Today was our first day visiting and worshipping with the children of Tecpan, Guatemala. We quickly learned the geographical and cultural differences between
After driving more than 6,000 kilos up into the mountains, we are visually seeing the differences as we’re surrounded by volcanos, mountains, and endless fields for farming.
While the views are beautiful, it is evident that the fields are the most important part of this community, as it provides all financial means and job opportunities for all members living here.
As opposed to the “city vibe” of
We arrived at the school in the village to meet the children of the new Ambi location: a smaller group than what we had worked with in
It’s been a common theme throughout our trip: While there may be cultural, financial and historical differences and challenges...one theme remains the same: Our shared love for The Lord.
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” - Hebrews 12:11.
This verse has truly become visible for us during our time here. We met our second Ambi leader at the location who has sacrificed her job, family, and opportunity elsewhere to commit her life to serve the Lord’s purpose for her. Her purpose is to carefully discipline and transform this community through love and discipline to the children within this Ambi location.
While her two years of creating this new culture within the care point
There is no use of “I,” but instead “God.” It’s his power and love that has reaped this harvest. While we have had the chance to play soccer, jump rope and paint nails with the beautiful children here, we are only servants who have no idea the magnitude of God’s plan for here.
Prayer requests that we ask for during this time:
Continued health and energy for the team members and all Ambi staff who serve on a daily basis.
The opening of hearts in the children in Tecpan as we continue to worship with them tomorrow.
Prayer that the children feel love, gratitude, and support that they may not receive at home.
Prayer for God to work through leaders here who can teach the children their worth in God’s eyes.
Prayer for God to provide food and resources for these children.
Prayer that the children can make an impact through their hearts for the Lord in their homes as they have the opportunity to share with their parents.
Prayer for our chance to communicate with families on our home visits tomorrow as we have the chance to share the gospel.
Prayer for the children to know that their worth lies outside of farming, housekeeping and cultural norms in the community.
Prayer for the children to know that God does not love them differently based on their gender.