REYNOLDS FAMILY ON ASSIGNMENT/GUATEMALA
GREETINGS FAMILY AND FRIENDS
We have now entered into our 14th year of being missionaries in Guatemala. I remember our first visit to the United States. We were here 2 years before we made our first trip back to the States. It was during that time that Kiara, being 13 years old, said: “Mom, don’t they get it? They run around, working all the time to buy more things that they do not even need!” In saying that, we are not judging, we all need to work, laziness is not a Godly characteristic, but so often we get caught up in the busyness of life and the desire to have more. We can lose sight of what really matters.
John 6:27says “do not labor for the food that perishes but for the food that endures to eternal life.” Consider taking time to look at your life. Are your sole labors to promote your kingdom or the kingdom of God? What are you investing in?
Though the team is new, the leader Paul West is not new to Guatemala or our ministry. Paul and his family served as missionaries here for several years. For the past several years he returns to host the Independence Day run. When we shared the vision to hike to this village Paul picked up the challenge and brought his church on board.
The word perseverance describes this amazing team’s attitude. God placed in their hearts to go to a remote village, Pita Floja. This was Cross Commissions first time working in this village. 3,000 feet down and after several hours of strenuous hiking this team of 7 arrived in the village where they spent 3 days and 2 nights installing stoves in the houses of all 18 families living there and putting one stove in the school. Shout out to Dr. Kyle, for hosting 2 days of medical clinics and being the first doctor to go to this village to see patients. Meaningful time was spent sharing the gospel with families in the community. Two families, four people, gave their lives to the Lord! Our God is so great! The work did not stop there, this team hung out at the Zona, lead Bible studies, and worked at the mission house digging up a large tree stump and mixing and carrying concrete for the drive way. Hope to see you again next year!
FREE METHODIST CHURCH
Free Methodist Church of Hillsboro, IL returned for the 5th time! We are appreciative for their faithfulness and enthusiasm to come serve alongside us year after year. They spent 3 days and 2 nights in the village of Chicuz installing 30 stoves, hosting 3 days of medical clinics, and sharing the gospel to all ages. One man accepted the Lord as his Savior and 2 families reconciled their lives to Christ. God can use anything to
share His love, even a
stove. Each day in the afternoon was a fun and creative kid centered Bible study. Back in San Cristobal this team did not stop working hard. They spent 2 mornings at the mission house making and moving concrete. One individual helped progress the electrical work at the mission house. In addition, the Zona got a much-needed squeaky cleaning. This team served numerous days in the youth center playing with the kids and doing various Bible studies. Thank you, Free Methodist Church, for storing up your treasures in Heaven!
MEET HANNAH YOUNG
Hannah came to work with us for 4 weeks in the month of July. While she was here she was able to help in the youth center and alongside teams. Additionally, Hannah, a talented beautician, was able to give many people free haircuts and distribute boxes she made for families. The boxes contained beauty and hygiene supplies and several things for lice prevention. Thank you, Hannah for your fun-loving spirit and time spent serving here!
Thank you, Felicia Pettigrew, who continues to work on more projects for the Zona from her office in Branson Missouri.
THANK YOU MICHAELLA
Also, a huge thank you to Michaella Peck, who has now interned with us 2 summers in a row. Everyone knows how we struggle getting newsletters out so this was one of her contributions in keeping people updated. As in the past she leaves a big hole when she leaves. Thank you for your huge servant’s heart.
1 PETER 1:24
“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers and the flower falls but the word of the Lord remains forever” …invest in what remains forever…the Word of God…
We love you all so much~
John, Donna and Family
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