From Guatemala With Love

From Guatemala With Love

Before we provide some insight into what the Lord is doing here in Xela, we want to address an important question: What is E412 (a ministry with a focus on unreached people groups far from Central America) doing in Guatemala, a nation that in most regions has ready access to the Gospel? It’s quite simple – Guatemala is the perfect staging point to train up new missionaries from the West to catalyze disciple making in the areas that are our real focus. It’s proximity to North America is useful for students coming from the USA, but culturally it’s a world removed, giving first time missionaries critical experience in navigating cross-cultural issues. Just as importantly, working with the CECAM missions training base in Xela gives students from the West experience working with indigenous believers – a core skill for what we are called to do in the nations to which we are called. Moreover, a nation in which we are seeking to establish a significant presence in the coming years has regions in which Spanish is spoken extensively. So what’s happening down here? A lot!

The Rapha Project Officially Launched
 
Taking severely ill Guatemalans with no means, providing them with a home in which they directly receive the love of Christ on a daily basis is a tangible demonstration of the Kingdom come in this town with so much need. By meeting both the physical and spiritual needs of some of Xela’s most vulnerable we have the joy of seeing the hand of God restoring and redeeming. The four people joining E412 in July and August will have (among other things) the privilege of serving at Rapha.
 
 
The home has a capacity for more than twenty men and women, but within two days of the official launch and dedication we have our first three, directly from the regional hospital. A woman who has been given zero hope of recovery from her doctors is encountering the love of Christ on a daily basis in the service of CECAM students. A man with an autoimmune disease subject to significant social stigma experiences the love and acceptance of Jesus through the love and acceptance of disciples of Christ who have committed to giving their lives to serving “the least of these” in all nations. In the coming weeks the house will be full of stories of God’s redeeming love and mercy – it is a profound privilege that E412 can partner with this work, which will serve as a model to be deployed in unreached places.
 
 
English Lessons Are Underway
 
We’ve begun English lessons with the CECAM students. As more E412 folk arrive in July and August, this program will be expanded and offered to local churches as an outreach opportunity in Xela – providing an opportunity to not only share the Gospel but also to equip E412/CECAM students with the ability to turn weekly interactions with program participants into discipleship relationships.
 
The demand for proficiency in the English language extends to regions of the Earth that as yet have no knowledge of Jesus. The nature of language tuition is that it is an ideal vehicle to establish deep and lasting relationships with students, providing an opportunity to disciple them to faith in Christ. We’re excited about the prospects of this program not only in Guatemala, but in our region of focus in the coming years. It is our hope that many young people will come and serve with E412 in Guatemala to later be sent to these regions to deploy the same model.
 
Current Openings
 
We are actively seeking more young people from the USA, Australia, NZ, and the UK who feel called to the nations on a long-term basis to join us here in Xela. We see the hand of God in so much of the day-to-day here, we’re excited to see who else we will get to share this with.
 
As always, if you’re unable to go, please consider giving – the needs here are immense, www.E412.global/give

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