Archive for May, 2013

May 31

Renovation Team Heading to Cheyenne Today – Please Pray

A team of 7 from DSC head out this morning for Cheyenne Wyoming on a mission to bless Carol and Rodrigo Barrera by renovating their family home there.  The scope is not yet complete for the project, but at a minimum, they hope to update windows, doors, floor covering, and paint.

Our beloved Carol y Rodrigo Barrera en Antigua - 2009

Our beloved Carol y Rodrigo Barrera en Antigua – 2009

The team from DSC includes:

  1. Paul M.
  2. Bryan K.
  3. Ian B.
  4. Clyde B.
  5. Dennie G.
  6. Marvin G.
  7. David G.

Team Lead David G. writes:

“We’ll leave Friday from DSC at 10:30AM.  The plan is to be in Denver after Friday p.m. rush hour and be in Cheyenne at sunset.  The first part of Saturday we’ll each take stock of needs for Carol’s house, make a list and then we’ll compare notes, put together a materials list, make the first of several “runs to the store”, make assignments and build a schedule.

As we pack for tomorrow’s journey each of us needs to be mindful of who we serve represent, that we are disciples of the King helping serve in a small way fellow spreaders of the Gospel.  I believe I need to be reminded of this each hour!”

Please pray for safe travels, for team unity, efficiency, and safety as they work.  The Barreras home church in Cheyenne has already promised to provide some RV’s for lodging and some meals for our work team, and over $2000 has been donated from the DSC body toward this project.  This is being matched by other DSC budgeted funds to push their project funds to $4000.  Please pray that God will help them make these funds go a long way toward blessing the Barreras and their family home.

A month ago Carol Barrera wrote to our team:

“My grandparents took excellent care of this home for the fifty years they lived there. My grandfather’s beautiful trees, plants and flowers were a showpiece for the town.  I wish you could have seen it!  Vacations at my grandparents house were the highlight of my growing up years and I would like to have this house in a shape that would be good for MY grandchildren visiting me one day.  You all have been an encouragement to me.  It never entered my head that any church would take an interest in our old house!  God has surprised me through you all!  Blessings and gratitude!”

And she wrote this more recently:

“I can’t repeat enough times how absolutely overwhelmed I am by the provision of your team to get our house more livable.  When I think of how it looked in those photos–I think we would have arrived and just collapsed in tears and frustration.  May God continue orchestrate all of this as only He can do.”

Let us give glory to God for our unity in the faith and in mission with the Barreras, as well as this opportunity to serve them and their family.


May 30

Guatemala May 2013 Mission Update #9 – Physical Therapy Round 2

Today’s update comes from second-timer to Achi land, Becky King… Mother, wife, physical therapist, and missionary. She and her mother Lynne have been doing home visits for Physical Therapy treatment this week.

Becky writes:

This is my second trip to Guatemala, and not much has changed.  Poverty is everywhere, financially and spiritually. The need is bigger than anyone can fill, except, of course, God.

I spent my first two days visiting patients too sick to leave their homes.  It was truly shocking to witness this level of poverty firsthand.  I visited a boy that I had met last year named Kevin who photo copy 2has spina bifida.  Due to multiple open wounds, I was sadly sure that Kevin would not survive another year because he spent most of his day dragging his disfigured legs behind him on the dirt   photo copy floor.  As any healthcare provider can tell you, open wounds in a dirty  environment is a perfect breeding ground for a life threatening infection, especially for someone without access to appropriate antibiotics, or access to clean water, for that matter.  This year, I was relieved to see that Kevin was doing much better, and even more so nophoto copy 5w that we were able to provide him with a pediatric walker that will help him get off the ground and walk.  I am so thankful that in God’s sovereignty He allowed me to see Kevin again, and be able to help him in a way that I couldn’t last year.

Doing PT here reminds me of a story I heard: there was a man who walked the beach every morning throwing starfish back into the ocean that had been washed up by the tide.  One day, somebody asked him, “why are you doing that? There are hundreds of starfish on this beach alone, and thousands on beaches all over the world.  How can you possibly make a difference?  “. The man in response, picks up another starfish and threw it back into the ocean, “I made a difference for that one”.

I know that when I am feeling frustrated and overwhelmed photowith the shear immensity of the need that I am not called to fix the problem, I am called to be obedient to God’s word.  To simply humble myself and serve a people whom God loves in a place that God created.  He is sovereign and he is working out His perfect plan.   He loves all His people and desires them to know Him.  So if the question is “why am I here”?  The answer is Mark 16:15. “Go into all the the world and preach the Gospel to all creation”.  He said “Go”, so I go.  He said “Serve”, so I serve.

As God uses our team to impact people, it is clear that He is busy impacting our team as well.  Please continue to pray for team unity, for healthy hearts and bodies as they serve, and for transformed lives both in the team and the Achi… All for the glory of our great God!



May 29

Guatemala May 2013 Mission Update #8 – Gratitude from Our Partners

2013 | by Clint | Category: Field Updates,Global,Prayer,Rabinal Achi,Trips

As our team has hit the half way point of Clnics, Trent was able to sit down for a minute with both Pastor David Ixcopal and his son Eder Ixcopal.  These men represent two generations of Achi believers called to minister to their people full time.

pastor david giving instructions to patients at Tempisque

Pastor David gives instructions at the beginning of a DSC Medical clinic while Eder is busy working out the logistics.

Pastor David leads a small church called Light of the World Baptist Church in San Francisco, and we have known and loved him from the beginning of this partnership.

When asked to say a word to DSC today, here’s what he said:

“Greetings to Iglesia del Desierto Manentiales, in the name of Jesus Christ. As we serve alongside your team here, we thank God for our unity in the cross that binds us together.  This sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is full and complete, and gives us an incomprehensible peace, together, and with God, that is through Christ, and Christ alone.  We thank God for this partnership in the gospel.”

Eder co-leads OR4 and has been handling the logistical planning side of our mission trips for several years.  He is a gifted, sharp, loving young man who believes the gospel and in his calling to make disciples.

Here’s what Eder had to say:

“We thank you for the love you have for the Achi people.  I always see in every one of you the passion to serve our people.  DSC has been a spiritual blessing to us, but also to join us in the clinical ministries.  It is difficult to express with words the peoples gratitude and satisfaction when treated by the doctors.  The days are long and tiring, but our satisfaction comes by doing a great job.

I also thank DSC for putting their time, effort, knowledge, and resources into our people.  The pastors conference has challenged those of us that are leaders because it is like seeing a new reality.  And thus, we are determined to do more than what we already are for our people.

One of the pastors told me this:    ‘Every time that our brothers from NM arrive, I always take time to see them because they have something new I can learn.  The time with them is precious, and we want to take advantage, because the tools they give us are very useful for ministry.’

Eder Continues:

These and many other comments from the pastors and from my people in favor of DSC show us how much we value the effort of each member at DSC.  Thank you very much for investing in our relationship.”

As a church, we want to redirect this thankfulness to God and give Him the glory due His name for giving us this opportunity to serve and love and be on mission with these sweet men, and all the believers of Achi land!  And most of all, we want to praise Him for His grace through Christ’s life, death and resurrection, and for the faith that unites us in this salvation with these brothers.