Milpas Atlas, Guatemala: Report and Praises
How God lavished His love on our small team and on the Guatemalan people
We Asked, God Answered
Prayer is truly powerful.
We asked God for help with the team to adjust to the high altitude – He provided health while they worked and rest when they finished.
We asked God to open the way for medicines to clear customs – the team breezed right through.
Our team touched and helped many sick children, and two members got sick. They had fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. They asked us to pray and we did. By Friday all members were up and running again.
We asked God for the perfect weather for the garbage dump ministry. He answered. Those working in the garbage dump don’t usually take time to stop working, as it is their livelihood. We asked God to move in their hearts to stop and engage with the team. Over half of those working halted their work! Our team fed them and set up a medical clinic within five minutes and were treating and praying for those that came. One mother with her 10-year-old daughter, 18-year-old daughter, and baby came to this medical clinic. They were so touched by the care and healing they received they felt moved to come to church and praise God for blessing them. It was so affirming for the team to see how one loving encounter can change people’s lives.
We prayed for God to give the team boldness and the words to speak. He did. He united two members in the Holy Spirit, so much so that while one was praying over the people in Spanish, the other prayed in English—the exact same words at the same time—and the one speaking English did not know any Spanish. She was enabled to interpret!
Pastor Mario's Church
One of the churches the team went to was declining. They had suffered the loss of their pastor’s wife and were hurting. When our team entered the church Ruth was overwhelmed by the presence of the Holy Spirit. The mother who had sought medical care at the garbage dump came to thank God for His blessings, and got to thank Don for treating her family. Don gave the message for the service, and Rachel interpreted. Afterward, no one left or wanted to leave—the Holy Spirit had more work for the team to do. The team and church members formed a circle, introduced themselves, and shared their heartaches. The garbage dump workers at first felt timid and afraid of sharing, but the team welcomed them as brothers and sisters, and they became more open. Everyone prayed for one another, while God healed and restored. Please continue to pray for this church whenever God brings them to mind.
Hilmar…what can one say about Hilmar? He has given everything for the people and for the community. He relies 100% on God for all his needs. He is an inspiration and a beautiful example of what it means to give everything for Jesus. Please pray for him as he ministers in this remote area. The fields are ripe for the harvest, but the laborers are few.
Pastor Mario’s Church
“Sunday, the 24th of July was going to be a special day for me because I was asked to give the sermon at Pastor Mario Galindo’s church in Chimaltenango. I was truly honored but I was also a bit anxious as this would be the first time that I have ever been offered this opportunity. Little did I realize that this was going to be the most special day of my life.
As I walked up the stairs to the second story of a small cinder block building and entered the small church, I noticed a very pretty young girl and her mother across the room approaching me, a young girl of 10, whom I had treated for headaches at our medical clinic at the Chimaltenango garbage dump on Saturday. She and her mother work the dump every day digging through garbage to find items that they can sell. This income provides barely enough money for them to survive. The people that work in the dump are considered outcast, the lowest of the low. On this beautiful Sunday morning, she and her mother had walked several miles to worship in Pastor Mario’s church. As the young girl approached me, it was then that I noticed her angelic smile and the brightness in her eyes. She hugged me and told me that she no longer had the headaches that had been plaguing her. She also thanked me for the vitamins that I had given her. In her eyes, this was a true miracle and a gift from God. I was immediately overcome by the overwhelming presence of God and his love filling this small church and I was overcome by emotion and began to cry. When she hugged me, the smell of smoke from burning trash and garbage that permeated her clothing now had the fragrance of a sweet perfume. She was truly filled with the love of God and His Holy Spirit. I was totally overwhelmed by her demonstration of love and her simple “thank you.” Her mother also hugged me and thanked me, letting me know that she no longer felt the headaches and pain that she had been experiencing.
I was now a total emotional mess. How am I going to be able to present my sermon? I now know what it feels like to be overcome by God’s love and being filled with the Holy Spirit. But why me? Was it because I gave them some medicine? Was it because the love of God shined through me? To them, this was truly a gift from God. I was but the broken vessel. Prior to this encounter I have always felt that something was missing in my Christian life. I had a void in my heart that needed to be filled with the Holy Spirit. This void has now been filled to overflowing and I now know that I have received a new life in Christ.
God’s personal calls are rare and unexpected and I know now that I had just experienced one of these calls. No matter how much we pray or fast we cannot make Him come. He simply makes His presence known in a believer’s life when He chooses and I feel that is what God did for me on this Sunday morning. So be prepared with an open heart and willing spirit if He visits you. And yes, grown men do cry especially when they are overcome by God’s Holy Spirit and His Love.”
“I have prayed for Don for many years to use his gift as leader for Christ in our home and out in the world. Going on missions trips was one way we could serve together. On this trip to Guatemala I saw tremendous growth in Don. I am so grateful to God for an answered prayer.
I do not like to speak but like to serve behind the scenes. I love giving hugs and helping out. I do not think I am qualified to speak and become tongue tied. On this trip I was asked to give my testimony, and felt God was asking me. I couldn’t say no. So I did it and got through it.
The unity and support of our team was really important as we were a small team. God worked in us to encourage and support one another. We did everything together and became family.”