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Archive for June, 2012


Jun 30

June Barrera Bulletin

2012 | by Clint | Category: Field Updates,Global,Rabinal Achi

Our beloved Carol y Rodrigo Barrera en Antigua - 2009

Carol and Rodrigo Barrera are our dear partners in Achi-Land, who have, with the help of the Achi spent the past 30 years translating the New Testament into the Rabinal Achi dialect.  Each month they publish a “Barrera Bulletin.”  This edition includes reports from DSC’s annual May Medical Mission as well as the Achi Pastors’ Conference that we partner with the Barrera’s to offer. We will be sure to make this a regular publication of this blog as well.

 

From their June Barrera Bulletin:

With the Lord – Veronica slipped into the presence of our Lord just hours before Rodrigo drove two hours to meet up with her father to deliver some strong pain meds that friends had helped us obtain for her.  Her struggle with cancer was over.  She  had testified months ago that she was ready to transition to heaven.

Instead of delivering the medicine, Rodrigo helped the family buy the shroud and straw mat that are used to bury people in that distant village where coffins are not the custom.

 

This morning this ancient hymn comforted me:

Be  near me when I’m dying, O show Thy cross to me!

And  for my succor flying, Come,  Lord, and set me free!

These  eyes new faith receiving, From  Jesus shall not move;

For  he who dies believing, Dies  safely through Thy love.*

– Bernard of Clairvaux, 1091-1153   Tr. by James W. Alexander, 1830

 

Retreat  for Pastors and Leaders     

At the annual conference for Achí leaders the fellowship was sweet and the topics challenging. This year’s themes were humility and accountability, interspersed with testimonies and lively music from the young people joining us.  Some people in the dining group kept staring at our group, trying to figure out the combination of young and older, Guatemalans from the capital, Mayans, Americans and Mexicans.

The medical  outreach followed on the heels of the conference.  I really enjoyed the home visits I made with the physical therapists who went around seeing people who are confined to their beds, the floor and/or wheel chairs due to strokes, accidents or illness.  Some of them really needed encouragement to make an effort to strengthen their bodies.  Others had great attitudes and left us amazed at their joy and willingness to shine in dark corners.  We tried to encourage the caregivers as well.  We were especially thankful that this was done in cooperation with local government health clinics.  Some of the nurses and health promoters promised to do follow-up visits.

 

An  accident?

Our car broke down in the mountains and had to be towed to the state capital for repair.  Then the taxi which Rodrigo hired to get him back to the medical group, also broke down.  The taxi driver who stepped in expressed his need for spiritual help, and was led to pray to let God into His life.  Rodrigo has met with him since then.

After  the dearth of water in town, it has rained enough to refill our water tank, which was a blessing to us and our visitors these past few weeks.

Thanks  to all for your prayers for these activities.

Rodrigo and Carol Barrera

Mailing Address: Apdo. 54 Periferico  01011 Guatemala City, Guatemala

Ministry Address: Wycliffe Bible Translators  PO Box 628200  Orlando, FL 32862-8200

 

If you give to DSC currently, then part of your giving goes to support the Barreras on a monthly basis, however, if you’d like to make giving directly to their ministry a part of your family’s giving, then here are instructions:

Mail Checks to:

Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200 Orlando, FL  32862

And designate it to them by putting this on the check: Acct. # 210519

 

**Just in this week – Rodrigo robbed at gunpoint in Guatemala City after dropping DSC folks off at airport**

After dropping the young adults (3) from DSC off at the airport last Wednesday (27th), Rodrigo was involved in a fender bender.  Upon exiting the vehicle to discuss the accident with the other driver, a car with four men drove up.  Three men exited the vehicles with guns and robbed both Rodrigo and the other driver.  Rodrigo was not hurt, thanks be to God!  But they did take his keys, his cash (about $200), and all of his identifications.  They’ve already saide how frustrating its been replacing things on Thursday and Friday because of how unorganized the offices are that he has to visit.  Please pray with us that God will guard their hearts in Christ as they face the frustrations of replacing these essential items.  And please pray for their safety, as this is just another sign that Guatemala City is becoming a rather dangerous place to travel through.  In fact, our water team was robbed (though not at gunpoint) last fall when they left a car door unlocked and stepped into a convenient store temporarily.

