We are checking on the possibility of doing a future solar panel outreach in a rural village that doesn’t have electricity here in Guatemala. The idea is to provide low voltage lighting in homes that have never had electricity. Our question is, do any of our friends know where to find solar panels for donations or possibly at a reduced price? We would love to hear from you and have your feedback about this idea.
This week we assisted our friends from Living To Serve in the installation of preventative health apparatus in a rural village to reduce health risks for the extremely under privileged families. The mountainous village of Poqomchi descent Mayans is located in Alta Verapaz about an hour from Coban. Twenty-two families received three items designed to improve their hygiene and living conditions hence lowering the risk of lung disease, parasites and reducing malnutrition in the community. The strategically designed items are safe cooking stoves, a bucket water filter and a Tippy Tap hygiene station. The heavy rains, muddy trails and long distances made the outreach more challenging. Car problems on the way to the villages, made my participation very limited but in the homes that I had the privilege to serve in the people were genuinely appreciative of our efforts. In addition each family was prayed for and mandatory bimonthly training sessions will allow proper followup for this project to assure that the Guatemalans get the most benefit out of these donations.
A little over a week ago, I asked you to commit to pray for the city of Durango, Durango, Mexico without having all the details to share. Well that was because, recently I was contacted by our friend Jonathan Sanchez who shared the vision that he had to go back home and be used by the Lord in a mighty way. He was living and working in Dallas, Texas for about a year. During his time there he felt the Lord stirring his heart to return to his home town of Durango, Durango, Mexico where he could use his unique God given talents to reach people for HIS kingdom. He attends a Calvary Chapel church plant and is starting a ministry in a local juvenile correctional facility there. He also paints graffiti (as seen in this video clip) with an evangelistic message to lead people in repentance to Jesus. Our ministry would like to provide him with prayer support, Bibles and possibly host a mission team there to help support this endeavor. I have asked him to post periodically on this blog to help keep everyone informed of his progress along the way. Below is his initial post and greetings from Durango, Durango.
Youth Detention Center Durango, Mexico
It’s an honor to share what God is beginning to do in this city ”Durango, Durango, México. Our starting point is a ”Youth Detention Center” (Center of Reintegration and Treatment for Juvenile Offenders).
One of the ways to share the Gospel of God is through Graffiti and Skateboarding, I believe that God can use all of our talents but over all the things he uses our heart to share His love; like we can see in Matthew 25: 36 ”I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me”.
We don’t have a ton of details at the moment but the doors may be opening for us to join up with a church planting effort in Durango, Durango, Mexico. The first prayer need there is for the local jail to authorize permission for preaching inside the jail. We need many prayer warriors to commit with us to pray for the Word of God to be able to be spoken in that place. Thanks in advance for doing your part to make a difference & change lives!
Today, we were blessed to be in a remote village in Alta Verapaz to support an awesome preventive health program. We joined with our friends from a like minded organization called, Living to Serve. Today we went to the village to demonstrate the different aspects of the program to the villagers. As you can see in the pictures below, each item is practical and helps promote good hygiene and overall general health. The Tippy Tap pictured below is a simple, practical way for the people to safely wash their hands and brush their teeth. The people were also introduced to a bucket water purification system that will turn any water source into safe drinking water. But the big hit was the stove that once it’s installed will provide a smoke free cooking experience inside their huts.