Kim Slowinski brought a team, sponsored under Servant Ministries. Last minute health issues kept two members from coming so there was only 4 women that made up this team plus Rita (one of our longer-term guest) was here to lend a hand. The team assisted with the Embrace program, visited the recuperation for malnourished children in Jocotan, had three movie nights in the new Camotan church, visited the government hospital, had a pastors’ seminar for our pastors and their wives, held 3 afternoons of a VBS in the mountain village of Agua Zarca, went to a mountain school, had an Adopt-a-Child activity and did some general work projects. They had a busy schedule and accomplished a lot with such a small team. Most of Kim’s team are miscellaneous forms of doing outreach; her next team is scheduled for July and she needs participants. Let us know if you would like information about connecting with her next outreach. Being exposed to so many different aspects of how Servant Ministries works is a good way to understand a lot about what the ministry is involved in and a wonderful experience, especially for first-timers!
Sometimes it takes multiple years to see your purpose in life or it can happen in a 10 day short-term mission trip. Servant Ministries has opened my eyes to experience love and relationships with people whom I don't speak their language. Returning to Guatemala annually (specifically Camotan with various teams) has grown my love and compassion for God’s people throughout the world. Nancy Sheldon understands the necessity of building relationships with people. My favorite experience is traveling high into the mountains to visit schools and the children that Servant Ministries supports with school supplies. Playing with them, blowing bubbles, giving stickers, making balloon animals and simply giving a smile has let me to see my purpose . . . to love ALL of God’s children and be joy-filled with the moment, not the stuff. God does have a plan for everyone - but we need to hear His soft whisper amongst life to walk toward our purpose. I highly recommend praying about joining a team and investing 10 days to give to others and grow yourself through Servant Ministries in Guatemala. -Karen Palka
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 2016 or 2017? 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|
|Nov 9-19, 2017||Brown City, MI||Shane Hunter||VBS and misc. activities|
|Nov 23-Dec 2, 2017||AVAILABLE|
|Jan 4-13, 2018||Canton, MI||Friendship United Methodist Church||Misc activities|
|Jan 17-27, 2018||Crossville, TN||Doug and Sandi Reid||Medical|
|Feb 1-10, 2018||Servant Ministries||Kim Slowinski||SSP school pack distribution and Misc Projects|
|Feb 15-24, 2018||AVAILABLE|
|Jun 21-30, 2018||AVAILABLE|
|Jul 12-21, 2018||Crossville, TN||Ed Camera/Youth Group||Misc activities|
|Jul 26 - Aug 4, 2018||AVAILABLE|
|Aug 9-18, 2018||AVAILABLE|
|Oct 18-26, 2018||AVAILABLE|
|Nov1-10, 2018||CERT (Crossville, TN)||Medical/Dental|
|Nov 15-24, 2018||Graford, TX||James Turner||VBS and misc. activities|
|Jan 3-12, 2019||Chattanooga, TN||Jon & Kristina Manley||Medical|
|Jan 17-26, 2019||Crossville, TN||Medical|
|Jan 31 - Feb 9, 2019||AVAILABLE||SSP annual school pack distribution|
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"!
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