Guatemala Mission 2017 fairview baptist church

Story by Carrington Bain and Katie McKellar

We left for Guatemala on Friday, March 10th. Once we landed in Guatemala City late Friday night, we headed for the seminary in El Tejar, Chimaltenango. The next day, we visited the boot store in Pastores and got settled into the Friendship Baptist Mission House. Several members of our team took a tour of a coffee farm/plant owned by the neighbors to the mission house. On Sunday, we hosted a block party at Pastor Alfredo's church with jumpers, popcorn, and other games. Around 150 people attended.

Flying to Guatemala
Seminary
Custom-made boots
Volcanoes seen from the roof of the Friendship Baptist Mission House
Coffee Beans
Block party at Pastor Alfredo's church
Block party fun
More block party fun

Monday was our first day on the building sites. Over the course of the week, we built five houses and ministered and formed relationships with the people in the area. Tuesday through Thursday, our team conducted two Vacation Bible Schools (one at Pastor Alfredo's church and one at Pastor Max's church). We told the stories of Shadrech, Meshech, and Abednego and Daniel and the Lion's Den. We also shared the Gospel through the Evagecube. On Tuesday and Thursday, we visited three orphanages, all of which are taking in victims from the orphanage fire in Guatemala City that took place a few weeks ago.

One of the houses we built
Special friend at building site
Sharing the Gospel at the building site
Vacation Bible School at Pastor Max's church
Vacation Bible School at Pastor Alfredo's church
Elsy playing at VBS
Abner at VBS

On Wednesday morning, we visited a local dump. There, people live and work, rummaging through a huge crevice of trash in the ground for anything salvageable—food, bottles, anything. For these people, Jesus is all they have; they have no one and nothing else.

The local dump
Person working at the dump

Friday was home-dedication day. We gave the keys to the homeowners of the houses we built along with a basket of food and supplies and a Bible after we dedicated the houses to them. Our translator, Pastor Cesar, shared the Gospel with these homeowners. Five people came to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior! Friday afternoon, we went to Antigua. There, we shopped at the local market and bartered with the shopowners.

The Team

Our trip to Guatemala was so incredible! There are no words to describe the fullness of our hearts and the way God worked in and through our lives!

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