Our Guatemala mission team returned early this morning, June 19th . We had a fantastic trip and to give you a
glimpse of what we did each day, details are below.
Day 1 – We drove to Lexington to stay the night at the hotel and prepare our team for the upcoming travel day.
Day 2 - Flew to Atlanta. Our activity involved airport evangelism and singing worship during our lay over. We
landed in Guatemala City and bussed to Antigua.
Day 3 - We started our day in devotion, prayer and worship on the roof of our bed and breakfast. In our view
only six miles away was Fuego, the volcano that erupted and took the lives of hundreds just weeks prior. After
devotion we drove to the city of Antigua, then a 6-hour drive to Hope of Life, our destination for the week.
Day 4 - After our morning devotion we were given a tour of Hope of Life. We visited the elderly home, Kelly’s
Place (a place for special needs children), the orphanage and hospital. We then went to a place they call, “the
dump” to serve food and play with kids.
Day 5 - Our mission team re-built a road that was washed away by the torrential downpour the night before.
After lunch we worked on the Conner’s house (long term missionaries to Guatemala) and we formed rebar at
the new clinic.
Day 6 – We worked on rebar and unloading trucks at the clinic, worked on rebar at the Conner’s house and
moved concrete for some houses. After lunch we went to the orphanage to get ready for VBS and hung out at
the elderly home, hospital and Kelly’s Place.
Day 7 - VBS with orphans, free time for elderly home, Kelly’s place and the hospital. Later that evening we
swam with the orphanage kids and treated them to pizza and cupcakes. We then had our nightly debrief over
campfire. We were also able to induct some of the long-term missionary students into the “ooga-booga” club.
Day 8 – We went to church. Our students were able to play/sing and I was asked to preach the Word. Our
long-term missionary, Bryan Saulton, led worship in Spanish. After church our students were able to visit their
favorite places, the elderly home, Kelly’s place or the hospital to hold babies. That night we were asked to
have a rare private dinner with the Hope of Life founder, Carlos Vargas. Our dinner was held on the roof top of
the café. When asked why we were invited to dinner, knowing he never has these special dinners with
students, only the “big wigs.” he said, “this was the best team we ever had.”
Day 9 - Traveled home
My favorite moments were our nightly debriefs. It was amazing to hear the daily stories of how the student’s
experiences had impacted their lives. This successful mission trip was a team effort that included the entire
church body. Once again, we thank you for supporting us financially and through your prayers.
Just as a reminder (pun intended), last week I gave you the first five of ten biblical memorials. They were given so that we would remember various people/events that the Bible. The first five were Noah’s rainbow, the Passover, the Feast of Tabernacles, the manna in the Ark, and the command to remember the Sabbath day. I can’t go into all of the details here, but I will give a short statement as to the heart of the next five memorials.
6. The Bronze Altar. After 250 people rebelled against Moses, God destroyed them. All that was left was the bronze pots they had in their hands when they died. Those pots were hammered into a bronze altar which served to remind the Hebrew people that only those who meet the qualifications of a priest would be allowed to serve in that capacity.
7. Stones of Remembrance. As the Hebrew people walked across the Jordan River bed, one person from each tribe brought a rock from the temporarily dry river bed. When they got to the other side and the river was closed behind them, they put the rocks in a visible place to remind them how God had brought them into the promised land.
8. Feast of Purim. Even today, Jews dress up in costumes to commemorate how Esther was hiding her true identity as a Jew. It was only when she admitted her true identity that her husband, the Persian king, stopped the plot to kill the Jews.
9. Jesus said we must always tell of the example Mary (sister of Lazarus and Martha) set for us when she bought Jesus a bottle of ointment that was worth approximately $35,000. She anointed him with the ointment to demonstrate her love for Him, knowing that He would soon be sacrificed for our sins.
10. Communion. The fulfillment of the Passover Seder meal. This is what Jesus practiced at the Last Supper. As often as we do this, we celebrate Christ’s body being broken for us and His blood being she for the forgiveness of our sins. We remember His death, burial, and resurrection.