What We Do

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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.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Road Trip!!

We just got back from a visit with another one of our Casa del Alfarero church in a city called Coban. It is about four hours from Chiquimula, and it is higher in the mountains making the climate cooler and the vegetation greener. We went with our pastor to celebrate the church's four year anniversary. I played the drums and Brandi sang in the worship band. We had a great time worshiping and singing with the people in the church. We played Saturday night and Sunday morning. Last time we went, we stayed in the pastor's house their in Coban. It was a very pretty house and big so we had our own room and two beds for the kids and Brandi and me. But this time we have Uriah also so we were thinking it was going to be a little rough and crowded with the whole family, but we wanted to go anyway. Well the church in Coban paid for us to stay in a hotel this time. It was one of the most gorgeous hotels I have seen in Guatemala! It had it's antique look about it but was very comfortable, and the room had three beds. Levi and Mary Kathleen got to have their own bed and Uriah slept in a pack-n-play, and Brandi and I got our own bed. The hotel had hot water also, so we took hot showers. It got so cool that night that we were actually cold with no A/C! Awesome! So we ended up having a great time and slept very comfortably. So why say all this...I thought it was a great opportunity to praise God and thank Him for His goodness and gifts that we so do not deserve! He never ceases to amaze me and surprise us with these kind of things. And we have done nothing to deserve these things...it is just the goodness and mercies of the Lord that He pours out on us all the time! So thank you God for such an enjoyable and relaxing time in Coban where we were also privileged with the opportunity to lead worship with Your people there! God is GREAT!!! 

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Unworthy servant

I was reading my Bible today in Luke 17 when I received a revelation from God that humbled me and reminded me of certain things in my life that I need to keep in focus. Jesus came to serve and DIE for us!! So no one can say that He is not fair or that He demands too much! He gave ALL!! For you and me! So with that being said I saw another side of who God is in this chapter. Jesus was more speaking to those with self and spiritual pride issues within themselves. But we must allow Jesus to examine our heart to discover if these things are inside of us as well. And as you read the verses try to imagine that the men and the servant is you in your today job or serving in the church or your ministry. This opened my eyes and made me want to cry! But it's simple! 
In verses 11-18, Jesus heals 10 men with leprosy while they were on their way to the priests to present themselves and begin the ritual of those who have been cleansed. Only one returns singing and shouting praises to God and falls at Jesus' feet to say thank you. Jesus was amazed that only one had come back after all had been healed. Jesus was astonished at how the other 9 had acted after He did something wonderful in their lives...as if nothing had happened and they went on with their lives. Kind of makes me thing..."Finally got what we needed, now let's go." or "It's about time...been praying about that for a while, now let's go on." How sad!! How many times do we do this very same thing? And amaze our God at how we act. The very gift of Salvation should put us at the level of that one man who came back shouting and singing praises to God!! Everyday!! Not just at that moment or week that we receive salvation! And then the countless acts of kindness and mercy throughout our lives should keep that fire going in our spirit to shout and sing praises everyday!! And how often do I find MYSELF complaining or thinking that's not fair? Or this is too hard. It stinks!!! Stinks bad!! Then we read in verses 7-10 in that same chapter and find the same idea taught there. If we are serving God as His servants, then why do we at times think this is not fair or man I deserve something better than this after all I have done! Here Jesus teaches that we are serving the King and Master! We have done nothing to deserve this privilege but His gift allows us to be able to serve Him. Jesus says in verse 10, "So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty'." And what do we normally say or think?? Huh?? I know many times that is not my response. Sometimes I act and talk like I deserve better after all I've done or given. How foolish and destructive that is to me. The very fact that I am allowed to serve Him...many times by serving others...is a privilege and a great honor for me. I want to cry at how often I have treated my Master and God after I have completed the tasks He has allowed me to do. But if we take on this spirit and this attitude...which is all of what Jesus was on Earth...we then put ourselves in the position where God can teach us more about Himself and who He is. And then become more like Him! Another Wow! So I am re-focusing today on how I can serve better and serve with this attitude and heart! I want to shout and sing about the goodness of God in Guatemala! And at the end of the day thank God for the privilege of serving Him and serving others. Because I also know that my Master loves me and desires to be with me intimately! How wonderful and amazing that is! I am an unworthy servant!! Only doing my duty!!  There you go....

