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Apr 5

Mother’s Day Tea for SNAP – May 11th, Register by May 5th

mother's day tea spring for snap 2013

The Women’s Ministry at Desert Springs and the Redemption Church women are excited to participate in SPRING for SNAP 2013, a season of increased SPRING for SNAP 2013 updatedawareness, prayer, and fund raising for our Sunrise North Africa Partnership (SNAP).

INVITATION

Women, you are cordially invited to a formal tea luncheon on Saturday, May 11th from 11AM to 1PM.

Our Guest speaker, “Mrs. G” who’s name must not be printed or published online due to security reasons is currently a part of DSC’s women’s ministry and worked alongside her husband in North Africa for three years from 2005 to 2008.  Their family have been a members of DSC for 6 years since moving to Albuquerque from North Africa.  Together they have led a Community Group, been evaluated and tested by the elders of DSC, and been groomed in conviction, character, and competence to go and make disciples and plant churches in North Africa.

“Mrs. G”, her husband, and their three children and relocating to the mission field, Lord willing, in January 2014.  They will be the first of two families scheduled to leave for the field in the next couple of years.  “Mrs. G” is eager to share about their vision for sharing Christ in North Africa as they seek to grow as a family following Jesus in a foreign land.

Ladies 11 years old and up are welcome!

REGISTRATION

Cost $20.00 per person

RSVP by registering and paying online by May 5th.

HELPING

Not only do we hope you will come, but we could use your help!  As women, we have so many unique gifts and talents, and we need yours to help make this tea a success.  We have many ways you can help out.  We will need your culinary skills, your smiling face to greet, sweet service of setting up and cleaning up etc…

We are trying something new for this event.  We have an online form with information about areas to serve in and a place to sign up to serve online.  You can find the form here.

Once you sign up you will be contacted by the woman overseeing your area of service.  We are so thankful for your contribution to this.  Every woman who helps, whether through time or goods, helps contribute to the spread of the gospel in North Africa through SNAP.  With your help we can ensure a wonderful tea and give all of the proceeds towards SNAP.

Apr 3

Pinched Nerve, God’s Word in Achi, and Driving 2 blocks Per Hour!? Barrera Bulletin – March 2013

2013 | by Clint | Category: Field Updates,Global,Rabinal Achi

 

Our beloved Carol y Rodrigo Barrera en Antigua - 2009

Our beloved Carol y Rodrigo Barrera en Antigua – 2009

Our dear friends and partners in mission to the Rabinal Achi, Rodrigo and Carol Barrera, write:

Over three weeks ago I (Carol) came off a high step and landed a little wrong, pinching a nerve in my lower spinal column that is still causing pain up to the present. The pain radiated in a strong burning sensation down the front of my thigh and into the hip area. I didn’t at first get the connection between the slight jar from the step and the subsequent pain that made it almost impossible for me to work at the computer or do much of anything.

After two weeks of pain that was only relieved by getting prone, Rodrigo canceled his trip to Mexico and Laredo to see his family members (losing his airline ticket), and took me for medical help in the capital. Last week I had a battery of tests over a three-day period. The conclusion of the neurologist was a pinched nerve. He prescribed two medicines and gave me a regimen to follow:

  • much walking – NO
  • going up and down the steps – NO
  • lifting – NO
  • certain exercises – YES
  • my daily water exercises – YES

Following these instructions has resulted in less pain, to the point that I have been able to work at the computer for longer stretches, lying down less. The doctor estimated that it might take two or three more weeks for the pain to subside.The no-stairs prohibition means that we had to move my computer to a downstairs room, leaving the only office with A/C that we have–just when the temperatures have soared into the nineties. Even with the door open, the room where I am now working gets sweltering hot from the heat and humidity. So this morning I got up at 5:15 AM to work while it was still a pleasant 63 degrees F.

Some other health issues came to light in the results of the lab tests that will need attention sooner or later. One of those has to do with a strong pain that comes and goes in my lower right abdomen, possibly related to my intestine or to adhesions from my many surgeries. At first I thought it was just part of the back pain, because it is directly in front of where the back pain originates. In addition, I am thinking that long term, I probably need to go back to the scoliosis specialists in the US to start treatment with them again and get fitted for a new brace. My last brace wore out over a year ago, so I haven’t been wearing one. I seem to need that support when I am upright. They also are offering short courses in new breathing techniques and exercises.

