Saturday, December 27, 2008

Pastor's Conf. in Sayaxche'

We left Friday morning heading three hours north to the town of Sayaxche' for a Pastor's Conf.
We arrived in time to check-in to our motel, eat a bite of lunch, and head to the afternoon session. We stayed at the Guayacan. Many of you are probably familiar with that motel. It overlooks the Passion River. I packed us a picnic lunch and we sat on the patio overlooking the river and ate. It was nice.
Other views of the river-
We then headed to the meeting. Each of our six K'ekchi' regions were holding conferences to collect the annual Christmas offering (their equivalent to our Lottie Moon). Each Baptist church has a service on Christmas Eve and during that service they take up their offering. Each family brings what they are going to give for the year. This offering is what helps support our 14 K'ekchi' missionaries with a monthly stipend. During the Pastor's Conf. each pastor turns in what his church gave for the offering. The Sayaxche'/ Peten region supports 4 national missionaries. Each of them had a time to share about their work over the past year. We particularly enjoyed this part of the meeting since our job is specifically to work alongside each of these national missionaries.
That night we had a worship/ celebration service. It was a great time of rejoicing for what the Lord has done and looking forward to what He is going to do in 2009.
The Peten Association has a large marimba and we always enjoy watching and hearing the men play it.

Here is a video of one of the songs we sang-

The meetings ended about 8:30 and we returned to the motel. We enjoyed sitting outside watching the ferry go back and forth with the vehicles. The road north ends in Sayaxche' and you have to cross on the ferry to keep going. It is so nice and peaceful sitting out there at night.

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