Archive for April, 2012

Apr 28

A Letter from Pastor David in Achi Land

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

Achi Pastor David Ixcopal is being trained in Community Health Evangelism (CHE).  He is a pastor, a church planter, and a father of 11. He has been working closely with Dr. Jaime Jacobo (of Guatemala City) to implement more CHE projects in and around the village of San Francisco, where his church plant is.

Pastor David, Clint, and Byron

He writes:

Querido Clint,

Hermano en Cristo Jesús.  It is a blessing for me to grab a piece of paper and my pen to write to you this present message.As a servant of God, I am very thankful, in first place, to God and also with you in Manantiales, for your financial help and for your spiritual help.

I want to thank you for sending the money for the operation of my son.  I thank God and each one of you, men and women, for sending your offerings to help us.  We thank you for having that very special heart for the Ixcopal family.

We pray for God to continue pouring His blessing on the life of each one of you.Please allow me to tell you.  With the church we had been praying for the amplification of the water system in San Francisco, which would benefit the whole community: but there is a group of the community, contrary to the Gospel, that started spreading rumor that you came to the area looking for precious stones.  This as the reason why some members of the community had decided to put aside the water project.

Dr Jacobo and I insisted with Higinio to get the community together so we could present to the project.  Higinio invited the community several times, but got no favorable answer. On one of those meetings, one woman who has been very adverse to the Gospel started talking evil about you, but the she started to choke and fell backwards to the ground.  When the people saw this, they went to help her with first aid methods.  Five minutes later the woman reacted, but in spite of this the community didn’t come to an agreement.

Higinio insisted once more to gather them together and request from them to think well their decision, because later they could be sorry.  someone got up and spoke about how you had started  the work in the community, he mention that Higinio had written evidences from their own registers of each previous meetings and that there was nothing to indicate that you only were coming to search for precious metals.

They ask if there was anybody else wanted to talk and Danilo, a member of the Baptist Church and co-pastor with me, got up and spoke about the work that you have been doing in the last years.  He mentioned that you have a great love for God, and in the same way you love the Rabinal-Achí people.  He also mentioned that you didn’t want just to work for the evangelical church but for the whole community.  He talked about the Barrera living among us for more than thirty years and never had followed any personal interest, and that instead they had worked to serve the community.  After this the community decided to sign the book of registers in favor of approving the project.  Almost every one decided in favor, only five didn’t want to sign the book.I beg your prayer for Danilo, he loves the Lord and wants to serve Him with all his heart.

Once again, thank you for your help to my family and the ministry God has given us.

Your brother in Christ.

Pastor David Ixcopal

Let us heighten our resolve to pray for Pastor David, his family, his church, his village, and his mission to spread God’s glory broader and deeper among the Achi.  And let us thank God for the priviledge of being a part of His work to spread the gospel in word, and paving the way through deed.


Apr 26

Christ for Native Youth Workers’ 2012 Defrag Retreat – Breathe

2012 | by Clint | Category: Global,Native American

Each year, Chuck and Cindy Harper, our resident missionaries with Christ for Native Youth organize and execute a retreat for Native American youth ministers.  The Harper’s work is a huge part of our Native American Partnership, which is one of our four global core initiatives. Their goal is to “join hearts in worship, check spiritual pulses, seek God’s direction together, listen, and rest.”  This year’s retreat was held April 16-18 at the Silverpick Lodge just outside of Durango, Colorado.  Your giving through DSC missions budget pitches in each year to help support this event.  And we pray that God will get glory as Christ is exalted among Native youth in this region through the diligent heart work these folks strive for week in and week out.

Cindy writes:

Ever have someone tell you to “breathe”? There is a good reason for that. We all have to stop and breathe sometimes. Maybe we’re over-exerting ourselves, or pushing ourselves to the limit, or even giving birth. When we are doing something significant, we often need to simply think about breathing.

That’s what Native Youth Leaders need too. They are serving in incredible ways, even seeing new spiritual births. Sadly, we are still seeing far too many native youth take their own lives.

