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Guatemala Day 6

 

Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 

Citizenship:

Today, Vilema taught the children about citizenship. This included helping others, serving the community, and civic engagement and responsibility. Our team was able to provide help to the community by painting the civic meeting area. In addition, we provided food to the community members working on paving the dirt road.

Reflection from Martha:

Today, I was privileged to meet my Sponsored/Prayer Child at Tecpan CarePoint. The minute I walked into the classroom, I instantly knew that this little girl was MINE. Our eyes met and I can’t even express the joy I felt. I received hugs and special kisses from Marilyn. After our time with the children, at the school, we did a home visit to her home. We met her mother and siblings. Her mother told us Marilyn came home that afternoon so excited that we were coming. We presented them with a basket of appreciation for letting us visit them.

As you might notice in the family picture, Marilyn has a sister who is also in the AMBI program. She, unfortunately, does not have a sponsor, along with 25-30 other children. Please consider supporting one of these children, it is $45 per month and Hope Chest does an amazing job keeping the sponsors in touch with their prayer partner. Overwhelmed with joy. -Martha

Psalm 127:3: Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward from him.

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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