Today was an absolute win-win for everyone!
Rich led us in devotions this morning and reminded us how God wants us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Our entire team boarded our colorful bus and we headed up to the villages. We passed though a town called Samayac which is known for people who practice voodoo, witchcraft and other Mayan rituals. Pray for them.
Jake and Rich boarded a tuk-tuk in Chocolá and headed toward the hospital to install curtain rods on the windows while the rest of us rode up to Xojolá to have Vacation Bible School with 80+ children or install stoves in the villagers' homes.
Veronica, the wife of Sergio, the only doctor at the hospital, cooked a full lunch consisting of chicken, boiled potatoes, salad and a fruit drink. Rich and Jake were very fortunate to enjoy this meal while the rest of the mission team feasted on PB&J or lunch meat sandwiches.
More stove installations
Our other male members blessed 18 families with new stoves today. Both of the women pictured below accepted Christ with Joe and Ken. Praise the Lord!
Two of David and Jim's families had very small homes where their beds were directly beside the open fire pits they have been cooking on. It's amazing what some people have to endure on a daily basis.
Some of the women getting stoves helped Rick and Burch's team haul blocks and do anything they could to help.
Bible study for the children
The rest of us held Vacation Bible School in the village's school library. Marilyn opened with a sweet message followed by Nell whose prayer was translated into Spanish by Daniel.
We made crafts with the children, fed them a nutritious snack, sang Bible songs and played outside with them.
The children LOVED being with us and we hope to show them God's love all the way from North Carolina. The children hugged us and thanked us for coming, this was such a special time for us all.
A special girl named Lesley, who was a master at braiding, offered her craft to me. She knew I was impressed by her work so she wanted me to have it even though she has so few material things for herself. No need to say, I cried!
“You make us at EAMC so proud!! We are thinking of you and saying prayers. Thank you for sharing your experience through terrific photos!”
"We just wanted to say hey to our Aunt Susan! Hope you are all having a great time. Keeping all of you in our prayers!"
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.