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Archive for May 28, 2013


May 28

Guatemala May 2013 Mission Update #6 – Through the Eyes of a First-timer

Rachel H. is 17 and part of the youth ministry here at DSC.  This is her first time to Rabinal Achi country.  Here’s what it looks like through her eyes:

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Rachel H. First timer to Achi land!

May 27, 2013 Guatemala Update, The perspective of a first timer.   Rachel Hendrix

This is my first trip down to Achi land; today was the first day of medical clinics, and I had no idea what to expect. I’ve heard the stories and seen the pictures, but how everything was actually going to go down was a mystery to me. I’m not really ‘medical’ in any way, so I wasn’t really sure what I would be doing.  Somehow I learned how to take vitals (with the help of Paul, Damian, Mike, and many others)! The whole experience was (and still is) interesting, enlightening, and pretty cool (to say the least).

Throughout this whole trip, God has been showing me that it’s not about me; it’s about Him.  I’ve grown up at DSC hearing about the Rabinal Achi people group, and I have had friends who have gone on trips before. It was kind of the thing to do. The past four years I’ve wanted to come down, but God knew I wasn’t ready. It couldn’t be about me only wanting to go because friends have gone or because I wanted to be able to say that I have been to Guatemala. It couldn’t be something that I just wanted to check off of my list of things to do before I went to college. And that’s what it was for me before this year. God changed my heart though, and it’s only because of Him that I’ve realized that this trip isn’t about me or for me, it’s about glorifying God. Doing clinics this morning showed me that even more. It’s easy to think ‘oh I’m only doing vitals, those other guys are doing to the real stuff (pulling teeth, handing out medicine, etc.), and they are doing the important stuff, but I’ve realized that it’s not about what I’m doing; it’s about what God is doing.

One last thing that I’ve found pretty amazing is how God reaches across nations and language barriers. I’ve known this and have grown up being taught this, but actually seeing first hand how God is the God of all tongues, and tribes, and nations has been something that has stuck out to me quite a bit. I took 3.5 years of Spanish in high school, so I can understand some things, but speaking it is another matter. So when I ended up working with Palo, who didn’t speak any English, I was at first a little concerned; God worked through it though, and we got quite a bit done. (I also learned those high Spanish numbers, that I was never able to get a hang of in class, pretty well!)

Someone mentioned at dinner how although we come from different countries and different cultures that we all struggle with the same sin and the same problems, and we still have the same God who died for all of our sins. Again, I’ve known this, but actually seeing it first hand has stuck out to me. Our God is a God who speaks all languages, whether it’s English, Spanish, or Achi. Yesterday we went to Pastor David’s church; the familiar tune of “How Great Thou Art” being sung in Spanish filled the small cement church. It was a great image of what it will be like in heaven when every tongue, tribe, and nation will be singing to our great God as one.

Please continue to pray for the team as they serve in clinics and home visits the rest of this week.  May God get the glory for all of this!

Other pictures from Monday in Achi Land.

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The Achi have beatiful clothes, smiles, and hearts.

 

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Achi students listening to dental hygiene instruction

 

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Mike (Miguel) and Paul (Pablo) working hard for Christ and for the Achi

 

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Dr. Brent and Hector say, “Hey, how about you come next year and help haul medical and dental supplies up this hill!?” :-)

 

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Rodrigo Barrera, ministering with his wife Carol (not shown) for over 38 years to and with the Rabinal Achi.

 

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Serving together in word and deed.

 

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Typical, stroller and grocery cart not needed.

 

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More word and deed service. This man translated the Bible into their native tongue, now he reminds them to brush their tongue too.

 

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And they listen to his words about dental hygiene. We pray they will be a generation that listen to the words of God he translated into their language.

 

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Leading by instruction and example

 

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Lord, please make this a generation of Achi that know your Word, know your Son, and make Him known.

 

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Medical, dental, and physical therapy service opens up opportunities to proclaim the gospel, offer counseling from Scripture, and pray with people.

 

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Mike H. DSC member, dentist, dad, husband, missionary, servant.

 

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Stunningly beautiful hand woven clothing is typical in Achi land.

 

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Achi serving the Achi in the name of Christ

 

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Happy hearts know no age or situational limitations.

 

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The buzz and business of typical medical/dental clinic. This one in the village of Las Minas, a first time for DSC teams.

 

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Happy Achi girl.

 

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Paul (Pablo Picaso) E. : Retired dental hygienist, DSC member, dad, husband, missionary, servant to the Achi.

 

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Paul and Michelle E. serve along side Anna W as they treat a young Achi child.

 

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Bible in Achi, booklets and gospel tracts in Spanish. We pray that God’s Word will not return void, just as He promised.

 

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Weapons of service for this mission.

 

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School area for clinics in Las Minas

 

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First timer Rachel H. serving faithfully, growing in her understanding of God’s world and mission.