew that we were trying to get back here with a new family member...a little 3 month old boxer/bulldog puppy. Didn't think that was going to work, but after some up and downs, I think my trip was easier with a cute little puppy than going by myself. I actually had to put her back in her carrier while walking through the airport to my next gate b/c every five steps someone was stopping me asking to pet her and let her lick all over their face! Hilarious! So praise the Lord we made it back with our new dog! Good stuff!
We hit the ground running! Started our school visits and hospital prayer the following week and had a team come in 10 days after arrival to do some preaching in villages, install 8 stoves, and teach a pastor seminar! Bam! If that was a lot of stuff to read, imagine being here in it! We had 49 pastors/leaders participate in our first seminar for 2020! It was so good getting to see all the guys and catch up with them on how things have been with their families and churches. We had an incredible seminar taught by Jason and Angie Christman from Forerunner Ministries. There isn't anything better than feeling and knowing that God is present and encouraging and opening eyes and ears to see and hear from Him at these seminars. That is our prayer and desire, and praise the Lord it was so good. Go check out our Facebook page to see some of that action!
We are staying busy and active in all the parts of the ministry. And it is great getting to jump right in and see all the kids at the schools. We have had help from several friends here with these visits. These young guys are so cool and jump right in with teaching and playing with the kids! And the hospital prayer team has been giving it what for every week when they go in and love on those folks and pour out that contagious joy of the Lord! And man the sand volleyball court...there is a group of about 30 people that come out twice a week to play and smaller groups during the week. It is so much fun, and they sure are getting better! Not as many people kicking the ball. Haha Although this past Sunday we had several balls go over the net by kicking it with their feet and one person even hit it with his head! Haha But we are having fun and hoping that they leave experiencing true joy and Jesus' love through our examples and words of encouragement. The youth services are rocking every Saturday night! The four leaders that are leading the service are doing an amazing job! There are new youth showing up, getting visits from other youth groups, and going out to participate with other ministries and churches! Good stuff! Stay connected with all this on our Facebook page.
So Y'all please keep us in your prayers as we have two seminars planned for March! One for the pastors and another for the ladies of the churches. We are still buying and installing stoves all over the area! This is such a blessing and joy to be able to provide these stoves to so many families that need them. We also have some opportunities opening to get into some new schools on top of the ones we have already built a relationship with. This is exciting but also calls for more time and planning! Keep that in your prayers please! There are several pastors and families here that are struggling with sicknesses so we ask for y'all to pray for healing and strength as they face these hard times. And please be praying for my younger brother as he is out again on the mission field doing some pretty exciting things!
God is good! His ways of doing things never cease to amaze us! Thank y'all for being a part of what He is doing here in Guatemala and in our lives! We love and appreciate each one of you! And we are praying for y'all and the ministry God has placed in your hands as well!! Be bold and courageous! He'll take care of the rest! God bless!