our new meeting area in Muyurco
Cruz clowning around after Bible study on Thursday afternoon
a soon to be new Baptist church near Zacapa
On Saturday night we were up in the mountains to attend the five year anniversary of the church in Nearar. It was an exciting time of giving thanks to God for what He is doing there and looking to the future in anticipation of what is to come. The service took place on the piece of land that the group purchased to put the church on. It is a great location! The group took on every aspect of planning the service and making it happen. We were proud of them and they were very proud of themselves. We began shortly after 5:00 and by dark we had a crowd of around 200 gathered around listening. It was amazing and encouraging all at the same time. We expect good things to come from the service and are looking forward to the day when we begin meeting on this land permanently. Here are some photos taken shortly after we arrived.
Sunday morning we were able to watch the live stream of First Baptist Church Jackson, MS. Our friends, the Browns, attend there and they were having a special missions service. They began the service by marching in flags from each country as a reminder to pray for the lostness in the world. Their daughter marched in the flag of Guatemala in our honor. It was special to see her carrying the Guatemala flag. I am thankful for technology in the way that it allows us to be able to watch services such as this and feel a part of something back home.
Sara Madalin with the Guatemala flag
On Sunday night we attended a service at a Baptist church here in Chiquimula. We have had contact with the pastor there, Bro. Fito, and worked with him in the past but this was our first time to attend a service at his church. We really enjoyed it and are looking forward to returning again on a more regular basis.
One of the things we were reminded of on our recent trip to Coban was the importance of encouraging fellow pastors and workers. We spent much time while working among the Kekchi just praying with them and encouraging them in their work. It was important there and is something we have missed since moving here. One of our goals for 2017 will be to encourage the local congregations here in Chiquimula and the pastors who are leading them.
During the praise and worship time they asked if anyone would like to sing or share. Cruz leaped out of his chair and sang his favorite song- Alabare'. It blessed our hearts greatly!
After the service we stopped by a local coffee shop for crepes, coffee, and fruit drinks. It was a fun way to end a few busy days of ministry.
We continually ask for your prayers as we strive to lead people to Christ and make disciples for Him.