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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.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Great Time with Morningstar Group

A group from Morningstar UMC came to serve with us for the first time the last week in June. We had a full week planned for the group and they showed up excited and ready to go! There was a little problem the day they arrived...there were protests blocking the roads to get to the capital. Praise the Lord we were able to communicate to them through facebook before they left the States that morning to warn them we would be late getting to the airport to pick them up...but we had no idea it was going to be about 6 hours late!! Bless their hearts...first time here and had to sit at the airport and wait for 6 hours not being able to communicate with us to know when or if we were going to get there. But they were troopers!! We got there and were greeted with smiles and excitement to see us, of course, and to be in Guatemala! Good stuff! But then on our way out of the capital, a very strong thunderstorm hit us as we were passing through the parts where there are mud slides! I don't know how well aware they were of the danger or that I was screaming like a girl on the inside several times b/c I was driving...another scary thing!...but God protected us and got us home safe and sound!
The next day we prepared for the week after letting them sleep a little b/c we didn't get home to midnight...but just a little! Ha! We bought all the food for the food baskets they were going to give out in the villages to the families that needed them and to also be able to invite them to know Jesus and the pastor at the local church. They also went to pray in the hospital two times while they were here. We visited three different places to hand out food and teach about the Love of Christ to the community with the pastors along side of us. They walked up and down many mountain sides to many different houses! Their church also raised money to build a few churches, so we were able to go visit one of these churches so they could pray for the community and the construction site and also pray with the pastor and the congregation! Very nice moment getting to know them and build relationships with them! The people in the church were so excited to get to know them and see the folks God was using to help build their church building.

In another village, the group was able to buy tin to put on the roof of a house for a family who was trying very hard to finish the roof before the rain ruined their mud walls. It was easy to see the damage already caused by the rain but praise God the tin was purchased and put on that same day! They were able to teach at the village school about Go's salvation plan, and the kids made the color bracelet that represented God's salvation and plan for our lives! Good stuff!We also walked this village to pray with the families and encountered a lady who had just had a miscarriage the day before and needed to get to the hospital. We were able to call the fire department to get the ambulance up there to take her to the hospital! She spent three days recovering in the hospital and a few more days with family, but she is doing very well now, praise the Lord! But that was a new experience for us all!

Another new experience...bless the group's heart!...the next day while visiting another village and praying and handing out food, Brandi calls me to tell me that she has been stung but a scorpion and is not feeling good. So we pray for her and try to finish quickly in the village to get back...but Brandi got worse fast so the fire department came and took her to the hospital to get an IV to counter act the venom and calm her down...while we are still an hour and a half away! So we get back...I go to the hospital to stay with Brandi while Nancy takes the others to the other hospital to pray and a few of the others stay with our kids to take care of them. Brandi was able to leave the hospital around 7 pm and was doing great, praise the Lord! A rough experience but turned out good to go.  

So the next day the group had the day to site see and rest after running around all week. That day went good as far as I can remember...haha. But we praise the Lord for what He did during this week! Many folks accepted Christ into the hearts, different families' living conditions were changed, and God's Word and Love was shouted and shared from the mountain tops to His people! Good stuff!! Thank you Lord!

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