Guatemala Missionary News, December 2014.
This has been a great year for us. Our ministry continues to grow and we are amazed at what the Lord, and you, have helped us to accomplish. Living and working in Guatemala, while trying to raise a family of six children, is always exciting and there is never a dull moment. After 12 years here we are used to the fact that things rarely work out how we plan them, but they always seem to work out how God plans them, and, when we follow His leading, our efforts tend to bear fruit. Our faith has grown greatly this year as God has continued to expand our ministry. With limited funds and new projects we have constantly had to stretch our faith to accomplish the task set before us. We have spent a lot of time in prayer and fasting this year and learned more and more to cast our burdens on the Lord and trust that if this is his work and His ministry then He will have to do the miracles needed to make it possible.
One story we would like to share with you is that of Sandra Tax. We first met her when she was 15, in a small orphanage in Guatemala City.. She came from a troubled background, but had a great love for Christ, over the years we gave her classes, discipled her and helped her as she continued her studies. When she graduated with a teaching degree we hired her to work for us as a 4th grade teacher in the Precious Moments School and Orphanage. She has an amazing passion for teaching does an excellent job pouring into the students, not just scholastically but spiritually. Besides teaching, she is attend university to get an advanced degree in education, studying English and Quiche (an indigenous language) and feels called to do ministry with students in rural Guatemala. To have been a part of such wonderful, generational and transformational change whereby people are redeemed and restored through salvation and the knowledge of Christ’s word, is a truly amazing thing.
For several years we have been working at the Precious Moments School which serves extremely poor students who live in the slums of Colonia Santa Fe. In addition to teaching English and Bible classes, we setup a computer classroom to teach practical skills to the students. This year we trained the teachers to give computer classes and in doing so we were able to multiply our efforts. Previously I was only able to give classes to two classes. Now, +100 students from 2nd to 6th grade are receiving weekly computer classes and are learning at a much faster rate.