Sunday, December 1, 2019

December 2019 Newsletter

We have felt your prayers this past month.  Thank you for praying for all of our activities.
The anniversary service in Nearar went very well.   They had a great turnout for both services.  It blessed our hearts to get to worship with them again.  It was good to see that they are doing so well and continuing to grow and reach others.  Pray for Pastor Rafael and his wife Luz as they lead out in reaching their village for Christ.  Pray that this next year would be their best year yet. 
We went a day early so we could make home visits with some of our old contacts.  One of our favorite visits was in La Libertad.  Many of you have prayed for that area and specifically Nicolas and his family.  As we hiked up the hill to their home the first thing we noticed was the smiles on their faces.  The joy that had not always been there seemed to have returned.  We had a wonderful visit with them and they just beamed as they shared how the Lord is working not only in their lives but the church as well.  In the month of October they had seven new believers and had already baptized five of them.  What an encouragement that was for us to see and hear.  Continue to lift up this work, family, and village in prayer. 
David enjoyed getting to attend the Guatemala Baptist Convention in early November.  It was a time for him to form new relationships with pastors and also a time to renew relationships with others including the many Kekchi brothers who were there.  The Kekchi will always be dear to our hearts and we are thankful for times of fellowship with them.
A highlight of the convention was the Pokomchi being recognized as their own association and being accepted into the convention.  Here is IMB missionary to the Pokomchi Jeff Thomas with them as they are being recognized.  Pray for the Pokomchi work and that God would continue to bless it.  Pray for these leaders as they strive to reach their people with the Gospel. 
Thanks for praying for David's trip to Orlando to attend the Florida Baptist Convention.  It was a great experience and he enjoyed getting to meet and visit with several pastors and leaders while there.  He also had the opportunity to preach in the Sunday morning service at First Baptist Church, Titusville, FL.  We enjoy getting to be in churches and saying "thank you" in person for the way Southern Baptists support their missionaries.
Just this past week we hosted a small team from Alabama.  We have worked with the Browders many times over the years. They are a precious couple who are big supporters of missions both at home and internationally.  While here we spent a few days working alongside a local pastor making home visits.  We encouraged, prayed, and loved on many.  They also spent a lot of their week just loving on our family and encouraging us.  What a blessing it was to us to have them come down and just want to be a part of what we are doing.  You do not have to be a part of a large team to serve.  Small groups like this really do breathe life into missionaries. 
We attended a goodbye party for the Thomas family who are returning to the U.S. after serving 17 years with the IMB in Guatemala.  Pray for their family as they readjust to a new life there.  It can be a very sad and difficult time.  Pray that God's grace will carry them through the days ahead and bless them with ministry opportunities in their new area.  We will miss them and their friendship but are thankful for our years together on the mission field. 
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day celebrating with other families at our mission house in Guatemala City.  In addition to eating, we spent time singing hymns, reminiscing about mission times over the years, remembering those who have served before us, and praying for one another.  It is always a special time that we look forward to each Thanksgiving. 
This month you can pray for the Indigenous Conference that will take place December 2-4.  This year it is being hosted by the Kekchi in Coban.  It is an annual event where indigenous pastors and leaders gather for a time of worship, training, and fellowship. Pray for those leading and attending that it will be a wonderful time of growth for each one.
As we enter the Christmas season we would like to ask you to prayerfully consider giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.  Your gifts go to support missionary families like ours all over the world. Many are hearing the gospel for the first time and lives are begin changed and transformed.  It takes everyone doing their part to make this happen.  Some pray, some give, and some go.  Together we are reaching the multitudes.

This Christmas season you can be a part of what God is doing around the world by giving.  You can give through your local Southern Baptist church or online at: Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

On behalf of IMB missionaries around the world we say thank you!  Because you give, we can go.
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