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Last week I introduced Christ Church’s Guatemala team. They assembled and installed wood burning stoves for families living in rural mountain villages.
My early years were spent in Paris, France where my parents served as church planters for nearly six years. As missionaries, especially in the days before the Internet, my parents had to return to the States to report on their work; otherwise their work would have gone unnoticed, leaving churches unaware of the good work being done on their behalf.
That's why telling stories like these is so important.
Let's celebrate together the Lord's work through the faithful team sent from Christ Church to the mission field of Guatemala.
Cross-cultural ministry is a long-term endeavor. Though our stove-building missions to Guatemala are a week in length, Christ Church Plano has faithfully planned and executed these missions for 11 years. Not only this, but our partner Helps International has a permanent ministry on site.
Yesterday, I sent Fr. Jeff an email asking for details about their time in the mountain villages, and his response surprised me: the scope of the work exceeded what I had imagined. In just one week, this 15-person team connected with hundreds of Guatemalans. They assembled and installed wood-burning stoves and water filtration systems in 80 homes, and one institutional stove and seven water filters in a rural school.
In all, these stoves and filters will change the lives of more than 350 people. That’s smokeless kitchens, clean water, and a 66 percent reduction in need for firewood for a multitude of people whose health has been declining until now.
One Christ Church team member said, “There are no words that do justice to how it feels to receive a hug from a child or deep gratitude from an adult who doesn’t speak our language. But you know what they are expressing.”
Carol and Tony Jones led the team along with Fr. Jeff, and their team members included parishioners of all ages: Nathan Allen, Clive Fernando, Kevin McLain, Charles Merrick, Clark Merrick, Sara Morgan, Walter Murisi, Johnny Rudder, Melinda Rudder, Amy Wardlow, Kate Wardlow, and Susan Zebe. They accomplished their work despite unfavorable weather conditions and uncertainty due to the volcano eruption—an answer to prayer, to be sure.
Please continue praying for the people of Guatemala. Pray that the love of Christ shared by this faithful team will not soon be forgotten.
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