REYNOLDS FAMILY ON ASSIGNMENT/GUATEMALA
GREETINGS FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Yes, you are correct, e-mail newsletters have not been happening. If you check out our website www.crosscommission.org you will find some updates there. Sorry! With Donna dealing with her herniated discs these past months the news letters have been sparse, to say the least. She is improving and is continuing with weekly physical therapy. But it is a very slow process…please continue to pray for her complete healing.
We live in a country where we are a minority, we live in a town where we are really a minority. Have you ever lived someplace or maybe gone on vacation where you stand out because you are different? No matter how hard we may try we will never completely blend into this society. We are different, we are white. People stare at us, point at us, say things; some good, some derogatory, because we are very different, and they are not shy about their staring, pointing or comments. Why should they be? We are different and it is obvious. We could become offended, get our feelings hurt, or be angry…one example…we will probably pay more for some things because we are white.
In reality isn’t that what is supposed to take place? Not stand out because of the color of my skin but because I am a Christian. Shouldn’t we as Christians, being lights in a dark world stand out that much? Philippians 2:15…”among whom you shine as lights in the world.” I am sure you have lit a candle in a dark room and seen how it illuminates. To make it not noticeable you would have to put it out. So I ask myself are we standing out in our communities? You do not have to be a missionary to a different people group to stand out. You only have to be a Christian that is letting your light shine walking your faith out-loud in love. Sometimes we do forget the “in love” part. So are you blending in, living a life in camo? Or being a light in a dark place?
Matthew 5:16…”let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father in heaven.”
The Zona is doing fantastic. God is moving, changing lives, maturing young people in the Word. It is very exciting. The staff the Lord has blessed us with are wonderful young people with a great desire to serve God, they are not perfect but have humble hearts and a desire to be changed in His image.
With the help of teams and friends we have installed 20 stoves this year and we will be installing at least 8 more stoves before the end of the year. This will complete another entire village!!! Such an incredible witness to the Lord in these communities.
HELPING A 74-YEAR-OLD WIDOW
Each Tuesday night in the service the youth take up a collection, which we set aside for needs in the community. Everybody decided they wanted to help a 74-year-old widow with the offerings. Her home is literally collapsing around her and her children and her grand children. The daughters work but only make enough to eat on, they are an extremely poor family that can’t get out of their poverty. So the young people along with a few skilled laborers will rebuild their home. It will still be a one room, dirt floor “home”. But it will be secure, stable and dry. They still need a new outhouse…
A tremendous answer to prayer: The three young ladies that were orphaned this year that we requested funds for, so they can continue in school, this need has been fully met for the rest of the year…next year is open for their support.
Please know when you sponsor one of the youth for school, we take that very seriously and the student does too. We have a staff member that oversees the sponsored student’s grades. They also have requirements set up so the student has accountability and can not take a free ride or they will lose their sponsorship.
There are always many needs here…please feel free to contact us to see how you can be involved. Above all we need your prayers.
The Lord has opened the door for a new outreach. We are walking into this with great excitement and tremendous fear and trembling. What the outreach consists of is opening and maintaining a medical clinic in Chicuz, which is a village in the area we have been working in for a few years now. It will involve fixing up an existing building, paying the salary of a full time nurse and maintaining medical supplies. This will help 3,500-4,000 people who at present have no medical help available to them. Most would have to walk about 4 hours to catch a bus for another 3 hour bus ride, to get to a small unequipped hospital. So we are in the beginning stages of this exciting endeavor. But as you can see we need a lot of prayer, wisdom, direction and dollars. Let us know how you would like to partner with us in this extension of Cross Commission.
We love you all so much~
John, Donna and Family
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