They arrived on Sunday evening and we greeted them at the hotel next door. After getting checked in they all headed over to our house for supper. Afterwards we had our first nightly team devotion time in our living room.
team photo on Sunday evening
enjoying supper at our house on Sunday evening
On Monday morning we began a one day leadership training conference at a Baptist church in Chiquimula. Chad, the Senior Pastor, and Noah, an Associate Pastor, led the training. Both of these men did a great job teaching and the day went really well.
Chad and Noah
Noah teaching at the training conference in Chiquimula
On Tuesday and Wednesday we were in the villages of Lagunetas and Tarshaja teaching Bible stories, visiting, and playing games with the children. We had two great days in these villages. The crowds were much larger than we anticipated and we are still praising the Lord for the hundreds that heard the gospel several times during the two days.
our team in Lagunetas going over the plan for the morning
some of the children in Lagunetas
Kayley and Hope with some of the children in Lagunetas
a video of Pablo leading the children in a song
This little boy was playing Jonah
Cruz and Cayla- one of his buddies for the week
game time in Lagunetas
picnic lunch break on Tuesday
some of the team arriving in the village of Tarshaja
hiking in Tarshaja
the village of Tarshaja
playing games with the children in Tarshaja
game time in Tarshaja
Pablo singing a song with the children in Tarshaja
hiking in Tarshaja
On Thursday we began the morning by making some visits in Jocotan. We then traveled to the village of La Libertad to encourage a family there.
arriving in La Libertad
hiking in La Libertad
Kayley sharing scripture with a family in La Libertad
praying for a family in La Libertad
making a visit in the village of La Libertad
Kayley, Britt, and Noah
We had a picnic lunch by the river. We do peanut butter & jelly or turkey and cheese sandwiches. We also serve chips, cookies, and canned drinks.
After eating we headed up the mountain making our way towards our afternoon Bible study in Muyurco. Along the way we made a stop by the new piece of land that was recently purchased by the Bible study group in Nearar. Several from the study met us at the site and we had a time of prayer over the land. How exciting to know that one day the church will be moved to this new site. It is going to give us a much greater opportunity to reach out and grow.
our team at the new land in Nearar
hiking in Muyurco
some of our team getting ready for Bible study in Muyurco
Miguel and some of the children in Muyurco
Hillary (the missions leader at LifePark)
praise and worship in Muyurco
Hillary and Ben in Muyurco
My boys love "Miss Hillawee"
Morton playing with some of the children in Muyurco
my boys with Morton and Britt
I am so thankful for the way these two loved on my boys that week! They had both just graduated high school two days before leaving for the trip. They could have been a hundred other places but it greatly blesses our hearts to know that they were here serving the Lord. I think that speaks volumes of them.
one last team photo before the team headed off to the airport to fly back home
We had an amazing week. They worked hard and accomplished a lot. It has been a few days now and we are still missing them. We form such a sweet bond with our teams and it is always sad to see them go. They come down and share their lives with the locals but they also share a lot of their lives with us. They love on us and encourage us in so many ways. We know that many of them will be back and we'll look forward to the day that we can serve with them again.