Redemption in Christ
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
Just a note to let you know some of the things the Lord has been doing here and in my life ! As always thank you for your love and prayers and support for me and for the work God has given me to do here in El Salvador!
It was really great to see so many of you on my trip home. The time went so fast and even though I didn’t get to see everyone and do everything I wanted God had a perfect plan for each day of my visit.
Since I came home on the 16th my life has been a whirlwind of activity. Here are some of the highlights:
We went to a High School of 350 students with the youth group of the Central MCA church and presented the empty heart drama. I was privileged to share my testimony about how Jesus changed my life with the students and I played the part of suicide in the drama. Afterwards I had a group of about 20 young women to speak with about making the right choices with their lives and if they hadn’t already done so to make Jesus the Lord of their life.
On Monday and Tuesday of this week I was able to accompany a group from McLean Bible church in Virginia and participate in many different activities with them. The highlight was yesterday when the women gave a mini conference for about 60 women that are currently working as prostitutes in the “Red Light” district very close to the Central MCA church. I shared a very lovely time with a group of ladies that have changed so much since the first time I met them two years ago! Jesus is doing a great work in their hearts and in their lives and we continue to pray that one day they will be able to walk away from their sinful and dangerous life into a the new life the Lord has prepared for them!
On Saturday morning I will be leaving for Guatemala for 5 days!!!!! I am going on a mission trip with my church here, Iglesia Nazaret, Mision Centro Americana to a place where there is a tribe of indian people called the Ixil Indians. There is a missionary that went there from the Nazaret church about 10 years ago and started a Christian school there. Now there are about 200 students and our goal is to spend time with the children to reinforce what they are learning and to meet with each of the 80 families that have students in the school. Here is a little more about the tribe we will be going to see:
The Ixil Community is a name given to three neighbouring towns in the Quiché department in the western highlands of Guatemala. These towns are Santa Maria Nebaj, San Juan Cotzal, and San Gaspar Chajul. The area’s population is predominantly of Ixil descent. When viewed on a map, the three Ixil towns appear to form a triangle, because of this, is also named “Ixil Triangle”.
Due to its location in the Cuchumatanes mountains, the Ixil Community has remained mostly isolated from the rest of the world. Its people have therefore maintained their traditional culture free from influences of the outside world. Most of the men are farmers, and most of the women are weavers.
Turmoil During Civil War
Main article: Guatemalan Civil War
During the Guatemalan Civil War, the Guerrilla Army of the Poor (EGP) used the surrounding mountains as a base of operations. The Guatemalan Army pursued a scorched-earth policy to destroy villages. The villagers of the Ixil Community were caught in the crossfire, and thousands of civilians were killed, tortured, or disappeared.
The army’s campaign against civilians in this region may have been motivated partially by a desire “to weaken and eventually eradicate Maya culture.” Villagers learned not to wear their traditional Maya clothing, because its distinctive appearance made them easy targets.
Please remember to pray for us!!! Right now we are experiencing many trials just in every day life here. The gangs have shut down most of the buses for 4 days here in the capital city and all of us are having to either walk, or take taxis everywhere we want to go! 8 bus drivers were killed and some buses were burned for not obeying the order to shut the buses down.
Also please pray for our trip next week – for safe travel, and for all of God’s purposes and plans that He has for this time will be accomplished!
Under His wing,