TIME Mission Report & Highlights
Guatemala, Central America
February 13-20, 2013
TIME Ministries Serving in Partnership with GMM (Global Missions of Mercy) & First Baptist Church, Barton, Alabama
The American mission team of 25 members arrived in Chiquimula, Guatemala on Wednesday February 13th. There were 19 members from north Alabama and 6 team members from First Baptist Church in Lake Wales, Florida. The team was joined by many Guatemalan translators, doctors and workers. The medial team included 2 dentists, nurses, 4 doctors, 4 pharmacists and 1 optician. There were 8 people who served on the TIME evangelism team.
MEDICAL: Jesus encouraged compassion in His name when He declared,” Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40) The medical team committed themselves to sharing the love of Jesus through various acts of compassion. The first two days the medical clinic was conducted in the city hall building in the town of San Juan Ermita. The medical team saw several hundred patients with large crowds lined up outside the door each day.
EVANGELISM: Pastor Victor from Honduras shared the gospel one-on-one with those waiting to see the doctors and prayed with many. The TIME evangelism team traveled in the surrounding community sharing the Good News story of Jesus. In two separate presentations in the public school in San Juan Ermita 146 students surrendered their lives to Jesus when the invitation was given. In the school Perito Contador in the neighboring town of Camotan the gospel was presented and 32 high school students responded to the invitation. At the Coleyio Christiano Campo Real school 82 students responded to the call to accept and follow Jesus Christ. It was a great joy to share the gospel in the city square of San Juan Ermita. A large crowd gathered before entering the medical clinic and 44 adults completed decision cards indicating they invited Jesus Christ into their life. Two of those decisions included construction workers who stopped their work to hear the gospel. The TIME team seized a special opportunity to share the gospel with the SOS orphanage. This facility housed a large number of abandoned children and teenagers. They have little access to the life changing message of Jesus so it was a tremendous blessing to observe 33 young people invite Jesus Christ into their life. Hallelujah!
MEDICAL: On Saturday the medical team packed all their medicines and supplies in crates and relocated to the feeding station and mission school at Lela Obraje supported by GMM. (www.globalmissionsofmercy.com) The ministry there was begun by William (now deceased) and Sarita Carson. William called Cherokee, Alabama his home and therefore many local churches in north Alabama continue to support this wonderful ministry that reaches out to the Chorti Indians, decedents of the Mayans. They are a very poor people who live in the mountains with little or no access to medical help or the gospel. They are neglected because of their old ways and remote lifestyle. The school and feeding station is a lighthouse for the gospel and a safe haven for the many children who come there for love, food, education and to learn the good news of Jesus’ love. In 2006 the first medical clinic was conducted at this facility. Since that humble beginning the health and well-being of the people has vastly improved. In two days of clinic, hundreds of men, women and children came seeking the free medical attention and medicine.
EVANGELISM: The TIME evangelism team established a presence at the medical clinic and shared the gospel with those coming to receive medical attention. In five separate presentations 61 adults completed decision cards indicating their commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Many Christians present made recommitments of their lives to Christ. The team traveled to the school of Del Principle De Paz at Caparja and witnessed 46 students invite Jesus Christ into their life. Amen! The presentation of the gospel at the public school at Paruvlaria de Shupa was blessed by the Lord with 162 students responding to the invitation which brought the total salvation decisions to 606! What a Savior!
CONSTRUCTION: Each day while the medical team ministered to the physical needs of the people and the evangelism team shared the love and good news of Jesus, a construction team labored to build a dwelling for a deserving family. They began the foundation of a house and that work was completed the following week by a team from First Baptist Church in Lake Wales, Florida. The entire week of mission efforts included sharing & showing the love of Jesus through evangelism, medical and construction.
“To God be the Glory! Great things He has done!!”