GREETINGS IN THE LOVE OF CHRIST!
This past April Northwood Baptist Church and Gracia Hispanic ministry went on a mission trip to Guatemala with the support and partnership of the CBA.
Our commitment to this project was to train local leadership and help them understand how the Gospel of the kingdom should “Saturate” the ministry through Movement, Kingdom Mindedness, Harvest, and Discipleship for healthy Multiplication.
We also spent time with the seminary students who study at the top of the mountains next to the Tacana Volcano, at an elevation of 10.600 feet.
These seminary students are being prepared for ministry within the church as leaders and church planters with very limited resources. The students lack such basics as books or well functioning facilities to meet in. Their teachers write out the lesson plans for them with very little theological or doctrinal support.
Half of the small facilities are used as classrooms and the other half for lodging. They stay in the facilities Monday through Friday and go back home for the weekends (which is much different than what might be the experienced here in the US).
Some of the real needs are for books, computers, projectors, screens, a decent facility for the seminary students.
The first day we trained more than 200 men, pastors and leaders, of which about 50 are actively serving in the mountains of Tacana, Guatemala with different groups throughout the region. Accessing these groups is only possible through specific pick-up trucks because of the VERY DANGEROUS terrain.
Special relationships were formed with the young people that attended the second day. We were able to share lots of personal time with them, answering many important doctrinal questions. We saw in them a great future in the Gospel and they showed a lot of hunger for a healthy understanding of the Gospel.
Women of the church…
In the services, women sit separately from the men and they are all really hungry for doctrine and the Word of God!
On the third day we had a great opportunity to minister to almost 200 women that were in attendance. Our sisters on the mission team presented a message to encourage spiritual and emotional health. There is much need for encouragement in these areas, both in the church, and in their homes, because women’s roles are not as valued in their communities.
At the end of these meetings, the whole Church stepped forward with teary eyes, acknowledging their need for something different and healthier that’s more aligned to what Christ did on the cross.
The city of Tacana is the main city that provides social and commercial life. Those who go down the mountain and can sell their fruits and vegetables that they previously harvested.
The greatest need in Guatemala is for healthy doctrine. Very few churches throughout the country hold to a healthy doctrine, especially those in the capital of Guatemala, which is of predominantly Catholic religion. The prosperity Gospel and the patriarchy of the apostles have also led people to believe in an unhealthy view of the true Gospel of Jesus.
Catholicism could be described as a very rich religion because of money and history, in a nation affected by extreme poverty and lack of education. In Tacana, life is extremely challenging for these simple loving people. No matter who we came into contact with we were welcomed with open hands and a huge smile, ready to give us what little they had.
The support of lead Pastor Tommy Meador who is a super great man of God from Northwood Baptist and their Missions Pastor Logan Catoe, (Gracia) my Missions Pastor Zoro Baena and his wife Jessica, my dear sister Christi Dangerfield , my great brother Gregory, and my wonderful wife Berly Zapata made all of the difference in this journey.
I was very proud of the team, they did great job in this project through their love and compassion for the needs of these Central American people. However, we realize that this is not just a need in Central America, but also here in the USA where there are also many needing the grace and love of Jesus through the church. There is a lot to be done, and we plan to do it.
We will be planning our next trip for 2020 and we want to invite students who want to be challenged through serving in this environment.
There are many needs. If you would like to help this Central American group, some opportunities to do so are listed below:
-2 Piano Key boards, 2 amplifiers for the key boards (used or new)
-2 Computers apple is the preference because of the elevation of location signal is an issued.
-Projectors for the Training Center or Screens.
-Financial support for resources and books for the training Center for church planters.
-Financial support for the next Trip.
Thank you for your prayers and support. The new SATURATE materials were an effective tool and it will continue to be a great blessing as we communicate the principles of Movement, Kingdom Mindedness, Harvest, and Discipleship for healthy Multiplication.
Thank you, Director of Mission Craig Tuck and my brother Neal McGlohon for the great job of creating this resource and for your support with this project.
The Grace and Peace of the Lord Jesus be with you all.