15 Jul AIM Team Blog – Thursday, July 14 2011
We all woke up this morning very excited about what today has in store! We headed out to the school in Agua Escondida which means “Hidden Waters.” On our way we received news that the government asked all schools to close in this area as a result of a storm that was going to make its way through. The government was concerned about more mudslides.
After this disappointing news we headed back to the hotel. One of the members of One Way Guatemala, Alfredo, contacted the local church to let them know about the change of plans and that Assembly of God church still wanted us to come so they traveled around town and called in the kids to an assembly that we held at the church instead of at the school. As we traveled up the beautiful mountains to about 8,000 feet above sea level (which is about 3,000 feet higher then Panajachel) we prayed that the Lord would hold off the rain and we did not experience any rain until about 7pm. Praise God! God held off the rain and redirected our paths again today.
At this first assembly we ministered to about 160 children and over 80 responded to the Lord. The ladies from that church said they have never seen that many kids come into their church before. We pray that this is a launching point to an incredible harvest of souls in that area.
In the afternoon we were scheduled to go to a High School in the same town. The principal is a Christian and when the call came in from the government to cancel school he decided to keep school in session because we were coming and He wanted the teens to hear about God’s love. In that service to 150 teens about 125 accepted Christ into their lives. During this service, one of our students, Christian Parr, was able to give his personal testimony. Although he said it was difficult talking with an interpreter, he did a great job telling his story. There was an incredible presence of God in that service and many were crying and seeking the hope and salvation from the Lord.
Over these past few days it has been incredible seeing our teens praying and weeping with these Guatemalan kids. God is definitely doing a work in our lives as we minister here in Guatemala. We have all been challenged by another team member from One Way Guatemala, Jose Luis. At the altar time in each of the schools he has said these words to the students in the different services, “It is your life, what are you going to do with it.” We spent some time reflecting on that last night in our debriefing time together. What are we going to do different in our lives when the time comes to return home? What will we all do with the blessings that God has given us in our lives?
We finished the day with prayer and then went out to a local restaurant to have some time in the community. Most of us experienced a great meal.
Thank you for you continuing prayers for this team. Please pray that the rain will continue to hold off as we minister into these communities tomorrow.
-Pastor Jim Galbraith
Freshly cleared mudslide