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Jun 4

Medical Missions Team’s Final Days in Guatemala

2018 | by Josiah | Category: Field Updates,Global,Prayer,Rabinal Achi,Trips

The 2018 Guatemala Medical Mission trip has come to an end.  Not before the team spent a couple more long, hard-working days since the last update.  Thursday, May 30th, the team had made the short, steep drive to Chicholom, the views were stunning. They did the last clinic setup for this trip since the facility holding all the supplies could be locked.

Surrounded by ChildrenSophia Surrounded by Children

Sophia, a teenager who was here last year, once again had a wonderful time playing with the children. Some of the children even remembered her name.

Breathing TreatmentChild Receiving a Nebulizer Treatment in Chicholom Clinic

On Friday, the team’s last clinic was a very busy half day. They had to say good-bye to their Achi friends that they served with before parting ways.  Through slow traffic the DSC team headed to Antigua where they spent the following day debriefing, resting, and being tourists.

20180601_063502The Breakfast Table for the Entire Medical Team (DSC Team & Guatemalans)

Thank you so much for your prayers. They have had safe travel and great success working even in difficult conditions. After a long day of travel, the team arrived back in Albuquerque Sunday afternoon. Please pray for them as they try to catch up on rest and sleep after long hard days and most of them have responsibilities to get back to tomorrow. Pray for the people that were served that they felt God’s love. For those who don’t know the Lord that they come to a saving faith. For those who saw the team for medical reasons that they were of assistance to them.

May 26

Medical Missions Team 2018 Arrives in Guatemala

2018 | by Josiah | Category: Field Updates,Global,Prayer,Rabinal Achi,Trips

2018 Medical Missions Team2018 Medical Missions Team Arrive in Guatemala City
(Pictured from right to left: Jacque, Stephen, Chris, Josiah, Beth, Margaret, Roger, Sophia, Brent, Pam, Joy, not pictured: Memo)

Desert Springs Church’s 12 person medical mission team arrived safely in Guatemala City on Friday, May 25. They traveled with at least 30 bags carrying medical supplies for the following 10 days. On Saturday, they traveled to San Miguel.

Josiah and Jacque had a Guatemalan Jehovah Witness sit between them on the flight to Guatemala City. This gentleman comes from an area near Tactic, one of the places the team will be going to. He remembered missionaries coming to his community to teach the children how to brush their teeth. He then thanked the two for what we are doing. Please pray for this gentleman, Dieter, as they were able to share from the Bible how Jesus is God. He was open to those verses. He will be on the same return flight as the team to the States. Perhaps there will be an opportunity to continue to share with him.

Packed Out GMMT2018The van traveling to San Miguel is completely packed out

Please pray for safe travels and health as the team faces a full schedule in the days to come going to different villages around the area of San Miguel. Pray for the entire team, both those from the States and those from Guatemala as they serve the Rabinal Achi.

Reason for prayers for safe travels: 20180526_112112The team passed this accident not too long after getting out of Guatemala City.

Feb 22

Update from Irma

2018 | by Josiah | Category: Field Updates,Global,Prayer,Rabinal Achi

Some of you may recall that February 2017, Irma, one of the wonderful people we have come to know well and partner with in Guatemala, had found out she needed foot surgery. She has asked us to share a letter to you all:

Greetings dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

My family and I have been so blessed by Desert Springs Church who has supported us in many ways. I am writing this note to specifically thank all of you who prayed and supported us financially when I broke my foot at the end of February 2017. After a doctor checked my foot I was told that I had to wait in the hospital for a week for surgery that needed to be done.  At the time, baby Andres was sick with stomach problems and Pamela had just caught the chicken pox, it was impossible for me to be away from them for so long. Going to a private clinic to have the surgery done was our best option, but we knew it was too expensive for us. We trusted that God was going to provide and He did indeed! God is faithful and worked through you to show us once more His faithfulness and His love.  It was a tough time for our family health-wise but our God is an awesome God and used you to let us know that we were loved and cared for.

After surgery, I went to physical therapy for more than two months. It took me more than 6 months to recover. I am now well enought that just a couple of weeks ago, I started to ride my bike again to work! This has helped our family save on transportation cost.  Praise God I’m doing well and back to a normal busy life with three active children that need my care. Please pray that we raise and guide them to love our God.

Our family is doing well, Praise God! Pamela is going to be 8 in March. She is back in school attending the second grade. Carlie is in Preschool and is going to be 6 also in March. Andres is turning two years old in February. Byron is also doing well. I ask for your prayers for his safety.  He takes his motorcycle everyday to work and the road is not in good condition.

We wanted to update you with our status since the surgery and let you know how much we appreciate your kindness and generosity toward our family. We pray for your ministry among the Achi, as well as, your ministry among the pastors. Thank you so much and may our God continue to bless your ministry and your lives.


Byron, Irma, Pamela, Carlie and Andres.

Ismalej family photo 2018