This is the second time that we have provided housing and food for this team. They work out of a clinic that they started in Camotan about 2 years ago. This time they brought some workers to build some bunkbeds and do some work around the clinic beside attending to medical patients for the 4 days that they were here. Their team was made up of Dr. Joel, from Colorado, his brothers from Pennsylvania and some Guatemalans that assist. They were there to enjoy the Night of Lights with us.
This team hit the ground running and utilized every spare moment to be working on something. Their big outreach was our annual town VBS, which was a huge success! Our final count was 337 children registered and the last day had about 500 people in the ministry center; with moms, little ones, and some youth coming in to watch. The town kids really look forward to this activity and while it is a lot of work and very tiring; it is all worth it to see the children’s joy at participating in it. We had a professional clown, that we have used for years; that does a wonderful job at holding the children’s attention. After our joint time, we divided into class time, puppets, yard games and the Jesus Bingo game. The puppets were a new addition this year and the children really enjoyed them. We had a few of our local youth come along side to assist the team in overseeing the activities. The last day was our carnival day and you have no idea on how much the children get into it😊! There are blow-up inflatables, a dunk tank, face painting, food sales (780 bags of popcorn, over 600 jello bags, not sure how many 100s of freeze sticks and Kool-Aid), and a store where the children could shop. The children earned points from their attendance and also participation and they could use these points on this last day! To say that the children enjoyed the activity is a gross understatement😊! There were 100 children that invited Jesus into their hearts….”that” is why it all worthwhile!
The team also helped with filling Embrace food bags, got involved with the Embrace meetings, had their Adopt-a-Child activity, worked a little on the pastoral house construction, visited both a mountain and town church and did hospital visitation. Another big project that they were involved in was to fill the school packs for our School Sponsorship Project. They got about 4400 of the 7000 packs that we will need for the next distribution done. The team worked well together and got so much accomplished. We also found 4 new Embrace sponsors, as a result of the team members meeting a child personally, while they were here.
We enjoyed two nights in Antigua at the end, a well-deserved rest for the team before leaving Guatemala. Seven of the team went to the volcano hike, 3 got massages and we all did a tour of the surrounding area. As always, we had our team dinner followed by our “share time” where everyone could share some of their most memorable experiences and tell how it had impacted them. Our sharing time went longer than usual, with some people sharing multiple times. I love listening to people share how they have been impacted and changed by their short-term mission experience. I pray that each of them goes back to encourage others to take the step of faith to decide to participate themselves in a future trip.
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|
|Dec 15-19, 2019||Camotan Clinic||Dr. Joel Strohecker||Medical consultations|
|Jan 2-11, 2020||Tennessee||CERT/Bruce Rainwater||Medical Team|
|Jan 12-17, 2020||Camotan Clinic||Dr. Joel Strohecker||Medical consultations|
|Jan 22-Feb 1, 2020||Crossville, TN||Ed Camera||Medical Team|
|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"!