 

Jun 27

The Well Achi Mission Coming to a Close

2012 | by Clint | Category: Field Updates,Global,Rabinal Achi,Trips

Within hours the Well team will arrive back in Albuquerque, back from their mission trip to Achi land.

Here is a great summary from Marvin G’s blog. of what much of this mission trip has included:

I want to try to convey what a home visit is like. I think these are my favorite parts of our mission. Either local pastors or some of the Achi on our team determine what homes we will visit. The homes we visit usually have clear prayer needs, either health or a non-believer, or it is the home of someone who has been in service to us and wants to continue to love on us. The homes are usually two or three room adobe homes with wood burning cookstove inside the house. Each room has a door that opens to a covered area that is open to the outside. We approach the home and from a distance start saying, “buenos dias”, or ” buenas tardes”, or “Maria”. No matter what the occupants name is, it seems that Maria is a customary thing to say when you are announcing your presence. After a while, a lady of the house will peek out and Hector or a pastor will explain our presence and then we will be invited to the covered but open to the outside area. All the chairs in the two or three rooms will be brought out for us and this is usually two to four chairs, the rest of us stand or sit on the low wall. Conversation takes place, often in Achi, so until we get a summary translation, we just sit and watch. If the person that needs prayer is bedridden due to sickness, injury or stroke, we will be invited inside. After a while, the discussion turns to prayer needs and spiritual health of the family. And then all of us are made aware of the prayer requests, and a pastor or I as the eldest, will be called to lead prayer. After the prayer is started, everyone starts praying, simultaneously and loudly. It is a chorus and cacauphany of prayer. It is an aroma lifted to God. It is my favorite time of our mission. A pleading for God’s provision, recognition of His promises, and acknowledgement of His glory, and confession of our sins. Sometimes Christ will be received by a new believer and then other times a heart will be hardened, sadly. These are some of the times I feel closest to the Lord when I witness such dependence.

Also, there are some short, but insightful videos posted on Sophia and Brian’s blog this week too.  Be sure to check them out for a glimpse into ministering to and alongside the Achi.

I think I’ve said this before, but if you know these four (Marvin, Brian, Rachel, and Sophia) be sure to take some time when they get back to sit down with them and celebrate what God did in and through them during this mission.  It is critical that we as a body, especially those closest to them, show our appreciation for their time and energy and efforts in the field on our behalf by listening well and asking good questions as we welcome them home.

Here are some more photos:

 

 

 

 

Jun 22

SNAP 2012 Survey Trip Report #1

2012 | by Clint | Category: Church Planting,Field Updates,Global,Trips

Our first SNAP couple, along with a DSC elder, his wife, and one deacon, just returned this past Saturday from their 10 day survey trip to North Africa.  While in country they were able to meet with Christian workers and church planters, and to pray about and consider what strategies and cities the SNAP team will aim for in the coming years.

DSC Deacon Greg Dart had this to say about the trip:

One thing that our Lord showed me while in North Africa was that Arabs aren’t at all what is depicted on the internet and through the media; they aren’t all fanatical and hate the west. They are just normal folks trying to get by in life like most of us. I would say a majority of them are Muslim by name only, they were born Muslim and go through the motions, doing the “works” required and trying to look good on the outside. Part of the going through the motions is their call to pray at the mosques.

One Friday we were at one of the largest mosques in the world and witnessed thousands of people filing in for prayer. My heart became so heavy for a people group that seemed to be like sheep being lead to slaughter. They are truly a deceived people that need the Truth of Jesus, our risen Savior. Sharing that truth isn’t as easy or simple as it seems, finding a right balance of being bold for the name of Christ and careful enough so you are not escorted out of the country for sharing the truth is a tricky thing for ‘workers’.

The progress seems slow but great encouragement for even small victories as we know our Lord is about His Kingdom work. In one town of half a million while we were there a ‘worker’ held a Bible study with two ladies, the only known believers in the whole town. Pray for these two as it is a huge step of faith for them and the start of the Gospel spreading. God is Faithful and will accomplish His purposes; I am excited and blessed to be a small part of His work in the months and years to come.

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Here are a few shots from their trip:

"The sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." (Luke 1:77-79 ESV)

 

"But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall." (Malachi 4:2 ESV)

 

)Stay tuned to this blog for more words and pictures reporting on this recent survey trip as well as recent Guatemala missions.