Well, we went back to our first school this past Friday. I had such a great time with the boys. We played a game with them and then I spoke to them on "How to treat others." The teacher told me that they are starting to fight a lot and hit each other. So I taught them on the love of God and the command that God gives us to love. At the end, they were able to repeat to me that if we do not obey God's Word, then we do not know God. And if we do not love others, then we can't love God. Some of the boys started pointing out other "bullies" in the classroom saying, "He is a liar and does not love God!" Hahaha I thought, "Oh my! I hope this kid doesn't pound him later for saying that." But I had fun with the boys. I also learned that slapping a guy on the backside here does not mean that you are a big tough athletic jock like it does in the States...I won't be doing that anymore. Josh, who is a missionary living here now with his wife Jessica, came and helped me at the school also. He is like 6'3 and all the kids were talking about how tall he is. Many are calling him Goliath! Haha
Then we went to our second school in San Juan yesterday, and it was a little tougher crowd! Nancy, who works with us in the ministry, and I taught on the same subject, and we played games and had a great time, but these students seem to really be struggling more with stealing, fighting, and disrespect. I actually had one 8 year old boy yell out while I was speaking that I didn't know how it was here because I am a gringo and live in the States. He also kept yelling out the wrong answers and being a distraction throughout the entire lesson. I thought about using some of my police moves on him, but I decided to minister to him instead. Good choice I thought. Anyway, after Nancy and I told him that I had lived in Guatemala for a while and after telling him that one day he was going to get the snot beat out of him, he at least kept quiet so the others could listen. Please pray for these kids in the public schools. We have had several people tell us that many of them, like in the States, live with just their moms or with grandparents. The problem is though, the government does not support families like this like they do there. Many of the children are working by the time they are 6 years old, and because of this, they are put in great danger. One child that was selling candy in one of the communities here was stolen and murdered just a couple of weeks ago. So, to tell you the truth, I probably do not have a clue what these kids go through. Please pray that God will use us in the way He wants to minister to these kids and pray that our eyes will stay open to how we can help them in every way we can.
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.