A group came from Georgia and Michigan to mostly focus on the pastor’s house in Camotan. They installed drop ceiling in all of the house, did a lot of painting inside and outside of the house and touched up areas on the church that needed sprucing up. They hung the doors and did some electrical work. They gave a special offering that allowed us to buy living room furniture, a dining room set and a bed for the pastor’s son. The house is looking so nice. We had a time to pray with the pastor’s family the last day and to bless the house; it was a touching time for everyone they shared their hearts.
The team also did hospital visitation, covered the last four schools that we had to distribute school packs to, did an Adopt-a-Child activity, attended the Camotan church where one of the team members preached, helped weigh beans and fill vitamin bags for Embrace and had their R&R. It was the first time that we had an entire family come to participate, with the youngest being only 6 years old. The kids did great and joined in on whatever was going on. What an experience to have at such a young age! It was a team that worked very well together and they got a lot done!
Both of these couples had extended stays this year. For Doug and Sandi, it was the third time to have an extended stay and there is already talk of the “next time”. They were here for almost two full months, participated with 3 different teams and kept their time filled in-between with helping out where needed. For Kent and Robin, it was their first time to extend a stay…but I don’t think their last! They have been part of the Crossville Medical Team a number of times but this was the first time to send off the team and then stay behind. They participated with the School Sponsorship team and really enjoyed it. They are already talking about bringing a team down from their church in the future. These two couples had served on teams together before but having the extended stays together helped their friendships to deepen, as they enjoyed serving together. I enjoyed having both couples down and I’m sure that they have many stories to tell. These “extended visits” can be very fulfilling and I extend an invitation to others to “try it”😊!
Curtis is from Friendship Church in Canton, Michigan and has been here a number of times. He recently began his retirement and it started by coming down to be part of the School Sponsorship team but then to extend his stay as well. He stayed behind to wait for the construction team that came the end of the month to finish the pastoral house in Camotan. He jumped in and lent a hand where ever there was a need. It was a pleasure to have him come and extend his stay and be able to serve in a number of ways.
Are you interested in bringing a team down in 2020, 2021 or 2022? 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 19-28, 2020||Canton, MI||Friendship Church||VBS|
|Jan 6-16, 2021||Chattanooga, TN||Jon and Kristina Manley||Medical clinics|
|Jan 21-28, 2021||Tennessee||Linus Vaughn||Pastors' Retreat and Church seminars|
|Feb 11-20, 2021||Hillsdale, MI||Chasity Pietrzak/House of Refuge Church||SSP Team|
|Feb 25 - Mar 6, 2021||Fort Gratiot, MI||Kim Slowinski||Women's Conference and Misc. Activities|
|Jun 17-26, 2021||AVAILABLE|
|Jul 8-17, 2021||AVAILABLE|
|Oct 9-16, 2021||U.S.||Glacom Radios/Tom Blackstone||Handing out solar radios & experiencing Mayan culture|
|Oct 21-31, 2021||CERT Internatioanl||CERT International/Bruce Rainwater||Medical Clinics|
|Nov 11-20, 2021||Georgia/Michigan||Curtis Boston||Annual town VBS and misc. activities|
|Dec 2-11, 2021||AVAILABLE|
|January 6-15, 2022||AVAILABLE|
|January 20-29, 2022||Crossville, TN||Ed Camera||Medical clinics|
|February 10-19, 2022||Fort Gratiot, MI||Kim Slowinski||SSP distribution and misc. activities|
|Feb 24 - Mar 5, 2022||Rocky Top, TN||Main Street Baptist Church/Kent & Robin Barber||Misccellaneous Activities|
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"!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and let others be blessed through your experience!