Hey there good people of the Lord! We are thankful for your emails and prayers that we receive and feel everyday and throughout this past month of May. God is so faithful and continues to lead us and encourage us to stay the course and finish the race and complete the task He has given us to share the Gospel of God's grace to the people in Guatemala. Although at many times I don't feel like sharing anything or don't have a desire to continue, I have to go back and remember that I consider my life worth nothing but to do this for God, who is more than worthy and deserves all I am and all I can give. I was reading that scripture in Acts 20:24 and was strengthened and reminded of this truth. And this truth applies no matter where you are and what the calling you have received, give it all you got and watch the mighty hand of God bring glory to His name! Good stuff to experience. Ok...got a little carried away there.
We had a great month of May. The everyday scheduled things are still going good. We have the men's ministry in the village in Camotan that is still growing in the knowledge of God and as well as in numbers. There are around 32 men that come every Monday. A leader from our church in Chiquimula is leading the study, and the men love it. We were able to buy all the men a pair of boots from a donation from Alabama and another from Kentucky. The men were very excited and happy to have new boots to wear to work! We still celebrate the birthdays once a month and have a good time of fellowship after every Bible study. So keep the men there in your prayers and the leadership as well.
I also go with Mme Jo to Salfate where we are building the church, and I help translate for her clinic she has there. The people never stop expressing how her clinic has changed lives and improved their health conditions in a huge way. It is great to be able to be a part of that with Mme Jo, but she is getting to that point where she doesn't need much help with the interpreting. I have not been able to go with her for the past two weeks and only receive a few calls to help her with some difficult translation. Mme Jo and I also take people to the hospital that need more attention than is available. It is wonderful to be able to help them in this way because many of them have never been to the hospital and do not know what to do or where to go. So being there with them helps them feel better and helps them get the help they need. I also was able to help Pastor Carlos more with the construction on the church in Salfate. He is still working so hard to finish the church and have a place of worship for his congregation. It still is amazing to see someone so committed to serving and accomplishing things for the Lord! Keep him in your prayers as well.
We also had the pastor seminar training with Bryan McIntyre, A.K.A. Bone Daddy, which we have already sent out an update on, but to add to that I want to say again that God opened minds and planted His Word in many hearts and minds. The pastors left very excited and all asking when the next training seminar would take place. We are very excited and keep asking God to provide for these pastors and the training they are so hungry to receive. And other ministries have opened as a result of these training seminars. Brandi now teaches English to many of the men and I have been invited to visit their churches and the revival meetings that they have every month. We can see friendships developing and opportunities opening to work more with these villages and pastors.
We also have opened another area of the ministry here with youth in different schools. We feel like this was straight from God because we were not looking for this and did nothing to open the doors to work with the youth. We had some people come to us and ask if we would be interested in going to different schools and doing a small program or simply speak to the kids. The directors of the schools are saying that the kids are beginning to steal and break into houses. They are buying plastic guns and carrying them around like they are real. This is not unusual to see in Guatemala. Much like the crime in the States, youth that have no parents or homes are being picked out by the gangs and drug dealers to be a part of their group and used by them to do their work. Other youth are getting pregnant and having many abortions. And some are simply living on their own and are having to provide for themselves as if they were adults working and going to school to survive. So we have already visited one of these schools twice and another once. We have permission from the directors to go two times a month and have an hour to work with the kids. So we are going to have a lot of fun and, Lord willing, have a large group of youth to minister to and speak with. We both love working with kids. I feel like I can relate to them more because I am so immature. Haha. So pray often with us about this opportunity and ministry that can change many of the youth's lives. Nancy, our assistant and friend, has already put together and performed a very powerful and funny drama at one of the schools and two of the students accepted Jesus into their hearts! Praise the Lord! So we will be organizing with Nancy more programs and lessons for the students in these schools. We are very blessed to have Nancy working with us in this ministry. She is already involved with the kids ministry in our church so we are blessed and thankful to have her with us.
Now I'm sure you have already picked up that we are coming back to Guatemala. We have heard the leading of the Holy Spirit and direction to continue ministering here. We feel many things with that decision, to be honest. But we are still willing and ready to be used here to give glory to God through our lives and actions. We have the pastor seminar training that we will come back to continue, finishing the construction of churches and building new ones through the leading of God, ministering to the youth in the schools, and helping other ministries and working in whatever God opens up for us to do. With this being said, God also told us to move into a mission house here that is bigger and can be used to host the pastor training events and have small groups from the States stay with us rather than in a hotel. I did not believe it would be possible to get this house but God proved me wrong! Imagine that. I actually thought that it was impossible and ridiculous to even call about it. But later God worked everything out to His plans. Again...don't know why I get in the way or think sometimes rather than simply obey. We are happy and nervous at the same time. Bigger house means more rent and more electricity. But like I said, God is in control and has already planned this out for us in advance as to how we will stay there and use this house for His glory and the purposes He has for the house. We will be spending $225 more a month on rent to have this house and the extra utilities when the seminar training is hosted there. Using bunk beds, we can have 14 people stay in the rooms and we have three bathrooms available to these rooms for the 14 people. Three out of the four rooms will have A/C and, Lord willing, wireless internet will be available to the groups. We are taking this a little at a time, so for now that is what we are offering with the house. So this is a bigger step for us and the ministry which will require more prayer from each of you! Not just for the financial means but for our sanity at times and our strength to do this. It can be a little overwhelming at times to have groups stay at your house. It was really rough having my dad stay with us this past month! Hahaha Just joking Bones. Don't get all sensitive. And another little news is, Brandi is pregnant! So another little wonderful, precious, adorable, blessing, good looking McIntyre will be coming into the world! LOL We are excited and looking forward to being blessed with another member to our family! So guys...you can relate...pregnant wife, new born baby, new business or with me a new ministry....getting the picture!? Prayer!! Prayer!! Prayer!! Got to have it. (Don't know if that will be edited out by my wonderful wife or not.) But seriously, we have a lot of decisions and work ahead of us so please keep us in your prayers and thoughts! We greatly appreciate every one of you and know that without God using His entire body of believers, this ministry would be impossible! So thank you and feel free to ask us any questions.
We will be returning to the States on June 22nd and staying for about three to four weeks. I will attempt to have a meeting with some pastors about planning the next training seminars. If anyone wants to meet or has questions while we are there, call my parents, Bryan and Mary Cron McIntyre, at Killen United Methodist Church and they can help you get in contact with us while we're there. We love y'all and hope to see many of you in a week or so and hear from the rest of you through email. God bless!!! Remember Acts 20:24 with me!! Bye!
In the next couple of days, we will be sending a full update and pictures of the construction group that just left and of the work they completed. :) We had a lot of fun, and they were able to finish a much needed bathroom and septic tank for a church in a village! :) Thanks y'all!!!!!
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.