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Archive for December, 2012


Dec 30

Achi Christian School Doors Closing Soon – Needs Our Help

Looking for a great way to invest in our Rabinal Achi Partnership with a year end gift? (or a year beginning gift?)

Look no further…

Students of Caso Colegio Bautista in San Miguel Chicaj, Baja Verapaz, Guatemala gather to greet a DSC Missions Team.

DSC member and our Rabinal Achi Partnership liaison Karen Gregory writes:

Dear Friends of the Achi,

I am sending this email to folks who might be interested in investing their prayers, treasure, and perhaps someday time in a particular project among the Achi of San Miguel Chicaj.  Some of you remember, and some have visited the little elementary school, “Caso Colegio Bautista,” that once shared space with Pastor Elias Xitumul’s Baptist Church.

An organization in Salama gave basic school equipment such as desks, chairs etc, to the school, but is now withdrawing its support and reclaiming all of the equipment and furnishings from the school, leaving about 100 students set to start classes in January with no school equipment or furnishings.

Rene and Esmeralda Canahui, the original visionaries for Christian education in San Miguel, have been funding the school and paying teachers with their own resources and through much personal sacrifice.  They are praying fervently and trusting the Lord to provide for the coming school year.

Following is a list of the equipment needed to start school mid-January, with the estimated cost in dollars.  Used desks and whiteboards are not available; all other equipment can be bought used.

Needed equipment:

New:

  • 100 student desks @ $18 each = $1,800
  • 7 whiteboards @ $48 each = $336

Used:

  • 2 teacher’s desks @ $60 each = $120
  • 1 filing cabinet = $110
  • 1 book case = $60
  • 5 (old*) computers @ $270 each = $1,350

**If 50 families gave $80, we would exceed their needs to stay open**

There is much more that could be said of the importance of Christian education to raise a generation of Achi with a Christian worldview, and of the character and personal sacrifice of Rene and Esmeralda.  I would be glad to answer, or get answers for any questions that you might have.  But the bottom line is, in order to be able to receive the students for the new school year beginning mid-January, much prayer and some emergency donations are needed.

Please pray, and if you are able, join with us in this effort.  As a Christian educator for some 23 years, my heart is with the Barreras and the Canahuis, as well as Kathi Archer, in their estimation of the importance of making Christian education available in San Miguel.

Perhaps you would be interested in funding an item, or group of items, or just a flat donation.

To donate through DSC by check, please use a missions envelope available at the information center and designate it to “Achi Baptist School.”

To donate online click here. 

  • Put the amount you’d like to give in the “Guatemala Projects” box, then on the next page (after hitting “continue”) you will need to put “Achi Baptist School” in the “Name of Person Going/Mission Project” field.

I have been slow to send out this email, praying that the situation might somehow be reconciled, but time is now short (It is a perfect end-of-year tax opportunity:)

Yours in Christ,

Karen Gregory

If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to email us at global@desertspringschurch.org.

Dec 28

Thanks from an Achi Pastor

2012 | by Clint | Category: Global,Rabinal Achi

Carol Barrera, our friend, sister, and missionary Bible translator working among the Achi sends us this note:

“Achi Pastor Pablo Moisés was visiting us this past week.  He made it a point to give thanks through us, to you for the pastoral training.  He said he belongs to a denomination that has its base in South America, but aside from receiving reports from him, there is no mutual relationship.  He said, ‘What my own denomination should be doing, your church is doing for us.’  Then he pulled out the little Humility booklet that was given out last May, as an example of your help.  I was impressed that he was still studying that booklet.”

Praise God with us that He is doing work in the lives of these Achi pastors through our annual conference.  And please be praying even now that God will use the next conference coming the last week in May.  We are working now with the Barreras to decide on a theme and topics.

We are also working with The Gospel Coalition International Outreach (TGCIO) to secure more books to help relieve what TGCIO calls the global theological famine.

 

Dec 20

Christmas Eve Service – An Opportunity to be on Mission

2012 | by Clint | Category: Christmas Store,Local,Mission Opportunity

In some ways, we should be like this year round.  But as a leadership, we’d really like to encourage everyone (Ron just did this morning at staff meeting), to make it a point next Monday evening to watch for new faces and seek to make them feel welcome.

Imagine coming into a church you’ve never been to, and as everyone sees you, maybe they smile, maybe they don’t, but they definitely just seem to talk with the folks they clearly know well and to care deeply about already.  This, though innocent, can be a very intimidating thing for a newcomer.  And Lord willing, we will have many newcomers on Monday night.  We had over 50 families come to the DSC Christmas store on Saturday, and some of them have already started visiting DSC.  We are praying that many more do this Monday night, especially since most of them came from Mission Elementary School which is in our neighborhood.

So, please be praying for the new folks that are coming and please be on the lookout for unfamiliar faces.  May God use us to engage folks that we don’t know for the sake of worship, community, and mission (and all for God’s glory).

Thanking God that He forsook the comfort of heaven and took on the discomfort of pain, suffering, and death on our behalf!