Whew! I'm back from the craziness of planning Vacation Bible School and a short-term missions trip to Guatemala!
The trip was amazing! It was a youth missions trip, although only one teen from our church went. This summer youth missions trip is organized every year by a pastor in the stream of churches that our church is affiliated with. This missions trip is done in conjunction with an evangelistic crusade every year in various countries. It was very well-organized; the pastor who organized it worked with the local Amatitlan congregations for almost a year to set everything up.
We put together programs using skits, testimonies, clowns, puppets, etc. We passed out bracelets that we had made before the trip with colored beads explaining the plan of salvation. We also used bilingual tracts and passed out flyers for the evangelistic crusade being held the last 4 days of our trip. After our skits and testimonies, we prayed for salvation and healing. I am awed at how God worked! Being a part of leading so many people to the Lord in one setting was awesome!
We ministered in streets, schools, soccer and basketball fields, some poor communities, and even a factory. One of our pastors had organized a food drive by having churches send money (spare change donations) down to Guatemala a couple of months before the trip so that the Guatemalan churches could buy food ahead of time to pass out. That was one of my favorite parts of the trip: ministering to the poor.
I could write and write about this, but I won't since this is supposed to be a homeschooling blog! I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of God's work in Amatitlan, Guatemala. We partnered with the local congregations for this trip, and I know that they will continue to see fruit. Thank you, Lord for this wonderful experience!
If you are interested in seeing pictures, they are available here.