We are refreshed and ready to serve today after a great night's sleep! Jim's morning devotion helped us prepare for a wonderful day visiting with the Elders in Mazatenango and learning to install stoves in Xojolá.
Visiting an Elder home in Mazatenango
The elders in the home were precious and full of joy despite their tough living conditions. They are a true example of fully relying on God to take care of them. The seven workers who attend to them are 100% unpaid and even struggle with affording transportation to get to work. They have servants' hearts like no other I've ever witnessed. They truly work for the glory of God.
We brought essentials such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, reading glasses and diapers from the U.S. along with dominoes, playing cards and candy to make them smile. One sweet man cried when we gave him glasses so he could read his bible, which was open on his lap. He need a +3 prescription and we had one pair!
Judy played her guitar and sang as we hung little wooden crosses around their necks and gave them pieces of local fruit from the market. They praised the Lord for their blessings. This only blessed us more.
Our guide Maria, suggested that we buy fresh chickens from the local market for their night's dinner. This is truly a treat as they usually cannot afford such a luxury.
Learning to install stoves in Xojolá
Today the men went to Xojolá to learn how to construct the ONIL stoves. Three teams installed five of the 60 stoves we are donating. Because many villagers speak in a Mayan dialect, Ken prayed for the people in English which was translated into Spanish then translated by another person into K'iche', the second-most widely spoken language in the country after Spanish.
Joe said the lady of a house where he put in a stove had a huge smile while watching her stove being built and was ready to cook as soon as it was finished. Rick asked the family he worked with if he could pray for them and the stove after it was installed. The mother had already started praying out loud before he could start praying himself. They all were so very appreciative. Monday morning we will start working again.
We finished up our activities for the day at the grocery store purchasing food for our lunches and the children at Bible School next week.
As I go to bed tonight, I'm delighted by yet more LOVE from Topsail--
"Hello To All, Just posting to let each of you know Durwood & I are praying for you all & your mission there. We look forward to your journal. Praying God will keep you safe." Love, Teresa
"So glad you arrived safe, even if travel weary. Each of you are in my prayers. Make many memories and receive many blessings. And you and Susan keep a low profile. LOL" ~Bettye
We are truly blessed to have such wonderful friends at EAMC!
I'm Karen, a member of the EAMC Mission Team from Topsail Beach, N.C. I hope to share our experiences of ministering to the Mayan villagers of Guatemala though our photos and bits of information about our day-to-day projects.