Monday, August 20, 2012

Visitors from the church on the rock

This past week was my birthday, the 12th, and Brandi's birthday, the 17th, and this week is Mary Kathleen's birthday, the 21st. Our friends from the church on the rock came to our house Sunday the 12th to celebrate with us our birthdays and spend some time together. But something unexpected happened that morning at church with Brandi. She had to leave church and go to the hospital to get some oxygen and an anti-inflammatory shot because her throat was swelling up and she was loosing the ability to speak and move her arms and legs. I know...you're probably thinking what a break for the husband but this was more serious so we can't go there. I did mention that though while in the ER and got a smile from Brandi. I know....but we'll keep going with the story. Despite all that was happening the church insisted on coming to our house and celebrating with us because they had already rented a bus, prepared the food, and bought a cake. And these people do not have money and work to make it day to day. So we couldn't say no even though we were overwhelmed and thought it best not to. But look what a good time we had with them! They fed us some delicious food and an amazing cake! They were not anything overwhelming but very relaxing and encouraging to us all! We had the best time laughing and listening to words of encouragement from all of them. The kids were playing with the other kids from the church...I don't remember seeing Uriah the whole time because the ladies from the church were passing him around and adoring him the whole time! And Uriah loves it!! We only had to get the oxygen tank out once for Brandi and after two more tranquilizers, she was good. HAHA Just joking!! Brandi sat and enjoyed the company and was encouraged! I KNOW that what we thought was too much and overwhelming God had already lined it up to be ready to encourage us and strengthen us before we even knew we were going to need it!! God is so good!! So we are very thankful for our friends and church family from Salfate and really don't know how it would have ended up if they had not come and loved on us! There you go...


Monday, August 13, 2012

Youth Group in August

Well my brother-in-law, Casey Jay McBay, (and yes...he is a guy, name can confuse you) came this past week with some folks from his youth group from St. James United Methodist Church. We had the best time with them. And a little surprise showed up with them...my mother-in-law. I know a lot of y'all are thinking...oh man! That was probably rough! Mother-in-law! But Kathy and I are different. We got the best relationship. She looks up to me so much and admires me! Hahaha But it really was a great surprise! Brandi was holding Uriah at the time she saw Kathy when we got home from the airport and screamed so loud that it scared Uriah, and he cried for a while. And Maw Maw had a wonderful time with the grand kids.
Family that received the floor
The guys in the group ended up putting on two roofs and laid a concrete tile floor. They bought and put on a roof on the house of a church leader who comes to our seminars. The girls also helped with this roof. The house owner was very grateful and fed the group lunch, which was huge for someone who only eats eggs, beans, and tortillas! The other house with the floor was with Pastor Carlos and the church on the rock. This was definitely a God story with this floor. The family at this house has a child that has a skin condition. If he gets bit by an insect, it always gets infected and causes problems. Well now that they were able to replace the dirt floor with a concrete tile floor, the bugs will not be in the house now. The family shared how God provided a solution to this problem when the group came and put the floor down for them. The girls came one day and helped get the grout down in the tiles. This family also sacrificed a lot by giving a delicious lunch to the group. The guys also worked along with Josh Byrd in putting on a roof for a family in the same village with Pastor Carlos. This family had a cardboard box/nylon roof over their kitchen area outside the house that leaked badly. Josh's ministry paid to get the materials for the roof and Casey's group added a little financial help also and the physical labor to put it on for the family.
Kids playing with their toys at the hospital
Brandi and the girls in the group visited two schools and an orphanage, playing games and singing songs with the kids. They also did a short Bible story with the kids. The kids loved it and danced and played hard with the girls. The guys were also able to go to the orphanage with the girls. The girls also visited the government hospital two times here in Chiquimula to pray and give toys to the babies and kids. They split into groups to have the opportunity to pray for everyone there. Each person was able to pray for the babies and kids.
praying and giving toys
Dance time at San Juan school

Nancy and Ashley - thank you Ashley for coming!!
Because the group was also family, we took a day to spend time together and went to a pool and to see a movie here in Chiquimula. We had cake to celebrate our birthdays and was able to sit around and play cards and talk. It was very refreshing to spend time with friends and family. Ashley Grissom left us with this group also. She had been here since May 29 with Luke's group. We really miss her and enjoyed having her stay with us! But I can tell you one thing...I ain't use to or ready to have a teenage daughter!! All the boys coming to see her and staying out late and having to go pick her up! I was hit with that reality too fast. The dating age of Mary Kathleen just went from 30 to 40 years old!! Boys!! I'll take care of them all one way or another!
Bible time at the orphanage
Now...back to the group. We want to thank each one of you in the group for coming and helping the people in Guatemala and spending time with us! It means a lot to us that you gave so much and had such an awesome attitude and heart while here! Brandi did surprisingly good when we took them back to the airport. She only cried a little and seemed fine afterwards. But it was only a front!! I had to put her to sleep the next morning after I caught her sneaking out of the house with the kids, plane tickets in hand! She's ok though ...she was only unconscious for a few minutes and it was to only calm her down. After I got back from dropping Levi off at school I was able to untie her from the bed and let her walk around again. LOL! Cracking myself up! But don't kid yourself! You never know...but anyways! Thank y'all and keep us in your prayers!! God bless!!!