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Nov 9

Barrera Bulletin – October 2012

2012 | by Clint | Category: Giving Opportunity,Global,Prayer,Rabinal Achi

**You may have heard of the earthquake in Guatemala.  Well, everyone we know is reporting they are ok.  We praise God for that.**

The update below is from our dear partners in ministry to the Rabinal Achi, Carol and Rodrigo Barrera.  Lord willing, we are planning for them to visit DSC next October for our Missions Emphasis Sunday, and to be a part of our newly formed tradition:  Dinner with Missionaries.

In this Bulletin:

  • Updates from an evangelism training
  • Testimony of the Achi New Testament gaining more usage
  • A close call vehicle accident
  • An update on Baby Sherly.

Our beloved Carol y Rodrigo Barrera en Antigua – 2009

The Storying Workshop they refer to is a training on how to memorize Bible stories for the sake of telling them to folks who are open to listening, and to encourage these folks to also memorize the stories in order to go and tell others.  It is a very strategic way to do evangelism and even discipleship in a mostly oral culture like the Achi.

Barrera Bulletin – October, 2012

Storying Workshop

The workshop itself went well, with more participants than we had anticipated. We got a very pleasant surprise during the workshop. However, there were two incidents, one before and one after the workshop which were of considerable concern.

Before: A young Mayan man from a language group on the other side of this country, really wanted to come to the previous storying workshop, but was prevented from doing so at the last minute. This time he made it as far as Guatemala City (a very long bus ride). Soon after he got off the bus, robbers took everything he had, including his clothes for the week. Rodrigo gave him the money to get home, but this was a disappointment to him and us.

During: The first day included a module on Discipleship Training. Over 50 leaders attended that. The next two days were dedicated to the storying technique, with over 30 in attendance.

Some of them had been to the previous course. I asked one of them if he learned anything new. He said that this time he understood the concepts better. This pastor is the father of little Sherly, the baby with the congenital heart disease. The last time he and his family stayed at our house, I had urged him to have the goal of training several people to do Bible readings in Achí for the services. Frankly, I didn’t think he would do it. But to our delight he informed us that he had a group of eight young people who were studying the Achí New Testament. They listen to a chapter from the audio version of the NT on the Proclaimer player, then read it out loud themselves. Two of them were catching on so fast that they read during a recent service. The congregation was electrified! “Pure Proclaimer!” they explained, meaning that they were reading like the “professionals” on the recording. Also, these young people usually just sit in the services and don’t participate. The pastor is leading the class, but he says he himself is learning to read Achí by this process.

After: Carl, one of the two men who came to for this course, stayed on for a week to make home visits and do some teaching. On this past Sunday, one of our close friends here borrowed our Jeep to take Carl to a village church service. Accompanying them was Irma, our dear Guatemalan “daughter” (who was translating for Carl), along with her toddler and baby.

Coming back, as they passed over a bridge, part of the road collapsed under the back rear tire, flipping the Jeep over and plunging it into a hole, wedging it into a retaining wall that kept them from falling into the river. There was only a tiny crawl space through one shattered window, through which they could escape. We are so thankful that the jeep roof didn’t cave in when it landed upside down. They were badly shaken up, suffered bruises, some small cuts and are still very sore.

For the time being we are without a vehicle, since our KIA has been out of commission for a month or so. Rodrigo is trying to get it fixed. The decision is still out on the Jeep, which was towed to a shop for evaluation. (It has over 200,000 miles on it.) But the important thing, for which we are extremely grateful, is that none of our dear friends died in this accident!

Their only way to escape from the car was to crawl out that little window space next to wall.

Update on Baby Sherly: At long last, doctors in the US were able to receive the echo cardiogram done on Sherly several months ago. Negotiations are being made between doctors in Guatemala City and in Loma Linda Hospital in California to see if arrangements can be made for Sherly and her family to get visas to the US for her to undergo heart surgery there. The Desert Springs Church is Albuquerque, which sends teams here every year, continue to work on the logistics of all of this.

Thank you for praying for Sherly, the workshop, protection and the spread of God’s Word in this area.

 

Many of you have met the Barreras, but even if you haven’t, and feel compelled and able, please consider supporting their ministry through prayer and finances.  DSC gives them financial support each month, but they could always use more, for example, based on this recent accident that happened with their vehicle.

