Well I have to say that I really enjoyed the time with our past group. Luke McIntyre and five others with him came to build a bathroom and dig a septic hole at a church in , Chiquimula. The pastor is one of our friends and also attends the pastor seminars. There were four in the group from Killen United Methodist Church and two from St. James United Methodist Church. We had a great time together. They stayed in our house and in Mme Jo's house, the nurse that is here and also our friend. We spent five days working on the bathroom and the septic hole. They also spent one morning at a school in San Juan Ermita, Chiquimula. The group played some games with the kids at the school and also did a craft with them that taught the kids about the love of God in our lives. We had a great time at the school, and the kids loved having the group spend time with them. That time also taught the kids that God does care and love them and sent some people from very far away to tell them that. Good stuff!!
Well, digging the poop hole was not so great. It had to be 13 ft. deep!!! and 4 1/2 ft. wide. And we were digging with a pick and a shovel. Good stuff! No one could move after the third day of working. And to get the water for the concrete mix, we had to carry 5 gal. containers to the creek at the bottom of the mountain and then back up to the church. The total distance was about 7/8 of a mile. KILLER!!! Our legs felt like water after just one trip. We filled up two fifty gallon drums before it was over. And the last day that we needed water, the pastor told me that it would be better to drive up the mountain in the truck and fill up the drum in the creek that crossed the road!! I then smacked him and asked why he didn't think of that before!! Haha Joking about the smack. But they did fill up a third drum using the truck. The rest of the time was spent digging and digging....and digging some more! The group worked very hard to get it finished. Luke was gave one of the workers there a "holy kiss" one day. Then from there on out, the joke between everybody was, "I need a holy kiss!" The pastor and the other worker that was with us just laughed the whole time while looking very scared and afraid for their lives! I think they were thinking something like who are these people and they are crazy! But we laughed and had a great time while digging and digging....and digging some more! At the end, the pastor and the other man both expressed how much fun they had working with the group and how they felt like we were already close friends. The other man helping, Hector, said that this was his first time working with North Americans, and he did not expect to feel so close like brothers or have such a good time. I think he didn't expect North Americans to be so crazy. Don't worry though, between Luke and me, He got a good impression on how North Americans really are. HAHA But now the people that have to walk from a far distance to go to church will be able to rest assured that there is a bathroom to use to feel more comfortable. So praise the Lord for the group's strength and hard work for the Lord. God's name was praised! And also the pastor said he was going to find one of the guys, Eddie, a lovely, beautiful, kind Guatemalan wife for him when he comes back! Eddie was acting very nervous and strange while the pastor was explaining this to us. This pastor is one of the pastors learning English with Brandi. His favorite thing to say was, "Welcome to Guatemala. Hard Work!" Good stuff! Thanks again for y'all who were a part of the group and those who were a part of helping this group glorify God in Guatemala! God bless!!
What We Do
- Eyes Wide Open Ministries
- We are non-denominational missionaries working with pastors, churches, schools, and the local hospital in Chiquimula, Guatemala. We host training seminars for pastors, leaders, and youth from rural areas and we help supply the congregations with Biblical materials to minister to their communities. We are currently building a Ministry Center to host the events. We visit several public schools to share a Biblical story and play with the kids. We also pray in the local hospital and give out toys, toiletries, and Biblical materials. Ways to Be a Part of this Ministry: Come - We need pastors and leaders to come and teach these pastors and leaders here in Guatemala. Or you could bring a group to work in the churches or schools with construction or evangelism. Financially Support - If you would like to support this ministry, please visit our website at www.eyeswideopenministries.com to donate online or send your donation to: Killen UMC Mission P.O.Box 249 Killen, Alabama 35645 Make your checks payable to Killen UMC Missions and designate the check to Daniel McIntyre All donations are tax-deductible. Pray - Please pray we will follow God's leading in all we do.