Missions Blog

Jun 11

Guatemala Mission – The Young Adult Team in San Nicolas

2012 | by Clint | Category: Field Updates,Global,Rabinal Achi,Trips

Our young adult team of three, led by Marvin G. is ministering daily with and to the Rabinal Achi.  They return June 27th, but are focused and spending every ounce of energy they have this month to cross language and cultural boundaries for the sake of spreading God’s glory broader and deeper among the Achi.

Sophia E. is one of the DSC young adults on this trip, and she has been to Rabinal Achi country several times.

Sophia writes:

I have truly seen and experienced God using us in way that I have never experienced on any of my prior mission trips. Wednesday Brian, Rachel, and I went to a dear friend of mine (Irma’s) school to help her teach an English class. I was expecting an elementary class because I knew that she worked at an elementary school.  However, I found myself standing at the front of a class room teaching thirty 20-48 year-old adults. Brian and Rachel, who had never taught an English class before, were obviously hesitant and a bit out of their comfort zone.

Thankfully, in the end, it turned out to be really fun and a really big encouragement for all of us. At the end of the class Irma asked her students if they wanted to say anything to us. One of the older men in the classroom stood up and said, “Thank you for helping my people”. You could see in his eyes how sincere he was and it was such an affirmation to me. I am here in Guatemala and I am doing good, even when I feel like I am not doing enough or that I could be doing so much more. God brought me to that school to tell me just what I needed to hear and to leave encouraged and praising God for using me.

This past Friday we went to San Nicolas for an outreach with OR4. OR4 is an organization that a group of young Achi men started 8 years ago. They created this organization to reach out to the young people in San Miguel and in neighboring villages. We arrived at San Nicolas late in the afternoon; we soon split up into three smaller groups and walked around the village, door to door, inviting people to come to our event and prayed for any specific needs they had. Many people asked for prayer for illnesses, family problems, and spiritual growth. One girl even asked for help trusting in Christ. Her mother-in-law gave us all cucumbers as a “thank you”. It was a sweet time to lay hands on the Achi people as we continue to build relationships with them. At 6:45pm we started a big fogota (bonfire) out in the middle of a soccer field where Rachel gave her testimony, we had a time of worship, and a local pastor Omar gave a sermon. I was very encouraged my Omar’s teaching.

Here are some photos from their time:

Quatro Gringos y muchas Achis


Too bad they aren't having much fun... (dripping sarcasm)


La fogota (the bonfire) and Rachel giving her testimony


Gringos y Achis