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!
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.
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.