Here’s how you can:

Send your check to:  Wycliffe Bible Translators P.O. Box 628200 Orlando, FL 32862-8200

Nov 7

Missions Emphasis Week 2012 in Review

This year’s Missions Emphasis Week was a wonderful time to revisit the commission of Jesus to go and make disciples of all nations by welcoming Hugo W. of Arab World Media, Dr. Jaime Jacobo and Jannette Pineda of Guatemala, as well as our missionaries in residence Chuck and Cindy Harper who minister through Western Indian Ministries (WIM).

Dr. Jacobo and Janette spent the week of October 12-18 reconnecting with friends at DSC as well as touring a few sites in and around Albuquerque.  Their time included mass ascension at the Balloon Fiesta, as well as visiting Acoma, Taos, Jemez, and the Valles Caldera.  Besides connecting with friends, Jacobo and Jannette joined DSC Rabinal Achi Partnership leaders on several occasions to discuss the past, present and future plans of Community Health Evangelism (CHE) among the Achi.  The CHE strategy includes the traditional medical and dental clinics, as well as water sanitation projects, but is even expanding now into microbuisinesses like a possible fish farm, improved stoves to help with lunch disease among women and children, and even latrines in the most rural village.  Please pray with us that the Achi villagers will realize some of the causes behind their physical problems, like lack of latrines and stoves, so that they can be a part of figuring out the solution, and therefore, more likely embrace the change of behavior, culture, and tradition that may come with it.   If you’d like to help with any of these endeavers, email global@desertspringschurch.org Stay tuned to this blog for upcoming missions trips to Guatemala to serve along side our Achi family in Christ.

Hugo preached on Sunday October 21st from John 4 and drew a picture of what God is up to in the Arab World.  Pastor Ryan also gave an update on our church planting efforts and giving to date. He also challenged us to consider how we are currently supporting these efforts, and whether we can do more in the remainder of 2012, into 2013, and beyond, all by the grace of God.

It was special to see Hugo, a former missionary to North Africa (now directing Arab World Media from Europe), sitting at dinner with the SNAP team helping them process their recent survey trip, as well as the path that still lies ahead of them with preparing to leave, packing up, and moving to the other side of the world.  Hugo was impressed by our church’s commitment to these families, but he was also sure to encourage us to stay the course, and keep our resolve toward this goal of sending out a team to plant churches.

Sola Aqua went well, but we have to admit, we forgot to remind folks to bring their Sola Aqua money on Lord’s Supper Dinner night, so if it slipped by and you forgot, but were planning to give, you still can under “Guatemala Projects” on DSC’s online giving page here.  So far, $803 has come in.

Finally, our missionary dinner was a hit.  There were originally 50 spaces, and that was expanded to 60 the night of to make room for all those that signed up.  The food was amazing (watch for the recipe on this blog) and we were able to hear from Dr. Jacobo, Hugo, and Chuck Harper about their hopes and dreams for ministry in the coming year.  We pray it blessed you all as we took some time to fill up our global missions tanks, so to speak.

The silent auction at our missionary dinner went well also.  In our first year to do this, we raised just under $1000 after subtracting the costs of the meal and some of the auction items.

We are hoping to bring in other global missions partners next October, including our dearly beloved Carol and Rodrigo Barrera, Wycliffe translators of the Achi New Testament.  And since the dinner went so well, we will plan to do that again as well.

 

 

Nov 1

Response to Hurricane Sandy – Helping Local Churches

2012 | by Clint | Category: Disaster Relief,Giving Opportunity,Prayer

As you know, Hurricane Sandy has made a devastating impact on the Northeastern part of the U.S.  Relief is already being mobilized by organizations like Red Cross and World Vision, and we would encourage folks in our body to contribute to those as you are willing and able.

However, when it comes to DSC Missions funds, the elders have decided to focus gifts given to Desert Springs on behalf of those in need to sister churches in the area that have been impacted by this natural disaster.  Our hope and prayer is that as these churches, who likely won’t have denominational support to help them out, will be able to minister to their own body of believers, as well as those around them that they know and are in need.  We are already working to contact churches we know about in the area to see how they have been impacted.

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.  (Galatians 6:10 ESV)

If you feel compelled to give, please do so using a missions envelope at the church and designating it “Disaster Relief.”  Or, you can give via the church’s online giving here listed under “Disaster Relief” soon as well.  But until then, please use a missions envelope if you are able.

Please especially be in prayer for believers in this area that God will use them and the church to rise up after this disaster with hope amid certain despair.  May the believers cry out with Paul as he says:

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:17-18 ESV)