Two of our team members from the previous team stayed over to participate with this team as well; they were here for a total of 24 days. They were joined by two more who arrived to cover the outreaches of this team. Their main outreach was to cover a Women’s Conference at the Camotan town church. We hosted 58 women who came for a 2-day conference. The speakers came from Chiquimula but the team was very busy; covering the meals, crafts, pictures and other logistics plus providing personal ministry and prayer for the participants. It was the first time to offer a Women’s Conference and something that I had had in my heart to do for some time. The women loved it and were impacted by what they received.
The team also went out 2 days to hand out school supplies, assisted with the Embrace program, did their Adopt-a-Child activity and helped to hand out chickens for a special Embrace project. They had one night in Antigua before they returned home. This team had some very organized and hard workers and they got a lot done.
Two people from the previous team stayed on to be a part of this next team and were joined by two new people. The main outreach of this team was to cover a pastors’ retreat for our Servant Ministries pastors and their wives. These times away are soooooo beneficial and bring so much to the participants. This is the second time that we had a “team” come and we have seen how well it works to have more than just the actual speakers come. It allows them to encourage one another and pray for one another and flow in great unity as they reach out to our pastors. The retreat was amazing. We had a pastor from Zambia Africa with us for the first time and everyone fell in love with Pastor Domingo (his Guatemalan name). We also had Cassondra Ragan with us who really connected, especially to the wives. Both were used mightily in their teaching and personal ministry. Renee and Betty came to be intercessors and also spent a lot of time ministering to the people. We had been trying unsuccessfully to do this retreat for the past 6 months and just had not had success with raising the finances and/or with securing speakers; but the Lord had His time and it was perfect! We are so happy with what we saw happen in the lives of our pastors and their wives! This team also went to a few of our churches, both before and after the retreat and got to visit one school to hand out school supplies through the School Sponsorship Project. This team brought 3 continents together; North America, Central America and Africa and it was a powerful team…backed by prayer from the 3 continents!
Are you interested in bringing a team down in 2021 or 2022? The below chart shows the team(s) already scheduled and dates that are still available. If you are interested in bringing a team to fill one of the available time periods or to add on dates further out, please contact us.
|DATES||TEAM FROM||PERSON/GROUP||ACTIVITIES PLANNED|
|Mar 28-Apr 1, 2021||US/Guatemala||Dr. Joel Strohecker/Camotan Clinic||Medical consults/Water project|
|Jun 17-26, 2021||AVAILABLE|
|Jul 8-17, 2021||AVAILABLE|
|Oct 9-16, 2021||U.S.||Glacom Radios/Tom Blackstone||Handing out solar radios & experiencing Mayan culture|
|Oct 21-31, 2021||CERT International||CERT International/Bruce Rainwater||Medical Clinics|
|Nov 11-20, 2021||Georgia/Michigan||Curtis Boston||Annual town VBS and misc. activities|
|Dec 2-11, 2021||Michigan||Not our Blueprint Girls International/Kiara Hunter||Seminars for girls & construction projects|
|January 6-15, 2022||Cement City, MI||New Jerusalem Church/Shelley Norman||Church Project and misc. activities|
|January 20-29, 2022||Crossville, TN||Ed Camera||Medical clinics|
|February 10-19, 2022||Fort Gratiot, MI||Kim Slowinski||SSP distribution and misc. activities|
|Feb 24 - Mar 5, 2022||Rocky Top, TN||Main Street Baptist Church/Kent & Robin Barber||Misccellaneous Activities|
|March 17-26, 2022||Chattanooga TN||Kristina Manley||Medical Clinics|
|June 9-18, 2022||AVAILABLE|
|June 30-July 9, 2022||AVAILABLE|
I have been communicating with a few more groups that haven't set their dates yet, but want to encourage you to get your time slot set aside. These short term trips can impact their participants in a dramatic way. Take advantage of exposing your people to an opportunity to "experience missions"!
Have you been on a short term trip to Guatemala in the last year or so?????? Write us and tell us how it impacted your life and how you enjoyed it! We would like to start a new area that shares these “testimonies” with others in the hopes of motivating them to come on a team. You first timers can identify with the fact that you just “don’t know what you are getting into” and there are always a lot of questions. You can also share how it really turned out and what kind of an experience it was for you. I know that these short term trips can absolutely change people’s lives! Will you help us to encourage others to take the step to have this experience????? Send your testimony to email@example.com and let others be blessed through your experience!