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The Clowns from Frater

16 Nov

2014-10-18 01.14.31When we hold a medical clinic in rural Guatemala there are always LOTS of kids that come with their parents for treatment.  The family walks to the clinic from their homes which might take an hour or so.  The church or school where the clinic is held has some room but when you get a lot of kids in a small area it can be very active and busy.  Having something for the kids to do is an important aspect of the trip.

2014-10-18 01.14.41Fraternidad Christiana de Guatemala Church, from Guatemala City has a dedicated group of young people who provide the entertainment for the families who come to the clinic.   Kids gravitate to fun and games.  There were over 100 kids joining in the activities.  The team from Frater led a variety of games, dressed up and acted like clowns and put on a drama with a spiritual message.  The sounds of laughter could be heard throughout the school and the joy on their faces reflected the impact they are experiencing.  The best part of the clowns is that it shows there are many ways to minister in these clinics.  They were truly ‘gifted’ in what they did

The Soul Cafe

6 Nov

When we go to Guatemala on the medical mission trips we treat many patients who have a variety of health needs. However, that is not the primary reason for the trip.  This is an evangelistic ministry that  shares not only the love of Jesus through medicine but it also shares the good news of the gospel.  Each person who comes to the clinic spends time with a counselor from Frater Church who ministers to their spiritual needs before we minister to their physical needs.

Guatemala Oct 14 trip 080I was able to spend time in the Soul Clinic.  It was a beautiful experience to see the love and compassion that was being shared one on one, person to person.  Even though my Spanish is inadequate to understand all that was being said I could tell by the facial expressions, the tears and the grateful smiles, that God was at work in the hearts of the people who came through this sacred space.

Before we left for the trip I was able to order 150 Spanish New Testaments.  Little did I Guatemala Oct 2014 147know the impact that they would have as they were given as gifts of the Good News.   Having their own personal copy of the Bible was a great gift to provide and gave them the Word of God.

There were 652 people who came through the Soul Clinic.   We are grateful to God for the work that He did in the midst of our time in Santa Maria de Ixhuatan.

Church Growth in Central Caribbean

7 May

Throughout history there have been times when the church grows quickly.  The First Great Awakening in the American colonies, The The Azusa Street Revival in 1906, The Jesus Movement on the 1970’s were all times of great conversions to follow Jesus.  A similar thing is happening on the island known for cigars in the past 5 years.   There is a great movement of Christ followers who are venturing out to new communities and starting bible studies which turn into cell groups, which become churches.  There is a spiritual hunger there and people are responding to the gospel of grace.  Nearly 150 churches have grown out of this humble movement of God’s people responding to the Holy Spirit.

There is a humble dependence on God to provide for their needs throughout this church.  The hope of the gospel transcends the oppression and scarcity found in their world.  It is a blessing to be part of this revival.  As Living Word reaches out to help with resources the brothers and sisters there are giving their time and energy to share the ‘good news’ to their friends and family.

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