We have mentioned in an email about the music lessons that the Lord has opened up a door to start in the church on the Rock in Salfate village, and we wanted to post pictures. We will complete one month of lessons this week, and Bryan, Ruben, and Brandon (some GREAT guys from the church we attend in the city, Casa del Alfarero) are teaching about 10 students how to play the guitar and/or the piano. We are so impressed with how fast these students are learning. We hope to continue this ministry next year and grow and move into other village churches as well and teach those interested in serving the Lord in worship through playing an instrument.
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.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
We have been blessed to be able to work with pastors from all over Guatemala. The seminars are mainly for pastors who are located in rural areas and in the villages. These pastors do not have the opportunities to go to school to study the Bible or get their Bible degrees from the Biblical Institutions here because they do not have the money to pay for these things. So we felt led by God to start giving classes and seminars to help educate and equip these pastors with the material and resources to grow and understand more about the Bible and what it is to be called as a pastor. Praise the Lord, the ministry has now worked with these amazing pastors and leaders for two years now. We feel we have a good relationship with these guys and have come to know them personally. The Lord placed it on Brandi's heart to work with their wives and other female leaders with the same mission to equip and train them as they have the opportunities to work in the church and in God's leading in their communities. The ministry also has worked with some of their youth by giving some seminars to them as well. Well, now we felt lead to work with the pastoral couples and the leaders as husband and wife. They never get a chance to be alone or go on dates or special events alone, and they are working and living from day to day so those special times to get away aren't a part of their culture or understanding. Even during the seminar at the lunch break, we gave them a very special meal and a table by themselves to spend time one on one, and I had to tell several of them to stop organizing their next outreach or talking about their ministries with their other buddies and spend time with their wife! They looked at me like...are you crazy for interrupting me! I'm talking and organizing things for the Lord! I thought some of them were going to get ugly with me when I escorted them back to their table with their wife. Haha We invited two leaders from our church in Chiquimula, Carlos and Zuly, to come and teach the couples. We had been to a couples retreat with our church together and the material we received was amazing so we asked them to do the same with the couples in this seminar. It went excellent and everyone had a great time. We were laughing and then some times they we crying. We had the opportunity to pray for each of them and see God work in their relationship as husband and wife and a family. We also had a photographer come in and take pictures of each couple. She then made a very pretty picture with graphic designs on the edges so that the couples could take it home. These couples are so humble and sweet. Some of them were embarrassed to look at their picture with their spouse. And of course...I had some fun with that by making a big deal about how beautiful they looked and how wonderful their house was going to look now with their picture on the wall. So we give glory and praise to God for being present in this couple seminar and for teaching the couples and restoring their relationship and marriage. Keep them in your prayers please! Thank you for your prayers for these seminars and God's ministry in Guatemala! God bless!!