As a missionary I (Sara) can often fall into the trap of dwelling on all the things I feel like I have had to give up in order to follow the call to â€œgo into all the world and preach the gospel.â€ There are some days where I want to scream because it takes ridiculously too long to get something done or because I have to work twice as hard than I should have to! God has really been showing me that this is truly a trap the enemy tries to use against me. He wants me to become frustrated and dissatisfied with situations in life. Jesus said â€œI have come so that you can have life and life abundantly.â€ The devil is like a mosquito always trying to suck that abundant life out of us. It doesnâ€™t matter if you are in a foreign country or right in the United States. The devil will use anything and everything to try to make you feel dissatisfied with your life. I cannot begin to express in words how much my perspectives on life have changed the past couple of months with this revelation. I am so blessed to say that the past two months have been incredible both for our personal life and our ministry here in Guatemala. We definitely feel like the past few weeks have been filled with ABUNDANT LIFE!
The last week of January we had our first short term team come to visit us. We were blessed to have LaCygne Christian Church from Kansas here for a whole week ministering with us. They were a power house and gave 100% the entire time they were here. They really came as open vessels willing and ready for God to use them. They made such a powerful impact on the Guatemalans to whom they ministered to. They were a HUGE blessing and encouragement to our family.
We spent a day ministering to the children at Remar. It was most of the childrenâ€™s first time to ever have pizza! We played tons of games with the kids and then had a short lesson to encourage them as they were preparing to start the new school year. We ended with handing out school supplies that the team brought for the children and by praying over each child. The presence of the Lord really showed up. Almost every child was crying by the end of the prayer because they were so overwhelmed by the love they were receiving. It was so beautiful.
One of the short term team members was able to sit and talk with the House parents of Remar. She shared with the team member the following testimony:
â€œMany of these kids used to be so hard. They were very disobedient, they bullied the smaller children, and they would not listen to anything we had to say. They were very difficult children. I tried taking them to the doctors but they could not help them. I tried taking them to talk to counselors but they could not help them either. Ever since Sara and Jesse have been coming to visit the kids and teaching them about God things have changed. I can see them changing. They listen and they are all getting along. I can see the hardness falling off of them! Everything at the home is changing!â€
We were so extremely blessed to hear the team memberâ€™s account of this testimony! God has really been blessing our work with these precious kids.
We had planned for the team to plant 250 lime trees out at the Kekchi Bible Institute in a day and half. This team blessed our socks off when they completed planting all of the lime trees in one morning! They were very hard workers and really got down in the dirt! We were really impressed! Once they are producing limes these lime trees will produce an estimated $2,500 per year that will go towards advancing the Kingdom of God here in Guatemala!
Makai got to have his first trip to Tikal while the team was here. He has officially been on top of the biggest Mayan pyramid in all of Mesoamerica! The lil guy loved it!
Right after the team left we had friends come visit us for almost a week from Texas. Their family participated with us in our ministry at Remar and at KBI.
It has been an action packed month and now we are enjoying a little bit of rest and recuperation! All three of us have been fighting with some kind of cough, allergies or congestion. Please pray for us to be refreshed, spirit, soul and body!