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Guatemala Day 5

Today our team was faced with an unexpected obstacle. Half of our team members were ill when they woke up this morning. Fortunately, we were able to split up the team. Those who were ill were able to rest. The remainder of the team met with Anna the Ambi Director, Wendy the Children’s Hope Chest Regional Director, Candie and Abi the Verbena staff, and Velma the Tecpan leader. They shared their backgrounds, their visions, and their concerns for the CarePoint Centers. We were blessed with the opportunity to learn from each of them.

Psalm 23:6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Anna has faced many challenges in the past few years, including the loss of her husband and her mother. Since she is the sole provider for her 5-year-old son she recently has had to return to work full-time. At the same time, she is continuing in her role as the full-time volunteer director of Ambi. Anna has a tremendously strong faith. She expressed her belief that God has a plan for her, her son and the Ambi program. She continues to pray that God will provide her with the opportunities to support her son and lead the Ambi program. Anna (Founder and Director of Ambi) embracing Bill with a warm welcome. Picture of Lizzy, Anna, and Wendy – Ambi and HopeChest Staff members

Ephesians 1:4-5 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ in accordance with his pleasure and will. As members of the body of Christ and the body of the churches of Faith and Zion God has chosen us to support the Ambi staff at the Verbena and Tecpan CarePoint location. Matthew 7:7-8 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will open to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be open. We listened to the needs for the CarePoint centers. We reminded the members of the Ambi and Children’s Hope Chest staff to “ASK”. We reminded them that our God is big! Discussing the future of the two CarePoints with the directors, Candy and Abi, and Wilma, and the support from the two congregations from St. Louis area.

Thank God for our safe travels as we have arrived in Tecpan! Also, thank God that our team members are on the mend! We pray that God grants us a good nights rest and that all the team members awake healthy and refreshed. We look forward to serving the Tecpan community and CarePoint tomorrow!

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Guatemala Day 4

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. -Psalm 118:24 The children were very excited to see us and spend another day together. As a team, we helped the children create sock puppet animals to tell the story of Noah’s Ark. Carol read the story in Spanish and the rest of the team acted out the story with the animal puppets. The story concluded with an animal parade with the kids’ puppets as the animals followed Noah out of the ark and singing “Rise and Shine and Give God the Glory”

There were snakes, tigers, dogs, giraffes, turtles, just to name a few. The kid's imaginations ran WILD! It was neat to see how excited they were to make the puppets.

Freetime was similar to yesterday and included chalk art, parachute, soccer games, hanging on Dave, twister, and jumping rope.

Another activity the children did was making traditional Spanish candy. We were then presented a basket of this candy as a thank-you from AMBI.

Saying good-bye was bittersweet because it will be a while until we see them again. Our relationship grew!

Reflection from Julie:

Today God blessed me today with the opportunity to meet and visit with my prayer partner’s (Yostin) extended family. I met his Madre (mother), Tia (aunt), Hermana (sister), Sobrino (nephew) and Sobrina (niece). Yostin is blessed with a very supportive family. They love God and they love each other.

God has shown His hand in so many ways in the past four days. He has made it obvious that He has been present starting with the planning process and throughout each day of our visit. I could not have envisioned the joy I have felt the past two days. I pray that God continues to bless and protect Yostin and his family. Reflection from Dave: The mission trip has so far reflected the ups and downs of life in Guatemala and today was no different. I was able to see the power of our Lord, the sweetness and kindness of the children and also the area that some of them live. One of the boys, Johny saw that I did not have one of the bracelets the group handed out and he took a rubber band off his hand and placed it on my wrist. I was able to see God working on Fredy and the enormous change in just one day. He was smiling, laughing, giggling and even said a few words. I saw Fredy, Johny, and their brother, Leonardo leave the CarePoint by themselves. No one was there to pick them up, to take them home, or make them feel safe. My heart sank. I saw the difference we made in two days, the difference Faith and Zion are continuing to make and the great need for our further support and prayers.

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