See you in Guatemala!
On October 8-15, 2016, I will be serving in Guatemala with a team of volunteers from Cross. We are partnering with an organization called Groundwork Guatemala to reach otherwise unreachable people in the mountain villages outside Guatemala City. The rest of this corner is dedicated to the people and ministries that will be serving to bring hope and truth to people in greatest need and most easily forgotten.
Why Guatemala? This is a great question, to which the only answer is—because God has led us there. The Missions Committee here at Cross and I have been praying and actively searching for a regular mission partner to “go and serve” with ever since Adulam in Peru ceased to be an option. Groundwork Guatemala is an established ministry that empowers native Guatemalan people to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with their own people. Americans come to provide ministry support and serve as guest teachers.
Where? Outside Guatemala city there are several small poor villages where there is great need. People and children have homes with no plumbing and/or electricity. Many will scavenge landfills for food or clothing for their families or to sell for money. This money will go to pay for their children to go to school. School is free through about 5th grade but books, uniforms and other items are not provided. As a result Guatemalan on average has only 4 years of schooling and is the least literate of all central American nations.
What will we do? The team from cross will travel to a new village each day. These will be the same villages Groundwork Guatemala visits every week at the same day and time. We will share a bible story, sing songs and pray with the adults and children. Each day we will also visit the homes of people in these communities to pray with them or for them, to share the good news with them, or to hear their story of spiritual journey.
Groundwork Guatemala will continue to visit these villages and care for these people each week. It is extremely important that there is ministry to follow up with the work Cross will do there. Also, if we desire, we can go back every year and see how God is continuing to work there. Andy Winkelman, our team leader from Cross, will be visiting for the fourth time! He has established relationships with missionaries and students alike.
How can you Help? Please pray for the safe travel of all the members on the team and for our families we will leave behind. Pray that there will be no issues with customs, passports, luggage or anything else! The cost is $900 per missionary, if you are led to help you can mark your gift “Guatemala” and it will go to offset these costs. Consider going “next time”, assuming God continues to lead in this direction as He has so far—we will be looking for people to go next year and continue the sharing of the Good News of Jesus Christ with this exciting ministry.
Anything Else? Yes! Check out Facebook and search for Groundwork Guatemala. They post almost daily what each missionary team that comes down is doing. Watch the week of October 8-15 and you’ll likely see some of us and hear about How God is working in us and through us to proclaim His Good News to All Nations!
His Servant & Yours,
Pastor Erik Gauss