From Mike: One of the benefits of traveling throughout Guatemala training and teaching pastors is that I get to see beautiful places. Though I don't have much time at my hotel because we train intensively all day, I was able to take pictures in the evening. This is the only safe and secure hotel we are able to stay in in Puerto Barrios, since this is an area of high crime, prostitution, drunkenness, and theft.
I pray that as God moves on these pastors, they and their churches will become the vehicles of God's outpouring of grace to transform this city.
From Eugenia, our pastor's wife and director of our Children's Home in Coban, Guatemala: We have a beutiful country, with mountains, hills, valleys, beaches, lakes and rivers. We enjoy our two seasons each year: summer and winter. We have a variety of flowers, trees, birds, and beutiful places like this.
God has been good to our precious nation.
The biggest problem is that for many years we were indifferent to some very important things like education, in every sense of the word. When you teach the word of God, when you teach others how to work their lands, when you teach people to respect others no matter their social status, you will see a difference.
But now, we are saying, "Why are so many girls having babies? Why so much crime? Why so much poverty?" And they keep asking why, why, why, And I ask, "Why has there been no concern until now?"
Please, pray for our beautiful country and for the ones who are trying to make a difference by teaching the truth with the guidance of our dear Lord.
And from me: a scripture verse and a dedication song.
Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things]through Him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:11-13).