Well done my good and faithful servant

Today was a true encouragement to my heart.  Most days have highs and lows.  While there was much pain, suffering and difficulty in the lives of those we worked with, each situation encouraged my heart. Our first stove install was at the home of Elza Carmalina.  She is a 27-year old woman who lives with […]

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Building a House

Today was “house build day”.  When we come to Guatemala, we always know which family we’re building a house for.  We know their faces and names.  We rarely know their story.  We also rarely know the behind the scenes work that goes into getting the supplies, the family and the land. The family we built […]

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New Life from Ashes

From Brad: Today was filled with pain, death, joy and life.  Those words don’t usually belong together.  But, it was a day full of every emotion. Our morning devotion was about trust.  Trusting God, even when it doesn’t make sense.  None of us knew how clear of examples we would quickly see before our group. […]

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Full Circle

By Rick: God gives us some great blessings when we can see things move full circle…and that we can see His hand in making it happen! Rewind to November 2018.  Tom Ballinger from Wisconsin delivered a load of wheelchairs he had collected to the Wayland Iowa Mission:Mobility warehouse.  This was one of several deliveries he made in […]

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Ready to Jump?

From Brad: We started our day off with our morning devotional from Tom. He has been leading us the last few years. The message always seems to be what we need for the day. Today was no different. We talked about sharing the light of Christ with those around us. Tom shared the image of […]

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Let your peace rest…

In Matthew 10, Jesus sends the disciples out to gather the lost sheep of Israel. He tells them to take no money, no extra clothes or sandals. In each town they are to search for a worthy person and stay a their home. Give it their blessing. If the home is deserving, “let your peace […]

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On the Way 2019

We are all on the way for another year in Guatemala. God has been so good to us over the build up to the trip. I always wonder whether we will reach our fundraising goal. The number is big. I always have to remember, “Our God is BIGGER!” Thank you to everyone who donated this […]

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Brad’s Final Thoughts-2018

The 2018 trip has come to a close.  It was a wonderful team and God did so many amazing things during the week.  A couple of the guys have written their closing thoughts.  This is my chance to wrap it up until next year. I want to start by saying thank you to everyone who […]

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Rick-Final Thoughts

What a week!!! J127 January Men’s mission trip. It’s like oxygen. It is a breath of life to me! A week of deep immersion in total focus on God! A week like this is exhilarating, yet TOTALLY exhausting! Quite possibly more mentally exhausting than physically! This my 8th time to SERVE with Bethel Ministries. My […]

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Scott-Final Thoughts

We are all safely back home, and I hope that I was the only team casualty.  My only complaint is a head-cold that has me erupting like the volcano near us named Fuego.  It will pass, but has me resting like I should be.  Our sweet sister Ana (Pastor Jaunito’s wife) is in the operating […]

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