REYNOLDS FAMILY ON ASSIGNMENT/GUATEMALA
GREETINGS FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Yes, my new resolution was the same as in past years: Do better in writing newsletters! Already failed, it will be February before this goes viral. I wish I could have made a better start this year. All that said, I will try harder to share our lives and the ministry with you this year.
We have been reading an interesting book, Toxic Charity by Robert D. Lupton. As missionaries we have good intentions, we want to help, but sometimes we lack in the know how and wisdom to meet the needs. Micah 6:8 says “He has shown you, o man, what is good and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Act justly = justice = fairness = reasonableness
Love mercy = mercy = compassion = kindness = forgiveness
We must have both mercy and justice active to meet all the needs we are faced with otherwise we can inadvertently hinder in our involvement. “Justice without mercy is cold and impersonal, more concerned about rights than relationships.” “Mercy is a door, an invitation to touch a life, to make a difference.” With mercy we glimpse the heart of God.
When you live in an area like ours, where 50% of the children are chronically malnourished, illiteracy is 60%, medical care? Ha…more or less non existent for the poor. We could collapse, and drown from all the needs around us. There are many life and death needs every day. Or we can take a step at a time, training, discipling people to reach the lost and needy. We are working in a few villages the Lord has laid on our hearts and being faithful to build relationships and trust the Lord for the creativity to meet physical needs to draw them to Christ. We need your prayers to have the Lord’s wisdom, we do not want to be a Christian welfare system. We do not want to give “hand outs” and rob the people of their human dignity. We want to “take the people to the lake and teach them to fish. Show them how to care for the lake, so it will continue to produce fish” and ultimately introduce them to the “Fisher of men.”
Will you pray with us and pray for us?
So we begin another year of service in Guatemala (11 years now). First is the youth center with 100 – 150 young people coming through daily, 6 days a week. We have another new challenge, a good one; all of our staff are now attending university. What a wonderful problem! In a country where a 6th grade education is applauded. We are ecstatic that our staff has such a desire to learn. Thank you Jesus…
SHORT TERM TEAMS
We have 5 teams scheduled for this year already. Also two young ladies coming for an extended time of 3 months. We are very excited about these opportunities and to see what the Lord does in and through these willing vessels. Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone and try an out of the country mission trip?
REACHING OUT, TOUCHING THE NEEDY
This year we started sponsoring a nurse to staff a clinic in the villages we are working in. His name is Rafael and he graduated with high honors. We also plan to send a doctor in several times a month to take care of the greater needs the nurse is not equipped for. They will be doing health care for about 4000 people. All of this requires time, planning and more finances. Below is Rafael’s family…
TRAVELING IN THE STATES
Our time in the States was incredible. We are always so humbled by the generosity and gifts of people that make it possible to be in the States. A great vehicle supplied, insurance taken care of, a lovely home base, new clothes for Silas, needs taken care of and many blessings too numerous to mention. The body of Christ is amazing. Thank you to EVERYONE!
I will close with the same Scripture I shared earlier. I think it is worth repeating and taking hold in our hearts:
Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, o man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
As always we need your support in prayer and finances…
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We love you all so much~
John, Donna and Family
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