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Pueblo Nuevo Church – Guatemala

On Thursday, we rode in the back of 4×4 trucks to a place called Pueblo Nuevo. A new church has been planted there and is only THREE months old. We went to encourage them and see the site they had prepared.

While there we had the opportunity to share the gospel with some non believers, and later we shared food with all. The ladies leave walking while carrying the 25 pounds of food on their heads.

One thing that we all took away from being there was that they needed a church building before the rains start in June. It weighed heavy on our hearts and consumed much of our conversation. We realized that the church had done all they could do preparing the land and buying a few concrete blocks along with making the make shift shelter of sort where they worshiped. We talked about what we could do and committed to pray and see how the Lord would lead us individually. A couple of team members as well as a few others have felt led to help financially. Last night, as I was leaving church, I felt the Lord say, sow what you have and trust me for the rest. It’s much easier to talk about being a faith based ministry than actually living it out. I have emailed Eduardo, Maressa and Rosa and will be wiring the funds, that we have, this week. The total cost for the church building will be around $10,000. Pueblo Nuevo is in a remote area and we know that the cost of having materials delivered there will be costly. We will be sending $3000 this week to get things underway.

I may also organize a team to go and work, in May, to help finish the church before the rains begin. The Lord is in control and we trust Him for all provisions. Thank you for allowing us this opportunity to share with you what God is doing in Guatemala. To Him be all glory!

Thank you!God bless you,

Lewis

Wednesday, our last day…continued…

The floor in Pastor Armando’s new house was finished, and our time there was coming to an end. Here’s some pics of a few of the friends we made during our stay.

The team had pitched in and bought the family a new cabinet and a new kitchen sink. They say a picture can say a THOUSAND WORDS… Their reaction was more than Donna could bare. How’s that for an old sink and then the new one? Big improvement huh…

Donna and I with Pastor Armando and his wife. Jerry Hodge with children in front of pastors new house.

VBS….Final Day also….. Over TWO HUNDRED came…..FOUR received Christ! Many seeds were planted. God is so good!
We’re done here! Tomorrow we will visit TWO churches in the foot of the mountains!

Thanks again for your prayers!

Lewis

Tuesday was TERIFFIC in Nueva Florida!

On Tuesday morning we got an early start on pouring the floor at the church. The platform area of the church poured before breakfast.

We had drug our “portable” cement mixer inside the church building to start the pour. While the sand and gravel mix was just outside it had to be shoveled into buckets as Keith and Danny are doing. Buckshot ran back and forth with FIVE GALLONS of water he gathered from a barrel. The barrel was being kept full by team members going down to the river and carrying the water, up hill, to the church. Buck made sure the cement mix was the right consistency, and the process was repeated SIXTY to SEVENTY times. When you are pouring cement in the jungle, with limited equipment, there is not an easy way of getting the task achieved. Hardworking American’s and Guatemalan’s working side by side creates a bond as well as a good testimony for all in the village.

Donald Robinson, Tom Spinks and Dwayne Johnson haul the sand and gravel to the machine, we loaded it, or should I say Mike Gains, “the machine,” Mike Gower, Pat Quillen, Dwayne and Brandon came to my rescue. They  loaded the majority of the sand and rock into the mixer. After the mix was right even the ladies joined us, as you see Joyce and Shay Dail. We played pass the buckets of cement to where it needed to be.

Teresa Gower, a nurse, and Shay cut in half the 80 lb. bags of cement to fit the mix. It took EVERYONE doing something to get the job completed.

Finally we came to the point to move the machine outside. In-progress the distances shortened loading and unloading. By noon we had shoveled, bucketed, caught and poured some FIFTEEN YARDS of concrete. The job was finished as well as most of the team. The church now has a good place to worship and invite friends and neighbors. We pray that many souls will be won to our Lord’s kingdom here.

VBS

ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY children came to VBS. Donna shared stories about the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Danny and Mike swing a large jump rope for the girls at rec time. Others helped with the crafts and coloring.

Serving the Lord is a WONDERFUL PRIVILEGE……I guess that’s what made this Tuesday a TERRIFIC ONE.

God bless you,

Lewis