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Archive for February, 2015


Feb 28

Los Encuentros Weavers Microfinance Ministry Update

2015 | by Clint | Category: Field Updates,Global,Rabinal Achi
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These scarves will be available at DSC for Mother’s Day, all proceeds assist the North Africa Missions.

During the February 2015 Pastors Conference in San Miguel Chicaj, Bart received a large order of handwoven scarves from the Microfinance weavers of Los Encuentros.  Bart kindly updated us on his visit with the Achi ladies last week:

Would we wait two and a half hours for an appointment? The Microfinance weavers of Los Encuentros gladly waited to deliver a large order from DSC of scarves and coin purses. Our beloved Dr. Jacobo and I had arrived late after slipping out of the final day of the pastor’s conference. Arriving at Silvia Sis’s home we met about 20 Achi ladies and many of their kids under Silvia’s small porch. Their patience and excitement was evident even for the mild manner Achi. It was a pleasure to meet up with familiar friends. Silvia was all business and quickly organized the returned goods to the appropriate owners. I asked a couple of ladies how they were able to fill the specific order of 80 shawls and 10 coin purses and if their fingers were worn out from weaving. Their answer was a surprise. Their fingers were not tired but their arms and shoulders were from the repetitive movement of the weaving board.

They wanted us to review their work in detail. Silvia had neatly organized the shawls into the requested specific patterns and colors. We found out that not all the color threads were available in nearby Salama and Silvia had travelled to Quezaltenango (over 5 hours away) to find and purchase the right threads. The shawls were gorgeous. Jacobo and I explained that the shawls would be offered to DSC members and some stores and the income would assist the North Africa Mission. Many of these ladies were pleased to know their work would help spread the gospel on the other side of the world. We spoke of business and supply and demand and asked that they pray that their goods would be sold and new orders would be placed.

We left at dusk and a sweet lady offered to carry the largest bag of shawls for us. She quickly balanced it on her head as she adjusted her 2 year old boy on her back and took her 4 year old girl’s hand. As we crossed the suspension foot-bridge the bag stayed balanced even as Jacobo and I swayed across. To see the Lord bless these ladies for their hard work was a privilege to know that Microfinance has helped them improve their lives and afford to keep their children in school.

 

Feb 24

ISI January 2015 Newsletter Update

2015 | by Clint | Category: Global,Iternational Students Incorporated,Local

International Students INC. (ISI) is one of our local missions partners. Their global vision is to welcome international students to Albuquerque at UNM and seek to build friendships with them through service and hospitality. Joan has sent us ISI’s January updates. It’s not too late get involved in this amazing ministry!

Welcome Center

The January 2015 Welcome Center was bustling with activity. We served over 150 students during the 5 days we were open. Students were served lunches (almost 300) another 75 were provided with airport pickups and temporary homestays. Of those 75, we matched most of them with a friendship partner. As of today, all but three students have been assigned a friendship partner (we have one guy from Qatar and 2 guys from India still left on our list).

Welcome Parties

We want to send out a special thank you to the volunteers who hosted the six Welcome Parties this past January. Those parties played an integral role in making students feel welcome, introducing them to American friends and giving them the opportunity to sign up for a Bible study.

Bible Study

A whopping 38 students are attending this semester’s Bible study! We have seven active small groups at this time. Let us pray that God would be revealed to students in 2015.

The Hiking ministry is starting off strong with 45 students signed up for hikes. We need more volunteer hiking leaders and organizers.  Each leader is expected to lead at least two hikes this semester.  If you are interested, please contact isiabq@isionline.org. It’s not too late to get involved in this exciting ministry!

Please join our hearts in prayer for the following:

Thanksgiving & Praises:

38 students are attending the Bible studies

70 students were matched with Friendship partners

150 new students were introduced to the ministry of ISI

Ongoing & Upcoming:

3 students still need friendship partners

Pray for open hearts for the students in the Bible study

God is Not Dead Movie Night this Saturday evening

Spring Break Trip for Bible study students March 7-10

Longterm:

Protection against the schemes of the evil one as he seeks to thwart and disrupt this ministry

That God would raise up workers to spread his message to International Students

Future:

Women’s Ministry, large group social/outreach events, Int Christian Fellowship meetings

A building of our own – funding & wisdom

 

Feb 21

Rabinal Achi Water Filter Update

2015 | by Clint | Category: Field Updates,Giving Opportunity,Global,Rabinal Achi

As you will recall earlier this month, Pastor Clint, Youth Minister Nathan and Bart traveled to Guatemala for a Pastors Conference and to distribute the Sawyer water filters purchased as an outreach component of Community Health Evangelism. Bart’s update on the conference:

The Lord does open doors and provides answers and direction. Past DSC water projects have effectively worked on community water supply projects. But we were not finding an acceptable and reproducible method to provide pathogen free water. Through David and Karen Gregory the Sawyer individual home water filters were made available to the Rabinal Achi and have been well received. The filters simple remove harmful microbes and provide clean drinking water; simple, effective and efficient.

DSC community groups have purchased numerous filters. Achi families can purchase these filters and the proceeds will go for the purchase of more. All Achi I’ve talked to believe this is a great deal and can easily recuperate their cost within 3 months and anticipate substantial family savings by not having to purchase clean water, fuel for boiling, and know they’ll have decreased pathogenic illnesses.

During the pastor’s conference, Dr. Jacobo presented the goals and mission of Community Health Evangelism (CHE). As part of CHE the value of clean water is emphasized. The Sawyer filters were demonstrated and when one “Gringo” threw out his coffee and drank two cups of filtered water the pastors were hooked. Those who were interested in purchasing a filter signed up for a personal visit and demonstration of the filters by Eder Ixcopal. God is in control and has provided a viable acceptable method to assist the Achi with clean water.