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  • Writer's picturetimothy martiny

When God Does the Planning

Updated: May 19

There are some moments when you say, "Ah, ha! That's what it was all about!" When you see things come together, there is no way you can claim credit for it, and you realize that God was working behind the scenes all along. This week, I had one of those moments.

The Precious Moments School and Orphanage are in Colonia Santa Fe, one of the more dangerous parts of Guatemala City. As a ministry, it serves low-income children who live in the neighborhood and ravines near it. It provides them with a Christian education where they would get none whatsoever. We assist them with sponsoring teachers, running a computer training center for the children, and holding Vacation Bible Schools.

When one of our regular mission teams that assists us with VBS for the children fell through this year, we felt called to continue. Even though we only had one volunteer coming from the U.S. to help, we decided to go ahead anyway.

With no mission team to assist us, Sharie contacted the women's group she attends on Wednesday mornings at our local church, Casa De Libertad. The response was overwhelming. Ten women offered to help plan, organize, prepare activities, make lunches, and teach the classes. Seeing that our spiritual family had our back and watching them step in and make this a fantastic activity was incredible.

We have come to realize that one of the roles God has given us is to facilitate. Many people have a heart for service but are busy, have jobs, and have children to care for or need help knowing where to get involved.

As missionaries who have served for 12 years in Guatemala, we have the ability to help plug them in where they are needed and make it easy for them to serve.

The VBS ended up being one of the best we have done, and we are looking forward to continuing classes monthly with the help of our local volunteers.

To see God pull together an accountant from VA, two missionaries, and 10 Guatemalan volunteers to pull off such an amazing event reminds me that we are just one small cog in the big machinery of God's greater plan.

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