Archive for January, 2016

Jan 25

Barrera Bulletin-January 2016

2016 | by Clint | Category: Global,Missionary Care,Prayer,Rabinal Achi

Here is the latest news Rodrigo and Carol Barrera, our missions partners to the Rabinal Achi:

At last! Rodrigo is packing to make a trip to Guatemala. The dates of his trip are February 9th through March 1st.

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He will be there for the first of the two pastoral training sessions for this year led by a team from Desert Springs Church in Albuquerque. Please uphold this important event the week of February 15th.

So what about me? I share with great gratitude to the news that as of January 1st, I started walking on my own two legs, without the help of a walker! An x-ray the last day of 2015 showed that the two pieces of my hip socket had fused together, without the necessity of any operation! I am still going to outpatient physical therapy three times a week. My shoulder still has limited range of motion and strength, but it has progressed a lot from the initial injury. The hope is that it will continue to heal, so that I won’t need surgery on it. It is so wonderful to be able to dress myself, do simple tasks around the house, go to church, the library, the store and to the Y on Tuesday and Thursday. I am practicing going up and down stairs, and plan to start driving again soon.

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I am not quite ready for international travel in February. However, our plans are for both Rodrigo and I to be in Guatemala from the third week of April to the third week of June!

Meanwhile, I dedicate a block of time most every day to checking the Achi draft of Psalms. Just reading it is a blessing to me, as I pray it will be to the Achi audience who reads or hears it read. Pray I will be alert as I check to make good suggestions for possible improvements and to catch any discrepancies that need to be addressed.

Rodrigo is just finishing up an excellent course he has been auditing on line: “Biblical Foundations of Counseling.” He has enthusiastically been sharing insights with me about what he has been learning. His desire is to put the principles into practice in his own life and in his conversations with others. He wants to continue on with the next course in the fall semester.

If you have checked out my FB group “Achilandia en Guatelinda”, you have seen posts about ministry news in the Achi area and from the Achi area to the world. Those have included reports about Hector’s trip to Turkey and now Israel, Eder’s youth camp between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the upcoming discipleship training school of YWAM San Miguel (end of January through mid-June)–just to mention a few. We see part of our present work as encouraging the Achi people in their endeavors to extend the Kingdom of God, with both width and inner depth, and enlisting your prayer support for them.

Mail Attachment (1)Hector worked for two months in Istanbul with a
group of Latinos helping Syrian refugees.

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Elias telling children about the translation of the
Bible into Achi.

With profound gratitude to God and to you our fellow travelers,
Carol, for Rodrigo, too


Jan 17

Christ Church Plant Info Meeting Reminder – Tomorrow, January 18th, 6PM

2016 | by Clint | Category: Church Planting,Giving Opportunity,Local



Come to learn the vision, possible locations, and process for becoming a part of DSC’s next church plant, Christ Church. Anyone is welcome to attend this meeting for any reason. We will lay out the process by which the core planting team will be approved by the DSC elders. Doors open at 6PM, snacks provided. Supervised movie and popcorn for 5-12 yr olds, and childcare for 0-4yrs. Meeting will last from 6:30PM to no later than 7:30PM.

Jan 13

Cedar Hill Community Christmas – 2015

DSC Deacon Marvin Gibson writes:

On Sunday, December 20, about two dozen adults and children from DSC joined Cedar Hill Church in Counselor, NM on the Navajo reservation to celebrate Community Christmas with Pastor Tully Butler, his wife Mary, daughter Efren, and son Dino. The day before, a half dozen men delivered three trailer loads and three truckloads of fire wood to Cedar Hill church as part of our year round wood cutting ministry to the Navajo community. And two days before on Friday, a couple of men from DSC were at Cedar Hill to assist in the butchering of the sheep that DSC donated to the Community Christmas feast.

During the Sunday Community Christmas, DSC folks led a Christmas program for more than sixty Navajo children, many of who were hearing about Jesus for the first time. The seed was planted, please pray for fruit! As a church, we also supplemented the mutton stew and mutton posole with 300 hamburgers and 300 hot dogs prepared by some of the men from DSC. While the children’s program was going on and while the DSC men and the Cedar Hill ladies were finishing up the feast preparation, Pastor Tully and his son, Dino, were preaching God’s Word to the reached and unreached adults in the large Cedar Hill warehouse facility.  They were faithfully delivering the story of the coming of Christ. And Dino shared a powerful testimony about trusting Christ.  He assured them all that Christ did not come to make bad people good, but that he came to make the dead sinners alive in Christ.

After the messages, singing, and community feast, Pastor Tully’s daughter Efren organized the distribution of gifts, coats, hats, gloves, blankets, coffee and flour to all of the community in attendance. Cedar Hill Church is grateful for the gifts, wood, and sheep that Desert Springs Church was able to provide in the spirit of Christmas. But more than these material gifts Cedar Hill Church continues to be blessed by our ongoing personal partnership in the gospel.  They seemed thankful and joyful for the men, women, and children from DSC that are able to come to Cedar Hill with love, hugs, and labor together for His Kingdom.




What’s for dinner again?


“I could really tell God was working because the children I was helping with were passionate to hear about the Word of God. Many of the children asked insightful questions about the Christmas story and how it tied in with the whole Bible narrative. We laughed together, learned together, and made some neat crafts. Such a special time with the children at Cedar Hill Baptist!” – Crystal

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“Even though we…have different backgrounds and life circumstances than folks in the more remote and desolate parts of the Navajo Reservation, the unity through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Word is undeniable.” – Robert

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“It was awesome to see the Cedar Hill church members themselves participating, and this time around most of us from DSC were in the background supporting what they were doing as part of their annual Christmas celebration.”-Robert

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“I was blessed to be part of the DSC team to go serve at Cedar Hill church. I could tell God was working through us as I have seen all of the DSC team serve…Cooking, feeding, teaching, covered by mud… That showed me Christ and his command to love and serve one another as I saw every one striving to please and serve others before themselves. Praise be to Jesus.” -Feven

IMG_4643“What a team, what a God!”