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Archive for August, 2012


Aug 31

Retro Report: The First Physical Therapy Mission to Achi-land

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

As we are able on this blog, we will continue to report testimonies from this past summer’s Achi Mission.

You may recall that this past May was DSC’s first shot at doing physical therapy as part of the overall Community Health Evangelism (CHE) strategy to make much of God among the Achi.  Our prayer is that God will use the talents, treasures, and time from the DSC body to build up the Achi and spread God’s glory broader and deeper among them.

DSC’s Achi Partnership Physical Therapy Lead Koren Saiers writes:

It was a great adventure to travel to Guatemala on the first physical therapy (P.T.) trip!  As we prepared for the mission, Becky King and I didn’t really know what to expect. We had never been to Guatemala and felt a little overwhelmed not knowing for sure what kinds of P.T. needs we would encounter. But God  knew exactly what was prepared for us! Our ministry partners set up a collaboration with their “Centro de Salud” (Health Center) to do home visits in the area.

We divided into 2 groups with Carol Barrera and Kathi Archer (long time Achi missionaries) and saw approximately 20 patients. Many of the adults suffered from strokes or paraplegia and several children faced neurological problems. We were blessed as people welcomed us into their homes. There is no P.T. in San Miguel, and families were grateful to be trained in ways to help their loved ones recover. We spent about an hour in each home and were able to spend time in prayer with each family.

We were also asked to speak to the doctors, nurses, and educators at the Centro de Salud. We were a bit hesitant, not knowing what we would speak about or how we would be received. But it went wonderfully! We were able to share the reason we had come (Christ!) and do a lot of hands on training with the staff.

Over the course of the week we also worked with a special ed class at Irma’s school, did outpatient Physical Therapy in the Chicholom clinics, and worked on the aches and pains of our Achi bretheren and the long term Achi missionaries. The many crutches and walkers donated by DSC were well used! A system was set  up whereby the local churches can store and loan out the equipment, giving them extra opportunities for home follow-up and community interaction. Our hope is that as the Achi church works to meet physical needs, the community will be open to hear the Gospel.

On one hand, it was hard to see so much suffering that could have been avoided, so much unmet need, so many more patients needing therapy than we had time for. On the other hand, it was amazing to see God’s rich grace among the Achi people. For example, the loving way that families cared for each other above and beyond what we usually see here in the U.S.  And even more amazing, in the homes of Christian Achi, the astounding steadfast faith in the midst of suffering and loss was an encouragement both to us and to the community.

Our God is great, and greatly to be praised! God has grown our love for His people and our understanding of His goodness in amazing ways. Now we pray and plan for the next therapy trip to the Achi! Maltiox! (“Thank you” in Achi)

And just recently, Carol Barrera wrote this note to Koren and Becky (our two Physical Therapists on the trip):

Hi, Koren and Becky.

The man Becky and I saw in the wheel chair (had a construction accident last year, had rigged up a pulley in his bed) came to visit us!

We had gone to see him this week, but he was in his therapy session in Salamá. He told us that they are tying him to a vertical plank for an hour so that his legs have weight on them. He now has more sensation in his upper legs, which, unfortunately, means more pain. When he couldn’t feel his legs before, he could sit a long time in his wheel chair without discomfort. However, the pain can be a positive sign.

We had a nice time talking about the Lord and his situation. I gave him the book I had promised him. Several of us gathered around and prayed for him.   

Just thought you would like to know.

Carol

We are so thankful to God as a church to have the privilege and honor of supporting Carol and Kathi in this way. May His word go forth through them and the Achi believers because of God’s work in and through this partnership.

Stay tuned to the DSC Missions Blog for more testimony from the 2012 trip and details on next year’s May Mission trip to the Rabinal Achi.

And in case you missed the video interview of Koren back in June, here it is below. (or click here)

Aug 29

Redemption Church Update

2012 | by Clint | Category: Church Planting,Local,Redemption Church

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Pastor Carlos writes:

Our first summer is coming to an end at Redemption Church. We began the summer with our first service in our new location over Memorial Weekend, followed by our official launch and “grand opening” service. Much has happened at Redemption Church that we want to celebrate and praise God for.

In July we installed our first elders. Pastor Bryan Lopez and Pastor Aaron C. had served as Elder Candidates since January. Pastor Ron Giese and Clint M. from Desert Springs joined us and prayed with me as we installed these men as elders at Redemption Church. I am blessed to serve alongside these godly men who love their wives and children, strive to be on mission to the lost and have a heart for the church.

We also saw our first community group send out and plant a new community group. We now have four community groups doing life together on mission in our area with our other two groups preparing to plant new groups as well.

In Sept. we will begin a new teaching series called “DNA”. In this series we will dive into who we are and what we believe as a church. This series will form our first opportunity for people to formally become members of Redemption Church. Later in October, Pastor Aaron and I will head to North Africa for a survey trip. I pray to learn more about the mission he and his family are hoping to pursue when they are sent out in a few years.

We have been blessed with an awesome summer and are excited for the future that lies ahead. The Lord has blessed this church, and we pray that many in Rio Rancho and surrounding areas will come to know and love our great Savior and Senior Pastor, Jesus!

If you want to be a part of planting churches locally and globally, check out the church planting page, and prayerfully considering giving in order to futher the cause. There are about 100 folks at DSC giving on a regular basis to church planting, and we’d love to see that number grow to half of DSC members. Most started at $1 per day in 2011 to church planting (beyond their normal giving), with an eye for $2 per day in 2012, $3 per day in 2013, and beyond…

Our mission at Desert Springs is to spread God’s glory broader and deeper. The primary way this is done (according to Jesus) is by making disciples that make disciples that make disciples. As disciples are made, there is a need for disciple outposts (churches) to be planted to shepherd them and send them out. Will you join us in this mission to plant churches that plant churches?

Aug 27

Props to God for Redemption Church

2012 | by Clint | Category: Church Planting,Local,Redemption Church

A DSC Family writes:

My wife and I visited Redemption Church last Sunday to show some love and encourage our brothers and sisters there. I was awestruck at how wonderfully God is using Pastor Carlos as a powerful teacher of his Word. I would have been quite content to sit there and drink up as much as he would dish out. He quite literally seems to preach straight from his heart with a passion, love for the Word, and fear of God that cannot be faked or probably even learned. It was so sweet to see our good God at work in the body in Rio Rancho.

Thank you Jesus for your work in and through Redemption Church!

Please God, continue to use Redemption Church to shine the light of the gospel!

May more and more come to faith as Your glory spreads broader and deeper there!

And please keep us faithful to pray for them and give toward their mission to make much of Jesus in ABQ, Rio Rancho, North Africa, and beyond!