This past month, April 16-18, we squeezed over 60 youth leaders, from 40 plus churches and other Native Ministries from the I-40 window, into the Silverpick Lodge and adjoining condos… and had one of the best events we have ever hosted.

One youth leader said “Thank you so much for this retreat … I knew I needed this, but I didn’t know how much.” Another youth leader said, “It’s been years since my wife and I have taken time away. With our time spent investing in the native kids, and little help in our ministry, it’s been impossible for us to get away. Thank you for providing the opportunity to be here.”

Our agenda is simple: join our hearts in worship + check our spiritual pulse + seek Gods direction for our lives together + listen + rest = Breathe. The beauty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains – (at the base of one of the Navajo four sacred mountains), is an ideal setting to do just that.

These amazing front line warriors are dealing with incredible pressure. They are all volunteer youth workers, and are dealing with what might be the most “at risk” students in America.

Some special friends (the Scott family and Joan Hanson) gave up their weekend to spend hours preparing a ton of incredible food. Two DSC community groups made donations for our gourmet meals, as well as some gift bags. We had some wonderful music from a youth worship band “From the Dust” and were challenged from the Word by some of our seasoned youth leaders.

THANK YOU for making it possible to help encourage and equip these youth leaders. We believe the best way for Native America to embrace Jesus and see their lives transformed is when youth are plugged into a healthy, growing discipleship ministry in a local church – led by one of the youth leaders you helped us encourage and equip.

Because of your prayers and generosity as God’s people, we were able to give scholarships to many of these youth leaders. Without this assistance, many would not have been able to attend. Your prayers and partnership mean so very much.

We will be having a Native Youth Leader Training Conference this fall… would love to have your help.

If interested in helping, please contact Chuck or Cindy Harper,  or call  505-792-9629

Apr 3

Guatemala March 2010 Medical and Dental Trip

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

From Paul Edwards at a Lord’s Supper Dinner in the Spring of 2010:

This mission trip to Guatemala consisted of North American and Guatemalan providers who, over five days, provided medical care to over 200 people. Many ailments were addressed including dehydration from a lack of clean drinking water, skin infections, fevers and nutritional deficiencies. Most of these ailments were prominent in children. As you eat this delicious meal tonight, pray for the children of these small villages who may only get a tortilla and a half bowl of soup for their single meal of the day. For these little ones their daily bread is often no more than just that. Because of such poor nutrition, many children in this part of the world look much younger than they actually are. Impress on your children how blessed they are to have much more than their daily bread and ask the Lord to use them to bless those with so little. When you put them to bed tonight ask them how they could be a part of helping these little children who continually go without many of their basic needs met. They will probably surprise you.

On this trip, we also provided about 400 dental extractions for nearly 200 people who had been suffering severe pain. Additionally, we provided dental sealants for about 50 teeth, a few fillings, and hundreds of fluoride varnishes to help prevent future decay.

In the beautiful village of Chichalom, Dr. Jacobo and our dental team started a preventive program to a study group of 35  2 – 8 year old kids.  Pray for the success of that program and for our goals to provide dental sealants to thousands of children in the years to come and thus prevent tooth decay and pain.

It’s important to mention how much the people of Guatemala help with all of our efforts to serve. On most trips to rural villages we had between 12-19 local Achis coming along to help, many of whom were dynamic young adults. None of them had any medical or dental backgrounds, just a love for people and a love for serving.

Lastly, please know that every one of YOU can do one of three things to help spread God’s glory broader and deeper in Guatemala: 1) Pray for those who go, that they would bring a message of hope and salvation to the lost souls. 2) Give to missions and in so doing help us and others who go to provide needed medical attention, dental care and clean water, and 3) Go on a trip to see how God might use you to further His kingdom. Remember, you don’t have to be a medical or dental provider or have a water engineering background. You can be used by God in so many ways on these trips. Trust me, you will reap countless blessings and be touched in a way that will bring tremendous joy to your life.