Our initially scheduled team from New Jerusalem Church in Cement City, MI had to cancel their team but they did send funds to help with the main project that they had planned to do and we appreciate that so much. Friendship Church came up with a small team that came down to do the labor to cover these projects. They worked 2 days in the village of La Puente putting a new roof on the pastor’s house and painting it both inside and outside. It was quite the transformation and the pastor was very happy! The team also did a Samaritan Project in the village of Matazano, had their Adopt-a-Child activity, and gave another push to the painting on the house next door to the ministry center. A couple came that did not go out to the villages but helped with a multitude of projects around the ministry; including preparing the tickets and patient sheets for the next upcoming medical team, filling the school packs that were lacking, filling vitamin bags for Embrace, sorting the team bags with ministry supplies that they had transported and anything else that came up that needed some extra hands to get done. They went to the Jocotan market, church in Camotan, hiked to the waterfall and had their 2-day R&R in Antigua with some new places that we tried out. It was a very helpful team that were willing to do whatever was needed and with some new first time faces to become acquainted with what Servant Ministries is doing.
This marked 25 years of what we refer to as the “Crossville Medical Team” coming to Guatemala to do medical missions. It has brought a huge amount of people over the years from Crossville and surrounding areas, from multiple churches and being invited by past participants. Many have returned many times and have built deep relationships; both with the communities that they served in as well as with Servant Ministries.
This was a particular special team that touched my heart deeply. We started out with a team of 17 but lost 3 early on when the new rules were put into place to required full vaccination to enter into Guatemala. At the very last minute, we lost 6 more due to positive pre-trip testing for COVID. What remained was 8 people, less than half of the original team but what they lacked in number was made up for in tenacity and determination. They held 6 different clinics (4 full day clinics and 2 half day clinics) and saw over 1300 patients. They even provided ambulance service in two cases that was the timing of God to have them be there to assist in both cases. I saw so many go beyond the call of duty and they were a pleasure to watch. We had about half of the team who had been here, many multiple times and then the other half as first-timers. They worked together very well and all but one has committed to coming back again next year. They got to experience the Jocotan market, attend the Camotan church and had a great time in Antigua for their R&R, doing some “new things”. They worked hard and praise God that He kept them all safe and healthy to be able to return home with their bodies tired but their hearts very full! Good job team!
Are you interested in bringing a team down in 2022 or 2023? 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 or to add on dates further out, please contact us.
|DATES||TEAM FROM||PERSON/GROUP||ACTIVITIES PLANNED|
|Aug 14-18, 2022||Camotan Clinic Team||Medical Clinic|
|Oct 9-14, 2022||Camotan Clinic Team||Medical Clinic|
|Nov 3-12, 2022||Monroe, GA||Lighthouse World Outreach Center/
Leader: Raymond Hardy
|Church construction, marriage seminar, and misc activities|
|Nov 17-26, 2022||Canton, MI||Friendship Church/Cindy Fader/Scott Petersen||VBS, preparing school packs, and misc activities|
|Dec 8-17, 2022||AVAILABLE|
|Dec 11-16||Camotan Clinic Team||Medical Clinic|
|Jan 5-14, 2023||Crossville, TN||Ed Camera||Medical Clinics|
|Jan 19-28, 2023||Crossville, TN||Ed Camera||Medical Clinics|
|Feb 9-18, 2023||Kim Slowinski/Servant Ministries||Women's Conference, hand out school packs, and misc activities|
|Feb 23-Mar 4, 2023||Canton, MI||Friendship Church||School Sponsorhsip Program|
|Mar 18-23, 2023||Nancy Sheldon||Trip to Cuba to do a Women's Conference|
|Jun 29 - Jul 8, 2023||AVAILABLE|
|Oct 19-28. 2023||AVAILABLE|
|Nov 2-9, 2023||Renee Clayton||Annual Pastors Retreat|
|Nov 16-25, 2023||AVAILABLE||VBS & Misc Activities|
|Dec 7-16, 2023||AVAILABLE|
|Jan 4-13, 2024||Crossville, TN||Crossville Medical Team/Ed Camera||Medical Clinics|
|Jan 18-27, 2024||Medical Clinics|
|Feb 8-17, 2024||AVAILABLE||School Distribution & misc. projects|
|Feb 22 - Mar 2, 2024||Sebring, Florida||Bob & Maureen Baker/Spring Lake UMC||School Distribution for SSP & construction|
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 email@example.com and let others be blessed through your experience!