One unexpected incident occurred when we were trying to get to our hotel the afternoon before my tests. We had decided to stay in Antigua that first night, since the place we have been staying in the capital was full. Arriving at the outskirts of Antigua around 3 PM, we got caught up in the Lent processions. It took almost six hours to go 18 blocks! There were so many processions and “alfombras” (artistic designs laid down on the roads), that we couldn’t find a route that wasn’t blocked. After three hours, we parked the car and we walked–limping would be a better description in my case. Both riding and walking on the cobblestone roads was agony to me at this point, having already been in the car before reaching Antigua for over four hours coming from San Miguel. I collapsed into bed when we reached the hotel, while Rodrigo went back for the car. Even walking, he came to a place where the only way he could advance was to join in the procession, with solid bodies to his front, back and sides, forcing him to sway back and forth with movement of those carrying the “floats” on their shoulders. One of these “floats” was about sixty feet long, with dozens of men in purple robes and hoods carrying it. Finally, Rodrigo got to within one block of the hotel, and had to park the car, unable to advance. He carried our suitcases the block to the hotel, and waited another half hour before he could get the car into the parking lot at 9 PM.

When we weren’t going to labs and seeing doctors on Monday and Tuesday, I luxuriated in the quiet of this old colonial hotel, with its lovely gardens–praying, resting, reading devotional material and studying Hebrew. A welcome break–my first getaway this year. I didn’t say “our”, because while I was resting, Rodrigo was driving, picking up lab results in the capital, shopping for supplies or medicine.

Yesterday Rodrigo drove me (ordinarily, we would walk) the 8 blocks to the church of Daniel, who is in a missions and discipleship training course in Panama and Ecuador for five months. We congratulated the pastor and the congregation for encouraging and praying for Daniel. They have also given some offerings towards his support. When I read a passage in Achí, the audience came to life with a lot of amens. The pastor also prayed for us, thanking Rodrigo for all he does to encourage and train the pastors in the area.

If my health permits, I will be attending the next two-week session of AECM, where the seven Mayan teams will have international consultants checking the rest of Exodus and Leviticus. That workshop will be the second and third week of April. Unfortunately, my health problems have caused me to get way behind in my part of going over the Achí translation of those books in preparation for the checking sessions.

This year I made it a priority to observe Lent in preparation for Holy Week. The devotionals and prayers and other spiritual exercises have been a big blessing to me. I pray that you will have a meaningful remembrance of these key events in the history of the world and our own salvation. Let us mourn for the suffering brought on by our sin, and rejoice in Christ’s victory over evil and death, his provision to us of Life and relationship with God Himself.

Rodrigo and Carol Barrera

Apartado 54 Periferico

01011 Guatemala City,

GUATEMALA

Address for financial support:

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

carol_barrera@sil.org

Alfombras barrera bulletin march 2013

Lent processions in Antigua

Apr 1

Meeting the SNAP Family is Making an Impact

275 Days till Sunrise…

Countdown no number

Digging in to send them out…

At this point, the Sunrise North Africa Partnership (SNAP) family at DSC have visited four Community Groups.  They are aiming to visit all 25 groups before their scheduled departure of January 2014 in order to share their personal insights into the SNAP vision, mission, and strategy.

Here is what folks are saying that have been visited:

“It was great to have the SNAP family at our CG because it allowed us to meet them personally and to see their passion for the journey ahead, their dreams for ministry, for their children, and for people in North Africa.  I feel it unified our group to each other around this mission so that we can now all say, “this is OUR mission”.   It personally increased my appreciation for the sacrifice and passion of this family and instilled a greater burden to pray for them and Muslims in our target country.” – Tara S.

“I thought they presented everything very well. My wife and I were talking about it later that night and thought it was such a great idea for them to visit every CG, because now we feel like we really truly have skin in the game. Its isn’t something that we hear from the pulpit, but rather something that we as a church ALL have a personal hand in. Having them there got us excited to be on board with them and sending them out.” – Eric L.

The SNAP family is visiting, on average, two Community groups per month.  So watch for them to drop in on your CG this year sometime.  And please take the opportunity to ask questions about the mission, about their family, and about how God can use you to pray for and support them.

Click here to set up automatic giving to SNAP each month.

As of this posting, our current weekly average giving toward church planting is just over $1750, and our goal by January 2014 is $3000 per week.  Let’s dig in!