our Team Kekchi
us, the Parkers, the McGriff's (our supervisors), and Ms. Fran (our Kekchi language teacher)
Mr. Wendall and Mrs. Jane, although retired at the time, continued to return for several months out of the year to continue the work. They were with us during our first five months in Coban and returned again each year that followed. They were great mentors and taught us much about the Kekchi people and culture. They modeled how to love people, care for people, and just sit and listen to people share their hearts.
David and Mr. Wendall visiting in a Kekchi village in the Lanquin area
Our apartments were connected and often times we would hear them praying, singing, and reading the Bible out loud together. That is a memory I will always treasure. Their marriage was a great testimony for all to see. The way they loved each other was just precious. They were role models for us in many ways and were placed in our lives at a great time. One of the best things they did was model the missionary life before us. We could read and study a lot about it but seeing it lived out in their lives taught us so much.
Mr. Wendall left a great legacy among the Kekchi people. He was loved and admired by each and every one. Many lives were touched because of him and many will be in Heaven one day because of him. His testimony will live on because of the investment he made in people and we will forever be thankful to God that we were two of the lives who were touched by him.
us with the Parkers at the Baptist property in Las Casas that they helped build
It was good seeing Mrs. Jane again over the weekend and getting to spend a little time with her. Her daughter LeAnne and Mr. Wendall's sister-in-law Leslie were also there. Before going to the service on Sunday morning we all enjoyed breakfast together at our hotel in Coban.
Our desire as Christians is to live like Christ but I am also thankful for earthly role models that help shape our lives as well.
Mrs. Jane and the boys
Mrs. Jane sharing during the service.
The Parker's daughter sharing during the service.
Afterwards we all walked to our old Baptist property and shared a meal together. The Kekchi have purchased the property and have begun a total renovation of it. You would not recognize it at all- from the inside or the outside.
our delicious lunch
LeAnne and Mrs. Jane