Greetings from Guatemala! Happy New Year everyone! We enjoyed a quiet little family Christmas and New Year's celebration at our home in Chiquimula. December is our slowest month of the year so it was nice to have a little extra rest and family time together. We took two weeks off from homeschool and it was a refreshing break. We are looking forward to getting things back up and going this week.
David has continued to lead Bible study in Nearar each Sunday. Several days last month he went visiting with some of his Bible study group to some neighboring areas. One morning they led Bible study in the village of Enoja. Nearar is an hour drive from our house. From there it is a two hour hike straight up the mountain to reach that village. While there they met a man who is blind and carries a wooden cane around to fight off the evil spirits that he says torments him day and night. Would you pray for this man? What a terrible way to go through life.
We also led two Bible studies in the village of Muyurco and attended a service in Porto Suelo. We were excited about getting our Bible study in the village of Lagunetas back going. We had 35 kids show up on our first week back. That is the most we have ever had there. Praise the Lord for all of these opportunities to share God's Word even on what we considered a slow month. You can be praying for us this week as we have three upcoming Bible study times planned. We will be in Muyurco on Thursday, Lagunetas on Saturday, and Nearar next Sunday morning.
Our first team of the year arrives later this month. We will be hosting a group from First Baptist Church, Mount Pleasant, SC. They will be here January 24-30 to work alongside us in the villages of Chanco and Corral de Piedras. Would you please pray for a great week and for God's blessings on us as we serve together?
We have been encouraged to hear how many of your churches have exceeded their goals for giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering this year. How exciting! Thank you for giving to support missions. Because you give, we can go. If you have not had an opportunity to give and would like to it's not too late. You can click HERE to give online. 100% of your gift through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering supports missionaries and their work.
We are excited about the new year and looking forward to seeing how the Lord is going to work in our area this year. There is a lot of work to be done and we covet your prayers as we do our part to share the Gospel and make disciples.