It is hard to believe our trip is concluding. We ate breakfast and prayed with the kitchen / cleaning staff who took care of us so well during our stay. We shared our final devotion time together. We finished our time at The Lodge as we began it: by reading Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” We took a few minutes to be still.
Before departing, Heather shared with us ways that The Church can advocate for our friends in Guatemala and throughout the world. She read from Proverbs 31:8, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Some of the specific ways we can all serve as advocates include:
* Sponsor a child
* School supplies drive. School supplies are more expensive in Guatemala than in the US. Consider end of school year drive, as kids clean out lockers. Used supplies are still valued.
* Change drive (collect change to donate)
* One-time gifts.
For more ideas of advocacy, see www.visiontrust.org/advocacy
Our team has experienced and learned so much during this trip, much of which is yet to be processed. We have spent time with a community that is poor in resources, but rich in faith. We have witnessed joy, generosity, and unrestrained worship. We pray for God’s blessings on the children, the community, and the teachers, who seek to better the community spiritually, educationally, and physically. For ourselves, we pray that we will return with joy, boldness, changed hearts, and a deeper relationship with God.
After our week with the VisionTrust Guatemala team and community of Los Verdes, our team is even more excited about CPCC’s partnership. VisionTrust Guatemala’s team is a group of talented and dedicated servants of Christ. There are and will be many ways for the people of our church to get involved in this ministry. We believe that God will do great things through this partnership!
Our team is grateful for all of your prayers and support for this trip.
Thank you for your dedication in going where we cannot go. Our prayers and thoughts were with you and we read the comments with gratitude for your service in exemplfying JESUS.