We had a team of 11 people who went out to serve in medical clinics. They had a half day in Jocotan; serving with a senior citizen group called “My Golden Years”. They had two days at our church in the village of Tunuco; this is the church that was just built last March. They also had two days in the village of Lantiquin; a group that we are raising up under the Camotan church. We hope that this village will be where we can plant a future church and that the clinic was a positive outreach to the people in this village. The Cert team reaches out to provide medical care; but their biggest focus is on providing spiritual care. They saw a total of about 400 patients and they saw 73 people give their lives to the Lord. There was personal ministry that took place to every patient and most patients were prayed for multiple times. They did a home visit with the pastor in Tunuco to see a young 17- year old girl that was bedridden with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. They prayed fervently for her and gave her a medicine to help relieve her pain. A local doctor that works with us sent her a med to use that has worked well for her and has reduced her pain considerably. We are looking to take her for a doctor consultation with some contact info that we have; someone from the team left funds to help accomplish that. A couple of the team members also went to do some prison ministry while they were here. This team definitely impacted the lives of many and worked together so well as they clearly showed God’s love to the people that crossed their paths.
Doug and Sandi are retired school teachers and have come for the second time to do an extended stay in Guatemala. Doug and Sandi work with our Embrace program, from the US side, and jump in to get involved in the day-to-day operation from this end. They also are helping to get the school packs that we still need to put together for our distribution in February. They enjoy going out to the schools and seeing these important supplies put into the hands of so many children; more so because they worked in the area of education for so many years. This extended stay is allowing them to meet all three medical teams that we are hosting for January and to actually go out with two of those teams for their clinic outreach. They will also be going out with the School Sponsorship team that comes in February and are keeping busy in-between all of the team activity that we have this year. They are a blessing to have down and we appreciate all of their labors!
We had a group of 10 come in January. This is the same doctor, from Colorado, that has brought people in both November and December. Whereas they have been working at their clinic in Camotan; this time they sent the majority of their team out to mountain villages each day and they saw good results. They worked in conjunction with the local health departments and schools in the area, to provide the people that passed through their clinic days. They were here for 5 nights. They will be bringing another team in March. I provide housing and food for this team but they have their own agenda and activities that they carry out. But I share meals with them and have a chance to get to know them a bit.
A team of 26 people made up this medical team that has been coming to serve under Servant Ministries for 23 years. I think they have only missed three of those years. They come from different states but most are from Tennessee. Since their team goes into the beginning of February, we will report on their outreaches for next month’s updates.
Have you been on a short term trip to Guatemala in the last year or so?????? Write us and tell us how it impacted your life and how you enjoyed it! We would like to start a new area that shares these “testimonies” with others in the hopes of motivating them to come on a team. You first timers can identify with the fact that you just “don’t know what you are getting into” and there are always a lot of questions. You can also share how it really turned out and what kind of an experience it was for you. I know that these short term trips can absolutely change people’s lives! Will you help us to encourage others to take the step to have this experience????? Send your testimony to email@example.com and let others be blessed through your experience!
Are you interested in bringing a team down in 2020 or 2021? The below chart shows the team(s) already scheduled and dates that are still available. If you are interested in bringing a team to fill one of the available time periods contact us.
|DATES||TEAM FROM||PERSON/GROUP||ACTIVITIES PLANNED|
|Feb 6-15, 2020||Michigan||Kim Slowinski||SSP Team|
|Feb 27-Mar 7, 2020||Georgia/Michigan||Dan Thaxton||Construction of Pastor's House in Camotan|
|Mar 25-31, 2020||Nancy Young/Nancy Sheldon||Women's Conference (in Cuba)|
|Jun 11-20, 2020||AVAILABLE|
|Jun 25-Jul4, 2020||AVAILABLE|
|Jul 9-18, 2020||Canton, MI||Friendship Church||Youth team/Misc. activities|
|Oct 17-24, 2020||Galcom Radios/ Tom Blackstone||Handing out solar radios and experiencing Mayan culture|
|Nov 5-12, 2020||Linus Vaughn||Pastors' Retreat and Church seminars|
|Nov 19-28, 2020||Canton, MI||Friendship Church||VBS|
|Jan 6-16, 2021||Chattanooga, TN||Jon and Kristina Manley||Medical clinics|
|Jan 20-30, 2021||Crossville, TN||Medical clinics|
|Feb 11-20, 2021||Hillsdale, MI||Chasity Pietrzak/House of Refuge Church||SSP Team|
|Feb 25 - Mar 6, 2021||Kim Slowinski||Women's Conference and Misc. Activities|
|Mar 18-27, 2021||AVAILABLE|
|Jun 17-26, 2021||AVAILABLE|
|Jul 8-17, 2021||AVAILABLE|
|Oct 28-Nov 6, 2021||AVAILABLE|
|Nov 11-20, 2021||AVAILABLE||Annual town VBS and misc. activities|
|Dec 2-11, 2021||AVAILABLE|
I have been communicating with a few more groups that haven't set their dates yet, but want to encourage you to get your time slot set aside. These short term trips can impact their participants in a dramatic way. Take advantage of exposing your people to an opportunity to "experience missions"!