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Guatemala Mission News 2012—Finally

Many of you have asked lately “where have you been? We haven’t heard from you in a while.” Please accept our apologies. We will try and do better as this new year begins.

Our hearts still ache over the loss of our brother, mentor and friend, Pastor Ely but in our Lord’s strength we will continue in the work that He has called us to. Rosa and family remain committed to continue, and we know that our God is in control.

As mission teams prepare here at home for their up and coming trips to Guatemala, Rosa, Eduardo and Maressa have been busy getting things ready there.



Along with the maintenance, Rosa, Eduardo and Maressa spent several days recently at the coast buying construction supplies and making last minute preparations for the team coming on January 28th.

Oakland Baptist, Rutledge, TN, has had at least one mission team come every year since 2005. We are so very grateful for their continued support. When they come this year we will be staying out at the village of Las Mercedes. Las Mercedes is in a very remote area bordering Mexico and before 2005 there was no gospel present there.


Back in 2004, Ely and I nearly lost our lives there—a case of mistaken identity—but by our Lord’s grace we’ve had a church there since January 2005. The people’s hearts in Las Mercedes have been hardened by the years of war and hardship they endured. There have been many obstacles to overcome but the church is increasing by our Lord’s grace and the work of the believers there.


Pastor Isidro and his wife, Adalidia, have been in Las Mercedes for a year now. The team from Oakland will be assisting Pastor Isidro in a construction project, holding a Bible School and encouraging the saints.


Eduardo and Maressa arrived with tools and supplies in Las Mercedes last week. The short journey took two hours because of the road conditions. This has always been an issue in getting there. Our accommodations will be a bit sparse as we will sleep on the floor in the church and bathe from 5 gallon buckets—but it’s only for a few days.

We covet your prayers as we prepare for the up coming trip. It will be our first since Ely’s passing. Please pray for Ely’s family especially his mother who recently fell breaking her shoulder.

God bless you,


Hard Work and High Temps in Guatemala

David Mitchell called in last night and gave me a report of their progress in Nueva Florida.

Here’s the low down…

There are 17 gringos mixing it up (no pun intended), doing construction work, and evangelism this week in Guatemala. The rain had been coming very hard everyday by 1pm or 2pm for the last couple of weeks. Our plan was to start work by 5am and work until the rains came.
Though, I had prayed and asked the Lord to hold back the rain just a little (“Oh, ye of little faith”) then I thought, just in case, the plan to start early would be a good one. Especially since I’d be coaching from the side line. The guys did their part and so did God. The team ended up working from 5am to 5pm Monday and Tuesday. The rain held off and the work continued, but two 12 hour days of exhausting labor and triple digit temps can take it’s toll. Last night David said that they were just a bit exhausted.
Today, they were to have a shorter construction day because they were having a tamale fellowship/gringo gospel time. No word yet on how all of that has gone.
The way things go…

Monday : Several tons of rock and sand arrived at the job site. As the truck loaded with sand backed it’s way up the small road, a portion of the road caved in, thus, getting the truck stuck. The only thing to do was to move the sand by wheel barrows the last 100 yards—slightly up hill. After that task was finished the gravel truck fearing he would meet the same demise also stopped 100 yards short so the team moved the gravel the same way. David said that some of those young Texan bucks turned it into a race… one he was glad to let them win!
David said to make sure and tell everyone thank you for all the prayers. They are accomplishing more than expected by the Lord’s grace and strength.
Nueva Florida is one of those hard areas that has rejected the gospel. The pastor started his work there just a few years ago and his church is growing. I know that because of the testimony they are witnessing of these Americans who have come and are working so very hard in their village, that many more will open their hearts to the gospel of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
Thank you for your prayers and support! May our Lord be glorified in all we do! To Him be all glory.

Last Day at Masagua and Ely’s Report

Construction goes to a new height.

The church, by day’s end, will have a concrete roof on the front to give protection from rain. So, once again, we find ourselves mixing cement on the ground in 110 degree temperature. Does that sound like a complaint? I guess my flexibility, patience, and sanctified face are all three wearing thin. We’ve got one wheel barrow, two and a half shovels, and four buckets to work with. Ok… that’s enough whining. I’ll blame it on the ameba. The second dose has made me feel good enough to be grouchy.

As the sun was setting Caitlin came to the rescue, she hauled the last few loads of cement for us.

The roof was finally finished by 6pm.

Bible School-Last Day

Two-hundred and fifty children came today. The team did a wonderful job once again with crafts, games and Bible stories!

Ely’s Report:

Ely’s latest report is very good! The tumors have decreased by 50 percent. We rejoice with praise and thanksgiving. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your prayers.